Noon Hour Online Concert: Ann Southam’s Solo Piano Music

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm EDT

Amelia Grace Yates, piano

Amelia Grace YatesD.M.A., is a pianist, adjudicator, and instructor from Ancaster Ontario. A recent graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Yates’s research focusses on the solo piano music of Canadian composer Ann Southam. She is passionate about researching and performing the music of contemporary Canadian composers. In addition to performing as a soloist, Dr. Yates also enjoys collaborating with others in chamber groups and working with large ensembles and choirs.  
Dr. Yates teaches piano lessons from her home studio, AGYPiano. Her goal is to help students perform, understand, and enjoy music thoughtfully, healthily, and artfully. She is also passionate about applying teaching approaches that nurture students’ mental health and empower them to think critically and independently. Dr. Yates’s students have received awards for both composition and performance at the local and national level, and frequently achieve First Class Honours and First Class Honours with Distinction standings on their conservatory examinations.
Before receiving her doctorate, Dr. Yates also earned an ARCT diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music Honours Music Education and a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. She had the privilege of studying performance with Dr. Leslie Kinton, Dr. Brett Kingsbury, and John-Paul Bracey, and pedagogy with Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla and Dr. Christine Tithecott.
Dr. Yates holds positions on the board of the Hamilton/Halton Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Hamilton Music Festival. She is honoured to support the Association of Canadian Women Composers as an Associate member. Dr. Yates is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners.

Ann Southam (1937-2010) is considered the best-known Canadian minimalist composer. While minimalism is her largest output for solo piano, she also composed in twelve-tone and jazz styles. In this recital, I offer an overview of Southam’s wide-ranging solo piano creations, including her early music she composed as a student, her varied approaches to minimalist composition, and the fun jazz-style pieces she created for students. Enjoy the beautiful tone colours, lyricism, and emotional journey present in Southam’s unique piano works. 

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