Branch Memorial Page
ORMTA Etobicoke – Mississauga is keeping warm memories of the teachers who recently passed away. We are forever grateful for everything you did for the branch and our musical community!
Virginia Taylor (1940-2023)
Virginia Taylor was amongst the most passionate and dedicated piano instructors in the entire GTA having taught for over 50 years before she passed earlier this year. She was teaching right until her last breath, not even the doctors or nurses took her away from her students. She was an inspiration not only for her students, but for her teacher colleagues as well. She taught with the utmost warmth, and always motivated her students to be the best they can be. In her studio she had at least four piano recitals per year. Even during the pandemic, she wrangled them up on zoom! She was always so proud of her students, and would always announce to her audience each performers most recent achievement whether it be a an exam result, festival award, or simply complementing how much more they’ve been practicing recently!
As one of her students since 2016, I was blessed to find her after beginning my own piano studio in 2012, while I was finishing up my bachelors in business degree at the Schulich School of Business. Virginia guided me into obtaining both my ARCT in Piano, Performance and Pedagogy. She always believed in my ability to be an extraordinary teacher, and a future leader for ORMTA. Through her inspiration, I now operate my own piano studio on a full-time basis. I will never forget the day where she said “ you’ve got to join ORMTA, you’ve got to join ORMTA!”. It was the best decision I could’ve ever made as it added tremendous value for my studio and opportunities for my students to further strive for their best! I am proud to carry her legacy. She will be truly missed by her decades of students, and many teacher colleagues as well! For a link to her obituary, please see below. (by R. Signorile)
Daisy Suderwalla (1936-2023)
Daisy Suderwalla began playing the piano at age five and her love for music continued throughout her life. She finished her Bachelor of Arts from Xavier College, Mumbai India, Pianoforte Playing from the Trinity College of Music London and a Pianoforte Teaching degree from the Royal Schools of Music. Daisy taught and inspired hundreds of students, was steadfast in bringing music to all. She played countless recitals with her students, entertaining at senior homes, playing the organ and piano at church for decades. A member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Etobicoke -Mississauga Branch for decades, she has also served in the Executive Board. Daisy was a blessing and a beacon to the music community.