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Class Honours recital brings together exceptionally talented students
By Fred Sherwin
Lam received the GMTA's Special Teachers Award from Kathleen Fong during the Gloucester
Music Teachers Association's First Class Honours Recital on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the top music students in the city demonstrated their magnificent talents on Sunday
during the Gloucester Music Teachers Association's First Class Honours recital
and awards ceremony at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Orleans.
annual recital brings together those students who scored 80 per cent or better
in either their Royal Conservatory of Music exam or the Kiwanis Music Festival
adjudication. As well, each student who received the top mark at their grade level
received a Performance Trophy. Theory Award certificates and trophies were also
handed out as well as a Special Teachers Award which this year went to Mimi Lam.
recital itself was kicked off by guest pianist Kevin Zhao whose wonderful performance
of Beethoven's "Sonata in F Major, Opus 78" set the mood for what was
rest of the program featured a number of outstanding performances all played without
the benefit of a song sheet. Thirteen-year-old Catherine Gallagher stood out among
the earlier performers with her rendition of James Hook's "Sonatina in D
Major, Opus 12, No. 1 (1st mvt.)" which required a delicate touch and intricate
finger movement which she managed to pull off flawlessly.
early highlight was provided by Felix Lu, 13, who played Chopin's "Waltz
Opus 69, No. 1". Nathlie Du's performance of Thompson's "Three Blind
Mice" was also a treat, as was nine-year-old Amy Li's performance of Christopher
Norton's "Scamp" which drew one of the loudest ovations of the evening.
Lemieux from Sarsfield also drew a loud round of applause for her vocal performance
of the American folk song "Homeward Bound" which has become the focal
point of a musical tribute to American soldiers serving in Iraq that's been circulating
on You Tube.
plans to perform the song in competition at this year's Kiwanis Music Festival
and judging by her performance on Sunday she should do extremely well.
many of the young musicians played their pieces with a great deal of skill, Vanessa
Cojbasic, Rebecca Kalinger and Edmund Chung took the experience to the next level
by actually "performing" their pieces.
17, showed why she received the top GMTA mark on the Grade 10 RCM exam with her
moody, melodic performance of Chopin's "Nocturne, Opus 72, No. 1".
Gloucester High School student has applied to go to Queen's University next year
where she plans to major in music. She hopes to one day become a music teacher
and give back to her students what her teachers provided her.
18, Edmond Chung recently completed his RCM journey by receiving an
cent on his ARCT exam. During his exquisite performance of Rachmaninoff's "Prelude
in D Major", the music seemed to just flow through him which was remarkable
considering he hadn't performed in nearly a year.
nearly completed the International Baccalaureate program at Colonel By Secondary
School, Chung plans to go to McGill University next year to study bio-chemistry.
Unfortunately, his playing will have to take a backseat to his studies although
he plans to play the odd concert when invited.
honour of closing out the program was given to 15-year-old Rebecca Kalinger who
was her impeccable self in performing "Rondo on Argentine Children's Folk
Tune" by Alberto Ginastera, despite the fact that she had a fever of close
to 101-degrees. The Convent Glen North resident scored 90 per cent on her Grade
program was brought to a close with the presentation of the Special Teachers Award
to Mimi Lam. During the presentation GMTA member Kathleen Fong also paid tribute
to Lam's former teacher Elaine Kruse who passed away suddenly last year.
Elaine was still with us today, she would be spreading words of praise for Mimi
as well. Each teacher she has played for has been touched by her determination
to succeed," said Fong. "She has always strived for excellence in musical
the other Performance Trophy recipients were all three members of the Deluca family,
Andriano (Grade 1), Selina (Grade 7) and Dorian (Grade 8), as well as Charles
Li (Grade 3) and Eric Kingsbury (Grade 1).
Wu earned a certificate for Preliminary Rudiments, Gail Auger received a certificate
for Grade 1 Rudiments and Maria Chung received a certificate for Garde 2 Rudiments.
Seguin Lemay received the trophy for Grade 5 Theory and Thomas Henbst received
one as well for for Grade 3 Theory.
number of the Gloucester Music Teacher Association students will be performing
at the upcoming Gloucester Music Club recitals on March 27 and 29 at the Orléans
Client Service Centre theatre.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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