Emerging Artists

SACMS is excited to be able to offer performance and scholarship opportunities to young local emerging artists.

Each concert will begin with a performance by an accomplished student musician from the St. Albert area.  This gives the up and coming performers in the region valuable performing experience and the opportunity to be on stage in front of an audience.

Each student performer will receive an honorarium to encourage them to further their studies in music.


October 15, 2016

Katy Berger, piano

Katy Berger, seventeen years old and a homeschooled student, began playing the piano at the age of six. She feels like she has always known that she wanted to be a musician, either performing or teaching piano.  Previously, she studied music with Janet Zinger, and currently she is studying with Joseph Fridman.  Last year she took a Socratic Discussion course in music history, and enjoyed it thoroughly.  Her favorite genre is the Romantic era. She has won several awards for Theory, performed annually at St Albert Rotary Festival and as well this spring had the privilege to perform at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival. Another musical avenue that Katy enjoys is playing in the Parkland Handbell Choir in Spruce Grove. Katy’s other interests are drawing, whittling, crochet, and teaching herself to play the accordion.

November 19, 2016

Rayna McFeetors, violin

Rayna McFeetors, thirteen years old, has been playing violin for four years. She feels privileged to be studying with Dr. Guillaume Tardif at the University of Alberta. Rayna enjoys performing both on violin and piano and you will find her at many music festivals such as St Albert Music Festival, Fall Music Festival, and the Contemporary Showcase. She has studied piano with Renna Hoang and Dr. Ping-Shan Liao. Her musical pursuits extend beyond violin and piano, to include playing clarinet in her school band and singing in Edmonton Young Voices chamber choir. Aside from making music, Rayna enjoys long distance running and horseback riding.

February 4th. 2017

Alicia Krips – piano

Alicia Krips, sixteen years old, has been surrounded by music her whole life. Her parents are both accomplished musicians, and she started to learn music at a very young age. Alicia has taken piano lessons with Nancy Watt since she was six years old, and enjoys performing at Contemporary Showcase and at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival. She completed grade 9 piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music in January and has earned the highest mark in basic harmony in Edmonton. Alicia also plays the French horn with her school band and with Horns o’Plenty, a large horn choir, and has played in the U of A honour band. Aside from music, Alicia enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with her dog.

March 11th, 2017

Céline Martin – Violin

Céline Martin, eighteen years old, has been playing the violin since the age of four. She is currently studying music with Alexandra Vasylevska, and recently completed her grade 7 violin through the Royal Conservatory of Music in June of 2016. As well as giving the joys of music to her whole family, Céline can be found performing at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival with all kinds of different pieces. As well as playing the violin, Céline has enjoyed being in her school bands throughout junior high and high school playing the flute. Currently attending the University of Alberta and studying in the Science Program, her dream is to eventually become a pharmacist. Even through all of the hours spent studying, Céline still finds time every day for her passion of music. Aside from music, Céline is a black belt in karate, has a part time job as a server and loves spending time with her friends.

April 22, 2017

Jacob Kryger, percussion

Jacob Kryger, eighteen years old, has been playing percussion since the age of eight and enjoys sharing his passion for music through performing and teaching.  He has been studying percussion with Brian Jones of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since he was ten years old.  Currently, studying at the University of Alberta in the Bachelors of Music program Jacob continues to study with Jones.  Jacob performs with many ensembles including the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, University of Alberta Symphonic Winds Ensemble, University of Alberta Concert Band as well as his own group; ska band “Thursdays.”  Jacob has also performed solo on percussion as well as piano in the Rotary Music Festival for many years and achieved the Rose Bowl award in 2016.  It is Jacob’s goal to one day become a percussionist in a professional orchestra.

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