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John Beckwith

His paternal forebears settled in Nova Scotia in 1760. Both parents were musical and encouraged the development of his talent. In Victoria he sang in the Anglican Cathedral choir directed by Stanley Bulley and studied piano at the age of six with Ogreta McNeill, then with Gwendoline Harper.

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Sonja Behrens

Sonja Behrens (née Peterson), pianist, teacher (born 13 April 1938 in Medford, Oregon; died 24 February 2012 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania). B MUS (Willamette), M SC (Juilliard) 1962, PhD (Boston).

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Robert Edward Bell

Robert Edward Bell, nuclear physicist, university educator (b at New Malden, Eng 29 Nov 1918; d at Vancouver, BC 1 Apr 1992). After graduating from the University of British Columbia (BA 1939, MA 1941), he worked on RADAR development at the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL during WWII.

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Melvin Berman

Melvin Berman. Oboist, teacher, b Hartford, Conn, 28 Feb 1929, d 2 Apr 2008; B MUS (Hartford) 1949, M MUS (Hartford) 1950. Melvin Berman studied oboe with Clement Lenom and Harold Gomberg.

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Camille Bernard

Camille Bernard. Soprano, teacher, actress, b Joliette, Que, 25 Feb 1898, d Montreal, 16 Jul 1984. After a year (1907) in Paris she began studying singing in Montreal with Béatrice La Palme and Salvator Issaurel.

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Françoys Bernier

Françoys (Joseph Arthur Maurice) Bernier. Pianist, conductor, producer, administrator, teacher, b Quebec City 12 Jul 1927, d Quebec City 3 Feb 1993. He began his musical studies as a child with his grandfather, Joseph-Arthur.

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Pierre Bernier

Pierre Bernier. Cellist, teacher, b Quebec City 19 Aug 1933. He studied 1948-54 at the CMQ with Walter Joachim, Lucien Plamondon, and Paul Létourneau. He served 1956-66 as a cellist with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Quebec Chamber Orchestra.

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Wallace Berry

Wallace (Taft) Berry. Composer, theorist, educator, pianist, b La Crosse, Wisc, 10 Jan 1928, d Vancouver, 16 Nov 1991; B MUS (Southern California) 1949, PH D (Southern California) 1956. Wallace Berry studied with Halsey Stevens and 1953-4 with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

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Laughton Bird

(Charles) Laughton Bird. Educator, b Toronto 4 Mar 1914, d Halifax 6 Jan 1979; LTCL piano 1947, B MUS (Toronto) 1951.

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Frank Blachford

Frank (Edward) Blachford. Violinist, teacher, conductor, composer, b Toronto 28 Dec 1879, d Calgary 24 Jun 1957; ATCM 1897. He studied at the TCM with Bertha Drechsler Adamson, graduating in 1897, and continued at the Leipzig Cons with Hans Sitt and Carl Reinecke.

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Jim Blackley

Jim (James David) Blackley, teacher, drummer (born 4 March 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland; died 16 July 2017 in Barrie, ON).

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Frederick H. Blair

Frederick H. (Harold) Blair. Organist-choirmaster, pianist, teacher, b Chatham, NB, 10 Jan 1874, d at sea, near the Hebrides, 3 Sep 1939. As a youth he held church organ positions while studying piano and organ with A.W.S. Smythe in Chatham and Thomas Morley in Saint John, NB.

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John Bland

John Bland, emeritus professor of architecture at McGill, distinguished architect, town planner, architectural historian and author as well as one of the foremost educators of architects in Canada (b at Lachine, Qué 13 Nov 1911; d in Montreal March 26, 2002).

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George John Blewett

George John Blewett, philosopher (b at St Thomas, Ont 9 Dec 1873; d at Go Home Bay, Georgian Bay, Ont 15 Aug 1912). English Canada's first native-born philosopher, he turned down job offers from the US, preferring to teach at Victoria College, Toronto (1906-12).

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Charles Bohner

Charles Bohner. Composer, arranger, teacher, fl Toronto 1882-98. Bohner, who had a music studio on Yonge St, wrote songs and piano pieces, of which the earliest extant, Aesthetic Valse and Claxton's Grand March (1882, both for piano), were published by T. Claxton.