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YVT welcomes Christine Rabey as 2017-18 OISE Intern


YVT welcomes Christine Rabey as 2017-18 OISE Intern


Toronto, ON, October 6, 2017 – Young Voices Toronto (YVT) welcomes Christine Rabey as the choir’s 2017-18 Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Intern. Rabey is pursuing her Masters in Teaching at OISE, and is this year’s recipient of the Vernon Douglas McCaw Memorial Service Learning Fellowship.

“I have been singing in choirs my whole life,” said Rabey, who holds a BA in Music Education from Western University. “I am thrilled to work with YVT this season and can’t wait to get started.”

“We were very impressed with (her) passion for choral singing and outlook on music education,” said Maria Conkey, YVT’s Artistic Director. Rabey will attend all YVT rehearsals, assist Conkey with rehearsals and sectionals, and will eventually conduct the choir at YVT’s winter and spring concerts.

The Fellowship, with a value of $1,500, was established for full-time OISE students registered in the Teaching Program (Master of Teaching degree). Founded by Dr. Elaine Keillor in memory of the late arts-educator, Vernon Douglas McCaw, the Fellowship provides a community-based experiential learning opportunity that brings together theory and practice in music education.

“Awards (such as this) are very important for new educators, so that they can focus on learning - and earning - at the same time,” said Dr. Leslie Stewart Rose, Associate Professor at OISE. “It is not easy to access an apprenticeship with someone like Maria (Conkey). This award and partnership between OISE and YVT provides a unique opportunity for a teacher candidate to be mentored by the best,” said Stewart Rose.

Welcome, Christine!

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