"Our son is soaring ahead in his understanding, appreciation and passion for music and Jacqueline is a primary reason. ... "

" ... after many recitals and performances in the Winnipeg Music Festival, I no longer become nervous or agitated when performing or doing presentations on projects or science fairs. ..."

"Her knowledge of the instrument, its technical requirements and music genre is far-reaching ... "

"She has been one of my biggest influences as a performer and it would have been impossible for me to reach this high level without her. ... "

"Piano is a joy and learning it with Ms. Ryz makes it even better. ... "

"In her, we not only find a talented, accomplished pianist, but an inspiring teacher and mentor. ..."

"She really brought my playing to a new level. ... I got into and was offered scholarships from both schools ... "

"Jacqueline Ryz is a gifted pianist and teacher whose passion for music inspires audiences and students alike. ... "

"Not only has my daughter developed as a pianist ... she grew as a person with confidence and with poise. ..."

"Through piano, Jacqueline Ryz helped me explore and acheive a good work ethic, patience, determination and perseverence ..."

 

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Biography

I have been teaching piano in Winnipeg since 1978. My credentials include an ARCT in Piano Performance from The Royal Conservatory, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Winnipeg, and a Master in Piano Performance degree from McGill University in Montreal where I studied with Charles Reiner.

As a Senior Examiner for The Royal Conservatory Examinations I examine in various parts of Canada two or three times a year. I also adjudicate music festivals as a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association.Jacqueline Ryz seated at one of the two Steinway grand pianos in her studio

My professional performances have taken me across Canada, Mexico and the United States both as a solo pianist and chamber musician; some of these concerts have been broadcast by CBC Radio Manitoba.

Students from my studio have received a total of $12,350 in scholarships and awards from the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association (of which I am a member), and a number have gone on to receive university entrance scholarships to study music. I am also an RCM "Gold Medal teacher"; to date my students have received medals for earning the year's highest mark in Manitoba for their Royal Conservatory piano examinations 18 times for grades ranging from one to ten.

I am also active in Winnipeg's music community. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York, I organized a fundraising concert at Eckhardt-Grammaté Hall - "Musicians for Manhattan." Many prominent Winnipeg artists responded to my appeal to donate their services for this event which raised several thousand dollars for the Red Cross Relief effort. Later that year, I was honoured to receive an award from the Manitoba Red Cross presented by then Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, Peter Liba in recognition of this project.

Jacqueline Ryz with Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Peter Liba, and representatives of the Red Cross

"My studies with Jacqueline Ryz have proved invaluable not only to my musical endeavors but to multifarious ones as well. Her encouragement of discipline and hard work has laid the foundation for many of my successes in life. I strongly encourage the aspiring musician to seek her instruction - an opportunity and privilege awaits them."

- Clay R.

Jacqueline Ryz receiving an award from the Manitoba Red Cross. Left to right: Deb Bomek, Manitoba Regional Council President; Leslie Dunning, Western Canada General Manager; Jacqueline; Dr. Pierre Duplessis, Canadian Red Cross Secretary General; The Honourable Peter Liba, then Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.