music teachers honour top students
By Fred Sherwin
of the Gloucester Music Teachers Association (GMTA) honoured their top students
on Sunday with a recital and awards ceremony at Resurrection Lutheran Church in
year's recipients of the Gloucester Music Teachers' Student Awards pose with the
trophies they received for scoring the highest mark in the Royal Conservatory
exams for their respective grade levels. Peter Kalinger/Photo
students in all were recognized for having achieved a mark of 80 per cent or better
during their Royal Conservatory examinations last year, while nine of the students
were honoured for having attained the highest mark in their respective grade levels.
of the students received First Class Honours with Distinction, signifying that
they had scored 90 per cent or higher on their exam.
Rebecca Kalinger finished at the top of her class for the third time in the past
four years, having previously received trophies in 2002 (Grades 1 and 2) and 2004
(Grades 3 and 4).
2001, Miss Kalinger has scored 91 per cent on her Grade 1 exam, 92 per cent on
her Grade 2 exam, 88 per cent on her Grade 3 exam, 91 per cent on her Grade 4
exam and 95 per cent again on her Grade 5 exam last year.
energetic young miss practices piano several hours every week while still finding
time to pursue her interests as a singer and budding basketball star.
sort of hard to balance my school work with piano and singing but basketballs
easy because we get to do it during lunch, says Miss Kalinger whos
been busy practicing for her Grade 6 exam in June and preparing for the upcoming
Kiwanis Music Festival.
the recital portion of the program on Sunday, Miss Kalinger chose to play Promenade
by Prokofiev, turning in a inspiring performance despite nursing a temperature
highlights included Grades 1 and 2 award recipient Anita Paris rendition
of Friedrich Kuhluas Sonatina, Mimi Lams Idyll by Nikolai Medtner
and Edmund Chungs playing of Impromptu by Franz Schubert.
registered a 92 per cent on his Grade 9 exam last year to earn the Grace McGugan
Memorial Award named in honour of the former Gloucester music teacher. Chung previously
won the Grade 7 and 8 award last year.
Chan was a multiple award winner having attained a 92 per cent on her Grade 10
piano exam and a 95 per cent on her Grade 3 theory exam.
Chan was a previous award recipient, having won the Grade 7and 8 award in 2003.
She also turned in one of the most memorable performances of the afternoon, playing
El Puerto by the Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz.
program also included performances by Maria Chung, Jessica Fundarek, Sara Nizman,
Danielle Rodriguez, Kenneth Crandlemire, Megan Whattam, Dorian DeLuca, Sara Atif,
Hanna Nizman, Louise Lupien- Webber, Anna Stanek, Elyse Seguin, Sara MacDonald,
Cara Crandlemire, Cindy Ma, Marie-Luc Seguin Lemay and Karen Chun.
members were also treated to not one, but two special guest performances.
award recipient and Gloucester Music Club recitalist Mathieu Saindon performed
a selection of pieces by Ravel, while voacalist Reba Sigler brought the program
to a spell-binding close, singing Popular from the Broadway musical Wicked
and The Jewel Song from Faust.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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