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Top students showcased at First Class Honours concert

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Siblings Alexandre, Emily and Charlotte Hou with their GMTA First Class Honours awards following last night's recital. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Music Teachers Association held its annual First Class Honours recital at Orléans United Church Saturday night, showcasing some of the GMTA's top students.

The 90-minute concert was kicked off by 13-year-old violinist Nyah Lavoie who won the GMTA scholarship at last year's Kiwanis Music Festival.

Lavoie first started playing the violin when she was just four-years-old and her dedication to her craft was evident for all to hear during her performance of "Polish Dance" by Edmund Severn.

Among the performers on the First Class Honours program were three siblings from Orléans who all share a passion for music, and in particular, the piano. On Saturday night they shared something else, they all received awards for finishing at the top of their class in their respective grade levels.

Charlotte Hou, 7, received a 91 on her Grade 3 Royal Conservatory of Music exam. Her brother Alexander, 10, received a 95 on his Grade 4 exam, and their older sister Emily, 13, was the evening's only double recipient, receiving the Grade 8 performamce award and the award for advanced rudiments.

Although all three siblings had received First Class Honours awards in the past, this is the first time that all three had received them in the same year.

Other First Class Honours award recipients included Vinutha Dittakovi for Preparatpry A; Athena Liao for Preparatory B; Grace Li received the Grade 1 award; Noah Lau the Grade 2 award; Maria Rechner the Grade 5 award; Micaela Taing received the Grade award; Samuel Champagne, Bonnie Chin and Camille Riopelle tied for the Grade 7 award; Yaying Chi and Angelina Zhang tied for the Grade 9 award; and Amy Li received the Grade 10 prize.

Most of the recipients also performed during the recital. Some of the highlights included Emily Hou's performance of Chopin's Prelude in D-flat Major opus 28, #15; Irene Grose's rendition of Liebestraum No. 3 by Franz Lizt; Yaying Chi's interpretation of Romance op 24, no. 9 by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius; and Reta-Anne McKay's vocal performance of "The Path to the Moon".

My personal favourites were Bonnie Chin's performance of Divenire by contemporary Italian composer Ludovico Eiaudi; Amy Li's rendition of Mozart's Sonata in C Major (I) K 309; and Kevin Yang's impeccable performance of Mendelssohn's "Andante and Rondo Capriccioso" which brought the magical evening to perfect denouement.

Many of the young musicians who performed Saturday night will be participating in the upcoming Kiwanis Music Festival which will take place at various venuees around the city between April 6 and May 2. For a list of dates and venues visit www.ottawakiwanismusicfestival.com.

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