Promoting the love and knowledge of music through teaching and performance.”


Yukon Registered Music Teachers offer lessons in piano, strings, orchestra, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice and theories. Instruction varies across many musical styles, from classical to jazz.

Our teachers maintain high musical and academic qualifications. It is important that students receive quality music instruction from the beginning. Students are encouraged to achieve their best musical potential.

YRMTA is committed to furthering the art of music through programs that support teaching and performance while offering professional growth and networking opportunities for teachers and musicians.  Master classes, workshops and private lessons with visiting musicians and instructors inspire students, teachers and parents.

The association presents a number of fine cultural events through public concerts and organized studio recitals. Many of the YRMTA members are active performers who contribute to the Yukon arts community.


YRMTA strives to educate and encourage teachers and students alike in their musical pursuits through its support of the following local programs and events:

Whitehorse Concerts – Youth Tickets for Series and Workshops
Suzuki Strings Association – Winter Camps and Workshops
RCME: Practical Exams
RCME: Theory Exams
Rotary Music Festival
Yukon Summer Music Camp

As well YRMTA cooperates with other musical organizations in the community and Territory.

From the small salon concerts of the late 60s to the present day association of dedicated  teachers, YRMTA has become intrinsically woven into the cultural fabric of the Yukon.

Any musicians and teachers interested in becoming a member of the YRMTA, or parents and students seeking quality music instruction please contact us. A directory of current music teachers is available here.

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Latest News and Reviews

RMF 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert April 14th 


The 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert of the Rotary Music Festival is taking place this coming Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Yukon Arts Centre Theater. We would ask each of you teachers to invite your students, their families and their friends to this significant event. 

This happens only once in 50 years! The program features performers from 1976 to the present. There are 10 acts on the program, with performers coming from New Jersey, Nebraska, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and of course, Whitehorse. It will feature some of the best performers of all those years. The variety includes Piano, Voice, Violin, Fiddling, Piano Duet, Piano Quartet, and a world premier Composition. 


Cost is Adults $15; Children, Students, Seniors $10   

Tickets are also available online at the Yukon  Art Centre box office.

from the organizers: Henry & Joyce Klassen.  


Rotary Music Festival 50th Anniversary April 2018 

50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival 
April 11-21, 2018

Entry Deadline: January 20, 2018 

This annual music event offers performance opportunities to music students in a variety of classes in piano, flute, woodwinds, voice, strings, guitar, percussion, accordion, bands, choirs, ensembles and dance. 

Online Registration opened on December 1, at 

Follow the Regulations & Syllabus and read the instructions written on your screen before entering and submitting your registration.

Please review the Regulations & Syllabus Prior to registering your students or groups. Please read the Regulations and Syllabus to make sure the classes are available.  click here to download the entire document. 


Art Contest

The Festival is looking for artistic works created by Yukon residents age 5 to 18.

view the Contest Guidelines 

NEW ...Deadline: January 20th, 2018 
Give the opportunity to your music students to design the Program Cover for our 50th Anniversary of the Festival.


Music Teachers Participation Required

for   Entry Checking  January 21-25 

Review of entries will take place from January 21-25 and will be headed by a selection of volunteer music teachers. 


Program Development / Festival Scheduling 
Saturday, January 27, from 10AM to 5PM pm

at the Westmark  in the Bennett Room

The Festival schedule is put together during this day. The first 2-3 hours, the lists of entries are cut manually and put in identified folders.

Following this, the schedule is prepared on flip chart sheets by 'scotch' taping the entries in each session. 

Bring your sissors! 

Light snack provided, but bring your lunch if you think of staying over lunch time.


National Vocal Competition, CFMTA Conference 2019 

National Vocal Competition, CFMTA Conference 2019 

The MRMTA is happy to announce that we are hosting a National Voice Competition to take place at the CFMTA/FCAPM Conference to be held in Winnipeg, July 3-6, 2019. To celebrate our 100th Anniversary and in recognition of the wonderful tradition of singing here in this province, we want to encourage and contribute to the careers of young, promising singers as they move on into the profession. Singers up to and including the age of 27, at the recommendation of their provincial or territorial association, are invited to compete for prizes totalling $10,000. Prizes are as follows: 1st prize - $5,000; 2nd prize - $3,000; 3rd prize - $2,000. Additional prizes may become available.  


Attached the rules and regulations for the competition. Please share. There is already a feeling of excitement around this event. All forms for the 2019 National Voice Competition will be available early in 2018 on the conference website at:

Canadian Music Week  

YRMTA celebrated Canada Music Week this year with a student concert featuring Canadian Composers.

Twenty-four students sang and played piano, violin, and guitar selections from such well loved Canadian composers as Nancy Telfer, Joanne Bender, Claude Gagnon, and Clifford Crawley. Some students made posters of Canadian composers that were hung in the room. 
YRMTA feels that is is important to honour Canadian music by teaching, playing, listening, and writing Canadian music. 


Report from the Yukon 


Report From YRMTA President 

2016-17: How quickly a year passes. The Yukon remains stable in both its membership and activities.  

This year we welcomed new secretary Bryn Knight, to the executive, and thanked Henry Klassen for many years of secretarial services and support. Henry has taken on the role of RCM representative in the YRMTA.   We also welcomed Brenda Lee Katerenchuk as webmaster. 

We celebrated Canada Music Week with our annual student recital with nineteen performers ages six to seventeen  on piano, violin, guitar, voice, and even their own compositions. 

Our annual Music Teachers In Concert fundraising recital featured teachers in solo performance and  collaborating with other teachers to demonstrate fun combinations and styles with a variety of instruments.  

This year YRMTA members took on the role of organizing  Four Gallery Concerts in the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery as part of Whitehorse Concerts presentations.  These new events were very successful, and showed a great way to present classical music to the general public in a beautiful setting. One of the highlights was a presentation of eight of our members playing  Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An  Exhibition for six pianists, two pianos, and two percussionists. A music work about art presented in an Art Gallery ! 

Another first for YRMTA this year was an opportunity to host a Young Artist from Alberta, Louisa Lou, one of the Competitors at the Canadian National Piano Competition held in Baltimore. Being able to bring a young  artist to the Yukon was something that we would like to continue, and helps us to participate more fully within the National Organization.  

A definite highlight of the year was being able to represent the Yukon with delegate  Danette Readman in Baltimore at the collaborative MTNA and CFMTA Conference. We returned with a lot of information, stimulation, and inspiration to share,  and we feel closer to our  Canadian  network of colleagues.  

YRTMA continues to support our annual Rotary Music Festival with many hours of volunteer work. We have been able to encourage  our students in their endeavours, and have expanded our new collaborative classes to include guitar.  

As Professional Development this year we are hosting a workshop with Adam Con, University Of Victoria Alexander Technique Clinician.  

As always, being able to watch children develop  through music education is a great privilege, and we are proud to strive for high standards in growth for both our students and ourselves.

Anna Avery, President 2017

Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association Executive

Classical Guitarist Matthew McAllister in Concert 

Classical Guitarist Matthew McAllister will be in Whitehorse as the guitar adjudicator during Rotary Music Festival which  begins this week. McAllister will be available to teach private guitar sessions during his visit.  Please contact Danette Readman for more information or to book a lesson. 

Scottish musician Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his exquisite performances and effortless presentation for over a decade.  

He will be performing at Hamilton & Son Guitar Works on April 26 at 7:30p.m. 

Matthew McAllister Bio pdf 

Matthew McAllister website 

 For more information on the Rotary Music Festival 2017 please visit the website.

Alexander Technique Class  

Is that back or neck bothering you? Move the way Nature intended you to move! 


Alexander Technique Class 

The Yukon Music Teacher’s Association in conjunction with the Whitehorse Community choir present an Alexander Technique Class.
Instruction is by Dr. Adam Con, the chair of choirs and music education at the University of Victoria. He has done extensive study in Alexander technique classes and teaches it at different workshops around the US and Canada.

What is Alexander Technique?  

The Alexander Technique is a way to feel better, and move in a more relaxed and comfortable way... the way nature intended. It helps you to identify and lose the harmful habits you have built up over a lifetime of stress and learn to move more freely. It’s healthy for everyone and was created especially for theatre people, musicians, and other professions that have repetitive movements in unique positions. For more information visit

It will be held on Saturday May 27 from 11-2 at the Selkirk Gym and the cost is YRMTA members free, WCC groups $10, non-members $15/person. Contact Barbara Chamberlin at 667-4059 or to register. 

Dr. Con Bio PDF


Upcoming Events and Concerts

Rotary Music Festival 50th

Rotary Music Festival 50th

Previous events

Rotary 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert

Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Music Festival. The festival is an annual music event held during the month of April every year in Whitehorse. Performance opportunities are offered to music students in a variety of classes in piano, flute, woodwinds, voice, strings, guitar, percussion, accordion, bands, choirs, ensembles and the festival now offers a dance component. Yukon has a wealth of young musicians, singers and dancers. Like Olympic athletes, they have a solid backup team who support them every step of the way. So, we thank their families and teachers who help them discover the joy of music and performance. This year is very special. We’re acknowledging an entire generation of people for whom music enriched and in some cases, directed the paths of their careers. What a rich legacy all those music teachers have created. Imagine, students who performed years ago at the Rotary Music Festival are now watching their own children perform!


Music Teacher's Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church

Featured performers: Annie Avery
Keitha Clark
Bryn Knight
Keiko Fujise
Andrea McColeman 
Olivier de Colombel Henry and Joyce Klassen
Danette Readman
Ellen Thompson
Barry Kitchen
guitar! piano! voice! violin! saxophone!


Piano Duo Master Class

Klassen Studio, 17 Liard Rd.

Friday January 12: 7 PM
Piano duo, the Bergmann's will conduct a master class at the Klassens studio, 17 Liard Road. Two Piano Tornado and possible other duos will work with the Bergmann's.

On Saturday, January 13 Whitehorse Concerts presents the Bergmann Duo at the Yukon Arts Centre Pre-Concert Chat in the Studio Theatre at 7pm Concert at 8pm


YRMTA Teaching Tips Workshop

Klassen Studio, 17 Liard Rd

Sunday January 7: 2PM Teaching Tips. Bring your favourite teaching tip to share with colleagues at the Klassens, 17 Liard Road. This is a great time to network, share, and learn as we delve into the second half of the teaching year.


YRMTA Annual General Meeting

106 Strickland Street, Whitehorse

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Assoc. Annual General Meeting Sunday September 17, 6:30 PM 106 Strickland Street. All welcome.


Alexander Technique Class

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Selkirk Gym, Selkirk Elementary School, ​5 Selkirk Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

YRMTA in conjunction with the Whitehorse Community Choir present an Alexander Technique Class. This event is free for YRMTA members. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 11-2 at the Selkirk Gym and the cost is YRMTA members free, WCC groups $10, non-members $15/person. Contact Barbara Chamberlin at 667-4059 or to register.

Classical Guitar Concert/Matthew McAllister

Hamilton & Son Guitar Works, 3162-3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, YT

Scottish musician Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his exquisite performances and effortless presentation for over a decade. He will be adjudicating at this year's Rotary Music Festival tickets 20$


Whitehorse Concert Gallery Recital Series

Yukon Arts Centre, , Whitehorse

Whitehorse Concerts Gallery Recital Series - Sunday, March 12 - 1:00 pm at the Yukon Arts Centre presents: 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by M. Mussorgsky This piece has been arranged for 2 pianos - 12 hands - so that is 6 pianists at 2 pianos plus 2 percussionist!


Yukon Arts Centre, Studio Theatre, Whitehorse, Yukon

Come hear Louisa Lu, winner of the Provincial Piano Competition, showcase her competition repertoire for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association National Piano Competition. Admission by donation.

For more info contact Danette Readman @ 867-334-2462


Canada Music Week Nov 20 – 26



Amadeus Choir International Songwriting Competition - for Children and Youth

30th anniversary of the choir's annual International Songwriting Competition.The theme of the competition are songs with text reflecting universal goals of peace, inclusion, understanding and generosity of spirit.
Deadline for the competition is October 14


RCM Exam Notifications

Level 8 and higher all disciplines applying for RCM exam held June 2017 deadline Monday, September 26



Pictures at an Exhibition – Orchestra Portrait 2014
(photo by Bruce Barrett)