Dr. Lisa Thomas Letters From Canada #7

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Dr. Lisa Thomas Letters From Canada #7

March 5, 2017

Dear friends and family,

No, I do not have writer’s block,…far from it…I just have been too busy to put this letter together.

Wow, so much to tell you.  I had meetings last week with a violinist to arrange rehearsals and performance date for the Farwell Quintet.  It looks like it will be in the larger hall, Convocation Hall on April 26th,

7 pm.  The UA school of music is paying professional string players to perform with me.  We have the concert master of the Edmonton symphony, the principal cellist of the Edmonton symphony, a very good violist and second violinist, and me.

I taught the choir at First Presbyterian the Native American hymns and took a Taos drum from the house here to play along in the service for World Music day.  Everyone loved it.  We did hymns of other cultures too.

Fulbright Canada offers additional grant funding for scholars to travel to a different region to present their research and add to their research materials.  I applied for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Speaker Program and after several e mails and

phone calls and recommendations from faculty here , I have just received a letter of invitation from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario to do a concert and presentation there, and add to my research by visiting with people from the Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee Nations, and Six Nations.  (see attached letter) Brock University is located in a UNESCO biosphere reserve on the Niagara peninsula.

I had rehearsals with the equipment for my presentations this week, and on Monday gave a lecture presentation for the graduate level composition students at UA and today gave the presentation again for the freshman composition class.

The classes were full and very attentive for the hour and a half session, with many questions afterwards, and an assignment and challenge from me for them to compose a short piece before the end of the semester based on collected indigenous melodies (I gave them a handout with several collected melodies from which they could  select a choice).

Then today, I gave the same assignment, but added a contest.  My concert is March 10th and since I have been awarded with funds for my research by Fulbright Canada, I am not allowed to receive $ from ticket sales or honorariums, so I am asking for donations at my concert, to be used for a composition award to a Freshman student who  composes a Classical Native piece or Indianist piece by the time of their end of the term composition performance final, during which, I will judge and select the winning composition. Today’s class was also very attentive, inquisitive, and excited about their new project.

Yesterday, March 1, was my birthday and after the presentation, I went to Homefire Grill, an indigenous restaurant that serves Bison with Saskatoon berry sauce, and has a great atmosphere and ambience. It was a very rewarding day.

I was waiting to send this e mail in case I got notification from Fulbright Canada about the additional grant.  I just received word this morning that: (Here is the part of the letter that would be of interest to you)


“Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your interest in the Visiting Scholar Speakers Program.

I am pleased to inform you that your application has been approved.  Having reviewed your proposal, it has been determined that you are eligible to receive funds up to CAD$1000.

As we continually update our website, we are looking for content that reflects your cohort.  Your mobility trips, school activities, campus events, or personal observations could be great sources of material.  We are looking for exchange experiences and stories and would appreciate if you could send us photos or anecdotes we could use to promote our programs.  Please feel free to forward any material to our office (alumni@fulbright.ca).

Congratulations on your success!  Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

All the best,


Brad Hector

Program Officer, Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Canada

2015-350 rue Albert Street, Ottawa, ON   K1R 1A4

tel: 613-688-5511

bhector@fulbright.ca     www.fulbright.ca    ”


That’s all for now,


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