KANATA, ON April 27, 2016 – Music for Young Children’s has just completed its 29th International Composition Festival with 7,095 MYC students taking part in Canada, the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. Mississauga teacher Brenda Cornacchione is very proud of her student Lily De Francesco who placed first Internationally in her level for ‘Mexico Sun!’ competing with 793 students. Lily received the $250 prize. Arjun Kotecha placed second Internationally in her level with ‘My Spaceship’ 571 competing.
Compositions are judged within their level in four different regions – Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB), Eastern Canada (ON, PQ, NS, NB, PEI, NF), United States, Asia & New Zealand (South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam). The eight first place (eight different age levels) International winners each receive $250.
Brenda’s regional winners are:
Maggie Barton, 2nd for ‘Dolphins’
Ronan Clarke, 3rd for ‘Hockey is Fun’
Regional Honorable Mention: Ana Kosoric, ‘Imagination’; Avery Fletcher, ‘Penny the Hampster’; Jacob Kamel, ‘Ski Lessons’; Kaden Marshall, ‘Bells’; and Tara Sinha, ‘In My Summer Garden’.
According to Frances Balodis, MYC Composition Chairperson and founder of Music for Young Children, “The titles this year were varied. Titles (and the compositions) all revealed things and people in which the students’ are interested ... kitty cats, Grandpa, rain, sparkles, sunshine, dolphins, girlfriends, sailing, Christmas, spring, dancing, hockey, baby brother, picnic, wizards and ice cream, to name a few. These titles show plenty of enthusiasm and energy, just as their compositions sounded. Titles help the reviewers understand the students’ mood and intentions when they played the composition.”
Roland Canada sponsors the Music for Young Children Composition Festival and provided five F-20-DW pianos. Roland truly demonstrates a dedication to music education through their fine instruments and through their support of this composition festival.
In business for 36 years, Music for Young Children is taught to 24,000 students annually across Canada, the United States, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. For more information phone Brenda Cornacchione at 905-271-0477 or visit www.myc.com.
Janice Reade, Public Relations