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.