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2013 Scholarship Winners

Left to Right : Jinsung Kim , Nelson Bettencourt, Ainsley Wray , Natalie Dawe, Ashley Boychuk.

Pianist Jinsung Kim is pursuing piano performance studies at Brandon University, has completed a highly successful recital tour of Western Canada, and garnered top awards in the Canadian Music Competitions, the Canadian Federation of Music Festivals finals, the Brandon Festival of the Arts, and Brandon University Concerto Competition. He is known to perform with fire, energy, and command of the keyboard.

Nelson Bettencourt, tenor, a 2013 graduate of the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music with a performance degree in voice. In recent years he has been performing in both classical and musical theatre works, and has been singing with the Winnipeg Singers, as well as soloist and tenor section leader at Westminster United Church. He will be pursuing post graduate studies in the Fall.

Soprano, Ainsley Wray, who has completed a Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba, is known to sing with ‘shimmering colours’, and intends to begin studies for a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto in the Fall. In the summer of 2013 she will attend the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy.

Natalie Dawe, cellist, completed her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance in 2013, and will continue studies in a Master of Music program in Solo Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario. She maintains an active teaching studio through the U of M’s preparatory division, and recently completed a very successful performance tour of Sweden and Finland as a collaborative and solo guest artist with the University of Manitoba Singers.

Ashley Boychuk, soprano, attained a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012, and since then has been studying voice with Tracy Dahl. She continues to be involved with the Manitoba Opera chorus, and is preparing a recital of exclusively Canadian music for the Fall. Her aim is to continue building her musical toolbox as a performer with summer programs and fall auditions for young artist programs.

Honorable mentions:

Julie Lumsden, soprano, is studying voice at the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, and aims to achieve a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, and a Master’s degree either in Toronto or the U.S.A. In the 2013 Winnipeg Music Festival she won the Rainbow Stage and the Gilbert & Sullivan Trophies, and was runner up for the Tudor Bowl.

Laurelle Jade Froese, mezzo-soprano, is currently in the Opera program at the University of Toronto, and anticipates graduating with her Master of Music degree in the Spring of 2014. She plans to pursue a performance career after graduation in order to use the gifts that have been given to her to inspire and motivate others through being an excellent teacher.


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