It’s impossible to capture how many lives Wayne Toews has impacted over the last 50+ years. He has dedicated so many hours to ensuring programs thrive, year after year after year. With this in mind, he always has time for each individual musician looking for guidance. He truly goes above and beyond to create successful outcomes and positive experiences for his friends, colleagues and students.
We would like to offer a small sample to corroborate the information presented in the nomination letter, which is representative of how an immeasurable number of individuals, groups and communities has been impacted by the many years Wayne Toews has dedicated to be betterment of music provincially, nationally and internationally.
in 2021, Wayne Toews adapted programming to meet COVID-19 Protocols. This opened the Saito Conducting Workshop to an even broader audience world-wide.
Photo Credit: Elaine Kaloustian
Mr. Toews’ influence through his 27 years as the director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra can be seen in the successful careers of so many of its graduands who have made careers in Canada and abroad
Quotes From Past Students and Colleagues
It’s impossible to accurately describe his impact on students and the public school system. Below is a small sample of the stories you will hear many times if you speak to his students and colleagues.
“I model all my teaching after you and the care, kindness, and love with which you treated all of us. You were the most perfect example of a teacher, friend and mentor and I hold you in such high esteem.”
“Wayne, you are a humble legend unto yourself. I have had so many conversations about you, with all ranges of people, over the years. I don’t think you have a true awareness of what a powerful positive legacy you created.”
“I still quote wisdom from you, even though I am not in the music business in any way. It’s applicable across the board. I work in the Jewish non-profit world, so the fact that wisdom Mr. Toews shared in music class is applicable in my work now, is pretty amazing, and speaks to his character.
“Maestro Toews is the embodiment of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. I admire his vast musical knowledge and his extraordinary artistic sensibility that make him such a fantastic musician, as well as his devotion to education. During the past couple of decades, I’ve had the honor of counting him as my friend and mentor. He has generously taught me and helped me grow as a composer. I respect and admire him deeply and I’m grateful for the many blessings that he’s brought into my life.”
“While watching Wayne teach high school, I found him to be a very organized, disciplined, knowledgeable, and demanding teacher, who had the respect of his students and was able to bring out the best in their performances. As a board member he was knowledgeable, organized, quick on his feet with information & answers, and was not afraid to question or challenge the matter at hand.”
“Wayne Toews has touched, encouraged and inspired a province and beyond of musicians of all ages and their families. It has been a privilege and a pleasure working with him on the SOA board and as a parent of Youth Orchestra musicians. Wayne was involved in the initial stages of the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association and throughout its development. Therefore, he was involved in the beginnings and continuance of the orchestral and string music community throughout the province. Wayne’s support for and motivation has been instrumental in creating the strong musical environment of our province.”
Quotes from Past Participants in the SOA International Saito Conducting Workshop
“Wayne Toews is to be commended for the labour and passion he pours into this project every year. The Saito Workshop is an excellent resource for professional and aspiring conductors from this province and beyond our borders. I’m proud that this training is available right in my own back yard.”
“The workshop is still one of the greatest life changing moments in my career!”
“I had the most amazing time this week at the International Saito Conducting Workshop! I learned SO much that I will continue to use everyday in my conducting life. I’m so grateful to Wayne Toews Sensei for his high degree of expertise and warm supportive approach to teaching. He is a true Maestro!”
“This workshop was a life-changing experience. The combination of a clear, concise methodology and sequential pedagogy coupled with a vocabulary of gestures make the Saito method superior. Mr. Toews is a gifted musician and teacher and the entire experience was incredible.”
Over his lifetime he has not only impacted thousands of local musicians, but also musicians on the national and international stage both individually, and collaboratively. With a consistent goal of inclusiveness, he has ventured into many genres and explored many cultures, creating new relationships between musicians along the way. As a well-known composer, It is impossible to list every accomplishment, but to highlight a few:
Mr. Toews is a well-known Canadian composer and has an extensive music library. He is all about collaboration and created music libraries to share, building community. He strongly believes in building community and the importance of sharing information to ensure the development and success of all musicians.
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