Last year, board member Rebecca Cameron St-Pierre sat down with some key members of the Lyrical Lines family. Bill Labron a founding member of Lyrical Lines and a pivotal member of the music community in Waterloo Region.
In continuing our series of interviews with those who are major contributors to Lyrical Lines Education Network Inc. I spoke with Bill Labron. Bill is the owner of The Beckett School and a founding member of Lyrical Lines Education Network Inc. his vision and efforts are critical not only to the day to day function of Lyrical Lines Education Network but to who we are moving forward as well.
I am really happy to talk to you about Lyrical Lines Education Network. when I was a kid, my grandfather told me that when you believe in someone/ something, you invest in them. That is what Lyrical Lines Education Network is all about.
I believe that I have a moral responsibility to share the gift of music and music education with the coming generations who may not have the financial where with all to purchase that experience. So, this is how I choose to invest.
I was fortunate to have a family that valued music education and so I had piano, voice, theory, clarinet and saxophone lessons as a young person. In each of these disciplines, I found success, joy and wonderful stimulation.
Through Lyrical Lines Education Network, we have been able to build a sense of community in the Waterloo Region through our high school choral festival which has introduced kids from all walks of life to great music, great leadership, kids from across the region and professional instructors from various university programs. These people were able to perform at the Centre in the Square, one of the finest recital halls in Canada, as part of the festival and experience a professional venue of high repute.
Through Lyrical Lines Education Network, we have been able to provide scholarships to developing composers, performers, advocates at the post secondary level and to aspiring musicians who have been referred through school programs at the secondary school level.
Lyrical Lines Education Network Inc. has also created a wonderful opportunity to build community in an age group who are generally not serviced in this manner. The Age of Majority choir is bringing young adults between the ages of 19 and 35 together to build community and celebrate the changing times in which they are living. This choir brings singers from post secondary to young professionals together in a warm and supportive atmosphere where like minded persons can share music making. This project is seeing a fantastic response and currently has a waiting list for the coming term. Lyrical Lines Education Network allows us as a community to give back to this wonderful artistic powder keg that is Waterloo Region.
Lyrical Lines Education Network has been a bridge between the private, public and Catholic school programs and generally improves the quality of life in our community. Through the Waterloo Region Community Music School, persons who are not financially able to participate in private music instruction can by referral be registered in private lessons. Lyrical Lines Education Network brings persons from many different cultural backgrounds together in the act of music making and in so many cases shares joy with all those involved.
Music education was not a frill in my life. I learned to play and sing, but most importantly, it taught me to think. Performing in a choir or band is the ultimate team activity, each person (component) depends on the next to be on time, in tune, in rhythm and producing the right tonal quality to blend at an appropriate volume to deliver the message. Music paints tonal colours, tells stories, brings joy, allows us to weep and makes peace.
I have the good fortune of still performing with a world class choir in my 50s and it brings me joy.
Singing is not what I do, it is who I am and I would not be complete without it.
In ancient China, they considered Music to be a science, perhaps this bit of wisdom should still hold value.