Located in the beautiful hamlet of Rockingham Ontario
in the Wilno Hills, Emilyn Stam and John David Williams offer unique music education and host folk dances and concerts, facilitating fun musical opportunities for adults and kids alike!
RFMS Bursary Fund:
We believe that music lessons should be accesible to everyone! Your donations to the bursary fund are so appreciated! Your donations will cover up to 66% of someone's lesson fees and RFMS will subsidize the remaining 33%.
Our plan for operating under COVID-19 restrictions:
We offer in-person lessons, classes and concerts following current Renfrew County gathering limits, in our outdoor screened-in 10x20 festival tent.
Who are Emilyn and John?
We love music, and believe in the powerful joy it brings when shared as a community! We've lived in Renfrew County since 2018 and are excited to continue to make this our home.
Together and independently we have studied and explored our musical passions, from French fiddling to New Orleans clarinetting, from klezmer to classical, old time and jazz. We've also both had conventional music training (University of Toronto for clarinet and Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 piano).
Growing up in the unique fiddling community of Smithers in Northern BC, Emilyn was mentored by Oliver Schroer, who fostered her love of creative music exploration through improvising, tune writing and ensemble playing from an early age. John studied under world renowned clarinettist Avrahm Galper who imparted his deep respect for tone and simplicity in music making.
Our music careers have taken us on tours around the world, through Europe, China, Australia, and across Canada from Coast to Coast. We've performed for theatre, television, jazz and folk festivals, and on boats, planes, and wagons! As a duo and with our other bands we've released over 15 albums, many of which were nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards, and some for Juno Awards.
As organizers, we co-founded (with Tangi Ropars) "Balfolk Toronto", a not-for-profit that has put on community folk dance events since 2013, and runs a 3 day international folk music and dance camp/festival "The Big Branch".
To hear our music, check out our albums!
As a duo: www.emilynandjohn.com