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Olds and district music students awarded scholarships

25 awards given for highest examination marks
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OLDS - In this challenging year, the joy of music is more important than ever.

The Olds and District Music Teachers Association is delighted to announce we have given out 25 scholarships to those students who received the highest examination marks for the 2019/2020 teaching year.

In addition, thanks to the generosity of our many local and area businesses, individuals, and organizations, we were also able to award 15 additional honourable mention scholarships.

This year, $3,600 was awarded to our students! We are pleased to be able to give recognition and encouragement to these students and wish them much success in their continued music studies. Congratulations to each recipient!

Normally we present our scholarships at an annual November recital, giving our students an opportunity to share their music as well as publicly honour our award winners. This year, many of our students participated in a virtual recital; to access these excellent performances, please visit our website,, and our Facebook page.

ODMTA scholarship recipients

Piano: Garrett Black (Preparatory A), Ben Holliday  (Preparatory A), Kai Morrison (Preparatory B), Jesse Benkie (Level 1), Amelia Hoffman (Level 1), James Cochran (Level 2), Maiya Rosenke (Level 3), Aiden Hoffman (Level 4), Serena Mackie (Level 5), Joe Wiwcharuk (Level 5), Ivan Silivanyuk (Level 6), Haley Mackie (Level 6), Juan-Pierre Hoffman (Level 7), Carmi Ampo (Level 8).

Jean Rix Memorial Award: Ciara Ritchie (Level 9 Piano).

Instrumental: Morgan Spence* (Level 1—Percussion), Walter Jansen (Level 2—Percussion), Camille Labrecht (Level 4—Violin), Tyler Kidd (Level 8—Percussion).

Theory and Pegagogy: Joe Wiwcharuk (Level 5 Theory), Haley Mackie (Level 6 Theory), Tyler Kidd (Level 7 Theory), Robyn Milne (Level 9 History),  Ciara Ritchie (Level 9 Harmony), Robyn Milne (Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint).

Honourable Mentions: Level 3 Piano: Larissa Bullock, Georgia Holliday. Level 4 Piano: Brandon Holliday, Vien Destreza, Kepler Fitzner, Georgia Holliday. Level 7 Piano: Sophia Vermeulen. Level 1 Instrumental (Percussion): Brekyn Goodwin. Level 2 Instrumental (Tuba): Joey Cochrane.  Level 8 Instrumental (Percussion): Wesley Wilks. Level 5 Theory: Serena Mackie. Level 6 Theory: Sophie Anning, Ivan Silivanyuk. Level 7 Theory: Juan-Pierre Hoffman. Level 9 History: Ciara Ritchie.

*Royal Conservatory of Music gold medal winner for top mark in Alberta!