Our speaker was Jonathan Estabrooks, formerly known to some of us as a red-headed kid growing up in the Riverside Park area near Bank and Walkley.
We now know Jonathan as a professional musician (and a graduate of the Masters Degree program in voice and opera from the Juilliard School, a 15 year performer with Dominic D’Arcy, the Company of Musical Theatre on CTV, the CHEO Telethon and the Kiwanis Music Festival).
Jonathan gave us an introduction to the world of Social Media and then told us how he and other young professional musicians have used Social Media to market themselves and build their careers.
Jonathan was “Googled” and hired by the new conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra without doing an audition. A fan introduced Jonathan Estabrooke to Jonathan Antoine, runner up to “Britain’s Got Talent”. The two Johathans will perform a duet in Jonathan Estabrooke’s next project, recording a debut classical crossover album, combining classic tunes of John Denver, Neil Diamond and Stevie Wonder with a 45 piece orchestra. The orchestra will be recorded in Macedonia, via real-time link with New York and mixed and mastered in Canada. Jonathan is responsible for raising $40,000.00 in funding for the album (with $20,000.00 raised to date and a deadline of July 15th).
Jonathan followed his speech by singing “You are always on my mind”, accompanied by Dominic Darcy at the piano, which generated a well deserved standing ovation.