OMEA Celebrates Centennial with Opus 100 Conference

The Ontario Music Educators' Association (OMEA) celebrated its 100th anniversary with Opus 100, a special edition of its annual conference that ran from Nov. 7-9, 2019 in Toronto.

The event, hosted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, welcomed nearly 1,000 attendees, including music educators, industry reps, performers, and workshop presenters.

Event highlights included a slew of musical performances by the likes of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Autorickshaw, Sultans of String, and more. The event's keynote presenters were Dr. Rodger Beatty, providing an overview of the 100-year history of the association, and Alvin Law, who trumpted that with perseverance and dedication, nothing is impossible.

There was a wide variety of topics covered in over 65 workshops, time dedicated to exploring the 64 industry exhibitors, plus networking events to foster connections and generate new ideas.

A pair of new songs also premiered at the event with speical performances, including "Without Music" by The Marrieds, an alt-country duo comprised of two OMEA members, about the importance of music education, and a special composition that the Ontario Provincial Honour Band had commissioned to commemorate the OMEA's centennial celebrations.

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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