music alive program

Samantha has been a teaching artist with the National Arts Centre's (NAC) Music Alive Program since 2005.  She has co-authored resources and mentored local teaching artists as part of her work with this program.  She works in the following two streams of programming:

  • Classical Composers (Possible composers: Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, or R. Murray Schafer)

  • Cross-Cultural Experience (Possible themes: Music & Nature, Friends & Families, or Listening & Creativity)


The Morning Edition - Saskatchewan

The Morning Edition - Saskatchewan


Read about her work with the Music Alive Program here:   


Listen to David Anthony Hohol's podcast interview about her work with the NAC here:  



The National Arts Centre (NAC) visited the Centre for Newcomers for two evenings which included a workshop on community engagement for diverse artists, exploring methods and strategies for both teaching and sharing music facilitated by Samantha and an interactive musical performance by Samantha Whelen Kotkas and Walter MacDonald White Bear. A unique one of kind experience, the evening produced some beautiful music as well as a lot of fun and learning for all those in attendance.

Meet Music Alive Teaching Artist Samantha Whelan Kotkas. The Music Alive Program inspires and encourages active participation in the arts by providing school visits from professional teaching musicians and programming that celebrates local culture and artists.