Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt releases her new book "I Didn't Want It to Be Boring" which chronicles the life and career of Ruth Watson Henderson.

"A must-read for choral fans in general, and for all those who have been inspired by singing, playing, conducting and listening to Ruth's music." - Eleanor Daley, composer and director of music at Fairlawn United Church

Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Conducting at the University of Toronto where she was named the inaugural Faculty Teaching Excellence Award winner in 2013. She holds the Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting. Artistic Director of Exultate Chamber Singers, a semi-professional ensemble in Toronto.

By any measure, Ruth Watson Henderson had an extraordinary musical career. From prodigious pianist to internationally acclaimed composer, she has been honoured many times for her breathtaking choral compositions. But little is known about her life.

True to its word, “I Didn’t Want It to Be Boring” tells, in fascinating detail, about Henderson’s meteoric rise to stardom. The result is a humanizing account of the Canadian icon — a story of duty and defiance, motherhood and musical inspiration, and the daunting task of striking a balance between them.

Through a series of conversations with Henderson, her colleagues, and her four children, author Hilary Apfelstadt offers a rare glimpse into the life of a musical luminary.

Quotes about the Book:

“A must-read for choral fans in general, and for all those who have been inspired by singing, playing, conducting and listening to Ruth’s music.” — Eleanor Daley, composer and director of music at Fairlawn United Church

 “This book makes for a commendable read and contribution to the history of music in Canada!” — Jessie Iseler, General Manager of the Elmer Iseler Singers

 “Hilary Apfelstadt offers a well-rounded and intimate portrait of this humble but amazingly talented creative artist.” — Robin Elliott, Jean A. Chalmers Chair of Canadian Music, University of Toronto Faculty of Music

“Dr. Apfelstadt discusses more than music in her intriguing biography about one of Canada’s premier composers … It should be on every music lover’s shelf!” — Patricia Parr, C.M., Juno Award-winning pianist

Availability:    https://tinyurl.com/ybpx6ghs

Copies will also be available at the Canadian Music Centre (www.musiccentre.ca)