SACMS is excited to be able to offer performance and scholarship opportunities to young local emerging artists. Each concert begins with a performance by an accomplished student musician from the St. Albert area. This gives up-and-coming performers valuable performing experience. Student performers receive an honorarium to encourage them to further their studies in music.
This season we welcome the following Emerging Artists:
Saturday, April 2, 2022 - Horn Trio
Alicia, Ali and Bronwen are all students at the University of Alberta, where this trio was formed. At the start of the 2021 fall term, they were placed together as a horn trio for a chamber music class - that was the beginning of something great. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, both in life and in musical journeys, the trio instantly formed an unshakeable bond that can be seen and heard in their performances. They have only been a trio for a short time, rehearsing weekly and receiving coachings from Mary Fearon, but their friendship and collective passion for music has influenced their musical progression and grown the group's cohesion.
Alicia Krips was born and raised in St. Albert. She is currently in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta, majoring in horn Performance. Alicia began playing the french horn in junior high and developed a passion for it in high school; that passion for music led her to pursue post-secondary studies, studying horn with both Allene Hackleman and Mary Fearon. She also plays the piano, having studied with Nancy Watt for 12 years, and completed her grade 10 RCM piano exam with first class honours in 2020. She has been teaching private piano lessons for the past 2 years.
Bronwen Taylor is a third-year student in a Bachelor of Music in horn Performance at the University of Alberta. Music has been one of the most constant things in her life since she can remember, so when offered the chance to play the horn in junior high she took it. She has been playing horn for just under 10 years and has taken lessons with both Mary Fearon and Allene Hackleman. While she is happiest performing with her friends on stage, in her free time Bronwen is an avid paddler and loves being outside.
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - Aidan Lai
Aidan is an ardent student of the musical arts for both violin and piano, and enjoys performing as a violinist in the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Throughout past performances, Aidan has participated in the Alberta Strings Festival, winning first place for senior violin, the Edmonton Fall Festival, the Alberta Provincial Music Festival, placing second for senior piano, and most notably, the St. Albert Rotary Festival. Aidan also casually plays the clarinet in his high school band. During his spare time, Aidan can be found cross-country skiing, kayaking, and hiking in his favourite Alberta Rockies.
Sunday, June 5, 2022 - Cory Manners
Cory Manners is a proud St. Albert resident and student of both the cello and piano, having played each for five and nine years respectively. Over the last year Cory has become a member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra as a cellist, has received high-honours standings for his cello and piano performances at the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival, and, most recently, received a recommendation to the Alberta Music Festival Association’s Provincial Music Festival. With the support of his teachers – Ronda Metszies of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and Deborah Gallant (B.Mus., ARCT) – Cory’s confidence and musical ability has grown, and he is excited by the opportunities to come! In his free time Cory can be found biking, skiing, fishing, and playing the trombone for his school band.