Community Activities

Rosemary Galloway                                                                                                        November 2019

In addition to her musical activities, Rosemary served on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Musicians Association for 19 years. She served as President for two/ three year terms ending in 2005. She continued to chair the Music Education Committee which provided support to school and community programs in specific areas and created an instrument bank. The Toronto Musicians' Association, sometimes called the union, is responsible for administering agreements between professionals in the industry and all major employers in the GTA (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet Orchestra, CBC, all major theatres, etc), and for representing the interests of member musicians in every area of musical endeavour. The Toronto Musicians' Association represents 3000 members and is the largest local in the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

In 2007 Rosemary and volunteer members of Scarborough Bluffs United Church in Scarborough, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto with a population of 750,000) initiated a program to offer music lessons to children who might otherwise not have an opportunity to study music. With the help and commitment of the volunteer Board, in 2017 Scarborough Bluffs Music incorporated as Springboard To Music and received charitable status. The program currently offers weekly group and private lessons in hand drumming, piano, guitar and vocal to over 90 students per week. Lessons are modestly priced and subsidies are available to qualifying students. STM employs a number of teachers and a part time administrator, and is supported by student fees, corporate and individual donors and grants. Please see the website at www.springboardtomusic.ca  for more information about the program.

From 2007 until June 2018 Rosemary also administered a for profit after school group piano keyboard teaching program, also affordably priced, which is still being offered in a number of GTA schools and community venues.

In October 2019 Rosemary relocated to Winnipeg with her partner Braden Lovatt. She looks forward to new musical opportunities and activities in the Winnipeg area.