Masterclasses Presented by
The Valley Concert Society

Among the purposes listed in the constitution of The Valley Concert Society is the phrase “…to further the musical education of the younger members of the community.” One of the ways the society seeks to achieve this purpose is by giving talented music students in the community the opportunity to work directly with some of the nationally and internationally recognized professional artists that come to perform in our season series. Since 2016, The Valley Concert Society has been working with local music teachers to present masterclasses with guest artists as clinicians.

In 2022, The Valley Concert Society will present a string masterclass on Saturday, May 7, 2022. It will take place at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware St., Abbotsford.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and registration takes place then.
The sessions begin at 9:30 for 30 minutes each and run to approximately noon.

Click on the link below to find more information and for students to download the application to participate in the masterclass.

The public is welcome to attend. There is no cost to a student who is playing for the masterclass or for any accompanist who may be taking part. The cost for all others to attend is listed below.

Tickets may be purchased on the Valley Concert Society website

For more information, call 604-289-3377.



The clinician is violinist Nancy Dahn of Duo Concertante. Duo Concertante includes Nancy’s husband, pianist Timothy Steeves. The duo will be presenting a concert on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Matsqui Centennnial Auditorium.

Nancy is professor of violin and viola at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. She enjoys an international career as half of the acclaimed Duo Concertante with her husband, pianist Timothy Steeves. She has appeared in hundreds of recitals in Canada, the United States and abroad at such venues as Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Dame Myra Hess series (Chicago), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the LACMA (Los Angeles). She regularly performs and teaches at summer festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Indian River Festival, Domaine Forget, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Music Niagara, Colours of Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, and the Tuckamore Festival, where she serves as co-artistic director.

Her eleven acclaimed Duo Concertante recordings include Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano, and the J.S. Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, which received rave reviews from the international press. Of their frequently broadcast Beethoven recording, Musical Toronto’s John Terauds says, “these beautiful interpretations are so good right down to the tiniest of details that they deserve to be called a reference in the contemporary performance of these 10 great pieces.” Their recording of Murray Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano, which he composed for Nancy and Tim, won the 2011 Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year. For the last three years in a row Duo Concertante have won the ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year (Bach, Incarnation, Perfect Light).

As a soloist, Nancy Dahn has performed concertos by Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Part, Lou Harrison, and Andrew MacDonald with orchestras in Canada and the United States. The Halifax Chronicle Herald praised her "powerful musical instincts and flawless technique" in her recent performance of the Bruch Concerto. She has also enjoys collaborating in chamber music with artists such as James Campbell, Evelyn Hart, Suzie LeBlanc, Atar Arad, and the Shanghai, Afiara and Cecelia String Quartets.

An inspiring and dedicated teacher, Nancy has given hundreds of workshops and master classes across Canada and in the U.S., Germany, and China including at the Glenn Gould Professional School, University of Toronto, Western University, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Victoria, Ithaca College, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, UBC, University of Victoria, and Mount Royal College. Her students have been accepted for graduate studies at schools such as the Juilliard School, Rice University, the New England Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music, McGill University, the Guildhall School, McGill University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Glenn Gould Professional School. Many hold positions in orchestras across Canada including the Vancouver Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Winnipeg Symphony.

Nancy received her training at the New England Conservatory of Music with Masuko Ushioda, the Juilliard School with Glenn Dicterow, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received a doctorate in violin performance with Donald Weilerstein. She is also deeply indebted to her many inspirational chamber music mentors including Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner, Joel Krosnick, Leon Fleisher, Bob McDonald, Felix Galimir, Leonard Shure, Laurence Lesser, Patricia Zander, and David Breitman.

In 2016 Nancy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and awarded a University Research Professorship by Memorial University.

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Past Masterclasses

2016 – Piano   Thomas Pandolfi

2017 – Strings Kai Gleusteen

2018 – Piano   Jane Coop

2019 – Strings Bryan Cheng

2020 – Piano   Charles Richard-Hamelin