About John Becker (con't)
Certificate in Conflict Management
2005-06, Conrad Grebel University College, University of
- studying theories and practices of mediation, completed
certification in June 2006; continuing to take courses and
2002-03, Canadian Co-Operative for Language and Cultural Studies
- Ontario’s highest certification for teaching English as a
1980-83, York University
- ethnomusicology of contemporary cultures; special interest
in the transformation of European traditions in North American
- thesis: The Early History of the Toronto Conservatory of
1977-80, York University
- York was chosen for its broadly based program, allowing a
mixture of electroacoustic music, composition, music history
(particularly Canadian), languages and humanities.
- received credit for a course given in Vienna (1980) by Conrad
Grebel College, Waterloo, Ontario.
Classical Guitar Performance
- 1976, private student with John W. Duarte in London,
- 1976, performer in master class of Alexander Lagoya at the
Academie Internationale d'Ete, Nice, France.
- 1972-73, performer in Lagoya master class at the Stratford
Festival, Stratford, Ontario.
- private student of Canadian teachers including Eli Kassner and
Tony Braden (jazz) during the late 1960's and the 1970's.
1988-89, Discord: The Story of the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra. Published in 1989 by Brighouse Press, Vancouver,
180 pages, illustrated. ISBN 0-921304-03-X
1989-90 Home at Last: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 380
Graham Avenue. Produced in 1990 by the Royal Winnipeg
Ballet, 50 pages, illustrated.
Bird Falls Silently (unpublished). Completed
manuscript of first novel in planned trilogy.
1994 to present - Opera Canada
regional correspondent for Winnipeg, reviewing all Manitoba
1992 to 1993 - Interchange
a monthly column reviewing, previewing and commenting on
musical activities in Winnipeg.
1987-88 - The Georgia Straight
"Classical Currents," a weekly column on musical activities
1982 to present - published over 100 items
including feature articles for the Vancouver Sun
(July 29, 2000 and June 12, 1999), numerous reviews for CHQM-FM
(from June 1987 to Oct. 1988), articles for The Georgia
Straight (1987 to 1988, other than weekly column),
Interchange (1992 to 1993, other than monthly column),
Musicworks (Summer 1992, Winter 1994), Opera Canada
(Spring 1994), Border Crossings (Summer 1993), Ballet-Hoo
(Fall 1991), West (April 1991), Musicanada
(January 1988, April 1988) the Vancouver Opera newsletter
Tempo (Spring 1986, Fall 1986), Playboard (Jan. 1986,
Dec. 1986), Farm and Country (May 28, 1985, June 18,
1985), Canadian Opera Company News (Fall, 1984),
Gam on Yachting (June, 1984), the Globe and Mail
(Jan. 12, 1984, Feb. 25, 1984, Sept.22, 1984), Canadian
Collector (May, 1983), The Canadian Opera Company
Souvenir Program (1982), and Fugue (Sept. 1979).
1991 to present - various reviews, previews and commentaries
on musical culture for CBC regional programs The Morning
Edition, Arts Encounters, The Saturday
Morning Show, and for national network programs Arts
National, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and the
1985-88 - produced and hosted Pigeon Park Review on
Vancouver Co- operative Radio, CFRO; a weekly ninety-minute
program on current affairs of the arts in Vancouver.
1985-87 - participated in the production of and hosted
(Jan. to June 1987) Redeye on Vancouver Co-operative Radio; a
weekly three hour current affairs program.
1976-80 - reviewed performances of The Guelph Spring
Festival for CKLA-FM in Guelph, Ontario.
1982 to present - Invited Speaker: for the Vancouver
Opera Club, on the operas Madam Butterfly (1987) and
La Boheme (1987), the Vancouver Opera Association, La
Boheme (1987), and for the First Unitarian Congregation,
Toronto, on the operas The Flying Dutchman (1981),
Jenufa (1982), and La Fanciulla del West (1983).
2005 - teaching English as a foreign language at the
Pacific Language Institute, specializing in pronunciation.
2002 to 2004 - teaching English as a second language
in the LINC program (language instruction for new Canadians) at
the Canadian Co-Operative for Language and Cultural Studies in
2000 - University of Winnipeg Continuing Education
- conducted twelve-week course in opera appreciation
1987 - Simon Fraser University Downtown
- conducted course in opera appreciation in co-operation
with the Vancouver Opera Association.
1982-84 - University of Toronto School of Continuing
Education -conducted course in opera appreciation in
co-operation with the Canadian Opera Company.
1982-84 - The Skills Exchange - conducted course in
opera appreciation in co-operation with the Canadian Opera
1980-81 - York University - conducted under-graduate
course in classical guitar in music department's performance
1974-81 - Conestoga College, Cambridge, Ontario
- taught courses in classical guitar in continuing education
1975-77 - University of Guelph - taught courses in
classical guitar in continuing education department.
1969-88 - Guelph, Kitchener and Vancouver - private
teacher of classical guitar maintaining a studio in Guelph
until 1982, in Kitchener until 1985 and in Vancouver from
1985-88; frequently involved in preparing students for Royal
Conservatory examinations, Kiwanis Festival competitions and
university entrance examinations.
1980-81 - York University - assistant to the head of the
Graduate Music Department.
1970-80 - Guitarist - classical guitar soloist and
ensemble performer in recital halls, churches, clubs and
- 1979, soloist in Concerto in D by Vivaldi performed
by the Kitchener-Waterloo Summer Repertory Orchestra.
- 1974, flute and guitar duo with Maggie Anderson, in Guelph
- 1972, numerous appearances as sponsoring member of
folk-rock trio funded by federal LIP grant.
2000 to 2002 - member of the Board of Directors of Patria
Music Theatre Projects, presenting the large-scale
environmental/music/theatre works of R. Murray Schafer.
1994 to 2002 - participant in the annual
musical/environmental opera And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon,
by R. Murray Schafer.
1997-2000 - chair of Board of Directors of the
Winnipeg Arts Advisory Council, developing and implementing
municipal cultural policy and overseeing an annual budget of
2.25 million dollars.
1991-93 - member of Board of Directors of the Winnipeg
chamber music society Aurora Musicale.
1986-88 - charter yacht captain (Canadian Yachting
Association accredited) working mainly in the Strait of Georgia,
and, in 1983, crew on Atlantic Ocean passage.
1986-88 - stagehand working for IATSE on opera,
theatre, and music productions (grip).
1987-88 - volunteer at B.C. Regional Office of the
Canadian Music Centre.
1984-85 - chair of membership committee at the Bain
Co-op in Toronto, supervising a committee of 12 people
responsible for membership applications and allocations for
260-unit housing co-operative.
1980 - composer (unpublished) - electroacoustic music
University production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and a
concert for small ensemble and dancers at the Music Gallery in
Toronto, February, 1980.
1995 - The Manitoba Arts Council. Artist’s Grant for
novel Bird Falls Silently, and 1996 Travel Grant for
1989 - The Canada Council. Explorations Program
grant for Discord: The Story of the Vancouver Symphony
1988 - Western Magazine Awards. Best Arts Review.
1980 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship to enter the
program in ethnomusicology at York University.
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