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Dr. Robert Hall to be honoured with Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award

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Dr. Robert Hall has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Joan Mantle Music Trust Community Award for his contribution to music and education. The award will be presented at the International Dinner and Silent Auction in support of the Trust on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The evening of food and music will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“Dr. Hall is truly a champion of life-long music education, and has had an immense impact on music in our community,” said Ralph McIntosh, Chair of the Joan Mantle Music Trust Steering Committee. “A professor in the Music Department at Laurentian University, Dr. Hall is more than a teacher, he is a mentor whose passion for music education is inspiring.”

About Dr. Robert Hall

Dr. Robert “Bob” Hall is an accomplished musician, vocalist, pianist, organist and conductor, who has served 22 years as Associate Professor of Music at Laurentian University, and Director of Music and Organist at St. Andrew’s United Church, Sudbury. Dr. Hall’s contributions to Sudbury’s music culture have greatly influenced elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, as well as the community at large.

At the elementary level, Dr. Hall has organized integrated arts presentations for young people, and has served as the Director of the St. Andrew’s Junior Choir for several years.

As an expert in vocal and choral music, Dr. Hall’s services as an adjudicator are in high demand. As a result, he often travels across Canada to share his wisdom and years of training with secondary school vocal and choral students. A frequent adjudicator at the Northern Ontario Music Festival, Dr. Hall provides regional high school choirs with guidance and feedback on how to improve their technique and performance skills.

Since 2003, Dr. Hall has supported local secondary schools by providing keyboard accompaniment for their musicals, including productions of Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and The Wizard of Oz.

Dr. Hall arrived in Sudbury in 1995 and soon after established the Laurentian University Choir (LUC), which has presented annual performances, singing major choral pieces such as Carmina Burana by Orff, Requiem by Mozart and Handel’s Messiah. Throughout many of the years, Dr. Hall has extended an invitation to local church choirs and other vocalists in the community to participate in order to ensure that all choral positions were represented.

Dr. Hall is highly regarded in the community, especially by those who are involved in local choirs. It is a great honour to receive an invitation to sing with the LUC. Dr. Hall’s involvement with choral organizations extends beyond the LUC and St. Andrew’s United Church. He has also performed with Cambrian College, the Bel Canto Chorus, and the Sudbury Chamber Singers, among many others. Dr. Hall is in the process of organizing four community concerts to be held at St. Andrew’s United Church this spring.

Dr. Hall’s talent as a vocalist has also been recognized. In 2005, he sang at the Supreme Court of Canada to honour the retirement of Justice John C. Major.

As an Associate Professor at Laurentian University, Dr. Hall has inspired a generation of new music teachers, many of whom teach in Rainbow Schools as well as other public and separate school boards in and out of the Sudbury area.

“Dr. Hall inspires a passion about music and the arts, reaching the very young, other youth, adults and seniors,” says local soloist Pamela Teed, who has studied under his tutelage. “Like a student, Dr. Hall is continually educating himself on musical knowledge and the latest technology. Future generations of music lovers will enrich their families and communities from Bob’s talent and energy.”

About the International Dinner

Rainbow District School Board’s sixth International Dinner and Silent Auction in support of the Joan Mantle Music Trust will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6 pm at the ParkSide Older Adult Centre, 140 Durham Street, in Sudbury. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new musical instruments and equipment in Rainbow Schools.

Tickets are $50 per person (with a $30 tax receipt provided upon request) and tables of eight are $400 (with a $240 tax receipt provided upon request). Tickets can be purchased at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, 170 Shaughnessy Street, 705-674-8381. Tickets are also available at area Rainbow secondary schools or by contacting Emily Caruso Parnell at 705-523-3308 ext. 8217, email carusoe@rainbowschools.ca.

The menu will feature a wide variety of foods that represent Sudbury’s multicultural heritage. Musical entertainment will showcase talented students from Rainbow secondary schools, featuring an all-Canadian program in celebration of the nation’s 150th anniversary.

About the Joan Mantle Music Trust

The Joan Mantle Music Trust was established in the fall of 2008 to help refresh, modernize and revitalize school music programs in the Rainbow District School Board. The Trust allocates funding for musical instruments and equipment to selected schools on a rotating basis. The Trust also accepts the donation of new and used musical instruments and allocates them to schools in need. This ensures that there is an ongoing improvement in the condition of musical equipment throughout the Board, allowing for students to achieve more in their musical studies together.

For more information about the International Dinner and the Joan Mantle Music Trust, click here.

Donations to the Joan Mantle Music Trust are always welcome. Cheques should be made payable to Rainbow District School Board. Receipts will be provided for all donations of $25 or more.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.

International Dinner Contact:

Ralph McIntosh,
Chair, Joan Mantle Music Trust Steering Committee,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-7788 ext. 27