Season Five

October 3, 2014 – Dover Quartet 

Dover QuartetJoel Link, violin

Bryan Lee, voilin

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola

Camedan Shaw, cello


October 25, 2014 – Piano, Clarinet and Cello

Magdalena-AdamekDon Ross 2010Colin Ross
Magdalena Adamek, piano

Don Ross, clarinet

Colin Ryan, cello



November 22, 2014 – Trio Voce

Trio Voce

Patricia Tao, piano

Jasmine Lin, violin

Marina Hoover, cello



January 31, 2015 – The Warszynski Duo

Warzsynski-Simordova Piano Duo
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Piano Duo






March 7, 2015 – Classical Accordionist, violin, viola, cello

Antonio PeruchVaughan String Quartet 1Antonio Peruch with the Vaughan String Quartet:

Vladimir Rufino, Violin I

Mattia Berrini, Violin II

Fabiola Amorim, Viola

Silvia Buttiglione, Cello


April 18, 2015 – Virya Duo

Virya Duo - headshot
Alissa Cheung, violin

Ruby Jin, piano




Emerging Artists:

October 25th, 2014 – Vivian Tao, piano

Vivian is thirteen years old. She is currently in grade eight at Londonderry Junior High. She loves to play the piano, guitar, and a Chinese traditional instrument called the “GuZheng” (pronounced goo-jung). She has won many piano scholarships and awards, including placing first place in the 2012 Alberta Provincial Music Festival. In her spare time, she enjoys doing gymnastics, drawing, reading, and writing. Vivian is also on the Londonderry Lions cheerleading team.

November 22, 2014 – Madyson Hobbs, violin

Madyson Hobbs is twelve years old and has been playing the violin since she was five.  She attends Sir George Simpson Junior High School in St. Albert. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs.  Her interests are violin, cooking, ringette, and crafts.

January 31, 2015 – Ashley, Kayleigh, and Stephanie Minaker, piano ensemble

Ashley Minaker began studying piano under Ina Dykstra.  She enjoys music and would love to learn to play the cello someday. Her many interests include working with animals, especially horses, art, hiking, camping and reading.  She has enjoyed learning sign language for the past three years and hopes to continue it in University this fall.

Kayleigh Minaker started to play when she was only 4. She was very fortunate to study under Ina Dykstra until this past year. She loves classical music and is especially talented in composing.  She has won multiple awards over the years at the St Albert Rotary Musical Festival. She has played the French horn for five years now and has been able to participate in a full orchestra the past two years. She loves animals, participating in track and field as well as cross country and is very excited to travel to Brazil this spring.

Stephanie Minaker began taking piano lessons at age 5. She developed a friendship with her piano teacher Maryan Threndyle and will always be grateful for her influence in her life.  She particularly loves Jazz and accompanied the school choir this past year. Her musical talents also include playing the trumpet and drums. This past year she was given the opportunity to play in a Jazz band and a full orchestra. She also makes time to play on the school badminton and volleyball teams. She has spent the past year working hard to save her money and will travel to Italy and Greece over spring break with the school travel club.

March 7, 2015 – Benjamin Nguyen, violin; Jennifer Nguyen, piano

Jennifer started piano at the age of three with piano teacher Samantha Elossais.  She currently studies with Joan Ritchie.  During her free time in winter she likes to read books, play the piano and, like any other twelve-year old, spend hours on electronics.  In the summertime Jennifer likes to play badminton or basketball with the neighbours.  Jennifer took 7 years of classical ballet training but quit because of the increasing time commitment.  Jennifer has won numerous awards from the St. Albert Rotary Festival and the St. Albert Piano Teacher’s Association.  She is excited about the plans for the coming summer when she will fly to Quebec to visit with family and friends.

Benjamin Nguyen is 10 years old and has been playing piano since the age of 3. Two years ago he started playing the violin as well! Over the years Benjamin has won numerous awards and hopes to keep winning more. A few of his hobbies are reading, badminton, and of course, piano and violin. In his opinion, music is a way of expressing oneself. Benjamin would like to continue playing music so that one day he can be in an enormous orchestra.

April 18, 2015 – Anthony Lee, piano

Anthony Lee, thirteen years old and a Vincent J. Maloney Junior High School student, started playing the piano in Toronto at age five.  Since moving to St. Albert he has had fun challenging and being challenged by his piano teacher Lori Walker.  Anthony had the honour of performing at his Bertha Kennedy grade six graduation ceremony, and he has participated in the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival each year.  He especially loves fast-paced pieces!

Anthony’s other interests include mathematics, badminton, computer games, and summer holidays back in Toronto with his grandparents and cousins.

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