Music Awards Totalling $500 handed out to two music students


At the March 10, 2013 Registered Music Teachers Festival held in Vernon, BC the Rotary Club of Vernon presented two $250 Music Awards. Otto Rieve presented a cheque of $250 to Alyssa Johnson who was there in person to receive it and another $250 cheque for Colleen Venables who was in Calgary for music lessons.



 Alyssa Johnson presented with $250 Music Award

ALYSSA JOHNSON has been taking piano lessons with Lucy Feldman at the Vernon Community Music School for 8 years, and is enrolled in Grade 10 of the Royal Conservatory program. She also plays piano in the senior jazz band and has played flute in the senior concert band at Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong.


Music has been a source of relaxation and freedom, and has taught Alyssa many important skills such as perseverance and commitment. Her other interests include modern dance, basketball, horseback riding and skiing. 

Alyssa was thrilled to receive the recognition and the monetary award.  She has not yet decided on a specific career path, but expects music to be a big part of her life.



Colleen Venables presented with $250 (top ARCT award)

Well respected 16 year old violinist and pianist, Colleen Venables, is studying piano with Lucy Feldman at Vernon Community Music School and violin with Bill Van der Sloot at the Conservatory of Mount Royal University.

She has won 1st prizes at the BC Performing Arts Festivals, and recently took the 1st prize at the 2012 National Music Festival. She was the only Canadian out of twenty selected young violinists around the world to participate in the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing. As a special guest artist, she gave a very successful solo recital for the Amadeus Patrons on behalf of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in June 6, 2012.


For many years, she participated in world recognized Summer Music Programs such as Young Artists Programme in Ottawa under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman as well as Morningside Music Bridge in Gdansk, Poland and Calgary, Canada. She has worked with many guest artists and respected musicians from around the world.

Her hobbies include dancing, singing, improvising and reading. She enjoys doing any form of art that allows her to express her emotions and share them with other people.


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