Welcome to our 88th Toronto Ravel Study!

WE WILL CONTINUE to meet online (ZOOM) into 2022. The study has been discontinued for now – we will continue to have “Adventures in Listening” and a monthly guest.



This Month’s Guest

Karen Burke holds a Master of Education Degree from York University, an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from McMaster University, and an A.R.C.T. Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1988, she co-founded the Toronto Mass Choir, a Juno award-winning gospel choir.  TMC has recorded 14 albums and has toured internationally.

Since 2005, Burke has been a professor in the music department at York University developing the first post-secondary gospel music curricular courses in Canada and establishing the York University Gospel Choir.  She regularly lectures at post-secondary institutions and teachers’ associations.

Burke’s major research thesis, ‘The Gospel Choir Community in Motion” was awarded a research prize by York University.  In 2016, York University appointed Burke as the Inaugural Fellow for the Helen Carswell Chair in Community Engaged Research in the Arts providing leadership for research in the Jane & Finch community to assist RPSM and various other community arts organizations.

In 2019, Burke was awarded the Harry Jerome Award in the Arts, Media and Entertainment category which acknowledges a history of outstanding achievement in the creative arts, media and/or entertainment industry.  

In 2020, Burke joined a list of other Canadian music icons in a collection of interviews in the new book release of ‘Talk’ by well-known musician and on-air radio host, Bill King.





NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email if you can lend a hand. 
Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel
See you at Ravel!