Jean Ashworth Bartle founded the Toronto Children's Chorus (TCC) in 1978 in order to provide a children's choir for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since then, under her direction, the TCC has received international acclaim and won many prestigious choral prizes. She has brought the music of Canadian composers to many audiences and expanded the choral repertoire by commissioning and promoting Canadian compositions.
Awards and Recognition
In 1986 Ashworth Bartle was awarded the Roy Thomson Hall Award for her outstanding contribution to musical life in Toronto. In 1998 she was invested in the Order of Ontario, and also received the Order of Canada. In 2002 she received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in London, Eng, and in Nov 2003 she was awarded an honorary life membership in the Ontario Music Educators' Association. In 2004, an award named in her honour, the Jean Ashworth Bartle Music Education Award, was established at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
Jean Ashworth Bartle edits three choral music series: The Toronto Children's Chorus Series (Gordon V. Thompson/Warner Chappell); the Jean Ashworth Bartle Series for Treble Voices (Hinshaw); and Music for Treble Voices (Earthsongs). Ashworth Bartle has written two books: Lifeline for Children's Choir Directors (Toronto 1988) and Sound Advice: Becoming a Better Children's Choir Conductor (New York, 2003).
Author Kimberly Francis
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