From Prairie to Pine - Piano Solos by Saskatchewan Composers - Volume 2 was launched July 7 at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association (CFMTA) Convention in Regina.
This unique musical tome reflecting the Saskatchewan landscape and its people is a publication of the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers' Association with assistance from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Innovation, Unity, Macklin and Biggar and District Credit Unions and features 12 emerging and established composers from nine communities across Saskatchewan. Volume 1 sold over 600 copies across North America.
Andrea Neustaeter's composition, Sudden Prairie Storm, is featured in this compilation. Student composer Payton Reddekopp's composition, Serena, is also included. This song was written for a young cancer survivor, Serena Cooper, and is special to Payton because it is her first dedicated composition.
Piano solos reflecting the diverse beauty of Saskatchewan include Morning Showers, 60% chance of Rain, Autumn, Sudden Prairie Storm, and Day's End. The generous hearts of Saskatchewan people are illustrated with compositions such as Love Unconditional, Lyrical Melancholy and Serena (the latter composed by student composer and dedicated to a young cancer survivor). Outdoor Skating Rink, The Hockey Game, Country Car Ride and Long Weekend aptly recognize Saskatchewan traditions.
The Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers' Association (SRMTA) is an association of over 230 independent music teachers dedicated to excellence in music through continued teacher education, promoting and disseminating improvements in music teaching, music education advocacy and the fostering of interest in music in their communities.
SRMTA music teachers shape the lives of musicians in more than 58 communities across our province. All members of the SRMTA make up a portion of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association, an association of over 3,000 teachers across Canada.