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D.Mus.(McGill), M.Mus.(McGill), B.Mus(Wilfrid Laurier), A.R.C.T.
Praised for her “sensitive and passionate artistic interpretation”, Christine Vanderkooy has performed as a soloist across Canada, and in the USA and Europe, including a European recital tour funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Christine has performed at the Eckhardt-Grammaté National Piano Competition, the Gaudeamus International Competition in the Netherlands, and was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in the Dietrich Fischer Dieskau Workshop (before he cancelled!). Her CD release, Schubert and Schumann, was recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts with successful grant funding from the University of Regina, and promoted by Toronto publicist, Jane Harbury, with additional grant funding from Creative Saskatchewan. This recording, featuring Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, and Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6, has enjoyed critical acclaim including a cover story for Tempo magazine, as well as radio play on CBC Radio and stations across the continent.
Christine’s national reputation as a piano pedagogue is reflected in frequent invitations to adjudicate festivals and competitions, including the B.C., Manitoba, and Quebec Provincials, the National Piano Competition for the CFMTA (Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s Association) in 2011 and 2019, and has twice been invited to judge the Canadian JUNO Awards. Christine travels as a Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has been invited to give masterclasses at the University of Lethbridge, Regina Conservatory, McMaster University, Bishop’s University, the Alberta and Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and the CFMTA national convention. An enthusiastic supporter of amateur musicians, Christine has taught and performed for many years at CAMMAC’s summer festival (Canadian Amateur Musicians Musiciens Amateur Canadiens) in Laurentides, QC.
Christine’s contributions as a writer and presenter include a conference presentation in Florence, Italy, and an invited presentation at the University of Arizona on the psychological and physiological aspects of Music Performance Anxiety, a presentation at the national convention of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations on stage fright as well as Beethoven’s pedaling in piano works, and a presentation at Bishop’s University on Russian piano music. By invitation, Christine has contributed an article for the Royal Conservatory of Music blog, designed a course for RCM’s use entitled “Piano Pedagogy: Gesture and Sound”, and traveled with the senior pedagogy team across Alberta as a presenter for the RCM Teacher Professional Development Seminars.
Christine’s major teachers include David McIntyre, Boyd McDonald, Tom Plaunt, Sara Laimon, and Marc Durand. Having studied and taught at McGill University where she earned a Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance, Christine has since held positions at the University of Prince Edward Island, University of Windsor, Lakehead University, and the University of Regina, and is pleased to have joined the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Education in 2017 as Associate Professor of Music and Education. When not teaching, rehearsing, or traveling, Christine can be found exploring Windsor’s many riches with her marvelous husband and two effervescent young children.
2019 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA) National Piano Competition (Winnipeg, MB)
2018 B.C. Provincial Finals (Victoria, BC), ORMTA Young Artist (Windsor, ON)
2017 Conservatory of Performing Arts Auditioned Scholarships (Regina, SK)
2015 Lyell Gustin Memorial Piano Scholarship Competition, Gordon C. Wallis Piano Competition, Florence Bowes Piano Competition (Saskatoon, SK)
2014 Conservatory of Performing Arts Auditioned Scholarships (Regina, SK)
2013 Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Competition, Yukon Rotary Music Festival (Whitehorse), Maple Creek, Potashville and District, Jean McCulloch Jr. Piano Competition, Contemporary Showcase (Biggar, SK)
2012 Melfort Music Festival
2011 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations (CFMTA) 2011 National Piano Competition
2010 B.C. Provincials, Swift Current, Weyburn
2009 Regina Musical Club Recital Competition, Lloydminster, Estevan
2008 Manitoba Provincials, Charlottetown, Regina Conservatory, Macklin, Prince Albert
2007 Quebec (QMEA) Provincial Finals, QMEA Junior, Oshawa-Whitby, Thunder Bay
2005 Mount Allison University (Sackville)