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EKMTA, students celebrate Canada Music Week

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The EKMTA Canada Music week recital performers.

On Sunday November 19, East Kootenay Music Teachers Association held its Canada Music Week Recital at the Cranbrook First Baptist Church.

This annual celebratory event is echoed in towns and cittes across Canada, where Canadian composers, exclusively, are saluted with student performances of their pieces.

Cara Webb emceed the show, and each student gave an anecdote about the piece or the composer, which is always interesting for the audience. Performers from very young to the older students gave very polished performances, on piano and stringed instruments. The strings were accompanied on piano by Tim Plait.

After a lovely concert the EKMTA gave out awards to students achieving high marks for their exams. There were 10 scholarships awarded for various grades of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, and two recognition recipients were also given to Grace Cleland for achieving her ARCT, and Rachel Wolff for her Level 10. Congratulations to all for their wonderful achievements.

The EKMTA prepares local students to perform in the lobby, the prelude and interval at the Symphony of the Kootenays’ performances, and are always received well by the audience arriving at the theatre.

EKMTA also hosts touring artists’ concerts and master classes, and offers student and teacher training workshops. All funds received by the EKMTA go directly back to the students to support and encourage them in their musical education. If you would like to donate, join our association or help at any of the events, please contact KatherineNimmert at kn5@shaw.ca.

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EKMTA scholarship and recognition award recipients.