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Virginia MacDonald2022-03-15T12:16:56-04:00

Project Description

B. Mus. (Humber) in-progress

Virginia has established herself as a respected musician/performer across Toronto, playing at numerous venues such as the Rex Hotel, Jazz Bistro, Gate 403, and also performing at events such as the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Beaches Jazz Festival. She has shared the stage with musicians such as Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, Peter Bernstein, Dick Oatts, Lorne Lofsky, P.J. Perry and Pat LaBarbera.

Virginia works as both a sidewoman and a leader, frequently performing with her own trios and quartets in Toronto. She also has recording experience, recently appearing on her first album “Common Ground” by the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, where she played in a horn section with some of Canada’s leading jazz musicians. In addition to performing,

Virginia loves teaching students of all levels. She believes in an approach which encourages a solid knowledge of music rudiments along with an individual approach that caters to each student’s needs and musical aspirations.

Get to know Virginia…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Music, Reading, Swimming

Musical influences: John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, The Beatles, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown

Favourite food: Pizza

Least favourite food: Onions

Favourite music: Jazz

Favourite song: How Deep is the Ocean

Favourite movie: Mean Girls

Favouirite movie music: Star Wars

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Rent

Best quote from your teacher: “If at first you don’t succeed, you can always blame the reed”

Favourite quote: “There are only two kinds of music, good and bad.” – Duke Ellington

Favourite book: Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Watching my students progress and grow as musicians.

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Hello Virginia’s students!

This is one of my most bittersweet kinds of notes that I must write as a director, the one that says an existing and well-loved teacher has become so active professionally that it is time for them to move on.  Sadly, that is the case now for Virginia, and we are (administratively) very saddened by this.

The good news is that we have done our usual due diligence and secured a new teacher to join us beginning January 18th; Ted Crosby.

Normally I would be able to direct you to his online profile on our website so you could get to know him, but the latest provincial changes have foist a lot of work on us unexpectedly and we are in a bit of a scramble to bring all of our programs and families in- and on-line quickly, once again. I hope to get this profile up and available to you by this time next week, and will keep you informed.

As always, the outgoing teacher will give the incoming teacher detailed notes on you, your history, and your progress, so you can proceed and integrate with the new teacher in the smoothest way.

For now, you will be able to prepare and say goodbye to Virginia next week.  If you have any questions, please call us directly in the office.  416-651-7529.



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