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Chris Foley
Works at The Royal Conservatory
Attended The Eastman School of Music
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Simon Lepper Talks About What It Takes To Be An Accompanist And Why the British Are So Awesome At It
I'm very glad to have recently made the acquaintance of Simon Lepper , the Head of Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in London. In an interview from a recent Vrije Geluiden episode, Simon talks about the English tradition of accompanying  an...
I'm very glad to have recently made the acquaintance of Simon Lepper, the Head of Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music in London. In an interview from a recent Vrije Geluiden episode, Simon talks about the English tradition of accompanying and how collaboration works so well with ...
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The 2015 Edition of the Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus is Now Online
After several years of preparation, writing, performing, producing, finalizing, proofreading, editing, and amending, the 2015 Edition of the Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus is finally available in pdf form , with the print edition soon to follow. This Pia...
After several years of preparation, writing, performing, producing, finalizing, proofreading, editing, and amending, the 2015 Edition of the Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus is finally available in pdf form, with the print edition soon to follow. This Piano Syllabus will form the foundation of ...
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Liz Upchurch Talks About How to Be a Vocal Coach
I'm a big fan of the work of Liz Upchurch and it was a very pleasant surprise to see her interview with Jenna Douglas of Schmopera : Singing from the keyboard, bringing your experience as an instrumentalist to the studio, and respect for the singer's art ar...
Singing from the keyboard, bringing your experience as an instrumentalist to the studio, and respect for the singer's art are all touched on. I hope that a lot of young pianists are inspired by Liz's words. Posted by Chris Foley at 7:51 AM. Labels: Videos. No comments: Post a Comment ...
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Live-In Opera Coach?
As seen on Craigslist : Seeking live in Opera Coach to help soprano prepare music for auditions and concerts. Must be good with romance languages, especially french. Looking to put together a concert or production too. Play on a grand piano. Please send res...
Seeking live in Opera Coach to help soprano prepare music for auditions and concerts. Must be good with romance languages, especially french. Looking to put together a concert or production too. Play on a grand piano. Please send resume and samples of your work. Please include experience with ...
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Time for Three Takes on Bullying with Stronger
Time for Three is a string trio originally from the Curtis Institute but now in residence with the Indianapolis Symphony. Their unique style blends first-rate playing with some imaginative arrangements and video concepts. Their video for Stronger looks at t...
Time for Three is a string trio originally from the Curtis Institute but now in residence with the Indianapolis Symphony. Their unique style blends first-rate playing with some imaginative arrangements and video concepts. Their video for Stronger looks at the important issues of music education ...
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What I've Been Up To Lately
The exam room in Calgary SW last week. How appropriate! This summer is one of those times where so many projects are in development and coming up to completion that it can be difficult to take stock of exactly how things fit in perspective. Here's a short l...
This summer is one of those times where so many projects are in development and coming up to completion that it can be difficult to take stock of exactly how things fit in perspective. Here's a short list of my current and recent projects: Finishing up a tour of duty examining in southern ...
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See Wendy Hatala Foley and I Perform This Saturday at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
When Wendy and I lived in Vancouver, we performed together all the time. Astonishingly, since we moved to the Toronto area in 2002, we have never yet shared the stage for a concert. Wendy quickly got work in the opera, symphony, and described video fields, ...
When Wendy and I lived in Vancouver, we performed together all the time. Astonishingly, since we moved to the Toronto area in 2002, we have never yet shared the stage for a concert. Wendy quickly got work in the opera, symphony, and described video fields, while I've been mostly busy with the ...
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A Huge List of Famous Music Students, Organized by Teacher
AfricanAmericanPianoLesson via  Wikimedia Commons . Musicians are like Zen masters: it's all about the lineage. Wikipedia's List of music students by teacher  is a useful way to understand the delicate strands that are interwoven between the bonds of teache...
Musicians are like Zen masters: it's all about the lineage. Wikipedia's List of music students by teacher is a useful way to understand the delicate strands that are interwoven between the bonds of teacher and pupil throughout the centuries. It's also a great way to settle late-night bets about ...
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Getting The Most Out Of Your Practice Time
Much of what I tell my students about practicing involves explaining ways of making their work more efficient and rewarding given their often limited time at the keyboard. so it was a pleasant surprise indeed to see Noa Kageyama's  8 Things Top Practicers D...
Much of what I tell my students about practicing involves explaining ways of making their work more efficient and rewarding given their often limited time at the keyboard. so it was a pleasant surprise indeed to see Noa Kageyama's 8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently making the rounds on ...
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Help the Collaborative Pianist Guild Become a Professional Advocacy Group for our Profession
Although collaborative pianists are known for their ability to work with others, as a group they can often be marginalized and sometimes find difficulty identifying with a professional organization. The Collaborative Pianist Guild aims to change all that. S...
Although collaborative pianists are known for their ability to work with others, as a group they can often be marginalized and sometimes find difficulty identifying with a professional organization. The Collaborative Pianist Guild aims to change all that. Starting off as an accompanist directory ...
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Ask the Readers: Which Collaborative Piano Programs Are Best for a Student from China?
eugenephoen / cc A few days ago, a reader posed this question on the long-running discussion of the Degree and Diplomas in Collaborative Piano post : I'm helping a Chinese friend search for the best US university for an MM in Collaborative Piano. If you cou...
Thanks for the comment and important question! That's one of the central issues for the increasingly large influx of pianists coming from China looking for collaborative piano degrees at the Master of Music level. The choices of these pianists won't just be about choosing the most famous teacher ...
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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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Currently
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.
Introduction
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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