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Join us this summer for ORMTA In Sync!

From July 16th - 18th, members are welcome to attend our Annual General Meeting, Keynote Presentation,

OCTA Presentation and Provincial Competitions.


There is no longer a registration deadline. Tickets to all events will continue to be available.

Select a tab below for more information.


ORMTA AGM, OCTA Presentation, Keynote Presentation: FREE

Provincial Competitions (one ticket for entry to all competitions):

ORMTA Members - $25

Non-Members - $30

Youth (18 & under) - $10

Competition Programme

 Tuesday, July 16 

Vocal Competitions, Levels 8 & 9 and 10 & Associate  |  3:30pm - 5:00pm

 Wednesday, July 17 

AGM  |  9:30am - 10:30am

Keynote Presentation  |  11:00am - 12:00pm

OCTA Presentation  |  12:00pm - 1:00pm

Young Artist Competition  |  2:00pm - 7:00pm

 Thursday, July 18 

Instrumental Competitions, Level 8 & 9  |  9:00am - 11:30am

Instrumental Competitions, Level 10 & Associate  |  1:00pm - 4:00pm

All events, including competitions will be held in Freiman Hall in the Pérez Hall building.

 University of Ottawa, Pérez Hall

50 University Private
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5

All events will be held in Freiman Hall (located in the Pérez Hall building)

All ORMTA members in good standing are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting.


Keynote Presentation

Tina Fedeski

OrKidstra is a social development program that empowers kids and builds community through the universal language of music. We carry out this mission by providing children and youth from under-served communities with free instruments and music classes and the chance to learn important life skills through the joys and challenges of playing and singing together.

With the passionate belief in the transformative power of music, OrKidstra started with 27 children in 2007 and now serves over 700 children ages 5 to 18 from 62 linguistic and cultural backgrounds who currently participate in OrKidstra’s free programs.  

The heart of my story will be about how OrKidstra’s approach to music-making creates equity, collaboration, and a profound sense of belonging; how the power of music gives a voice and a confidence that transcends differences and builds a community that celebrates diversity, excellence, commitment and kindness. 

After a life-transforming youth orchestra experience Tina went on to study flute performance at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and then played principal flute in the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra for four seasons. After spending a six-month sabbatical on full scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts, she moved to Ottawa, where she played with all the established orchestras and festivals in Ottawa, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.

In 1999, in partnership with her husband Gary McMillen, she opened The Leading Note. Until its sale in 2020, it was recognized as one of Canada’s leading print music stores – and a hub of the classical music scene in Ottawa. 

In 2007, motivated by her passionate belief in the transformative power of youth music, Tina visited Venezuela to research El Sistema. Soon afterward, she and co-founders Gary McMillen and Margaret Maria Tobolowska founded OrKidstra (previously also known as The Leading Note Foundation.) 

As the leader of OrKidstra, Tina has proudly accepted many awards including a Peace Award from the Mayor of Ottawa and honoured with a Leadership Award from the Canadian Institute for Child Health. In 2017, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for creating the OrKidstra program from Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, awarded Tina Fedeski.

Tina became a Certified Integral Associate CoachTM with Integral Coaching Canada in 2021.

Each year, ORMTA Branches nominate one outstanding member for their contributions to teaching, their community and ORMTA.

Our In Sync event will include a special Awards presentation for these members and a light reception will follow.

Find more info regarding the ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award (OCTA) here

Select the links for more information on our Vocal Competition, Instrumental Competition and Young Artist Competition

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