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Chris Foley
Works at The Royal Conservatory
Attended The Eastman School of Music
Lives in Toronto, Canada
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2 Things Classical Pianists Need to Know About Learning Pop and Jazz Chords
Classical pianists often have a lot of difficulty playing the chordal style of jazz and pop music. Perhaps it's because classical piano emphasizes technical passages that value scales, arpeggios, and counterpoint above straight chords. Or perhaps classical ...
Classical pianists often have a lot of difficulty playing the chordal style of jazz and pop music. Perhaps it's because classical piano emphasizes technical passages that value scales, arpeggios, and counterpoint above straight chords. Or perhaps classical piano's emphasis on reading skills ...
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Opera + Hardcore Punk
Congrats to Toronto's Tapestry Opera on making the CBC Arts list of 10 artists reshaping Canada's artistic landscape for their recent collaboration with the hardcore punk band F--cked Up . Watch the video here .
I am now accepting new students for my Oakville piano studio for the 2015-16 academic year. Please register online here and I would be glad to contact you. My home studio is located in the River Oaks neighborhood of Oakville, Ontario. Loading... 31 Days to Better Practicing by Dr. Chris Foley.
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Study for Orchestra by Julia Perry
William Steinberg leading the New York Philharmonic in a poignant and energetic 1965 performance of  Julia Perry's  Study for Orchestra: You can find more information about Julia Perry here , here , and here .
I am now accepting new students for my Oakville piano studio for the 2015-16 academic year. Please register online here and I would be glad to contact you. My home studio is located in the River Oaks neighborhood of Oakville, Ontario. Loading... 31 Days to Better Practicing by Dr. Chris Foley.
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Ask the Readers: How to Divide a Staff Accompanist Position Between Vocal and Instrumental Duties?
piano by antony griffiths on Flickr A reader recently sent in a question for the readership of the blog, which is copied below with identity and location redacted: Hi there! I am wondering if there is a way to ask a question to you and the collaborative pia...
Hi there! I am wondering if there is a way to ask a question to you and the collaborative piano community (as it relates to this blog) as a whole. I am a full time "staff accompanist" at a University in ______, and lately have come under a bit of fire because some of my colleagues have questions ...
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On Leading Pianists
I remember Diane Lewarne once saying to singers that until you get hired by a company for an engagement, your entire musical life is essentially about auditions. If you're a singer, knowing how to work with pianists well enough so that you can get your voca...
I remember Diane Lewarne once saying to singers that until you get hired by a company for an engagement, your entire musical life is essentially about auditions. If you're a singer, knowing how to work with pianists well enough so that you can get your vocal and dramatic skills across to the ...
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The Collaborative Piano Blog is 10 Years Old!
CPB circa 2006 10 years ago, I embarked on a journey of exploration, discovery, and long nights figuring out how to format sidebars in HTML. Since then, the blogging journey has introduced me to the wide variety of career options in collaborative piano, wha...
10 years ago, I embarked on a journey of exploration, discovery, and long nights figuring out how to format sidebars in HTML. Since then, the blogging journey has introduced me to the wide variety of career options in collaborative piano, what it is and is not, its tough decisions, ...
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Photo of the Day
I took this picture yesterday at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto using an iPhone 6 with tilt-shift and filter added using TiltShiftGen2 . If you're on Instagram, you can follow me here .
https://www.instagram.com/p/BANSiLeCGJC/?taken. I took this picture yesterday at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto using an iPhone 6 with tilt-shift and filter added using TiltShiftGen2. If you're on Instagram, you can follow me here.
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Art Song + Dressage Riding
Dressage rider Audrey Zehnder is the backdrop for Lori Laitman's Old Tunes, as performed by soprano Natalie Mann and pianist Jeffrey Panko . You can find more songs by Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas on Natalie's recently released Experience .
Dressage rider Audrey Zehnder is the backdrop for Lori Laitman's Old Tunes, as performed by soprano Natalie Mann and pianist Jeffrey Panko. You can find more songs by Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas on Natalie's recently released Experience.
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Happy New Year 2016!
One of the great things about the new year is that no matter how challenging or disappointing the previous 12 months have been, the promise of a new one can be a strong impetus for the change that is needed in order to bring about true success. Whether it b...
One of the great things about the new year is that no matter how challenging or disappointing the previous 12 months have been, the promise of a new one can be a strong impetus for the change that is needed in order to bring about true success. Whether it be learning new repertoire, ...
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András Schiff's Beetnoveh Lecture-Recital Podcasts
Chances are you'll have some free time over the holidays, so have a listen to András Schiff's lecture recitals for all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas , recorded during his 2004-6 Beethoven Sonata cycle at Wigmore and available in podcast format.
András Schiff plays Brahms in studio 80A Chances are you'll have some free time over the holidays, so have a listen to András Schiff's lecture recitals for all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas, recorded during his 2004-6 Beethoven Sonata cycle at Wigmore and available in podcast format.
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On Leading Singers
I remember Diane Lewarne once saying to singers that until you get hired by a company for an engagement, your entire musical life is essentially about auditions. Knowing how to work with pianists well enough so that you can get your vocal and dramatic skill...
I remember Diane Lewarne once saying to singers that until you get hired by a company for an engagement, your entire musical life is essentially about auditions. Knowing how to work with pianists well enough so that you can get your vocal and dramatic skills across to the panel is one of the ...
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Daniel Gundlach Plays and Sings Janis Ian's Stars
Daniel Gundlach's recital with Lloyd Arriola last week at the Church of the Epiphany in NYC looks to be a fine indication of the route that the art song recital needs to take if it is to survive outside the conservatory setting: a program that freely uses r...
Daniel Gundlach's recital with Lloyd Arriola last week at the Church of the Epiphany in NYC looks to be a fine indication of the route that the art song recital needs to take if it is to survive outside the conservatory setting: a program that freely uses rep from a wide variety of styles and ...
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Pianist, Teacher
Employment
  • The Royal Conservatory
    Pianist, Teacher, 2003 - present
  • Tapestry New Opera
    Leadership Legacy Intern, 2010 - 2010
  • University of British Columbia
    Faculty, 1996 - 2002
  • The Vancouver Academy of Music
    Faculty, 1994 - 2002
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Toronto, Canada
Previously
Toronto, Ontario - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rochester, New York - Brunswick, Maine
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Pianist, Teacher, Royal Conservatory faculty, member of Tapestry New Opera Studio Company, and author of the Collaborative Piano Blog.
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I'm on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the Tapestry New Opera Works resident ensemble.
Education
  • The Eastman School of Music
  • The University of British Columbia
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