Share our goals: to promote and sustain performing musicians, to foster love of classical music, to nurture music students and influence their future, to encourage all the fine arts, and to celebrate heritage!
The inspiration for our work is the remarkable piano teacher Lyell Gustin (1895-1988), who in a 70-year career based in Saskatoon, taught countless students and shaped many lives. He was renowned for his high musical-artistic standards and widely recognized for his significant leadership in professional music organizations.
Today, our organization presents a classical music recital series by soloists and ensembles from stages national and international. Launched in 2005, the series offers prairie audiences the irreplaceable experience of hearing superb professionals in live performance, and often features the return of artists who began their musical education and careers in Saskatchewan.
A smaller-scale inter-arts series at Gustin House brings together musicians, visual artists, writers and scholars to share art and insights with audiences. The gatherings are similar to events arranged by Dr. Gustin, who believed in the unity of the fine arts and fostered bonds of friendship and exchange of ideas in the arts community.
To further musical education and formation of the young, we give scholarships annually at Competitions and Festivals. Awardees are selected by external adjudication (under auspices of Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers Association, Royal Conservatory of Music, and Saskatoon Music Festival Association). We actively promote youth attendance at concerts.
Dr. Gustin had been trained in the distinguished piano lineage of the great Leschetizky tradition. Through an ongoing project of interviewing Gustin Studio graduates across the continent and beyond, the Committee researches the Gustin pedagogy and influence.
Gustin House, built in 1920 and now fully restored, serves as a gracious venue for the organization's musical-cultural programs. The Trounce House, also situated on the Gustin lot, was built in 1883 and is the oldest surviving building in Saskatoon. Located in the heart of early Saskatoon, the two buildings in a modest yard at 512-10th Street are designated Provincial Heritage Property as “Dr. Lyell Gustin Residence.” Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee's mandate includes care and preservation of the built heritage.