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Don Wright music faculty adds to its Wall of Fame

- October 23rd, 2012

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Charlotte Nediger Taurins, going into alumni wall, photo courtesy of tafelmusik.org

Even by the stellar standards of Western’s Don Wright music faculty, the class of 2012 is pretty darn classy.

Here is the release from faculty media ace Janis Wallace . . . JBNBlog believes Tafelmusik’s Charlotte Nediger has more Junos than anyone else hereabouts. Tafelmusik wins a lot — as it should.

Here is how Charlotte’s story started more or less . . . it’s from a 2000 story by JBNBlog in his day job.

   That must have been some harpsichord Bill Nediger built in the basement for his teenage daughter, Charlotte, all those years ago.
The harpischord helped the young Charlotte find her way from the woodworking shop in the family’s Oakridge-area home to a permanent place in the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
That harpischord, from a $500 Zuckermann kit, was followed by another basement-built keyboard, also modelled on an instrument hundreds of years old.Charlotte Nediger was on her way.
She is back in London with Tafelmusik tomorrow as part of the Amabile Boys Choirs’ 10th-anniversary celebrations. Toronto-based and world-renowned, Tafelmusik is making its first London appearance in years.
“The instruments suited me physically,” Charlotte Nediger says of the kit-built instruments of her teen years. “I’m not a large person and, as a young girl, I was particularly not a large person. Playing away at the 19th-century piano repertoire never felt physically quite right. I have lovely long fingers, but I don’t have the muscles behind it . . . the harpischord felt good.
“But it was more that, (more) than the repertoire, that appealed to me. I grew to love the repertoire, but it wasn’t instantly saying, ‘I want to play Bach, I want to play Bach, therefore, I need a harpischord,’ by any means.”
Back in the early 1970s, when Charlotte Nediger was in Grade 9, Bill Nediger was only too happy to oblige when she asked for a harpsichord — the keyboard instrument whose strings are plucked, not struck, like a piano’s.
For one thing, the harpischord kit allowed him, as the only non-musician in the family, to get in the musical game through his woodworking hobby. For another, the now-retired UWO registrar and Charlotte’s mother, Phyllis, then a piano teacher, knew Charlotte was serious.
“There was no doubt in my mind if she said that’s what she wanted, then that’s what she wanted,” he says.
Bill Nediger built a larger instrument for his daughter later in the decade. The two basement-built gems were all the keyboard she needed until Tafelmusik.

Over to Janis for the full story:

Wall of Fame honors diverse talents of Western music graduates

 

What do a B.C. Supreme Court judge, a senior executive of Vivendi Universal and local music icons have in common? They are three of the Don Wright Faculty of Music Alumni Wall of Fame inductees October 27, 2012.

Elaine Adair, Christopher Montgomery and Gerald and Marlene Fagan are three alumni whose outstanding contributions to music are being celebrated by Western’s Music Faculty and alumni.

Elaine Adair practised law in Vancouver, developing expertise in complex civil litigation, in particular class action defence and corporate-commercial disputes, before being named a Supreme Court judge in 2008.

Chris Montgomery has performed with luminaries of the music universe, such as Joe Pass, Ben Heppner, Sir Simon Rattle and Sammy Nestico. Chris played a key role in three companies that transformed the music industry. He was director at Diamond Multimedia Systems, launching the Rio portable mp3 players and RioPort.com. At MP3.com, he launched the first on-demand music subscription model in 2000. He has held senior positions at Vivendi Universal, BMG Music and Egon Zehnder International, as well as head of EMI Classics North America and vice-president of Global Consumer Digital.

Gerald and Marlene Fagan have contributed to choral music throughout Canada. Their partnership took them from Sir Adam Beck S.S. in London to Listowel to several provincial choirs and back to London with Fanshawe Chorus London, Gerald Fagan Singers and Concert Players Orchestra.

Other inductees include Sharon Wei, who has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the globe and teaches at Stanford University; Tafelmusik’s Charlotte Nediger Taurins, “one of the finest exponents of the harpsichord” according to critic William Littler; Trudy Bradley, an Ottawa music teacher who has also received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999; organist John Vandertuin, who is the recipient of many international awards and accolades; and Ruth Morawetz, pianist and impresario who has collaborated with Canadian performers, including Maureen Forester, Ben Heppner, Adrianne Pieczonka, Louse Pitre and Karen Kain.

The celebration at the Great Hall will include performances by current music students.

 

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