In 1958. Martha Ruby Holland (nee Nicholson) founded the first Ruby Holland School of Music in British Guiana, South America. Her teaching principles were patterned against the graded-curriculum guidelines of the Royal School of Music, London, England.  In 1978 Martha migrated to Canada where she became affiliated with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and continued to teach in her home studio until her retirement in 2001 at the age of 87.

Martha’s approach to teaching music (the piano) was innovative and quite eclectic. She offered her students a rich array of artistic experiences in performance, vocal pedagogy, piano techniques, poetic interpretation, and theatrical acting.  Recitals were fun with musical plays always a part of the recital program. She was a caring and dedicated teacher who touched the lives of many in her community. Nurturing the gift of music was given freely to the under resourced – child or adult.  She never left an artistic stone unturned.  One of her greatest gifts was the ability to bring out hidden talents in each of her students.  

Martha Ruby Holland died on February 19th, 2006, at the age of 92.  To honor the memory of her musical legacy, and continue her philanthropic works, her children Elizabeth Fullington, Alice Patrong and Loris Holland established The Ruby Holland Foundation as a 501-C Charitable Organization   The foundation works as a ‘gateway for future musicians’ and through its scholarship program, many talents are discovered and channeled into nurturing opportunities for career growth and skill refinement.

Today, we ask you to join our community of friends and alumni families whose children have benefited from the works of the foundation.  Help us, *‘let us build together, let us ‘lay stone on stone’ as we work towards enriching lives and providing opportunities for advancement of our musically talented and underserved youths.

Please make a gift today and help us, as we open up gateways for future musicians. 

*John Ruskin (1819-1900)