Boyanna Toyich Leadership in Music Scholarship


General Description

The Boyanna Toyich Leadership in Music Scholarship has been created at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, in honour of esteemed alumnus, incredible teacher and beloved colleague, Boyanna Toyich.

Boyanna’s passionate mentorship enhanced and changed innumerable lives through more than 40 years of teaching. Her sincere wish was to have an ongoing music scholarship that would support students with excellent academic standing who show exemplary commitments to innovation and leadership in the musical arts.

The Boyanna Toyich Leadership in Music Scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduate student who exhibits qualities of leadership, academic engagement, as well as creativity, innovation and community outreach.

We ask for your support in this worthy project to honour and remember Boyanna.

For more information, please direct all inquiries to info@toyichinternationalprojects.ca.

 

Donations

Tax deductible donations can be made to the “Boyanna Toyich Leadership in Music Scholarship” in one of several ways:

  1. By cheque to “Toyich International Projects”, mailed to Lilian Toyich, 20 Prince Arthur Avenue, Suite 8D, Toronto, ON M5R 1B1.

  2. By credit card, as a one-time lump sum or monthly for up to 60 months (i.e. 5 years), online through the University of Toronto at https://donate.utoronto.ca, select “Faculty of Music” and then “Boyanna Toyich Leadership in Music Scholarship”, or by phoning the Faculty of Music Development Office at 416-946-3580.

  3. University of Toronto employees can make payroll deductions online through the University of Toronto at https://donate.utoronto.ca, select “Faculty of Music” and then “Boyanna Toyich Leadership in Music Scholarship”, or by phoning the Faculty of Music Development Office at 416-946-3580.

(Note: Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $25.00.)

Biography

Boyanna’s musical genius was discovered at age 5 by her kindergarten teacher. At age 13, she was the youngest person in Canada to receive an ARCT diploma.

Her association with the Faculty of Music began at age 16, when she entered as a first year piano performance student. Following graduation, Boyanna worked for the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music for over 40 years teaching piano and pedagogy. She designed and taught the Faculty of Music’s acclaimed Performance Skills course, and created the first ever Community Outreach Adult Piano Master class, a weekly class that has run for over 20 years.

Her achievements and contributions extended far beyond the teaching institutions.

She created and presented workshops, adjudicated music festivals and exams across Canada, and published many music education volumes. Uniquely innovative in her desire to bring music into the broader community, she organized and produced the Toronto-Rome Monster Concerts, piano orchestras with 20 players at 10 pianos.

These popular events first took place in 2003 just outside the Vatican and at the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy at the invitation of the Mayor of the Historical Center of Rome. She then successfully twinned the cities of Rome and Toronto and produced the same event in Nathan Phillips Square with both mayors in attendance. Monster Concert success continued with an invitation for the piano orchestra to accompany the horse dressage performance at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Fair – a first-time ever spectacle!

In order to give university students international educational opportunities, experience and exposure, Boyanna created her own not-for-profit corporation Toyich International Projects (TIP) and in 2008 launched an acclaimed summer music program, RomeSMARTS in Rome, Italy. This program continues today in partnership with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and the University of UPTER in Rome, Italy and has provided advanced music instrumental and vocal music students an unforgettable and beneficial professional experience.

Through these inspired and ongoing initiatives as well as a scholarship in her name, her legacy and contributions to her profession will continue as it is passed on to the next generation.

For more information, please direct all inquiries to info@toyichinternationalprojects.ca.