About Euterpe

About Euterpe

Mission Statement

EUTERPE CANADA, named after the Greek Muse of Music, is a well-established registered not-for-profit charity which brings LIVE, high calibre performance programs of Classical, Jazz and related diverse musical styles to those who might not otherwise have access to these life-enhancing opportunities.  CHILDREN, especially those from underserved communities, and SENIORS are a principal focus for Euterpe.   

Music Is The Key for happier, healthier children, families, seniors, and respective communities. Euterpe’s evidence-based invaluable musical initiatives have been endorsed by the scientific community, as well as by the education and arts communities.


For more than 15 years, the world-class musicians of Euterpe: Music Is The Key have conducted LIVE and VIRTUAL, interactive, fun, educational performance programs for CHILDREN, principally those in underserved communities. Euterpe’s unique evidence-based education/performance programs involve children’s participation in in a variety of fun, creative ways.  Scientific studies have documented that most children today are not exposed to the Western musical genres of Classical, Jazz, and related musical styles, either recorded or live. The long-term educational, artistic and health benefits of this music are well-known. Despite this, vitally important vibrant music programs, that were once an integral part of the public-school curriculum, are no longer unavailable to the vast majority of children in our country. Learning music and participating in music-making activities is known to provide inestimable benefits to the developing brain, aiding immensely with focus, discipline, academic learning, synchrony of movement, all areas of positive social development and interaction, (including fostering self-esteem, confidence, empathy, sense of purpose, social bonding, cooperation, and more), as well as overall health and well-being throughout one’s life.

Euterpe: Music Is The Key’s life-enhancing, evidence-based music education/performance programs plant musical seeds, inspiring children of diverse cultural backgrounds to want to hear more of this music, to play a musical instrument and to become involved in music-making activities, such as singing in a choir or playing in a band or orchestra. When children are involved with this music early on, they become much better equipped in life.

Euterpe: Music is The Key was awarded a 3-year Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant in 2020, and a Canada Council for the Arts grant in 2021.

Ensemble Vivant performing for dementia residents at Cummer Lodge


For more than 15 years, Euterpe: Music Is The Key has been devoted to bringing highest calibre, stylistically diverse musical performances to those who might not otherwise have the chance to experience these life-enhancing opportunities. SENIORS are among those whose lives have been significantly enriched by the many wonderful performance programs provided by Euterpe’s world-class performers, whose fun and engaging rapport with the residents accompanies the superb music-making. Euterpe: Music Is The Key’s unique performance programs, which have been endorsed by the scientific community, richly fulfill the tremendous need for live musical stimulation for seniors.

EUTERPE – Additional Musical Initiatives Include:

EUTERPE: Music Is The Key:  Sponsors Ensemble Vivant (core Euterpe musicians) to deliver Euterpe’s invaluable music education/performance programs in public schools throughout the nation in every locale that Ensemble Vivant performs.


EUTERPE: Music Is The Key musicians regularly collaborate with children and youth choirs to give young people the opportunity to perform with world-class professionals. It’s the music-making that brings the lasting joy, no matter the demographic.

EUTERPE: Music Is The Key collaborates with other charities, community outreach programs, institutions, and educational facilities.


EUTERPE: Music Is The Key musicians provide concerts in needful communities. Live, shared musical opportunities bring people together giving lasting, joyous experiences.


EUTERPE: Music Is The Key provides free tickets to all Ensemble Vivant concerts to targeted community groups serving people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Euterpe Musicians:

Euterpe’s flagship performance group is internationally acclaimed Ensemble Vivant, the core of which is:

  • Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director
  • Corey Gemmell, violin
  • Norman Hathaway, viola
  • Tom Mueller, cello
  • George Koller, bass

Other leaders from the classical and jazz community include:

  • Don Thompson, O.C., vibes
  • Kevin Turcotte, trumpet/flugelhorn
  • Guido Basso, O.C., trumpet/flugelhorn
  • Phil Seguin, trumpet, percussion
  • Steve McDade, trumpet/flugelhorn
  • Alexander Brown, trumpet
  • Mike Murley, sax
  • Perry White, sax
  • Tara Davidson, sax
  • Allison Au, sax
  • Sybil Shanahan, cello
  • Mary Katherine Finch, cello
  • Jim Vivian, bass
  • Ross McIntyre, bass
  • Andrew Downing, bass
  • Brian Barlow, drums
  • Barry Elmes, drums
  • Juan Carlos Medrano, Latin Percussion
  • Adrian Bent, Drums

Euterpe Makes a Difference. You Can Help.

The benefits of Euterpe’s initiatives for the young, developing mind are inestimable, and the multiple healing and other benefits for people of all ages are widely documented.

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Charitable Registration #: 85231 1034 RR0001

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