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Gloucester music teachers honour top students
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the Gloucester Music Teachers’ Association (GMTA) honoured their top students last Sunday with a recital and awards ceremony at Orleans United Church.

This 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

Nineteen students in all were recognized for having achieved a mark of 80 per cent or better during their Royal Conservatory of Music examinations last year, while nine of the students were honoured for having attained the highest mark in their respective grade levels.

Eight of the students received First Class Honours with Distinction, signifying that they had scored 90 per cent or higher on their exam.

Fifteen-year-old Edmund Chung of Orléans finished at the head of his class for the third straight year picking up top marks in Grade 10 piano. Chung previously won the Grace McGuigan Memorial Award for registering the highest mark in Grade 9 piano in 2004 and he registered the top mark in Grade 8 piano in 2003.

Twelve-year-old Rebecca Kalinger is another multiple award recipient having finished at the top of her class in 2001 (Grades 1 and 2), 2003 (Grades 3 and 4) and 2004 (Grade 5). Last August, she scored a 92 per cent on her Grade 6 exam and a 99 per cent in Grade 1 musical theory.

What makes her accomplishment especially significant is the fact that Kalinger couldn't use her left wrist for most of the spring. She suffered a severe sprain in a dodge ball game at school and then a friend twisted it by mistake after it had healed for several weeks.

As a result of her injury her exam had to be postponed two months. It wasn't until June that she was able to use her left wrist again and in the weeks leading up to her exam she managed to improve her playing to the point where she was ready to face the RCM adjudicator.

"I had to get some feeling back into it. I praticed really hard and I felt good heading into the exam," says Kalinger who is also an accomplished singer.

During the recital portion of the program, Miss Kalinger chose to play "Melody" by Victor Kossenko, while Edmund Chung delivered an inspiring performance of Beethoven's "Sonata Op. 2 no. 2 1st mvt".

Claudia Chan capped a year in which she won three trophies at the National Capital Kiwanis Music Festival with the top mark in Grade 4 theory. The 17-year-old Orléans resident received the top mark in Grade 10 piano and Grade 3 theory last year and the top mark for Grade 8 piano in 2003.

For her performance on Sunday, Miss Chan chose to play the second and thrid movements a modern piece by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara entitled "The Fire Sermon Sonata". Playing with great gusto and passion, she made use of her forearms and even her elbows in delivering one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Other notable performances were turned in by Grade 9 award recipient Eric Chan who played Beethoven's "Sonata Op. 14 no.1 3rd mvt" and Edmund Chung's sister Maria, who played "Waltz in D flat" by Chopin.

Grade 1 and 2 award recipient Danielle Lemieux sang "The Water is Wide", a folk song by Mark Hayes, and Grade 2 and 3 award winner Dorian DeLuca played "Warrior's Dance Op. 27 no. 19" by Dimitri Kabalevsky. The award winners were rounded out by Grade 7 and 8 recipient Lukash Monczak who couldn't be at the ceremony and ARCT recipient Doris Lee who performed "Nocturne in D flat Op. 27 no.2" by Frédéric Chopin.

The program also included performances by siblings Eric and Rachel1)">

 


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