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Young Artists’ Recital

Kamern Ku, piano
Eslin McKay, violin
Jacqueline Day, soprano
The Brantford Children’s Chorus under the direction of Richard Cunningham,

Friday, February 16, 2007

Eslin McKay

Eslin McKay picked up her first violin at the age of three, beginning her musical education with Virginia Little. She is currently sixteen, in her fifth year of study with teacher and performer Adele Pierre and in January completed her Grade 10 RCM Violin Exam.

Her accomplishments include many scholarships and trophies in local festivals. She was the recipient of the Junior and Senior Strings Award in Hamilton and has represented Brantford at the Provincial Finals for the past three years. Eslin was honoured to receive the Dr. Grant Honeyman Trophy and Scholarship in May 2006 for her outstanding musical performance at the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival.

Eslin is a four year alumni participant of the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute in Oakville, where she has received coaching and private instruction from members of the Penderecki String Quartet as well as other outstanding Canadian musicians. She has performed locally in various quartets and was a member of the “Spirit Quartet” guided by Mr. Zdenek Konicek, founder of the Czech String Quartet and Artistic Director of the Hamilton Chamber Music Series. Eslin has been involved with orchestras since the age of five. She has been Concert Master of the Little String Orchestra, Assistant Concert Master of the Brant Youth Symphony Orchestra and is currently completing her fourth year as a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra. Most recently, Eslin has won the Junior Concerto Competition and will perform her concerto in April with the orchestra.

A Grade 10 High Honour Roll student at Pauline Johnson Collegiate, Eslin is actively involved in Students’ Council as well as being a member of the Junior Girls’ Volleyball team. This year she is enjoying her work with Virginia Little and the Brant Suzuki String School, The Little String School and private teaching.

After graduation, Eslin plans to continue her violin studies at university.

Programme for Concert:
Deborah Welbanks - accompanist
Sonata No. 12 in E minor Op.3 -Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840)
Concerto in G minor Op. 26 II. Adagio - Max Bruch (1838-1921)
Danse Macabre Op. 40 - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Variations on a Theme by Corelli - Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Kamern Ku

Kamern Ku started her piano studies at the age of seven, in Toronto, Ontario. Moving to Brantford in 1999, she has been in the studio of Virginia Blaha in piano and theory.

Kamern has been successful in local festivals, culminating in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival, being awarded the overall winner and receiving the Richard Blaha Memorial Award and Scholarship in 2005.

Since that time, she has completed, with First Class Honours, the preparation for the Associate level in Piano Performance.

Kamern is a grade 10 student at North Park Collegiate, with also many athletic interests, and is most honoured to be a young artist of the Brantford Music Club.

Programme for Concert:
Impromptu No. 1, Op. 90 - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Grande Valse brillante, Op.34 No. 1 - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Danzas Argentinas - 1. Danza del Viejo boyero, 2. Danza de la moza donosa, 3. Danza del gaucho matrero - Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

Jacqueline Day

Through Jacqueline's colourful tone, expressive musicality, and dramatic intelligence, she readily shares her zeal and passion for singing.

Jackie began music at a young age. Studying piano with Rosalyn Dargie, she achieved her Grade 8 RCM and began studying voice with Donna Chapin. Being an active competitor in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival, she has won several awards, trophies, and scholarships. In 2006, she received the Keighley's Junior Rose Bowl and was recommended to compete in the Provincial finals. Performing in the NATS Auditions November 2006, Jacqueline was awarded a scholarship, sang in the Final Round Concert and was recommended to perform in the Regional finals in Indiana. In addition, Jackie was thrilled to be the 2006 recipient of the Laura and George White Memorial Scholarship on behalf of ORMTA.

Jacqueline has been an active contributor to Brantford's theatre scene as well. She was involved in both the Pauline Johnson and North Park drama clubs. She played major roles with Theatre Brantford for 4 years, with the Lynden Community Youth Group for 5 years, and with the HorseHead Theatre Non-Profit Youth Company in Brantford for 3 years. She was also on the board of HorseHead Theatre in 2005.

Graduating from North Park Collegiate in 2004 with honours, Jacqueline was awarded the S.C. Johnson Sons' and Daughters' 4-year academic scholarship. She was accepted into the Science Department at McMaster University with an entrance scholarship, and studied two years towards a Bachelor in Psychology. In the spring of 2006, Jackie immersed herself in the French culture participating in an immersion program at l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivieres. Jackie is now relishing her time in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western, pursuing a career in voice performance. She is studying with internationally known mezzo-soprano and Western's voice division coordinator, Patricia Green.

Jackie would like to thank the Brantford Music Club and The Sanderson Centre for this wonderful opportunity.

Programme for Concert:
Jenna Douglas - accompanist

Giunse al’fin il momento …Deh vieni, non tardar -Le Nozze di Figaro - W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Deux Mélodies Françaises -Mandoline, Clair de lune - Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Italienisches Liederbuch - O wär dein Haus durchsichtig ein Glas, Mein Liebster ist so klein, Ich hab’ in Penna einen Liebsten wohnen - Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Cabaret Songs - Tell me the truth about love, Funeral Blues, Calypso - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Les Filles de Cadix - Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

Brantford Children’s Chorus

It was in 1994 that Lisa Dawdy-Kennette and Doreen Janzen realized their common interest in establishing a choir for the youth in the City of Brantford and Brant County. Being music teachers, they were eager to encourage a love of fine choral music in children within the community. Shortly thereafter the Brant County Youth Singers was born. The first public performance was Nov. 13, 1994. That same year, they were invited to sing with the London Citadel Band of the Salvation Army. News of the choir spread quickly. The following year they performed with Hamilton's Bach-Elgar choir at a performance entitled "A Capella Gold" with special guests, the Nylons, Vox Nouveau and Faith Chorale. Performances over the years have always included local musical groups such as the Brantford Memorial Concert Band, the Little String Orchestra, the Tudor Singers of Brantford, and the Brant Youth Symphony. They have performed with the CBC award winning Amabile Youth Singers of London and with Brantford area’s Paul Tobey. Their second CD was released in the Fall of 2002. The Brantford Children's Chorus has performed along-side the Brant Youth Symphony, the Little String Orchestra and Brant Suzuki String School, and other regional musical talents in the annual “Celebrate Our Youth” concerts.

Their travels have taken them to many destinations within Southern Ontario to participate in choral workshops. In April 1999, they sang at the "Glory of Easter" in Toronto's Massey Hall on behalf of the Christian Children's Fund of Canada. They have also performed at Walt Disney World during Canada Day celebrations in 1998. In May of 2001, they traveled to Sydney, Nova Scotia to attend the Suas E International Music Festival, which featured Stephen Hatfield and Jonathan Willcocks as guest conductors and workshop leaders. In June/July of 2003, they traveled to Alberta where they performed many concerts, including the Canada Day celebrations at Banff.

In 2004, the Brant County Youth Singers changed its name to the Brantford Children's Chorus. Now in its 13th season, this choir has become a high profile representative of the City of Brantford, and Brant County, in the field of choral music. The choir is now under the directorship of Richard Cunningham who took over the reins in June of 2005.

Richard Cunningham
Although he has an impressive catalogue of solo appearances to his career, Richard is perhaps best known as a choral conductor. He was the founding director of the Central City Children’s Choir of Hamilton, a position held from 1996 until September of 2004. In June of 2005 Richard took on the post of director of the Brantford Children’s Chorus and, along with the Board of Directors and some volunteer help, saved it from dissolving. As the music director of the Renaissance Singers of Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge since 1995, Richard has helped to increase the choir’s profile and standing in the Ontario arts community. Richard also conducts the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir, and is the Artistic Director of the Grand River Chorus in Brantford & Brant County. The Grand River Chorus, now in its eighth year, has risen to become the premier choral ensemble in Brant County and the surrounding area. Richard teaches solo voice, and courses in conducting methods and vocal methods at McMaster University.
Richard earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto He has studied choral conducting with Derek Holman, Edgar Hanson, William Wright, Douglas Bodle, and Jon Washburn, and orchestral conducting with BruceMacGregor and Victor Feldbrill.
As a concert artist, Richard graduated from the University of Toronto where he studied with Lillian Weichel and Edgar Hanson. The grateful recipient of three scholarship grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Richard traveled to England to study with Timothy Penrose and James Bowman, two of the finest practitioners of the countertenor’s art. Richard also sang at Winchester Cathedral and St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, making many appearances before the Royal Family.
Richard finds the time to perform regularly as a chorus member and a soloist with many organizations around the country, including the Elora Festival Singers, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and La Chappelle de Quebec. He is often seen as a soloist in Ontario and elsewhere. The rest of his non-family time is taken up with composition, vocal teaching and driving between rehearsals.

Katie Hoffman has been involved with music all of her life and is currently studying voice and music theory at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Katie teaches private lessons in voice and theory and is working towards becoming a licenced Kindermusik teacher. As a performer, Katie sings with the Renaissance Singers of Kitchener-Waterloo where she has been a choral scholar for two years and is the Soprano Section Lead at St.Andrew's United Church in Brantford. Katie is an active member of Ron Becket's Arcady as both a performer and board member. After spending five years as a chorister and many years as a Board member and active supporter of the Brantford Children's Chorus and is in her second year as Associate Artistic Director, this year working with the training choir, Con Brio!

Programme for Concert:

Con Brio
Kate Hoffman – Associate Artistic Director

My Heart’s in the Highland - A Scottish Folk Song arr. Carl Strommen
Dona Nobis Pacem - Mary Goetze
Three Little Pigs - Mary Donnelly & George Strid

Members of Con Brio: Brittany Austin, Elizabeth Cistrone, Emily Clark, Gloria De Salvo, Rachel Dennis, Alexandra Draper, Cecilia Dudas, Katie Granby, Melanie Hehn, Natasha Knier, Lindsay Leegstra, Alyshia Leigh-Wrona, Jessica Mather, Monica Pierce, Emma Richardson, Tyson Stevens, Cody Todd, Jon-Ross Todd, Georgia Rae Tooke, Debra Vandertuin, Kendra Vervaeke, Beth Wilson-Wong. Sherri Granka – accompanist.

Full Choir
Seasons - Mira & Michael Coghlan
Dansi Na Kuimba - Dave & Jean Perry

Richard Cunningham – Artistic Director

Dodi Li - An Israeli Folk Song - Nira Chen arr. Doreen Rao
The Candlelight Canon - Audrey Snyder
Can You Hear Me - Bob Chilcott
The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle - A Newfoundland Folk Song - arr. Eleanor Daley

Members of Vivace: Nicole Biro, Tamara Cousins, Martha Franklin, Susannah Franklin, Brandon Gould, Anna Hirst, MacKenzie Humble, Jessica Janes, Megan Janes, Rebecca Janes, Charlena Kennett, Sarah Lahay, Michayla McLean, Sabrina Nowak, Catherine Paré, Meredith Rear, Shannon Towler, Sarah Wei, Devon Wissan, Rachel Wyatt.
Greg Walshaw – accompanist