As a thank you to past and future donors who have, and will continue to, support the ABMF's vision and mission in the coming years, we have implemented a new Donor Recognition Program! Details are below.
The casino fundraiser, which happens every 2 years, is the largest source of funding for the scholarships that the ABMF provides to its students each year. Although it is uncertain whether our next casino fundraiser, currently scheduled for Spring 2021, will be able to go ahead as scheduled, the ABMF is committed to fulfilling its mission of providing tuition support for local music students at the post-secondary level, and will be continuing to provide scholarships during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent years when we are recovering from this challenging time.
That being said, we are excited to see the AGLC's announcement that gaming facilities may reopen in Alberta this month, including charitable casinos and Host First Nation casinos!
Charities will not be expected to attend charitable casino events as soon as gaming venues reopen. Table games will reopen at a later date. Once table games resume, so will charitable casino events. AGLC will confirm charity attendance in advance of their scheduled event dates.
Once charitable casino events resume, temporary changes will take effect to reduce the total number of volunteers required for an event.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Annual Fall Dinner over the weekend, and to the Edmonton Journal for covering the event! Read more here.
Our President, Winnie Yiu-Young, was interviewed by Global! You can watch her talk about the Foundation and our 40th Anniversary celebration here.
We are now accepting scholarship applications for 2019-2020! Please note that we have moved to an online form this year, which you can access here. Applications are due March 31, 2019. Good luck!
Our 2018 summer newsletter is out! In this edition, you can read about the newest ABMF scholarship recipients, what we've been up to this past year, what you can look forward to in the coming months, and more!
The ABMF is sad to announce that Dr. Jacques Després retired from the ABMF Board of Directors this year. He was a source of humour, wisdom and musical expertise for many years, and the ABMF thanks him for his invaluable contribution.
We are, however, excited to welcome Dr. Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp and John Tessier onto the Board! Viktoria has been lauded for her pianistic skills, which were honed at the University of Music in Karlsruhe, the University of Music Frankfurt/Main, and the University of Alberta from where she holds a Doctor of Music degree in piano performance. She has performed as a soloist, with orchestras, and in various chamber music formations across North America and Europe, and her artistry has won her numerous national and international prizes and scholarships, including the highest Canadian scholarship, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is one of only two winners of the Vanier scholarship studying music, and the only one specializing in performance. Viktoria also has extensive teaching and vocal coaching experience in three languages.
John Tessier, a Juno Award winning tenor, has garnered international attention and praise for his refined style and artistic versatility. He has worked with many notable musicians, including Plácido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Emmanuel Haim, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and Dame Gwyneth Jones. His performances have graced stages all around the world, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Equally comfortable in the genres of opera, oratorio, and recital, John is also an award winning professor at the University of Alberta and is in high demand for coaching, master classes, and private consultations.