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2022 ORMTA Convention – Young Artist Competition

Sun, Jul 24, 20221:00 pm
Doors open
Jennifer Velva Bernstein Performance Hall
General Public/ Faculty/Staff $10, Student $5
Other Performances
  • ORMTA Convention
    ORMTA Convention
  • Sam Domzella
    Sam Domzella
  • Laura D’Souza
    Laura D’Souza
  • Kevin Fan
    Kevin Fan
  • Aidan Lao
    Aidan Lao

2022 ORMTA Convention – Young Artist Competition

The Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association Provincial Young Artist Competition is held every two years during the ORMTA Provincial Convention. This prestigious competition 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.

Open to both instrumentalists and singers, students are expected to perform a stylistically balanced recital at an Associate level or higher with each student receiving a written critique from a panel of distinguished adjudicators.

The winner of the ORMTA Young Artist Competition is awarded a scholarship and a concert tour of Ontario hosted by local ORMTA branches. The pianist who receives the highest standing in the ORMTA Young Artist Competition earns the right to represent Ontario at the CFMTA National Piano Competition, taking place the following year.

  • Sam Domzella—pianist, cellist, and recreational trombonist—has a most enthusiastic passion for the production of pretty noise. Music has always been an important aspect of his life, but ever since he heard a performance by Daniel Barenboim of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata, it has been his mission to become a musician. Most frequently, he can be found performing the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Debussy, among others, in recitals and competitions all around the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Currently, he is studying piano with Rebekah Jordan-Miller, and cello with Katie Schlaijker, and will be attending Wilfrid Laurier University in the fall in the Bachelor of Music program, with a specialization in piano performance.
  • Laura D’Souza began playing piano at the age of 6 and is currently a student of Dr. Chunson Park. She greatly enjoys the excitement and challenges of live performances and piano competitions. She is a member of two music clubs and regularly competes in the local Kiwanis Music Festival and Ottawa Piano Festival. Laura has won numerous trophies and scholarships over the years as well as advancement to the Provincial level OMFA competition where she twice received Honourable Mention. She has competed in the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and has also played in the Ottawa Chamberfest Rising Stars concert. In addition to her musical interests, Laura enjoys playing soccer and being outdoors.
  • Kevin Fan is a grade 10 student attending Abbey Park High School in Oakville. His main areas of interest are airplanes, airplanes, and airplanes. At school, he is involved in Debate and Model UN, and is part of the cross country team. In 2020, he received an ARCT in piano, and plays for the school choir, as well as playing at various regional piano competitions, including Peel, Hamilton, and Kiwanis. In addition to his interest in aerospace engineering, Kevin is a palaeontology enthusiast and enjoys discussing his favourite film franchise, Jurassic Park. He spends his free time mountain biking and hiking.
  • 17-year-old pianist Aidan Lao studies currently with Dr. Michael Esch in Markham, Ontario. He completed his ARCT Diploma (First Class Honours with Distinction) and he will complete his LRCM Diploma through the Royal Conservatory of Music later in the year. Aidan has enjoyed considerable success in competitions at the local and provincial festivals in Ontario and has also won international competitions. A gifted improviser, in 2020 Aidan was featured by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers in celebration of Canada Music Week. Outside of music, Aidan is a passionate software developer, and has won several times in the DECA business competition. 

A reception in the lobby, sponsored by Yamaha Music Canada Ltd, will follow the conclusion of this competition.

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.