Vernon Community Music School students gather around the grand piano in the Carriage House Loft after receiving scholarships from the community at the school’s annual recital.

Vernon Community Music School students gather around the grand piano in the Carriage House Loft after receiving scholarships from the community at the school’s annual recital.

Practise pays off for VCMS students

Young music talents studying at the Vernon Community Music School recently received community support at their annual scholarship recital.

Young music talents studying at the Vernon Community Music School recently received community support at their annual scholarship recital.

Scholarships from local organizations and businesses were handed out to the talented students, who gathered in the school’s Carriage House Loft to showcase their musical skills for an appreciative and intimate audience of family, board members, donors, faculty and judges.

More than $7,000 worth of scholarships were received by the following students (listed under their respective instructor’s name along with scholarship donator in brackets):

Violin/viola: Eli Garlick (Bev Martens, Sanssouci Quartet scholarship); Julien Haynes (Martens, IODE  Silver Star Chapter); Mika Garlick (Martens, Capri Insurance); Jacob Bennett (Martens, George Shaw Memorial); Indigo Freeman (Martens, Reekie, Kineshanko, Tulloch Endowment Fund); Madeleine Haynes (Martens, Olive Woodley Memorial); Hana Friedman (Martens, Mori Family); David Li (Imant Raminsh, also piano under Lucy Feldman, Partly Dave’s Neighborhood Garage), and Vincent Li (Raminsh, also piano with Feldman, Carol Odagiri).

Piano: Colleen Venables, (Lucy Feldman, Vernon Community Singers); Rachel Scuka (Feldman, Ernst Schneider); Yanik Fillion-Murphy (Feldman, Caroline Galbraith Memorial);  Andrea Lee (Feldman, VCMS Scholarship Committee); Elohim’s Blessing Cripps (Karen Rempel, We Care Home Health Services); Sean Morgan (Pat Metcalfe, Heartwood Homes) and Hannah Bennison (Metcalfe, Alpha Epsilon Master).

Cello:  Emma Schmidt (Morna Howie, Nixon Wenger LLP) and Anastasia Martens (Howie, Dr. Laidlaw Scholarship).

Flute: Laurel Salé Hook and Alex Dlouhy (Margaret Burton, Linda Bricker).

Guitar Tristyn Waechter (Tom Stinson, Peter and Pauline Legg Memorial) and Griffin Victor (Stinson, MQN Architects).

Voice: Megan van den Maagdenberg (Kim van Wensem, Drs. Lora and Mathias Fellenz).

Ensemble: Triple Scoop Trio (cello, violin, piano, Kal Tire).