Student Composer Competition Results

Rainy Day

by Esther Leyenhorst (Dalmeny, SK)
Teacher: Marge Andres

My name is Esther Leyenhorst and I am 8 years old. I started playing piano when I was 7 years old. My favorite part of playing the piano is when I get to play Christmas music. I love playing smooth, happy sounding music- especially when I get to use the damper pedal! In the summer I enjoy swimming, jumping on the trampoline, and climbing trees. In the winter I like to go sledding and skating. When I grow up I want to be a teacher or a farmer.


by Grace Shevkenek (Saskatoon, SK)
Teacher: Lynette Sawatsky

Grace Shevkenek is 10 years old and has 5 brothers and 2 sisters. She has been learning piano for about five years. A highlight was playing the trio, El Matador, with her two sisters this year. Grace also enjoys playing squash, cross country skiing, swimming and writing stories.

Reflexions sur le lac

by Gaoyuan Thomas Cheng (Regina, SK)
Teacher: Sarah Konecsni

Gaoyuan is a 13-year-old piano student who has earned 24 musical scholarships at various levels. Recent achievements include composing an original piece for his school band, winning 2023 Oscar Bookbinder Composition Competition aged 28 and under, and receiving 2023 national Louise MacPherson Memorial Composition Award. He was awarded first place in the 2022 national CFMTA Student Composer Competition and third place in 2023, with an honorable mention in 2021. Gaoyuan also attained national and provincial gold medals in RCM Level 8 and Level 7 piano exams, respectively, along with the SRMTA Community Music Award Gold. He deeply appreciates the guidance of his mentors.

Trio: Festival

by Eason Fan (Saskatoon, SK)
Teacher: Yadi Chen

Sleep Tiny Child, Sweet Angel of Peace

by Jessica Stroeder – (Regina, SK)
Teacher: Tanya Bergen

Jessica Stroeder is the Organ Scholar at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina and is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Regina. Jessica has accompanied several choirs and ensembles on piano and organ, and she spends her Friday evenings teaching music theory to young musicians in Regina. Jessica also enjoys singing with the Halcyon Chamber Choir, playing piano in the University of Regina Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and composing music for choral, band, and chamber ensembles.

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