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Students & Alumni Awards Digest: Winter 2016

UBC Music Students Lo, Linaksita and Johnson Advance in 2016 Piano Competitions

January 27, 2016

Nicole Linaksita is the winner of the Vancouver chapter of the BCRMTA Piano Competition and will represent Vancouver in the Provincial Competition in Fall 2016.

Natalie Lo and Carter Johnson have been chosen as finalists in the Shean Piano Competition, which will be held May 19-21, 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Natalie and Nicole are both 5th year piano majors in the BMus program and study with Corey Hamm. Carter is a 2nd year piano major in the BMus program and studies with Mark Anderson.

2016 UBC Concerto Competition Results

February 1, 2016

WINNER: Melody Yuan violin – Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major
1st Runner-Up: Keira Chapman voice – Glière Concerto for Coloratura and Orchestra
2nd Runner-Up: Charlotte Beglinger voice – Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

The final round of the 2016 UBC Concerto Competition took place on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

UBC Music Students & Alumni Win at VWMS 2016 Voice Competition

February 10, 2016

The results of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society (VWMS) 2016 Voice Competition are in. UBC Music student Camille Holland (MMus’16) soprano received 1st Place and the Ann Vaisbord Scholarship.

Honourable mentions went to current students Chandra-Lee Curry (BMus’17), Jason Klippenstein (DMA’18) and UBC Music alumna Taylor Pardell (MMus’13). More information


Chelsea Rus wins $25K Wirth Vocal Prize


February 10, 2016
Excerpt from CBC Music Blog by Robert Rowat

Chelsea Rus, soprano, is the winner of the 2016 Wirth Vocal Prize. The announcement was made Sunday, Feb. 7, at Tanna Schulich Hall in Montreal, following a public performance by four finalists.

Rus is from Abbotsford, B.C., and is enrolled in a master’s program at the Schulich School of Music, a student of Joanne Kolomyjec. She impressed the jury with a performance of music by Puccini, Massenet, Gounod and Richard Strauss.

“I’m shocked, thrilled and excited for what this means and honoured to have been chosen as the winner,” said Rus to CBC Music following Sunday’s announcement. She said she views the $25,000 prize as a start-up fund for the company that is her young career. “This money will go toward future auditions, coachings, lessons and for the months when I don’t have contracts.”

Awarded for the first time, the Wirth Vocal Prize was established last year and will be given annually to an exceptional voice student at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. It comes with a cash prize of $25,000 and a number of performance opportunities, including a recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Megan Thibeault named semi-finalist in Eckhardt-Gramatté Piano Competition

March 15, 2016

UBC Music student Megan Thibeault was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (piano), which will be held May 6-8, 2016 in Brandon, Manitoba. Megan is a 1st-year diploma student (piano) and studies with Corey Hamm.