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Castlegar and Trail music students shine at recital and exams

Several students received the highest marks in the province

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The Trail/Castlegar Registered Music Teachers’ Branch celebrated Canada Music Week back in November with a student recital featuring pianists, violinists, and vocalists. The evening concluded with local students receiving branch awards for the highest practical and theoretical marks in their respective exams.

The Helen Dahlstrom Practical Awards (discipline is piano unless noted otherwise) Conservatory Canada:

Level 1 Contemporary – Ryder Schmidt

Level 2 Contemporary – Nova Ellis

Level 3 Contemporary – Soleil Bitting

Level 4 Contemporary – Natalie Nowicki

Level 5 Contemporary – Eddie Carew

Level 6 Contemporary – Olivia Ovington

Level 8 Contemporary – Danica Gritchin

Royal Conservatory:

Level 3 Voice – Julie Higgins

Level 4 Voice – Julie Higgins

Level 6 Piano – Emilio Ruiz

The Dora Tweeddale Theory Awards – Conservatory Canada:

Theory 1 – Raine Medland

Theory 2 – Olivia Ovington

Theory 4 – Danica Gritchin and Hannah Williams

Royal Conservatory:

Level 6 – Aisha Goertzen

Level 8 – Maya Maturo

The following students were acknowledged for receiving Conservatory Canada Medals of Excellence for the top marks in B.C. for their practical piano exams: Ryder Schmidt for Contemporary Idioms Level 1, Nova Ellis for Contemporary Idioms Level 2, Soleil Bitting for Contemporary Idioms Level 3, and Danica Gritchin for Contemporary Idioms Level 8. Also Julie Higgins was acknowledged for receiving the Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal Level 4 Voice, for the top mark in B.C.

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Music exam results

The Trail/Castlegar Branch of the B.C. Registered Music Teachers congratulate the following students for successfully completing the 2021/22 Examination Sessions. Names appear in alphabetical order.

Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations

Practical Results:

• Level 3 Vocal: First Class Honours – Julie Higgins

• Level 4 Vocal: First Class Honours with Distinction – Julie Higgins

• Level 6 Piano: First Class Honours – Isla Bitting, Aisha Goertzen, Emilio Ruiz; Honours – Jonathan Gardner; Pass – Oliver Bell

• Level 8 Piano: Honours – Adam Heale; Pass – Sofia Maturo

• Level 9 Piano: Honours – Relene Welbourne

Theoretical Results:

• Level 6: First Class Honours – Olivia Bell, Aisha Goertzen; Honours – Isla Bitting

• Level 8: First Class Honours with Distinction – Maya Maturo

Conservatory Canada Practical Results (Classical):

• Grade 1 Piano: First Class Honours with Distinction– Madeline Ellis, Abigail Graham, Makayla Ralph

• Grade 2 Piano: Honours – Luka Medland

• Grade 4 Piano: Honours – Kydan Medland

• Grade 5 Piano: Pass – Raine Medland

Conservatory Canada Practical Results (Contemporary Idioms):

• Level 1 Piano: First Class Honours with Distinction – Imogen Barrie, Ryder Schmidt; First Class Honours – Jamie Daugherty, Odin Edge, Ira Laurie-Pouliot, Quinn Lewis, Laszlo Lukacs, Soren Merg, Lola Rossi, Mika Saban, Eden Stevens, Sophia Lindsey Walker

• Level 2 Piano: First Class Honours with Distinction– Nova Ellis; First Class Honours – Sam Carew, Tia Nicholls

• Level 3 Piano: First Class Honours – Soliel Bitting, Maël Boiridy-Graves, Owen Kyle, Annika Merg, Ethan Snauwaert

• Level 4 Piano: First Class Honours – Ethan McLachlan, Somayeh Nicholls, Natalie Nowicki

• Level 5 Piano: First Class Honours – Eddie Carew

• Level 6 Piano: First Class Honours – Olivia Ovington

• Level 8 Piano: First Class Honours – Danica Gritchin, Hannah Williams

Conservatory Canada Theoretical Results:

• Theory 1: First Class Honours with Distinction – Raine Medland

• Theory 2: First Class Honours – Olivia Ovington

• Theory 4: First Class Honours – Danica Gritchin, Hannah Williams

Conservatory Canada & Royal Conservatory Medals:

• Conservatory Canada Medal of Excellence for Level 1 – Piano Contemporary Idioms: Ryder Schmidt (highest mark in B.C.)

• Conservatory Canada Medal of Excellence for Level 2 – Piano Contemporary Idioms: Nova Ellis (highest mark in B.C.)

• Conservatory Canada Medal of Excellence for Level 3 – Piano Contemporary Idioms: Soleil Bitting

• Conservatory Canada Medal of Excellence for Level 8 – Piano Contemporary Idioms: Danica Gritchin (highest mark in B.C.)

• Royal Conservatory of Music Gold Medal – Level 4 Voice: Julie Higgins



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