Every Christmas students from the Dixon Hall Music School under the direction of Bob McKitrick are invited to attend the Minstrel Foundation's Heather Bryant Christmas Music Camp at Hart House Farm. This past Christmas 13 students spent a week away from the city taking their music to new levels, bonding with old friends and making new friends.
We are pleased to announce a new initiative between Minstrel Foundation and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Beginning in January, 2016, we will provide free voice lessons to inner-city youth who are thirteen and older and whose voices have changed. Lessons will be at the Faculty of Music U of T campus. The program with begin with three students and increase in September 2016 to 7 students and at that time will be offered to younger students. There will also be a special project of a year’s training for one advanced student. Any transportation costs incurred by the students travelling to their lessons will be paid by the Foundation.
We are pleased to announce that a new scholarship in the amount of $20,000 has been established by Barbara Callander in the memory of her mother, Lois Callander, a former piano teacher who passed away last year. The scholarship will be available to talented students to study piano at the advanced level. We always enjoyed seeing Lois at our events each year and because of Barbara’s generosity, Lois’s presence will be felt for years to come.
Hundreds of children have benefitted from the generosity of the Slaight family through their support of the Minstrel Foundation. This is to be continued in a donation of $80,000 per year for the next five years. Our thanks to the family foundation and particularly to Ms. Ada Slaight who has been a Minstrel Foundation benefactor since our inception. The money will go to send youngsters to summer and March Break camps, where music and fun go hand in hand and where it’s easy to see how important a week in the country still is.