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About Our Association

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President's Message

Welcome to the Website of the Nova Scotia Registered Teachers' Association 


It is our privilege, as music teachers, to be able to encourage our students in the wonderful world of music and to see that music enrich lives and open doors of thought and feeling which may never have been known previously. 


The NSRMTA offers quality support and programs for member teachers and their students as well as an assurance to parents that they have access to well qualified instructors. 


Whether you are a teacher, a student or a parent, please peruse our site so we can help point you in the right direction for your private music education needs.

NSRMTA President

Karen Turpin

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Our Patron

His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, KC,
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia


Arthur Joseph LeBlanc was installed as the 33rdLieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on June 28, 2017.

His Honour was born in West Arichat, Nova Scotia in 1943 and attended primary and secondary schools in that region. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and he earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University in 1968.  Following graduation, he was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in November 1968. 

His Honour practiced law for over 30 years, initially as an associate of Vincent deP Burke and subsequently as senior partner of the law firm LeBlanc MacDonald and Pickup and this firm was succeeded by LeBlanc MacDonald.  He maintained a solicitor’s practice and subsequently concentrated his practice in civil litigation.  In 1983, His Honour was appointed as King’s Counsel in recognition of his distinguished law career.

While practicing law, His Honour served as a Director with several corporations and development authorities.  He was also active with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Strait of Canso Barristers’ Society.

In 1998, he was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (General Division) and served on the bench until he was installed as Lieutenant Governor.

His Honour is Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, Vice-Prior and a Knight of Justice of the Order of St. John, the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (2022).

His Honour is married to Her Honour Rosemarie Patricia (Patsy) LeBlanc (nee Lirette), who was born in Beresford, New Brunswick.  Together, they have three grown sons, Pierre, André, and Robert.  They have six grandchildren.  


Our Council

The current administrative council for the

Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association 2022

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Governing Documents

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Teacher of the Year

Peter Allen

As a concert pianist, Peter Allen is well known and loved by audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations. He regularly performs solo recitals, concertos with orchestra, and chamber music. He has recorded two solo piano compact discs for CBC, one featuring some of his own very popular Bagatelles, another an all-Haydn disc, and numerous duo CD’s with flautist Patricia Creighton.

For many years he has been a regular performer with local concert presenters such as “Music on the Hill” Concert Series at UNB Fredericton,the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, the Antigonish Performing Arts Series,  the St. Cecilia Concert Series and the Kincardine Music Festival in Ontario.Peter has also performed multiple times with the PEI Symphonyand Symphony New Brunswick as well as performing over a dozen concerto appearances with Symphony Nova Scotia.  Peter has performed as solo recitalist in most communities in the Maritimes, to rave reviews and standing ovations. 


Peter is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Dalhousie University's Fountain School of Performing Arts, a post he has held since 2005. He teaches piano, chamber music, orchestration, and also conducts the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.  


Before winning this position, Peter was Artist in Residence for four years at the University of New Brunswick’s Centre for the Performing Arts, at Fredericton.  Before that, he taught piano at Acadia University and St. Xavier University.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with many illustrious musicians throughout Canada and around the world. He was the faculty pianist at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts for five years prior to his return to Nova Scotia and performed there with an international roster of fabulous artists.


Peter is an Associate Professor of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), a member of SOCAN and a member of  The Living Composers Project.


Peter has a BMUS from Mount Allison University, and a Masters of Music in Performance from Yale University.
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NSRMTA President

Karen Turpin


Halifax Chapter President
Megan Wynn

Valley Chapter President
Heather Pineo Regan

Canada Music Week Coordinator
Diana Torbert

Student Composter Competition Convenor
Skippy Mardon

Atlantic Young Artist Representative
Lynn Johnson, NBRMTA (

National Essay Competition Contact
Julie Post

NS Kiwanis Music Festival Representative
Patricia Bryson

Social Media

Gillian Ezekiel

Janette Keefe

Jason Davis

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