Susan Blyth-Schofield, Convenor
ORMTA Competitions provide experience for young artists to reach their fullest potential. As students challenge themselves, artistically and technically, to perform at their very best level, they also receive feedback from the jurors and are exposed to the repertoire and performance styles of their competitors.
We are planning for our 2024 Competitions to be held on the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Further details about the location will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
Rules for all of our competitions will be available here by mid-November 2023. All applications must be made online. The application form will be posted early in 2024. The deadline for applications is 6pm on Monday 1 April 2024.
2023 Competitions Winners
Zone Provincial Young Artist: 2nd Place
Charlotte Hou (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Zone Provincial Young Artist: 1st Place
Emily Hou (Piano), student of David Jalbert
Zone Provincial Vocal – 10 and Associate Level: 1st Place
Jazia Djoudad, Sonja Deunsch Plourde, Collaborative Pianist, student of Lauren Richardson
Zone Provincial Instrumental – 10 and Associate Level: Honourable Mentions
Iris Shen (Violin), student of Galina Rezaeipour Spencer Song (Piano), student of Heather Norian
Zone Provincial Instrumental – 10 and Associate Level: 2nd Place – tied
Ethan Qi (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park Jenny Zhang (Piano), student of Paulette Price
Zone Provincial Instrumental – 10 and Associate Level: 1st Place
Laura D’Souza (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Zone Provincial Vocal – 8 and 9 Level: Honourable Mention
Cindy Zhang, student of Gloria Jean Nagy
Zone Provincial Vocal – 8 and 9 Level: 2nd Place
Jane Hayes, student of Carol Ann Wood
Zone Provincial Vocal – 8 and 9 Level: 1st Place
Emma Kwong, Sonja Deunsch Plourde, Collaborative Pianist, student of Lauren Richardson
Zone Provincial Instrumental – 8 and 9 Level: 2nd Place
Victoria Luan (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Zone Provincial Instrumental – 8 and 9 Level: 1st Place
Ella Qi (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Branch Vocal: 1st Place
Sophie Letcher, student of Carol Ann Wood
Branch Instrumental: 1st Place – tied
Joyce Qui (Piano), student of Heather Norian Lilian Wang (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
2023 Competitions Adjudicators
Dr. Irene Feher
Mezzo-Soprano, Voice Teacher,
Music Improvisation Facilitator
Irene Feher teaches classical and contemporary voice at Concordia University, and from her studio in Montreal. A member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) since 2003, Irene continues to fuel her passion for teaching through continued professional development, and will be attending the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at the University of Shenandoah this summer.
Known for her sincere expressivity and warm voice, Irene has performed in Montreal, the US and Barbados. Taking the recital form out of the concert hall, she collaborates with local and international musicians and artists of other mediums to create interactive musical experiences. Recent performances have included improvised multi-movement pieces for voice and various instruments with conducted audience participation. Skilled in both classical and contemporary singing, Irene presents eclectic programs such as “Songs from the Stage and Silver Screen” and “From Opera to Broadway” for private events and local organizations. A dynamic vocal improviser, Irene is on the teaching staff of Music for People and facilitates vocal and instrumental improvisation workshops in Quebec and the US.
For more information go to www.livingyourmusic.com
Dr. Christopher Foley
Christopher Foley is a pianist dedicated to the fields of pedagogy, opera, contemporary music, art song, and chamber music. At the Eastman School of Music, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1994. He is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and serves as a Senior Examiner for the RCM's Certificate Program. Dr. Foley is highly active as a clinician, with recent webinar appearances at the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, the University of Rochester, The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, The Aspen Music Festival, Collabfest, and Tom Lee Music Canada. In 2010 he served as Tapestry Opera’s first Leadership Legacy Intern, where he created the Tapestry Songbook program, a workshop and recital program aimed at educating emerging singers and pianists in the new opera development process. As author of the Collaborative Piano Blog, he writes about issues of importance to the collaborative pianist, as well as current musical events in Toronto and elsewhere. A longtime ORMTA member, he has previously served as President, Vice-President, and Past President of the Hamilton-Halton Branch and currently serves on the Professional Development Committee for CFMTA.
Adjudicator's Choice Award: Iris Shen (Violin), student of Galina Rezaeipour
Canadian Composer Scholarship: Charlotte Hou (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Douglas Voice Memorial Scholarship: Ethan Qi (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Elaine Kruse Memorial Scholarship: Laura D’Souza (Piano), student of Dr. Chunson Park
Isabel (Ball) Laidlaw Memorial Scholarship: Spencer Song (Piano), student of Heather Norian
COMPETITIONS & COMPETITIONS GALA ARCHIVES
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