Jean Coulthard’s Sonata for Piano, composed in 1947, was her first composition to be performed in Carnegie Hall. Performed here by Godwin Friesen (Saskatoon), December 2015.
Tickled Pink by David McIntyre. Performed by Sian Huang. Junior nominee for Toronto Centre for the 2015 National Mary Gardiner Award.
Caroline Boerner singing The Young Fisherman arranged by Keith Bissel for the Junior Mary Gardiner Memorial Award, Mississauga, Grade 7
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Mary Hildebrand Memorial Award for Performance Excellence:
Jocelyn Fralick, voice, Toronto
Adjudicator: David G Duke
For me Ms Fralick’s performance of the Cardy songs stands out: a significant work,
given a nuanced and confident performance. In general, the standard is very fine indeed
and one can see how every entry could deserve recognition.
Mary Gardiner Award of Performance Excellence:
Mary Gardiner devoted her life to educating young people about the joys of playing
music by Canadian Composers. She was tireless in her efforts to bring about the best in
students’ performances no matter what the grade, the style or the composer. To really do
justice to the music, the music had to come from within — a musical place deep inside
our souls. I believe that it was this passionate sharing of music and song that sparked
Mary Gardiner’s creativity to write music. And today, you young people are sharing your
passion with us.
Thank you to all the students for their hard work and dedication in performing this
wonderful music for consideration for this award. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each
and every performance. Ultimately, it was those musicians who found that musical place
deep down within themselves that captured my musical attention for these awards.
Adjudicated by Tannis Fast Vetter — January 2015
Mary Gardiner: Senior: Vivian Kukiel, Violin, Toronto
Junior: Caroline Boerner, soprano, Mississauga
John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship: Junior: Simon Kuttner, piano, Ottawa
Adjudicator: Daniel Weinzweig
John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship:
Mary Gardiner Award for Performance Excellence:
Senior: Omer Strumpf
Junior: Ryan Dreise