Featured Presenter: Katharine Rapoport


Katharine Rapoport taught violin and viola, string literature and pedagogy at the University of Toronto, where she was an Adjunct Professor. In addition to being an avid chamber musician, she is a member of Esprit Orchestra, “Canada’s premier orchestra devoted to the performance of new works”. Katharine has adjudicated at competitions and festivals and has given violin and viola masterclasses and workshops across Canada and the US. A Senior Examiner for RCM Examinations, she is regularly invited to speak at conferences. She has over 100 publications of Syllabi, playing editions, pedagogical texts and articles to her credit, and is the author of Violin For Dummies in the popular series published by Wiley’s, now in its Third Edition. She was for many years the conductor of the RCM Chamber Orchestra, and founded the University of Toronto Viola Ensemble. She also teaches String Methodologies at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music

Her students’ distinctions include winning scholarships to Juilliard, Eastman, and other major music schools in the US and Canada, and first place awards at the Provincial and National levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals. Her former students play with orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as in chamber ensembles in Canada and the US.

She was invited to give 4 presentations at the Canadian Music Educators’ Association National Conference in Winnipeg in July 2015.

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