In the Gustin Studios, anniversaries of composers were marked with the study and performances of their music. A memorable early example was the commemoration of a Chopin milestone year when, in 1949, the composer’s complete works for piano were presented at the Studios. Gustin House will join in the 2020 celebrations of Beethoven’s birth anniversary by featuring programs of the master’s music for piano, strings, and voice, solo and ensemble. Details to follow, www.gustinhouse.ca
Join in the 2020 Centenary, and come to hear amazing artists ... consider a season pass for yourself, for family and friends. Give tickets as gifts, a great eco-conscious idea for our time. Send your young friends to a House program or recital, and open music’s treasury to the next generation. Just as Dr. Gustin did, raise high the flag for music and arts as the heart of a richly meaningful life!
Past House Events in 2019, and Summer Recital
June 2: Soprano Adria McCulloch and pianist-composer David L. McIntyre performed his settings of selected Psalms and of witty, humorous texts by Ogden Nash. Ms. McCulloch gave the Saskatoon premiere of one of the McIntyre songs. Gustin House takes this opportunity to congratulate Mr. McIntyre on receiving the Sask Arts Award for Artistic Excellence in November 2019.
August 21: Canadian pianist David Jalbert gave the summer recital concluding the Lyell Gustin Recitals of 2019. In a wide-ranging program of music from Bach to Haydn, Schumann to Shostakovich–including some works seldom heard–the artist demonstrated virtuosic technical power along with elegant lyricism. Recently CBC/Radio-Canada has designated him "one of the best 15 Canadian pianists of all time." Mr. Jalbert gave a most informative and engaging pre-concert talk.
October 27: Celebrating voices of the ages in music and poetry, a full audience heard John Payzant perform the first of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. Pianist Gregory Schulte joined Mr. Payzant in evocative works by Boccherini, Brahms and Schumann. Renowned theatre artist Henry Woolf inspired, challenged, and charmed listeners with readings from his own Poems of My Life.
November 24: In praise of women’s role in cultural life, Gustin House welcomed an ensemble of speakers to present letters written in 1884-87 by Bessie Trounce. Michael Pomedli gave an introduction; Sue Barrett and Margo Rashley read excerpts describing musical and social life in the Temperance Colony. Regina pianist Katherine Dowling masterfully performed Beethoven and Schubert works widely known in the 19th century, as well as a recent composition by Alice Ping Yee Ho.
Our Scholarship Program
At the Lyell Gustin Memorial Piano Competition of 2019, Xiaotong (Emily) Wang of Saskatoon received first prize, the Gustin/Trounce Heritage scholarship. For attaining the highest mark in ARCT performance exams in Saskatchewan during the year 2019, Bronte Rawlings of Saskatoon received a Gustin/Trounce scholarship this autumn. These awards are presented in partnership with musical organizations: Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, respectively. Every year, scholarships are given to younger piano students, primary level to 18-and-Under, at the Saskatoon Music Festival (recipients announced in the spring newsletter).
Passing of a Gustin Studio Graduate
Marlys Rivard, Saskatoon, October 7, 2019; portrait and landscape artist, pianist, cellist, singer, world traveller, lover of nature and of beauty everywhere.
Thank you . . . to these generous donors:
from Saskatoon: Gerald Fielding, Ursuline Sisters of Bruno, Viola Kruger, Gregory Schulte, Jake and Clara Friesen, Verna Sagansky, Kathleen Bender, Henry and Susan Woolf, Theodore Makeechak, Bernadette Fanner, Signe Mossman, Ewen Coxworth, Sheryl McKee, and Sue Barrett; four Anonymous donors; Theresa Skwara and Colin Macdonald, through the Saskatoon Community Foundation; Marlene and Paul Kuch, and Joan Halmo and Michael Pomedli, for gifts in memory of Cathy Pepin Peters; from Moose Jaw, SK: Lorne Jackson; from points out-of-province: Carolyn Cameron (Rossland, BC); Constance Hunt, and Helen Larratt (both of Calgary); Kenneth Adams (Winnipeg), James and Patricia Leach (Ottawa), Carmen Mehta (Chicago), and Roy and Dorothy Morden (Bermuda Dunes, CA);
. . . for gifts received: musical scores, from Pat Epseth;
. . . for services and support: help in presenting events and recitals, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gillian Lyons, Michael Swan, Roger Jolly of M & R Music, Serendipity Flowers, Darcey Anton, Alyssa Thompson, Edna Thiessen and Karen Sterner; making donor-appreciation calls, Marlene Reinbold, Heather Schnare, Helen Henderson, Michael Pomedli, and Edna Thiessen; yard work and repairs, Jim Graham; student outreach and presenting scholarships/awards, Cheryl Steponchev; professional consultation and services, Zane Hrynewich, Marlene Reinbold, Helen Henderson, Blair Schmidt (Martensville), Chris Daviduik (Toronto); 2019 recital funding, Sask Arts Board and SaskCulture/SaskLotteries, and a gift from the Estate of Dorothy and Mel Kurzen.
100 Years, and on to the Next Century!
Gustin House thanks you for the years of marvellous support and encouragement, even as we now invite your ongoing generosity to ensure that our common musical-cultural project burns brightly into a new century. Your donations are gratefully received by cheque, or by visiting us at CanadaHelps.org (search Gustin House). Consider a legacy gift. Please remember Gustin House in your Will. Your every contribution, large or small, helps strengthen and enhance the future of music and musicians, of cultural advancement, of life in the arts.
The student must think, then the teacher can assist. ––Lyell Gustin
Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee: Honorary Co-Presidents, Garth and Marjorie Beckett (Toronto); President, Sheryl McKee; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Lynne Graham, Stephen Kreuger, Gregory Schulte, and Donald Roach; Advisory Group: Kathleen Lohrenz Gable (Saskatoon), Boyd McDonald (Kitchener, ON), and Timothy Steeves (St. John’s, NL).
Contact us: (306) 373-1451; www.gustinhouse.ca
Mail: 47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK S7T 1A4
—Joan Halmo, editor