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2022 ORMTA Convention – Instrumental Competition

Sat, Jul 23, 20221:30 pm
Doors open
Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall
General Public/ Faculty/Staff $10, Student $5
Other Performances
  • Matthew Dao
    Matthew Dao
  • Leander Haddad
    Leander Haddad
  • Ally Jiang
    Ally Jiang
  • Phoebe Lin
    Phoebe Lin
  • Adrienne Liu
    Adrienne Liu
  • Claire Liu
    Claire Liu
  • Cindy Lu
    Cindy Lu

2022 ORMTA Convention – Instrumental Competition

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Instrumental Competition is held every year and showcases some of the most talented student performers from across Ontario. Students must first compete locally at the ORMTA branch level. The local branch winner then qualifies to compete at their regional zone competition. Winners of each zone competition across Ontario then earn the right to advance to the provincial competition.

Students are expected to perform a stylistically balanced programme of two or more pieces within the 20-minute time limit at a Grade 10 and/or Associate level. This is a great opportunity to hear fine performances by talented young musicians.

  • Matthew Dao was born in Toronto and is currently 13 years old. He started learning the piano at 6 years of age and has participated in ORMTA Branch Competitions at the Etobicoke-Mississauga Branch throughout his time in the RCM Certificate Program. Aside from the RCM, Matthew has finished his Performance Diploma from Con Brio Examinations. Matthew enjoys analyzing the 2022 RCM piano syllabus, listening to the 8th Transformation of Liszt’s Dante Sonata for hours on end, and sleeping. He is currently attending the E-Arts program at Earnscliffe Senior Public School and enjoys competing in the University of Waterloo’s Gauss Mathematics Competition
  • Leander Haddad was born into a musical family and started playing piano at the age of 5 under the guidance of his father, Otello Haddad. From a young age, he has been frequently participating in recitals and has participated in the Kiwanis Music Festival every year since he was 8 years old. He is a four-time OMFA provincial finalist, winning second in 2017 and 2018, first in 2019 and third in 2020, which was virtual. As a grade 10 IB student attending Assumption College Catholic High School in Windsor, he enjoys playing alto saxophone in the school’s Concert Band and Jazz Band.
  • Ally Jiang is a 14-year-old pianist and composer in Grade 9 at Trinity College in Port Hope. Ally completed her Associate Diploma in piano performance with Conservatory Canada achieving First Class Honours with Distinction at the age of 13. She has been a prizewinner in the Ontario Music Festivals Provincial Competition and was a finalist in the Stilwell International Piano Competition. Past prizes include winning the Durham Youth Orchestra Concerto competition, performing a Mozart concerto with the orchestra, and an ORMTA Music Writing Competition prize. In addition to her music studies, Ally enjoys figure skating, skiing, reading and visual arts.
  • Phoebe Lin started learning the piano at the age of 3 and has loved music ever since. Selected for the KW ORMTA Award of Recognition in 2017 by her previous teacher, Donna Mak, her current teacher is Joanne Bender. Phoebe placed first in the ORMTA Central Zone junior instrumental competition. She was also awarded the Artist of the Year in 2020, and the Music Department Award in 2021 at her school, Woodland Christian High School. Phoebe will be joining the Piano Performance program at the University of Toronto in the fall. Aside from playing the piano, Phoebe also enjoys playing the flute, guitar, and singing.
  • Adrienne Liu is a 16-year-old self-proclaimed “virtuoso” hailing from Ottawa, Ontario. Piano has accompanied her for more than a decade—she started playing at age 5 and graduated with her ARCT Diploma in 2021. Adrienne was the 2019 recipient of the Irene Woodburn Wright Mozart Trophy, and claimed 3rd place in the OMFA Provincial Competition that same year. She is a Chopin enthusiast who loves playing highly emotional and romantic pieces, striving to touch the hearts of others with her music. Outside piano, she is an avid writer, composer and lyricist, as well as a part-time comedian and professional insomniac.
  • Beginning piano at age 6, Claire Liu has come far as a musical student, and is committed to continuing the development of her music under the guidance of her teacher Olga Tcherniak. She is currently studying level 10 under the RCM curriculum after receiving first class honours with distinction for her level 9 exam. Having attended numerous music festivals in the past such as the Hamilton and Burlington music festivals, Claire has received scholarships for her playing such as the HMF Piano Scholarship (2021). Outside of music, Claire enjoys visual arts, and rock climbing.
  • Cindy Lu is 17 years old, attends Port Elgin Saugeen District Senior School and is in grade 11. She has been playing piano for 12 years, and is currently studying with Pianist Sahar Hassanien, preparing for her ARCT in Piano Performance. Cindy was awarded scholarships and provincial nominations numerous times from the Kiwanis and Rotary Music Festivals. She has also competed successfully at the ORMTA Student Competition and The North Central Zone Competition these past few years. Other than playing piano, she likes to read online novels and comics, and plays flute in her school concert band.

In addition to the events taking place in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall that are open to the public, there are numerous sessions running throughout the days of July 22-24 on such topics as music pedagogy and music teaching resources and technology. Anyone can purchase a day pass to any day of the convention for $120 per day. Day passes can be purchased in-person on the desired day at a table in the IBCPA lobby or in advance at the following website which also provides a schedule of all convention activities:

The ORMTA 2022 Kingston Convention is grateful for the support of The Ballytobin Foundation in subsidizing the costs of presenting the convention’s events in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.  Additionally, ORMTA would like to acknowledge the lead sponsorship of this convention provided by Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music and the Faculty of Arts and Science.