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.

Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

Yukon Registered Music Teachers' Association

Latest News and Reviews

Canada Music Week Recital December 1st 

YRMTA music students are celebrating Canada Music Week and well,  just good music in general with performances on piano, guitar, vocals and violin.

Join us on Sunday, December 1st at the Riverdale Baptist Church, 15 Duke Road.  

Doors open at 2:40 and the recital begins at 3:00 - 4:00 .
Please join us to listen to these aspiring musicians.
Free Admission

Inspire Song - North for 90 Scholarship 

The Inspire Song - North for 90 Scholarship

The Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship is created for youth/young adults 12 to 18 years of age who are inspired to write original songs or music in any lyrical/musical format in any genre. The songs must be either lyric- or music-based. Up to 8 applicants will be eligible to receive this award. 

The awarded funds must be used as tuition or fees for lessons or mentorship with a Yukon songwriter or musician of their choosing.  The applicant must provide a letter explaining their desire to receive this fund, with information on who they will be mentored by or take lessons from. 

Applicants may be invited to perform their original songs at an event to celebrate the songwriters who receive support from the Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship. 

This scholarship was established in memory of Aylie Sparkes.  Born Peter Thiessen in Steinbach, Manitoba, he arrived in the Yukon in 2001 with a truck full of guitars and $5 to his name.  In the first year he made his presence felt performing an unheard of 250 shows, mainly at the Discovery Bar (Taku), where people would line up down the street to get a seat where they grew to expect the unexpected.  Though influenced by Hendrix, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, and Duane Allman, his slide guitar diversity was his strength, paired with his innate ability to draw his audience into his light, albiet country, blues, gospel, or funk. 

He supported many local artists on stage and in recordings before releasing his debut record "Beautiful & Deranged", which was nominated for "Blues Album of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. 

His creativity and love for performing, playing, and writing was felt by many in the four lears he lived in the North, before passing of cancer in May 2005 at the age of 38. 

Access to the online application form can be made at  Click on the button at the bottom of "Apply" that cites the Inspire Song Application form, fill in and submit. 

If any further help is  needed, Sophie at the Yukon Foundations can be reached at 393-2454, or better still by email

deadline to apply - July 31, 2019

Sumi Kim Piano Recital 

Sumi Kim is a spirited young South Korean, now a Yukoner, who is an amazing pianist. At this point in her life she is self taught and recently entered 6 advanced pieces in the Rotary Music Festival for some experience and feedback. Sumi has plans to eventually audition for some universities in the coming years. She has been enjoying some accompanying and also plays drums, keys and percussion in a band !!  

Sumi Kim will give a piano recital at the Riverdale Baptist Church on Thursday evening, May 23 at 7:00. Admission by Donation.  Please pass on this information to your students and friends.




Strings Extravganza!  

Yukon Registered Music Teachers’ Association presents:  

All the Strings! Baroque Strings Collective, Fiddleheads, Suzuki Strings, and Whitehorse String Ensemble come together for the spectacle of the year. Each group will do their thing on the Arts Center stage and then, for the grand finale, they all play together in a giant orchestra. The likes of which have only been seen once before, last year at this very event! Don't miss it.

March 3rd, 3pm at the Yukon Arts Centre

An Interactive Evening with Composer Christine Donkin  

An Interactive Evening with Composer Christine Donkin

Friday Jan 11, 7pm 

Riverdale Baptist Church 

This workshop is free to all students and Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association Members. 

Non YRMTA adults suggested donation $10 


Next weekend is all about composition with our guest Christine Donkin

Christine Donkin creates award-winning, critically acclaimed pieces that have been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Moscow Conservatory.  

Many of Christine's pieces are also the best loved and most often played in the music student repertoire. At this workshop, Whitehorse students and teachers will perform a selection of her works and Christine will talk about her composition techniques, creative inspiration and background for each piece.  



Bringing Composition into the Private Music Lesson: A Workshop for Music Teachers 

Sunday January 13th, 7:30pm 

11 Donjek (Studio of Barbara Chamberlin -Please use side door) 

This workshop is free to all Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association Members. 

Non YRMTA adults suggested donation $10 



Questions? contact Andrea McColeman 


Canada Music Week Recital 

25th Annual Canada Music Week Recital

On November 25th, 2018 at the  Canada Music Week Recital, local music students performed an (almost) all Canadian composer program to the delight of the Sunday afternoon audience.  Roslyn Wilson announced the annual event, now in it's 25th year, reminding us of the unique opportunity composer's have at any age to have their music performed on occasions such as this.  In fact our own teaching members are composers as well as performers. A variety of instrumentalists from violin to voice as well as vocal ensemble, piano solos and accompanists, graced the sanctuary at Riverdale Baptist Church.  

Thanks to all for attending and supporting music performance and education!




Composition Workshops with Canadian Composer Christine Donkin 

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association presents: 

A series of Composition workshops with Canadian Composer Christine Donkin on January 11-14th, 2019.

"Christine Donkin composes award-winning, critically acclaimed music that appeals to a broad range of listeners and performers. Described as “stunning” (, "highly imaginative" (American Record Guide), and having “enormous impact” (The Washington Post), her work is promoted by several publishers and is performed all over the North American continent and beyond. 

Christine composes music for musicians of all kinds. High calibre concerts at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Moscow Conservatory are interspersed among frequent performances featuring young soloists, community orchestras, and church choirs. The Toronto Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thirteen Strings, Elektra Women’s Choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir, and the Canadian Guitar Quartet are just a few of the ensembles that have performed her music in Canada. 

Christine is frequently called upon to work with music students and teachers as a guest speaker, clinician, and adjudicator. Over one hundred of her pedagogical compositions, arrangements, and figured bass realizations appear in The Royal Conservatory of Music graded repertoire and studies books." from


For information and registration go here

President's Report AGM 2018 

President's Report AGM 2018 

2017-18 sped by at the speed of light, and I am grateful for the members and executive of this organization that make being the president easy and joyful.

This year we had some executive changes, secretary Keiko Fujise, and second delegate to CFMTA changing from Danette Readman to Henry Klassen. 
Fall season had us celebrating Canada Music Week with our annual student recital with twenty four young performers on piano, violin, guitar, and voice. Our annual Music Teachers In Concert fund raising recital featured twelve members playing in solo performance and collaborating with other teachers to demonstrate fun combinations and styles with a variety of instruments, including guitar, voice, violin, saxophone, piano, and chamber choir. 
As always, YRMTA members supported with many hours of volunteer time before and at the Rotary Music Festival.

This year, the 50th Anniversary of the festival had some members organizing and 
performing in a special Alumni Concert that featured performers that were past winners who had 
continued on in a music career. After several mishaps in organization, YRMTA recommended to the 
Rotary Festival Committee to put the position of coordinator out for applicants that are interested. 
As Professional Development this year we had two workshops, one an “in house” sharing of teaching 
tips and management ideas, and one piano duo workshop with the Bergman Duo that were here to 
perform for Whitehorse Concerts. 
A big highlight was a visit from our CFMTA President, Tiffany Wilson, and besides presenting trophies 
at the Rotary final concerts, encouraged us to apply to host a CFMTA Conference. We declined, but 
offered to host an AGM for CFMTA instead. 
Delegates Henry Klassen and myself attended CFMTA Annual meeting and strategic planning sessions 
in Toronto. We are all excited about the Conference planned in 2019 in Winnipeg, where we will have a 
student entered into the National Piano Competition. 
I would encourage all members to find what talent they can contribute to our organization, for it is this 
talent that supports all of our activities. I would also encourage all members to actively participate in 
the educational and musical development that CFMTA and YRMTA have to offer. I gratefully thank all 
members who have made a difference by helping make all of these events happen.



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Upcoming Events and Concerts

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YRMTA Canada Music Week Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church , 15 Duke Road , Whitehorse

YRMTA music students are celebrating Canada Music Week and well, just good music in general with performances on piano, guitar, vocals and violin. Join us on Sunday, December 1 at the Riverdale Baptist Church, 15 Duke Road. Doors open at 2:40 and the recital begins at 3:00 - 4:00 . Please join us to listen to these aspiring musicians. Free Admission


The Inspire Song - North for 90 scholarship deadline

This scholarship is created for youth/young adults 12 to 18 years of age who are inspired to write original songs or music.


Piano Recital featuring Jamie Phillips-Freedman

Riverdale Baptist Church, Whitehorse, Yukon

Jamie Phillips-Freedman will be performing repertoire he has prepared for the CFMTA National Piano Competition. The competition will be held in Winnipeg on July, 2019. This recital is sponsored by YRMTA and will raise funds to pay for his travel and accommodation expenses. All are welcome. Admission is by donation.


Student Gr. 10 Piano Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church

YRMTA presents a Grade 10 Piano Recital performed by Annie Li and Phoebe Qiu (students of Joyce Klassen) All are welcome! Admission is free.


Bursary 2019 Deadline May 23

BRUCE & PAT HARVEY MEMORIAL FUND 2019 BURSARIES The purpose of the fund is to provide encouragement to persons who show aptitude and diligence in their music studies, particularly but not exclusively the piano. Applications for bursaries are invited from music students.

Applications for the above Fund are available here and must be received by May 23, 2019.


Sumi Kim Piano Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church

Sumi Kim will give a piano recital at the Riverdale Baptist Church on Thursday evening, May 23 at 7:00. Admission by Donation.

Rotary Music and Dance Festival April 3 - 13, 2019

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Rotary Music and Dance Festival April 3 - 13, 2019

Registration begins soon! Are you ready?


Christine Donkin Composer Workshop Weekend

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association presents: A series of Composition workshops with Canadian Composer Christine Donkin Jan 11,12,13,14th 2019 Registration due by Nov 23rd, 2018


Klassen Year- End Student Recital

Riverdale Baptist Church

Henry and Joyce Klassen are having their year-end student recital on Monday, June 4 at 7:00 pm at the Riverdale Baptist Church.


ARCT RECITAL - Jamie Phillips-Freedman

Riverdale Baptist Church, Whitehorse, Yukon

  1. Jamie Phillips-Freedman will be doing his ARCT recital on Friday, May 25 at 6:00 pm at the Riverdale Baptist Church.

His music is 45 - 50 minutes in length.

All are welcome to come and enjoy this recital.

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