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A Day with Derek Chiu

March 10 | 10:00 AM

Derek Chiu, a performer, teacher, pedagogue and Member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners, will provide a day of presentations, performances and masterclasses on Saturday, March 10 at Providence.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the Otterburne campus, Chiu will share his personal, musical journey with attendees, talk about the importance of learning and teaching music from reliable editions (comparing different edition’s of J.S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier), perform Bach’s Italian Concerto and oversee a two-hour masterclass.

Handouts will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a tablet or laptop computer. The event will conclude at 4:00 p.m., and lunch will be available for purchase in the Providence Student Life Centre.

All those interested in attending are invited to email Dr. David Sawatzky ( by Monday, March 5. The cost is $15 for students and $25 for adults.

A Day with Derek Chiu
Saturday, March 10: 10am – 4pm

Session 1: The Real Life of a Professional Musician
Derek Chiu shares his personal journey establishing a career in music and reflects on his experiences studying at The Manhattan School of Music, performing and teaching. He will speak about his responsibilities as an examiner and the Alberta Regional Representative for The Royal Conservatory. Derek will discuss strategies, tips and hacks for developing a career as a musician. To highlight the session, Derek will examine the collaborative process of working with composer Michalis Andronikou and his composition, “Truly Wonderful the Mind of a Child is”.

Session 2: Bach – Why Editions Matter
How important is it to learn and teach music from reliable editions? This talk will compare different editions of J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier against his original manuscript. Edited performance indications in each edition will be explored. See how different editorial marks have shaped how Bach's works have been taught, studied and interpreted.

Session 3: Bach’s Italian Concerto – Lecture Recital
Explore Bach’s treatment of the Concerto Grosso style with one of his most famous keyboard works. To personalize the talk, the points of discussion will be highlighted through Derek’s experience performing this piece in Cremona, Italy.

Session 4: Masterclass
Four Student or chamber groups.