Brockville – The Brockville & Area Music & Performing Arts Hall of Fame Committee tabulated the results from voting of its members and 6 new performers have been voted into the Hall.
The newest inductees are Malcolm Gillis, Jeff Reusing, Dave & Donna Cody; the Brockville Police Chorus; Playwright Rod Carly and Ross Phillips (Posthumously)
The six new members will be inducted on March 22nd at the Brockville Arts Centre during a free show broadcast on Your TV Channel 10 starting with the Red Carpet show at 6:30.
Many of the new inductees will perform that night.
The Hall of Fame was started in 2006. Howard Alexander, Peter & Marie Galvin, Bruce Ker, Judy Quick, Bob Snelgrove and Tom Wilson were first year inductees.
Malcolm began taking piano lessons at age 5 and earned his ARCT while in Grade 11. In 1969 Malcolm and his family moved to Brockville where for the next 38 years he was involved in just about everything musical that happened at Grenville Christian College including the Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas for which GCC was so famous. In 2006, Malcolm became the accompanist and artistic collaborator for the Brockville Community Choir and in 2008 the music director for the Brockville Operatic Society’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun” Malcolm also regularly plays organs for Anglican churches in the area. This past summer he was both music director and accompanist for Prescott’s Shakespeare production of “The Sound of Music”.
As an organist, pianist, conductor of choral music and music teacher, Jeff Reusing has been a major classical music presence in the Brockville area for 20 years. He gives several organ recitals each year, plays in a chamber ensemble, conducted the Brockville Community Choir for 10 years, is organist and choir master for St. Lawrence Anglican Church, performs in New Year’s Eve concerts and accompanies vocal and instrumental students at the Lions Music Festival.
Rod is a professional director who developed a love of theatre while attending Brockville Collegiate Institute. While a student, he performed in many Sears Drama Festivals and worked backstage for numerous Operatic Society and Theatre Guild shows. After majoring in directing and acting at university, he returned to Brockville to bring Shakespeare to the Riverfest stage for several summers. He directed for the Theatre Guild in 1994. He was the youngest professional ever to direct at the Stratford Festival. In 2009, Rod was chosen one of the top 10 lecturers in TV Ontario’s Big Ideas, Best Lecturer Competition. Rod is currently the Head of Drama at Canadore College. Rod recently returned to Brockville to present a reading of his first novel A Matter of Will.
Donna and Dave Cody:
Donna has been involved as a costume mistress and has many drama and musical theatre productions to her credit with the Brockville Operatic Society and the Brockville Theatre Guild and travelling productions at the Brockville Arts Centre. She has been honoured with nominations and awards for Best Costumes at the Eastern Ontario Drama League Festivals. Donna has participated on costume teams doing research, sewing and backstage assistance in over 14 productions with the BOS and the BTG’s two EODL festival entries.
Dave has been onstage with the Brockville Operatic Society and the Brockville Theatre Guild since the early 70’s and has appeared in over 30 stage productions. Dave has been active with other community theatre groups: Meaford Town Hall Players and Tweed National Theatre. Dave has contributed to theatre in many ways as Past President, producing shows, backstage work and theatre committees striving to keep amateur theatre vital in the communities in which he has lived. Dave may best be recognized during the Christmas season as Victorian Santa and his role as Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34 th Street”.
Brockville Police Chorus:
The Brockville Police Chorus performed for over 20 years at long term care facilities and retirement homes, Christmas Parties and more. They performed at the NAC and Roy Thompson Hall and produced two record albums. The chorus was comprised of local officers.
Ross joined the St. Peter’s choir as a boy in 1937 and continued with the choir for 60 years. He was into jazz, big band and swing and excelled at playing double bass. Ross played with “Woody and the Woodchucks” and “The Bruce Ker Trio”. He was also a member of the Brockville concert Band and the Brockville Community Choir.