Dedicated music teacher recognized at recital

Joan Stutheit has been sharing her love of teaching for more than half a century and she has no intention of stopping.

Joan Stutheit has been sharing her love of teaching for more than half a century and she has no intention of stopping.

Stutheit was recognized at the Rimbey Music Teachers’ Association recital held at the Church of the Nazarene May 28 with a minuet shrub.

Florence Stemo, a member the association, said Stutheit was surprised and moved to receive the recognition.

Stutheit began her musical career by playing in local bands and now plays the organ at the Anglican Church.

Stutheit, who didn’t want any attention placed on herself, said later she considered it a privilege to have had a part in the musical life of the community.

“When you can share your music with others, it is a real joy and gift,” she said.

Thirty-three piano students and five guitar students took part in the recital.

The accordion music of guest performer Edwin Erickson was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Erickson, who obtained his first record contract in 1974 at age 24, has since recorded seven albums and performed on albums with other musicians, both in Canada and abroad, and has written more than 60 original compositions, primarily in ethnic/folk music, but also in other genres, including two wedding marches for accordion and string quartet.

Erickson advises aspiring musicians to start young and practice diligently.

“Make sure to choose an instrument that you are passionate about; keep an open mind toward different music forms and instruments; allow your own inner talents to blossom — let our instrument become part of your life and your life become part of your instrument.”

By Treena Mielke