News from Gustin House                                        
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Vol. 10, no. 1, May 2014

Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2014 ~ chamber music to conclude the Season

Trio Concertante, Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Violinist Nancy Dahn, cellist Simon Fryer, and pianist   Timothy Steeves, will give a recital of great trio classics by Beethoven, Schubert, and Dvorak. Ms. Dahn and Mr. Steeves, who also perform internationally as a duo, are praised for their extraordinarily unified musical voice; Mr. Fryer brings to the ensemble his wide experience as soloist and chamber musician.The recital takes place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Cres. East; pre-concert talk 6:45.Admission: $30 regular, $25 student. Tickets: McNally Robinson, Yamaha Piano Centre,  from Committee members, and at the door. For further information, call Lynne at (306) 653-8889.


News flash: Artists and Dates for 2015

Another array of splendid artists takes the stage in the Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2015! We invite you to mark your calendars for next season, for concerts not to be missed: February 13, Lee-Mercer-Park Trio--on violin, cello, and piano--will give a recital co-presented by Prairie Debut; May 20, the world-renowned pianist Janina Fialkowska performs a solo recital to mark the Theodor Leschetizky Centenary; August 25, saxophonist Allen Harrington and pianist Laura Loewen return to the Gustin Series. Details to follow later on our website; tickets and season passes to be available in August.


Piano Recital began our 10th Anniversary Season

In a January 10 program entitled “Glories of the Piano’s Golden Age,” international pianist Nikolai Choubine performed repertoire composed or arranged in the Romantic era. The recital included the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Chopin Nocturnes, a work by Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky’s complete “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Musicologist Rika Asai Choubine, a Gustin descendant through her teacher Sheila Shinkewski, gave the pre-concert talk. The Choubines reside and teach in Indiana.


Gustin Event celebrates Cultural Heritage
Inspired by Dr. Gustin’s view of the unity of all the arts, Gustin House brought together ensemble music and art on Sunday, February 23. Clarinetist Paul Hyunbai of North Battleford joined local cellist Scott McKnight and pianist Jaya Hoy to perform Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio, Op. 38. Grant McConnell discussed historical subject matter in visual art and displayed several works. This celebration of cultural heritage closed Heritage Week.


Multi-instrumental Duo gives Spring Recital

“A Storytellers’ Recital” took place March 23when the Guy and Nadina Duo gave the second recital of the 10th Anniversary season. Guy Few--on trumpet, corno da caccia and piano--and bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson performed works by Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini and others, interspersed with tales from their musical journeys. Natives of Saskatchewan currently based in Ontario, the artists were nominated for a 2014 Juno. Jaya Hoy gave the pre-concert chat. The recital was presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut. Gustin House was delighted to welcome guests Lynne Bailey (Onanole MB), Executive Director of Prairie Debut; Kevin Korchinski (Regina), Head of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils; and Pierre-Louis Pinel (Ottawa ON), Music Officer of the Canada Council.


Celebration of Musical Art Club’s 90 Years

A gathering at Gustin House on May 18 marked the finale of Musical Art Club, established in June 1924 by Lyell Gustin. In its 90 years, the organization promoted musical knowledge, enhanced artistic and cultural life, and presented eminent artists in concert. The program for the occasion began with a work by Mendelssohn, performed by an eight-hand piano ensemble: Lynn Ewing, Jaya Hoy, Karen Sterner, and Gregory Schulte. Joan Halmo gave an overview of the Musical Art Club’s history, its expansion, and its impact on the cultural life of the community and on the hundreds of individuals involved over the decades. Pianist Boyd McDonald completed the program with solo works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Brahms. Greetings had been sent by former Club members; the guests, representing four provinces, enjoyed a reception, then supper and visiting into the evening. The group toasted the Musical Art Club for 90 years of fine music, friendship, and treasured memories!


Medal Awarded

The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, given annually for extensive and exceptional community involvement, was awarded posthumously to Walter Thiessen on April 14, 2014. The Medal recognized Walter’s six decades of  contribution to music, the arts, and heritage; many of his activities in these realms were closely linked with the cultural legacy of his mentor, Dr. Lyell Gustin. The presentation was made by Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield at Government House, Regina.



The Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee scholarship for highest mark in the province in 2013 ARCT exams went to pianist Jared Tehse of Saskatoon. Winners of Committee piano scholarships at the Saskatoon Music Festival were Kelsey Wiks, Eleanor Chen, and Vivian Yin (respectively, 14-, 12- and 10-and-under). Gratitude to Cheryl Steponchev, our new scholarship representative.


Passing of a Gustin Graduate

Maggie Bernal, April 8, 2014, in Lanigan SK; gifted pianist, long-time music teacher in the Humboldt area. 


Warmest thanks . . . to our outstanding donors: 

from Saskatoon, Leila Nickel, Peggy Holton and Ian Waddell, Ewen Coxworth, John Botari, William and Helen Kruger, Teresa and Dennis Harley, Ilse Guenther, Donna Bramwell, Joyce Latrace-Lundquist, Hugh and Sheryl McKee, Dorothy Perehudoff, Allan and Helen Few, Juhachi and Sumiko Asai, Isabelle Mills, Sr. Dolores Schneider, D2 Construction Ltd., John Cross, Phyllis Baker, Heinrich and Dorothea Feldkamp, Doug and Lilian Thorpe, Don and Mildred Kerr, Lilian Lee, Yu Lin Pas, Henry and Cheryl Kloppenburg, Derek Gibson, Bernadette Fanner, Marilyn and Ray Boechler, Sonja Pasloski, John and Nancy Senior, Kevin Hegedus and Dana Mann, Catherine Perehudoff Fowler, Marlene and Denis Reinbold, Ralph Kleiter, David and Lynette Wright, Nestor Shinkewski, Anne Klaassen, Annie and Robert ter Velde, Jim and Marion Penna, Kathleen Johnstone, Mary Barrett-Lenz, Mary Friesen, Michael Williams, Kathleen Appleton, Clara Friesen, Lynne Graham, Jennifer Zhang, Martha Pankratz, Anonymous, and Anonymous; from other Saskatchewan centres: The Sisters of the Presentation (Prince Albert); Shirley Lummerding, and Joanne Skidmore (both of Regina); Laura Ewson (Plenty), Wilda Gardner (Kindersley), Thelma Gillis (Yorkton), Cathy Donahue (Perdue), Heather and Bruce Waldner (Warman), Donalda Walter (Kuroki); from the prairie region, Ann Burnard Crawford, Constance Hunt, and Thomas Yu (all of Calgary), Diana and Harold Wiens (Edmonton), Walter Falk (Lethbridge), and Ken Adams (Winnipeg); from British Columbia, William Bruneau, Stuart Gustin (both of Vancouver), Carolyn Cameron (Rossland), Marjorie McFadden (Campbell River), and Maidrid and Glen Jonat (Vernon); from Central Canada, Rachel Andrist, Elizabeth and William Pengelly, Stephen Pomedli, and Garth and Marjorie Beckett (all of Toronto), Elsie Onysko (Ottawa), Agnes Herzberg (Kingston), Boyd McDonald (Kitchener), Jerome Sestak (Montreal), and Neal Gripp (Westmount); and from the United States, Roy and Dorothy Morden (Bermuda Dunes CA); Memorial Gifts in honour of Walter Thiessen: Garry and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable,  Philip and Joyce Listoe, and Victoria Neufeldt (all of Saskatoon); Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Associations--Saskatoon Branch, and Provincial Organization; Lorne Jackson (Moose Jaw), M. Junice Headley (North Battleford), Helen Larratt (Calgary AB), Barbara Robertson (Victoria BC), and Ione Minore (Albany OR, USA); Memorial Gift in honour of Eleanor and Millicent Lusk: Shirley Leach (Powell River BC); Gift from the Estate of Mary McPhail;
. . . for items received:
from Wynne Parker, “Trilby,” a novel dated 1918 and signed by the youthful Lyell Gustin; Gregory Schulte, a pottery piece by Martin Tagseth first displayed at our inaugural Gustin House inter-arts program in 2005; Boyd McDonald, archival materials; Long & McQuade, bags for recital publicity distributers; Edna Thiessen, historical scrapbooks, programs, and music scores;
 . . . for special contributions to the Musical Art Club celebration: Saskatchewan Archives Board, research assistance; Karen Sterner and Lynne Graham, preparing Gustin House and yard; Gregory Schulte, floral décor; Garth and Marjorie Beckett, and Hugh and Sheryl McKee, specialty beverages and reception foods; Edna Thiessen and Helen Derksen, loan of Medal and photo; Karen Sterner and Steve Boechler, hosting a supper for all at their home; Clara Friesen, chauffeuring guests;
. . . for services and support:
helping with recitals, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Robert ter Velde, Ron Buhler, Flowers by Fred, Lynda Finnimore, Lorene Nickel, Edna Thiessen, Eunice Koehler, Alyssa Thompson, Heather Schnare, Helen and Allan Few, Hugh McKee, Rheanne Rowson, and Eric Bews; transcribing interviews, Sr. Maureen Maier; professional services, Zane Hrynewich, Susan Bertolo, and Chris Daviduik (Toronto ON); phoning, Marlene Reinbold, Michael Pomedli, Deborah Rodger, Helen Few, Edna Thiessen, Karen Sterner and Lorene Nickel; yard and property work, Steve Boechler, Jim Graham, Audrey Ens; reception baking for Gustin House event, Helen Cotton; recital grants, Department of Canadian Heritage, Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture.

 “A musician can do anything.” --Lyell Gustin


Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.: Honorary President, Boyd McDonald (Kitchener ON); President, Karen Sterner; Past President, Gregory Schulte; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Lynne Graham, Jaya Hoy, Sheryl McKee, and Peggy Sarjeant

Contact us:  (306) 373-1451;
Mail: 47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK  S7T 1A4

—Joan Halmo, editor


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