John Burge has been awarded the Kingston 2022 ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association) Contributions to Teaching Award (OCTA). Although primarily a university professor and composer, John Burge has often taught the occasional piano or composition students over his 35 years in Kingston and joined ORMTA many years ago to become connected to the local music teachers and to show his support. In nominating John for this award, the Kingston ORMTA Branch wrote: “Dr. John Burge gives 100% to everything he does, and his passion for teaching and composing is evident to all who cross paths with him. He is a fierce, loyal musical leader in our community and uses all of his talents and skills to lift other musicians up. He’s been a particularly strong advocate of young talent over the years, despite his significant university responsibilities. He has always been extremely generous with his talents and time, adjudicating many festivals and working with many individual students. His contributions in planning the upcoming ORMTA convention in Kingston have been phenomenal. We’re very fortunate to have John as part of our musical community.”