Monday, 24 October 2011


Mar'ce Merrell here. LTTA is hosting a FREE event at Holy Trinity for any musicians or wanna-be musicians. Fiddles are involved. Guitars. Cellos. The spoons. Maybe a few accordions. NO registration is necessary. Come to one workshop or three. Then, attend or play in the jam session on Sunday. Please pass this onto anyone you think might be interested in attending.

Attention all Fiddle Lovers! Community Music Event!

Order of Canada recipient and master fiddler Andrea Hansen will teach fiddler lovers to play by ear in three workshops on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30.

New fiddlers will join community musicians for a Jam Session and concert on Sunday, October 30.

The Oct. 29th workshops will be held at Holy Trinity High School. The free concert on Oct. 30th will be in the Theatre of the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School.

The workshops are free and the free community concert will be open to the public.

About Andrea:
Andrea has dedicated much of her life to teaching people to play the fiddle. Now in her 70s, she's developed a method of teaching the fiddle that brings early success. Her passion is infectious. Jack Howell at Conklin had her at his school last year for a week and this year asked for two weeks. Recently he told me that Andrea's work with his students is the highlight of the year! Andrea has taught in 17 high Arctic communities since 1988. She retired as a professional full-time violinist from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1999. She was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Aboriginal Awards in 2007.

From Andrea's mission statement: "After only a few short days of instruction, students are performing in public. They gain a new sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. Some children experience a sense of approval for the very first time in their lives. The violin has been my passport to the world. I want to share this learning opportunity with as many children across Canada as I possibly can.”

The Details:
Andrea describes this Community Music Event as a two-day kitchen party! She invites anyone interested in fiddling or guitars to join her for three workshops. She'll work with anyone from age 8 to 88.

Sat October 29th 12-2:30 Workshop
Sat October 29th 4-6:30 Workshop
Sun October 30th 12-2:30 Workshop
5-6:30 Jam session and concert. Free admission to the public.

The workshops are open to everyone in the community from ages 8-88. People are welcome to come to as many workshops as they want.

The Organizers: Learning Through the Arts will organize this event.
The Cost: FREE.


Mar'ce Merrell
Alberta Program Leader, Learning Through the Arts

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