Marilyn Ann Harrison - 2021
Marilyn Ann Harrison (previously Maginley, nee Hill), born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, peacefully passed away at the Parkland Shannex in Antigonish surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Bill and Brian Hill; her first former husband and our father, Charles Douglas Maginley; and her second former husband, Robin Harrison. She is survived by her brother, Greg (Betty) Hill; five children, Rachel, Rob (Valerie), David (Erika), Christopher and Amanda Maginley; her five grandchildren, Suzanne, Ryan, Derek, Megan and Emma, as well as numerous extended family members.
She was a Piano Teacher, Producer, and had her ATCL (Trinity College of Music) 1969, and LTCL (Trinity) 1975. Raised in Nova Scotia, she traveled the world and lived in many places. She married the first time in 1957 and again in 1978. She taught piano privately for many years in Sydney, Halifax, Victoria and Saskatoon. There she produced and directed for the Saskatoon Opera Association, and was a founder and its general manager from 1978-94. She also adjudicated at music festivals across Canada and gave workshops.
The book Piano Pedagogy and Performance Principles, which she edited, was published in 1992. Retiring to Margaree, Cape Breton in 1994, Marilyn continued to teach privately and to adjudicate as well as run the Harrison Hill Bed and Breakfast. She founded a community based theatre group and also restarted the Margaree Area Development Association (MADA). She was a music and drama critic for the CBC and various newspapers, and a board member of Theatre Nova Scotia and the University College of Cape Breton. Marilyn received the Lescarbot Award for Cultural Contributions in Music and Drama, and the Saskatoon Rotary Award for Education in the Arts. Her contribution to the music and theater world is immeasurable.
Mom was a vibrant, adventurous, loving and engaging person. She was also an incredible mother, supporting her children's endeavours whatever they may be. We loved her dearly, as did many people across Canada. She loved to travel and knew all sorts of musical history. One was always welcomed in her home, and you were likely fed and told amazing stories that kept you entertained and laughing for hours. Her beautiful smile, sense of humour and sound of her laugh will remain in our memories. You are so much a part of who we are and we will do our best to serve others in the essence of love, kindness and humour to honour your legacy. Tiamo Momma! We miss and love you deeply. Enjoy the afterlife...word is there is a lot of music!
A heartfelt thank you to the Sisters and staff, particularly in Mary's Court, at the Parkland Shannex, Antigonish for their extraordinary care of Mom. She loved you too! Funeral arrangements by the Sunset Funeral home and service to be held at Calvin United Church TBA. Donations appreciated to L'arche Art House, Antigonish or to the Nova Scotia Music Teachers Association. Online condolences: www.sunsetfuneralco-op.com.
Tietje Zonneveld - 2020
Passed away on Tuesday May 26, 2020 in Hospice Halifax. She was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, she received her education there - her first teacher was Willem Hielkema who introduced School Concerts to the country, studied piano under Jan de Man receiving a Master's in Piano Performance and Music Education. She emigrated to Kitchener, Ont., in 1968 making her new life there for two years before moving to Halifax after a visit, falling in love with the sea. She taught piano privately and at the School for the Blind, then invited to teach at Dalhousie University in 1976. She became an active member of the Musical Society of Halifax. Teaching, performing, recording for the CBC and making a name as a Collaborative Pianist in public as well as at the University where she held the position of Associate Professor until her retirement in 2004. For several years she also taught Aural Perception, Theory and Piano Skill classes. She performed numerous Concerts for Nova Music, dedicated to Contemporary compositions. Her great interest and loves were teaching, playing chamber music with colleagues and vocal work; she displayed an extensive knowledge of repertoire and foreign languages. Meanwhile she was active as an Adjudicator for nearly all local Music Festivals throughout the Maritimes. After her retirement she was called back to the Dalhousie Piano class as a replacement for colleagues during sickness and Sabbaticals. She enjoyed the trust of her colleagues and students and was happy to be able to follow their progress. The reunions became happy ones. Her love of animals is well-known, especially of cats. She would very much appreciate any donations to the SPCA, Bide Awhile animal Shelter or any Organization dealing with animals in distress, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Hospice Halifax or the Scleroderma Society of Canada. She was predeceased by her parents, Jentje and Rinske (Wijga) Zonneveld; and brother, Joop. Survived in Holland by her sister-in-law, Marga; nephews, Arjen, Marcel, Peter and Wim; and her dearest friend, Ank Geul. A Memorial will be held at a later date when possible for all.
Patricia Quinn 1943-2018
From early childhood, music was a central part of life for Pat Quinn. Born in Yarmouth, she began piano lessons at an early age, often participating in the Yarmouth Music Festivals. She moved to Toronto where she worked as a secretary while doing further music studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music. This included Harmony lessons with William Andrews. She moved to the small community of Elora where she continued her studies and began to teach. She became good friends with Debra Wanless.
In 1995, the needs of aging parents brought her back to the Yarmouth area. She completed her ARCT Teachers Diploma and became a member of NSRMTA – holding the positions of corresponding secretary/correspondent from 2001-2009. She was a faithful member of her local Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and served as pianist there until her death.
Pat's warm and caring personality soon attracted students both to her private studio and to the Music for Young Children program she taught in Yarmouth. In 1997, she gathered with other local teachers and hosted the first meeting to re-establish the Yarmouth Music Society. From that first meeting, she served as secretary for YMS until her death. The YMS now offers bursaries in Pat's name to students going on to further their musical studies.
In 1999, out of Pat's broadening vision for music in the community, came the idea to celebrate Canada Music Week in a public venue. From that time, that annual November recital has grown to be one of the most anticipated events of the students' year.
Pat's excellent teaching made her a gold-medal teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her students have competed in the NSRMTA scholarship competitions with a student completing his ARCT Performance Diploma. She was a quiet, kind teacher who worked tirelessly for her students and community who honored her with a surprise recital just before her death. She is greatly missed by many.