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Winners of the YouTube Recital!

Monday, April 8, 2024 by Kara Myers | recitals

Congratulations to everyone who composed and recorded a video for the 2024 YouTube Recital, "Reuse, Reduce, Recycle", and thank you to everyone who took the time to watch the recital and vote for their favourites over the past week and a half. 

Without further ado, here are this year's winners!

Favourite Overall: "Descending into Twilight" by Jesse Wilson

Runner up: "The Kraken" by Abby Spicer


Best Performance Etiquette: "Descending into Twilight" by Jesse Wilson

Runner up: "Love to Joy" by Cara Meikle

Most Polished Performance: "Descending into Twilight" by Jesse Wilson

Runners up (tied): "The Kraken" by Abby Spicer, "Flow" by Evan Wilson, "Foglie d'autunno" by Maya Fredell-McNeil

Best Beginner-Level Composition: "Love to Joy" by Cara Meikle

Runner up: "Miguel O'Hara" by Charles Boland

(Cara has requested her video not be shared for privacy reasons)

Most Original or Unique: "The Kraken" by Abby Spicer, "Eastminster Bridge" by Charles McLean, and "Foglie d'autunno" by Maya Fredell-McNeil

Runners up: "Starry Night" by Danae Carlson and "Ancient Days" by Daniel Wilson




Students who garnered the most votes will receive $10 Bachs for each category they won or tied in, and this year I'm also throwing in a $4 Bach bonus for first runner-ups (that confirmed voting)!

And finally, one more video of a composition I thought you might enjoy!

Teacher's Choice: "Moonlight Waltz" by Arya Boland


Amazing work, everyone!

A Big Round of Applause for Maya!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 by Kara Myers | news

This has been quite a year for Maya! After finally receiving the gold medal she won for her exam last year, she was invited to perform last Sunday in the Highwood Festival's Adjudicator Showcase alongside a small selection of the top music students - not only in this year's festival - but in the province. It was quite an honour and quite a concert! A big round of applause for Maya!


Highwood Festival Participants Received Glowing Commendations!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 by Kara Myers | News

The Highwood Festival was last week, and the students of FortePiano Studio performed with pizazz! 

Danae and Katalina, who entered in the Canadian composers and late modern composers categories respectively, both achieved a Distinction certificate, or 89% grades. Well done you two!

Maya performed a romantic era piece and achieved a Superior certificate, or 91%. Excellent performance, Maya!