Amber has been a piano, voice and theory pedagogue for over 30+ years. Her teaching has been recognized by the Royal Conservatory of Music by obtaining a Senior Specialist Certificate.
Amber has been affiliated with many musical organizations such as the Royal Conservatory of Music, Kiwanis Music Festivals of Ontario, Kindermusik and Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association. She has travelled throughout Canada and the USA working as an examiner, adjudicator and clinician. Amber teaches all levels of piano and voice, but specializes in advanced history, harmony, pedagogy and senior levels of voice and piano.
Amber is passionate about teaching as is evident in the many successful students that have completed all levels of exams and many who have gone on to university to pursue a musical career. She was also an accompanist and coach for singers at an integrated arts high school in Kitchener for over a decade.
Amber began her musical training in Ontario completing a Bachelor of Music in voice and piano at Wilfrid Laurier University. She then graduated with a Masters in Music from the University of Western Ontario.
Amber has performed extensively in Ontario with numerous community organizations. Amber had the honour of being the first Artist-in-Residence for the City of Cambridge in 2003. This exciting position allowed for monthly concerts, workshops, performances at community events and the creation of her first self-titled CD.
In her spare time, Amber also enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, spending time with her daughters and granddaughters.
82 Rife Ave
Cambridge, ON N3C 2G7
Katharine Rapoport teaches violin and viola performance, DMA seminars in string pedagogy and string literature at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where she is an Adjunct Professor. She also teaches String Methodologies at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
As an active advocate of contemporary music, Katharine Rapoport has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in performances, broadcasts and recordings of premieres of new works throughout North America and in Europe. She is also a member of Esprit Orchestra, “Canada’s premier orchestra devoted to the performance of new works”.
Her students’ distinctions include winning scholarships to Juilliard School of Music, first place awards at the Provincial and National levels of the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals, and many other honours. Her current and former students play with the Boston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Tafelmusik and Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as in chamber ensembles in Canada and the US.
Katharine Rapoport has been invited to adjudicate at competitions and festivals and to give violin and viola masterclasses and workshops across Canada, as well as in the United States. She is a Senior Examiner for Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, for whom she has compiled and edited several syllabi and albums, including most recently the 2013 Viola Syllabus and Series for the RCM examination system, the first thoroughly-graded series of its kind for viola.
After earning her M.A. from Cambridge University and her postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in violin from the Guildhall School of Music, London, she continued her postgraduate studies at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie Detmold and the Hochschule fur Musik, Vienna. Her principal teachers were Yfrah Neaman, Bruno Giuranna and Hatto Beyerle, the founding violist of the Alban Berg Quartet.
She has served on the faculty at summer programs such as Chamber Music at Port Milford Festival, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and National Music Camp. With over 90 publications of Syllabi, playing editions, pedagogical texts and articles to her credit, she wrote Violin For Dummies for the popular series published by Wiley’s, now also translated into German and Dutch, and recently published in its Third Edition, as well as in eBook format.