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The Guelph Youth Music Centre Wall of Fame exists to honour individuals whose career or volunteer activities in music and/or the arts, exemplify the philosophy of the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Individuals so honoured will have an outstanding history of achievement, in the Guelph area, directed toward creating in young people from all walks of life, a life-long appreciation for music and/or the arts.
This award is intended to recognize appropriate persons either currently active or from any period in Guelph’s history. Honorees may be named posthumously.
- To be added to the Guelph Youth Music Centre Wall of
Fame, an individual must:
- have been born, live or have lived, or have had some significant
connection with Guelph or the Guelph area.
- have made a significant contribution in music and/or the arts compatible with the GYMC philosophy of fostering a life-long appreciation of music and/or the arts in young people.
- - not be an active member of the Board of the Guelph Youth Music Centre.
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The idea of the Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) began over 30 years ago when a group of community-minded individuals saw a need for a permanent facility in which Guelph youth could participate in music and arts activities. This initial group was made up of families and teachers from the Suzuki String School of Guelph which was looking for a new permanent home. After many years of fundraising, the SSSG saw the need for a larger, community vision. In 1985, the GYMC was formed and was given all funds raised by the SSSG. In 1992, the former Heritage Seed Company, an historic post and beam building along the Speed river, was purchased by the City of Guelph and turned over to the GYMC under a long-term lease. The centre opened in September 2001, following an extensive renovation that relied on more than 30,000 hours of labour and service from more than 100 volunteers.
The Centre was an immediate success, providing a forum for affordable leadership, teaching, rehearsal and performance for hundreds of local music and arts students. The Centre includes a beautiful 180-seat Recital Hall, a dance studio and 15 rehearsal and teaching studios.
Executive Director - Gabriella Currie
Facilities Coordinator / Office Manager - Valerie Langlois
Program Coordinator Do-Re-Mi - Marlene Siverns
Technical Support/IT - Geof Kearns