The East Kootenay Music Teachers’ Association (EKMTA) is excited to recognize the outstanding achievements of three of its member students who recently received honours at the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival, the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival, and two of which were chosen to attend the second annual Canada West Performing Arts Festival in Edmonton Alberta this month.
Thirteen-year-old Dallevin Lapaire, piano student of EKMTA teacher Cara Webb, recently received the following honours. At the EK Performing Arts Festival this past April in Cranbrook, Dallevin received the Intermediate Piano Award, the Overall Most Promising Piano Performer plaque award and was nominated to represent the East Kootenay region at the 2023 Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival in Penticton as a Junior A Piano Competitor. Dallevin competed in Penticton at the end of May and was awarded Runner-Up in the Junior Canadian Piano class for his performance of Mysterious Summer’s Night by Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko. Dallevin also performed this piece in the Provincial Highlights Concert May 30th in Penticton, which highlighted winners from all the provincial music divisions Junior to Intermediate level! Bravo Dallevin!
Sixteen-year-old Edison Wilmot, vocal student of EKMTA teacher Lorraine Butler, recently received the Intermediate Vocal and Best Vocal Musical Theatre Performance awards at the EK Performing Arts Festival this past April with his performances of “C’est Moi” and “If Ever I Should Leave You,” both from Camelot. He was also nominated to represent the East Kootenay region at the 2023 Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival in Penticton as an Intermediate Musical Theatre competitor. Edison will now be presenting three selections; “C’est Moi” from Camelot, “Beauty School Dropout” from Grease and “Dentist” from the Little Shop of Horrors July 21st in Edmonton at the Canada West Performing Arts Festival. Bravo Edison!
Twenty-one-year-old Grace Cleland, piano student of EKMTA teacher Ivana Ferraro, performed at the EK Performing Arts Festival and was nominated to represent the East Kootenay region at the 2023 Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival in Penticton as a Senior Piano competitor. In Penticton, Grace performed the complete Sonata in C Minor K 547 by Mozart and Nocturne in D flat major by Chopin. She will now be presenting the same program with the addition of the Italian Concerto BWV 971 by Bach July 21st in Edmonton at the Canada West Performing Arts Festival as a Senior Piano competitor. Bravo Grace!
Dallevin, Edison, and Grace would all like to thank their families and music teachers for their support in preparation for these events. They would also like to thank the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival and Performing Arts BC for their support and the honor of representing our EK region at these events.
The EKMTA wishes Edison and Grace all the very best as they attend the Canada West Performing Arts Festival. The EKMTA would also like to extend a sincere thank you to the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival and Performing Arts BC for providing our local youth with these amazing and honorable opportunities.
A special thank you is also extended to Tim Plait who provided Edison piano accompaniments at the EK Performing Arts Festival.
The EKMTA promotes and supports activities throughout the year including Canada Music Week recitals, jazz/contemporary and ensemble recitals, the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival, prepares local students to perform foyer music with the Symphony of the Kootenays, organizes and hosts touring artist concerts and masterclasses, and offers student and teacher training workshops.