About Mary Rezza (1927-2000)
Mary Elizabeth Rezza was a long-standing member of the Toronto Heliconian Club, an esteemed pianist, teacher, and a noted vocal coach and accompanist. She became a member of the Club in 1956, sponsored by Dorothy Allen Park and Evelyn Dunlop.
Rezza graduated with a combined teacher's and solo performer's ARCT in 1949. She specialized in vocal accompaniment and spent her career playing for thousands of students as official accompanist for the Kiwanis Festival of Music. In addition, Mary became both a vocal coach and singing teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music where she coached many students who went on to international careers, including Robert Goulet, Ermanno Mauro, Catherine Robbin, Gwenlynn Little and Jon Vickers.
Mary was an active member of the Toronto Heliconian Club and served as Chair of the Music Section from 1993 to 1995. She continued to teach at home until she died in February of 2000, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The first Mary Rezza Student Recital was established in April 1991. It was Mary’s idea to have an annual recital that would feature students of the teaching members of the Club’s Music Section. Mary organized each recital and provided piano accompaniment for all of the performers. Since her death in 2000, the Toronto Heliconian Club continues to sponsor an annual student recital as a memorial to her musical contributions.
This year, this tradition will continue with a video of recorded performances by the students. Please plan to attend and support the hard working students of some of our members. RSVP here and on April 25, you will be sent a link to the video, and the link will be available until midnight, May 2.
This event is free. To support this and other Club initiatives, please considered donating to the Heliconian Club by clicking here: https://torontoheliconianclub.wildapricot.org/DONATE-NOW/
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