The UPEI Music Department is proud to present the 2013 Music Performance Competition Finals Concert on Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature six UPEI music students who were chosen by a panel of Music Department faculty members during the preliminary round of the competition.
The judges for the final competition, Christie Beck, Alan Dowling, Don Fraser, Ron Murphy, and Claire Caseley Smith, are all well-known musicians and educators in the PEI musical community.
Tickets are $15/$10 (students/seniors). For tickets and information, contact Susan Stensch at 566-0507 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to all finalists!
More about the student performers:
Rebecca Apps was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario where she studied voice from a very young age. After joining her high school choir and competing in several Kiwanis Music Festivals, she went on to study Musical Theatre-Performance at St. Lawrence College. She then took a more classical route in the field of music and decided that the University of Prince Edward Island was the place for her. This is her first time competing in the UPEI Music Competition.
Nadine Haddad is a third-year voice major at UPEI. Nadine made her debut as part of the 2009 Confederation Centre Young Company in “Abegweit-The Soul of the Island” and was also involved with Feast Dinner Theatre in the summer of 2010 in “Stop in the Name of Love.” She has competed in the Queen’s County Music Festival and Provincial Music Festivals. Nadine recently placed third at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition at the University of Moncton.
Branden Kelly is a fourth-year percussion major studying under Professor Dave Shephard at UPEI. Last year, he was a finalist in this competition (Canadian composers) as well as the second chair percussionist of the 2012 National Youth Band of Canada. Branden also plays with the UPEI Wind Symphony as principal percussionist and with the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Echo Lau is a fourth-year piano major in Dr. Fran Gray’s studio. She is a member of the UPEI Jazz Ensemble and has participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival for several years. Echo has twice represented PEI at the National Music Festival and is a violinist in the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Natalie Sullivan is in her final year as a UPEI vocal performance major, and feels very fortunate to have had five years of incredible instruction from Voice Professor Sung Ha Shin-Bouey. Natalie is well-known for her roles in musicals such as “Anne and Gilbert,” in which she originated the role of Josie Pye, and most recently “Nunsense,” in the summer of 2012. When she’s not at school or performing, Natalie can be found at home being silly with her two and-a-half year old, Madeline.
Cora Wong, originally from Westville, Nova Scotia, is a third-year flute major at UPEI. Cora has been awarded four silver medals in flute, from RCM examinations, for the highest mark in the Atlantic Provinces, including grade 10 (completed in 2006). She also competed in the National Music Festival representing Nova Scotia in the woodwind category in 2007. In 2011, Cora was the featured soloist for the UPEI Wind Symphony and placed second in UPEI’s Performance Competition in 2012.