Graham Yates will be this year’s piano adjudicator for the Nechako Valley Performing Arts Festival.

Piano as an art form

The Nechako Valley Performing Arts Festival will have a piano adjudicator who teaches piano but also has a head for business.

The Nechako Valley Performing Arts Festival will have a piano adjudicator who teaches piano but also has a head for business.

Graham Yates found his element when he learned that even as a pianist he did not have to play all by himself.  Since then he almost exclusively appears with singers, instrumentalists, choirs, chamber groups, pit bands and orchestras all over western Canada.

Yates completed a master’s in piano performance at Brandon University with a focus on collaborative playing under Dr. Alexander Tselyakov, whose technical and emotional sensitivity has been compared with Horowitz’s.  He also owes a musical debt to his previous teacher Dr. Sandra Joy Friesen who continues to inspire him to love all the strange and unusual kinds of music.  He also holds a master of business administration.

Lower mainlanders may have seen Yates in ensemble performances at Ryerson United Church’s summer concert series, the French Alliance, Surrey’s 2010 Olympic Flashback Ceremony, Rose Gellert Hall in Langley, Bakerview Church’s “Music on a Wednesday”, and most of Chilliwack’s choral and orchestral groups.  In 2012 and 2013 he was a featured concerto soloist in Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra’s Piano Extravaganza.

Yates holds a master of business administration from Trinity Western University, and by combining business with his passion for music, he works to create opportunities for others to experience the joy of community music-making as Principal of the Chilliwack Academy of Music, Administrator of the Bakerview Music Academy,  and President of the BC Association of Community Music Schools.  He enjoys teaching a limited number of private students, has instructed music courses at Trinity Western University, and is an adjudicator at regional music festivals all over B.C.

 

Just Posted

Atom Stars host hockey tourney

Seven teams from the region clashed sticks

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Players sought for National Aboriginal Hockey Championships

ISPARC calls for bantam/midget players to register for selection camp in Kamloops

New funding opens for industry innovation

Northern Development Initiative Trust opened new funds, focused on areas impacted by the pine beetle

Most Read