Junior School Musicians Shine in Victoria Festival

by Mary Smith, music teacher

The city of Victoria is enriched annually in the early spring by the presence of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. Opportunities are available for students to take part in performing as members of ensembles and as soloists. Several intermediate students (Grades 4 and 5) from SMUS were participants in this year’s festival. They achieved a high standard of performance and some were recognized by winning awards.

Karmen Tse entered several piano performance classes and received awards at the intermediate level in Classical, Canadian, Duet, Concerto classes. In addition, she received the Nathan Geminiano Memorial Cup and the Award for Most Outstanding Performance. Karmen was awarded a healthy scholarship and will be representing Victoria at the provincial festival in May.

Alice Lee, a fine young violinist, won the Adjudicator’s Discretion Award for her excellent performances. Alice performs with natural flair and mature musicality. Donovan Sturdy and Madison Liew each played with poise and confidence on their violins. Joshua Litton and his friend Andrew performed a violin duet that was a highlight in the eyes of the adjudicator. Joshua Wilmott played with energy on his cello. Saisha Piercy danced in the National Dance category and her group won first place for their presentation of the German Polka.

On Friday evening, May 7th, an Honours Strings Concert will take place to showcase some of the talent from the festival. Alice Lee, Madison Liew, Michelle Song (SMUS Grade 7), Luke Erasmus and Jason Yoo (SMUS Grade 6) will take part as members of a chamber ensemble from the studio in which they study privately.

The ease with which young musicians perform on stage is exciting to see and hear. Along with their eagerness for private study these fine students contribute wholeheartedly to SMUS string ensembles. Our school community sparkles with the joyous sounds of musical expression under their leadership. Congratulations to all of them.


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