Who is Euterpe

Who is Euterpe

Euterpe is a dedicated group of caring individuals who believe in the enrichment that live quality music brings to all who experience it.

Meet Our Board Members

Norman Hathaway, President

Norman graduated with a performance degree from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where he was privileged to study violin with David Zafer, and chamber music with the Orford String Quartet. He has been a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. He was co- concertmaster of the Toronto productions of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Miss Saigon’ orchestras and continues to perform regularly. Norman plays viola with Canada’s brilliant, innovative chamber group Ensemble Vivant, hailed as “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star).

Along with Euterpe’s founder and artistic director, pianist Catherine Wilson, Norman is committed to Euterpe’s mission of ensuring that our children and others are exposed to live music. Euterpe plants musical seeds among those who lack the opportunity of experiencing these life enriching performances. It is thrilling to witness first-hand the tremendous joy these musical performances create. Indeed, children and others are awakened to the joy of music through these critically important opportunities. Norman is dedicated to this cause.

Catherine Wilson, Founder and Artistic Director

As a concert pianist who performs internationally, now for over 3 decades, Catherine has performed for all kinds of audiences in countless locales. In conjunction with concerts as a soloist and with her chamber group, Ensemble Vivant, she has always given outreach performances for children and for those in retirement homes and care facilities.

Several years ago she founded Euterpe so that our public school children and others, who might not have the opportunity to be enriched by the joys and benefits of live, high calibre, interactive performances of classical, jazz and related musical styles, are given that opportunity. It is well documented that the vast majority of children are not exposed to these musical forms, yet these genres are known to provide multiple benefits for the young developing brain, and to provide healing for people of all ages. She knows how much music has enriched her own life, and has personally witnessed the tremendous joy that our music gives others.

Her research on Music and Healing, for which she received a PhD, corroborates the importance of this mission and parallels the tangible responses and reactions they receive from children and others wherever Euterpe musicians perform.

Euterpe has been making a difference and enriching the lives of children and their communities across Canada for over a dozen years. Catherine is passionately dedicated to ensuring that more and more children and others are exposed to these life-enhancing opportunities.

Dr. Roger Sarty, Director

Roger Sarty has been a board member of Euterpe since the organization was founded. A professor of Canadian Military History at Wilfrid Laurier University and the author of several books and articles. Roger is also Chairman of the Council for Canadian Security in the 21st Century and editor of The Northern Mariner, published by the Canadian Nautical Research Society in association with the North American Society for Oceanic History.

Growing up Roger was surrounded by music and played the trumpet at school, in the Northlandia Concert Band, and in the Buster Brown Big Band, which was founded by his father, Glenn Sarty, a renowned former CBC executive producer. Having been nurtured by music throughout his formative and teen years, Roger has always recognized how beneficial his background in music was for his academic studies and for his profession as an internationally renowned Canadian historian and author. Roger is a staunch supporter of everything Euterpe stands for and is dedicated to furthering Euterpe’s noble efforts throughout Canada.

Bob Weir, Director

Bob has been a board member of Euterpe since its founding. He is currently Assistant Vice President of Canada Life Assurance in the Reinsurance Division. Bob has also served as President of the Canadian Institute of Underwriters, as Contributing Editor of On the Risk and as Curriculum Coordinator with The Academy of Life Underwriting. 

Bob was fortunate to grow up in a musical family (his father was a professional musician), which exposed him to different types of music. Bob was also active in his high school music program which gave him the foundation to later make his mark as a bass player in Toronto’s jazz scene. Bob continues to actively perform with various jazz groups. Through his own experience Bob understands the important role that music can play in one’s life and enthusiastically supports the aims of Euterpe’s efforts.

Deborah Noble, Director

Deborah has a degree in Environmental Design from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Her major was in Architecture and Interior Design underpinned by Art History, Colour Theory, Musicology and Life Drawing. She worked as an Interior Designer with Network Design, then as a Business Developer with office furniture dealerships: Steelcase, Herman Miller and Knoll for over 15 years. Currently, she is President/Owner of agency workhive inc., representing Nienkämper, Klaus and Unika Vaev. Her passion for art and design has always been enveloped with the salvation of music. 

In her childhood music soothed, comforted and delighted her. In the rebellious teen years, music rescued, liberated and empowered her to find true identity. In adulthood, music was a haven, medicine and a tool for art/work. In Motherhood, it protected, nurtured and bonded her with all her children.

Immersing her children in music at home, has given them strength to get through life’s challenges, brought creativity to their ideas and joy in simple daily pleasures.

In the words of Plato, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Deborah is honoured to join Euterpe’s Board of Directors so that she can continue to help other children feel, heal and grow though the mission of awakening young minds to the joy of music through exposure to live, high calibre, interactive performances of classical, jazz and related musical styles.

David Crichton, Director

David Crichton is the proud principal of Rose Avenue. Rose Avenue is located in St Jamestown, the most densely populated neighbourhood in Canada. A community of new Canadians, Rose Ave is a diverse school with over 700 students from around the world. An experienced educator, David has worked as Principal at Dundas PS, Market Lane, and now Rose Avenue. David is skilled at developing partnerships with for profit and not for profit organizations, in order to support the students and parents. Over the years, Rose has worked with Manulife Financial, Canadian Dance Company, Inner City Angels and Mariposa in the School and Euterpe: Music is the Key, to name a few. Arts is a powerful learning tool at Rose, and helps level the playing field for our many ESL students. This is one reason why Music is the Key to helping engage and promote a sense of community. Furthermore, Rose is viewed as the heart of the neighbourhood, and is the place where many students learn about the diversity and acceptance that Canada is known for.

One key partnership has been with Euterpe. Since 2011, Euterpe has performed several times at Rose, providing students with top rate musical experiences. All students have been participants in these interactive classical, jazz and related performances by esteemed professional musicians. David is thrilled to support Euterpe in its goal to expand in order to reach greater audiences within the GTA.

Dwayne G. White, Director

Dwayne earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Toronto. During his time at U of T, he was a reporter at The Varsity, University of Toronto’s Newspaper. This experience has trained him in effective communication and time management skills. Dwayne joined Euterpe’s Board in 2014 and serves as its Director of Communications.

Why Dwayne joined Euterpe: “I am committed to community service, and there is no better cause than enriching young minds with music, free of charge. It is with great pride that I contribute my expertise to this cause: to create awareness of the tremendous benefit music has on the minds of young people.

Dr. Charles Daellenbach, O.C., Honorary Board Member

Chuck Daellenbach has brought music, imagination and humour internationally through his world renowned group The Canadian Brass since the group was formed in 1970. He has played a key role in all of the group’s ground-breaking projects. Chuck comes from a long line of German and Swiss musicians and, during his upbringing in Wisconsin, his father gave him daily music lessons.

After earning a Ph.D. at the age of 25 from the Eastman School of Music, Chuck headed north to teach at the Music Faculty at the University of Toronto. Possibly the most recognized tuba player in the world, having appeared on over 100 recordings, Chuck has performed with many of the greatest musicians and conductors of the last 40 years. Among his various projects is a series of 200 brass works published by Hal Leonard, many accompanied by CDs, played by music students around the world. He is President of Canadian Brass Publishing as well as Opening Day Entertainment Group, the group’s recording label.

Chuck is pleased to be an Honorary Board Member of Euterpe, which echoes his own views and philosophy about the importance of music and its enriching benefits for people of all ages, with the ideal being to begin this journey of life-enrichment at the earliest ages.

Rick Wilkins, C.M., Honorary Board Member

Rick Wilkins, C. M., has been steeped in music since early childhood and began his musical career in Toronto in 1957. A Canadian jazz legend, Rick has written countless arrangements and original scores for numerous artists, from Oscar Peterson, The Boss Brass, Oliver Jones, Guido Basso, Peter Appleyard, Anne Murray, Moe Koffman, Ensemble Vivant and many more. He has conducted his charts with The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Calgary Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony Orchestras and many more. As a saxophonist, Rick has appeared as a soloist with many artists including The Boss Brass, Phil Nimmons, Ed Bickert and many other renowned artists. He has travelled internationally extensively with his music.

Rick has been a passionate supporter of Euterpe’s mission since the organization’s inception, and is very pleased to be an Honorary Board Member of this vitally important organization and all it has done and continues to do for children and others in Canadian communities.

Dr. Laurel Trainor, PhD, Honorary Board Member

Dr. Trainor, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, is the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM). She is also the Director of MIMM and of the LIVELab at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has done groundbreaking neuroscience research on musical development in children and infants and her research spans perceptual, cognitive, and social aspects of pitch and rhythm.

Dr. Trainor’s endorsement of Euterpe: “Euterpe’s performance programs realize in action what cognitive psychologists and other researchers have determined to be beneficial for children and others through ongoing experimentation whose results have been documented and widely disseminated. Without Euterpe’s work, for example, the scientific findings in and of themselves are not able to benefit our children and youth. The wonderful interactive high-caliber performances of classical and jazz music that Euterpe brings to our children and youth are of vital importance for planting the seeds of music in our lives and putting people on a path to be enriched by the benefits of music.

Dr. Trainor is pleased to be an honorary board member of Euterpe and to have an ongoing collaboration with this vitally important organization.

Mark Wells, Honorary Board Member

Mark studied violin from an early age and later earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, going on to complete his Masters Degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has performed professionally and taught violin for decades in Toronto and for years was the Music Director of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre in B.C.

Mark understands first-hand how important music is to the development and well-being of individuals and society over all. Choosing to follow in his Father’s footsteps and continue the family enterprise of The Britton House Retirement Centre and Wells Gordon, based in Toronto, Mark has recognized how critically significant his many years of studying violin from his youth, and later performing violin on a professional level, has shaped his life and contributed significantly to the tremendous success he has achieved in his professional life.

For that reason Mark is a strong advocate of the live, high caliber musical initiatives offered by Euterpe. Mark has been a supporter of Euterpe for many years, and is delighted to be an honourary board member.

Music is the Key

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