The Comox Valley Piano Society presented music awards and scholarships at its year-end recital, June 3 at the Stan Hagen Theatre.
Twenty-six students performed at the recital, showcasing their musical studies for the past year. Most of the piano studios in the Comox Valley were represented.
This year, seven students were recipients of The Shirley Fletcher Book Awards. Megan Hamilton, Haley Waldhaus, Kyra Brown, Simon Forman, Lilou Frappier, Sophie Groves, and Alice Hopkins each took home a new music book. Shirley Fletcher was a founding member of CVPS and long-time local piano teacher.
The $500 Marie Josephine Piano Scholarship was awarded to 11–year-old Saasha Gillis, with runner-up Michael Robert receiving a $200 scholarship.
This scholarship competition, in its seventh year, consists of three events: a workshop, this year with clinician Erik Taynen, the competition and then the final recital. This year was a very talented field of five students all studying at the intermediate level.
The Comox Valley Piano Society was created in 1990. For a list of local music teachers, piano technicians and further activities of the society, see www.comoxvalleypianosociety.com