Wilma began playing piano at age 6 with instruction from her mother. She taught Wilma to play the popular song Dominique, made famous by the “singing nun” in the mid ’60s. She remembers playing Silent Night for our School Christmas concert when she was grade 3. The teacher in this small rural school gave huge compliments on Wilma’s performance which she humbly accepted, but later told her mother “it wasn’t that great…I didn’t even play with two hands together.”
Wilma’s parents enrolled her in formal lessons at age 9 with a teacher, Mrs Yetreberg, in Mission, B.C. for that first year. She then took lessons from Paul Wagner at Dumeresque Studios, also in Mission, until she was 16 years of age. She stopped taking lessons at this time to focus on high school, then career studies in nursing.
During her mid-twenties, Wilma resumed her piano and theory studies with Mrs Lopp in a small northern community of Dawson Creek, B.C. where she was living and working in her career as a Registered Nurse. Mrs Rotraud Lopp recognized her passion for the piano and brought out her best performance ability. Wilma studied the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus and completed grade 8 & 9. Grade 10 was studied, however, she never did take the exam. It has remained her unfinished work.
Past Art Song Projects:
- The Winterreise Project 2015
- The Dichterliebe Project 2016
- The Schoene Muellerin Project 2017