News from Gustin House                                        
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Vol. 9, no. 1, May 2013

Musical Programs of the 2013 Season

January 4, Great Songs from Salon and Stage
Soprano Ileana Montalbetti and pianist Rachel Andrist returned from Toronto to their home province to open the concert season with a recital of art songs and opera arias. Their colourful and dramatic repertoire comprised works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Berlioz, Britten, and Greer. Gathered to hear the rising vocal star and her fine collaborative pianist was a warmly appreciative crowd, including guests from as far as Regina and Winnipeg. Barbara Montalbetti gave a pre-concert talk.

February 10, A Lyell Gustin Anniversary
A Sunday afternoon at Gustin House marked the 25th anniversary of the passing of Lyell Gustin (d. Feb. 7, 1988) with music composed by five graduates of the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios: Lynda Finnimore and Ewen Coxworth, who commented on their compositions and took part in performing; Boyd McDonald, whose works were introduced and interpreted by Gregory Schulte; the late Marguerita Spencer, whose songs were presented by Marilyn Whitehead’s students Madison McLean, Kurt Haunsperger and Mikael Steponchev; and the late Robert Fleming, whose Sonatinawritten at the Studio in 1941 and dedicated to Dr. Gustinwas played by Emma Kate Heinrichs of Karen Sterner’s studio. Alyssa Thompson, and Gloria Yu, student of Walter Thiessen, took part in performing the Coxworth compositions.

March 15, Wolak-Donnelly Duo in Concert
Kornel Wolak, clarinetist, and Chris Donnelly, pianist, performed a sparkling and wide-ranging selection of music from Bach and Brahms to Gershwin and Oscar Peterson. The audience, braving yet more snows of the exceptionally vigorous prairie winter, was delighted by the virtuosity and artistry of this Toronto-based duo. Alyssa Thompson gave the pre-concert chat. The recital was presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut.

Coming Events
Sunday, June 16, at Gustin House
Gallery: Art of the Piano, Art Works for Community ~ Christine Vanderkooy, pianist, & Terry Fenton, artist
This program, to be held at 3:00 p.m. at 512-10th Street East, will include solo piano works by Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. Terry Fenton will explore the idea of the art gallery as a service to the community. Reservations required due to space limits: call 306-373-9103, or e-mail

Tuesday, August 20, Summer Recital
One Piano, Two Friends, Four Hands! ~ Che Anne Loewen & Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, pianists
Prairie-born musicians, now of Toronto and Saskatoon respectively, and much in demand on stage and in studio as mentors/coaches, will give a recital of piano duets by Schubert, Ravel, Weber, Fauré, and Barber. The artists, when attending Wilfrid Laurier University, studied with distinguished Gustin graduate Garth Beckett; Ms. Gable had also been a Gustin student at an early age. The recital will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Cres. East, at 7:30 p.m.; pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $30 regular/$25 student, McNally Robinson and Yamaha Piano Centre, from Committee members, or at the door.

Meeting the Gustin Circle: Board Members, Donors, Volunteers

A new feature of the newsletter will be a brief profile of individuals whose dedication makes all the difference in our organization. This issue highlights Hugh and Sheryl McKee of Saskatoon, magnanimous donors and vital participants in the outreach activities of Gustin House. Born and raised in the province, they are graduates of the University of Saskatchewan, Hugh in Medicine, and Sheryl in Philosophy. Deeply influenced by the values of their parents, teachers and friends, they seek to give back to the community by donating to health-related and cultural organizations and to social causes. Besides supporting Gustin House programs with their annual gift, they are a key presence in the hosting ensemble at House events and at recitalsit is Hugh who may be greeting you, or serving the fruit punch that Sheryl has just set out on the reception table! It is this tireless couple who assemble and then mail all our newsletters. Professionally, Hugh is associated with a medical clinic, and was recognized as Saskatchewan Family Physician of the Year in 1992. Sheryl has worked as a legal secretary and has taken time at home to raise their son Kevin. A member of the Gustin/Trounce Board, she maintains contact lists, and assists with secretarial tasks and correspondence. Like her sister, Lynda Finnimorewho also studied with Dr. Gustin and who has served on our BoardSheryl attended the Lyell Gustin Summer School, studying piano as well with Studio graduate Douglas Voice. The McKees’ spirit of commitment is infectious and inspiring! Gustin House acknowledges them with great gratitude for actively fostering the Lyell Gustin legacy and rich artistic tradition.

Warmest thanks for:
. . . generous donations from our wonderful donors:
from Saskatoon, Norma Stewart, David and Linda Popkin, Yu Lin Pas, The Gallery/Art Placement, Allan and Helen Few, Ewen Coxworth, Isabelle Mills, John Botari, Peter and Shirley Pridmore, Sheryl and Hugh McKee, Taras and Anna Mycyk, John and Nancy Senior, Marlene and Denis Reinbold, Mary Friesen, Phyllis Baker, Doug and Lilian Thorpe, Anne Doig, Rheanne and John Rowson, Lynne and Jim Graham, John Cross, Carol Gronsdal, Nestor Shinkewski, Helen Logan, Dorothy Perehudoff, Garry Gable and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, Michael Pomedli and Joan Halmo, Michael Williams, Leila Nickel, Ilse Guenther, Jeanne Walters, Edward Lang, Heinrich and Dorothea Feldkamp, Reinhold and Christa Ortlepp, Marion and James Penna, D2 Construction Ltd., Viola Kruger, Marilyn and Ray Boechler, JoAnne Fredlund, Leandra Lowe, Kathleen Johnstone, Marjorie McFadden, Ralph Kleiter, Jake and Clara Friesen, Donna Bramwell, Anonymous, and Anonymous; from other centres in Saskatchewan, Christine Vanderkooy, Joanne Skidmore, and Edward Geall (all of Regina), Heather and Bruce Waldner (Warman), Bryce Erickson (Watrous), Lorne Jackson (Riverhurst), Thelma Gillis (Yorkton), Peggy Holton and Ian Waddell (Corman Park), Laura Ewson (Plenty), Sisters of the Presentation (Prince Albert), June Barber (Weyburn), Cathy Donahue (Perdue), Donalda Walter (Kuroki), and Sr. MaryAnn Uhrmann (Kindersley); from the prairie region, Ernest and Sue McCullough, Constance Hunt, and Shirley Lockerbie Smith (all of Calgary), Sylvia Scott Wortley and Keith Lowe (both of Winnipeg), and Lawrence Jones (Brandon); from British Columbia, William Bruneau and Stuart Gustin (both of Vancouver), Shirley Leach (Powell River), Maidrid and Glen Jonat (Vernon), Carolyn Cameron (Rossland), and Angela Ward (Victoria); from Central Canada, Elsie Onysko (Ottawa), Elizabeth and William Pengelly (Toronto), and Neal Gripp (Montreal); from the United States, Ione Minore (Albany OR), and Roy and Dorothy Morden (Bermuda Dunes CA); Memorial Gift in honour of Louis Horlick, from Ruth Horlick (Saskatoon);

. . . gifts and items sent:
a charcoal rubbing originally in the possession of Murray Adaskin, from the Sisters of the Presentation (Prince Albert); newspaper clippings about the Lyell Gustin Piano Studio and Gustin students, from Glado Samuels (Saskatoon); notebook of finger exercises for pianists, handwritten by Dr. Gustin, from John Wortley (Winnipeg); a paper written for delivery to the Ontario Registered Music Teachers, on music teaching and the Lyell Gustin influence, from Garth Beckett (Toronto);

. . . services and support:
assistance for recitals: Alyce Sailor, Eric Bews, Alyssa Thompson, Audrey Ens, Barbara Montalbetti, Lorene Nickel, Randy Rodger, Eunice Koehler, Edna Thiessen, Lynda Finnimore, Trudy and Leo Janssens, Hugh McKee, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church staff, Ron Buhler Tuning Services, and Flowers by Fred; snow clearing and yard work at Gustin/Trounce property, Hart Fraser, Steve Boechler, Karen Sterner, Lynne and Jim Graham; display table for Heritage Festival, Deborah Rodger and Lorene Nickel; ongoing services as our webmaster, Zane Hrynewich; gracious support of the Centenary 2012 Finale Concert: Delta Bessborough Hotel, Broadway Theatre, and Linda’s Printing Place, funding assistance for the 2013 recitals, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and Department of Canadian Heritage; for the gift of art and insight, performers and speakers at programs; for their presence at events,  audiences all!

The Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee award for highest mark in the province in the 2012 ARCT exams went to Britney A. Alexander of Weyburn SK. At the Saskatoon Music Festival, scholarship recipients were Darren Li, James Redl, Darren ter Velde, Gloria Yu, and Jasmine Der, for age levels 10-, 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-and-Under respectively. Margaret Ong of Saskatoon won the Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee first prize in the annual Lyell Gustin Memorial Competition, Saskatoon, May 25, 2013.

Passings of Gustin Graduates
Evelyn Eby Bedford, age 103, May 19, 2012, Hamilton; prominent in the early Gustin Studio; duo piano artist with her husband Reginald Bedford, esteemed teacher.
Lusia Pavlychenko, November 25, 2012, Saskatoon; widely known for leadership in dance and Ukrainian folkloric tradition, founded/directed several ensembles.
Sylvia Scott Wortley, April 6, 2013, Winnipeg; accomplished performer, mentor, church musician, and longtime concert presenter specializing in early music.

“Music is a social art!” — Lyell Gustin


Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.:
Honourary President, Boyd McDonald (Kitchener ON); President, Deborah Rodger; Past President, Walter Thiessen; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Sheryl McKee, Peggy Sarjeant, Karen Sterner

Contact us:  (306) 343-0542;
Mail:  47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK S7T 1A4

—Joan Halmo, editor


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