The 2014 Bursary Fund has been awarded to two promising young musicians.
Tiffany Faye dela Cruz is an eleven-year-old piano student from Fairmont who took her grade one Toronto Conservatory exam last year and earned 98% – top mark in Western Canada. When Valley Musicians Who Care learned of this, they contacted us to see if SMMS might be able to share the cost of level two piano lessons for Tiffany. We expressed interest in partnering with them to help this happen, and soon after that, a bursary application from Tiffany came in, which we immediately approved.
Jocelyn Taylor is a fourteen-year-old singer and songwriter who performed on the Valley Songwriters second album and appeared at their November CD launch night at Pynelogs. Jocelyn is a Grade 9 student at DTSS who studies guitar with Bruce Childs and is a regular at the Pynelogs Fresh Fridays. Jocelyn also sent an intriguing bursary application. When we learned about Jocelyn’s plan to do vocal training with a Bow City Music voice coach, we approved her application as well.
The Steamboat Mountain Music Bursary was set up after the inaugural Steamboat Mountain Music Festival in 2012 as a fund to assist Columbia Valley musicians of any age to pursue their music education and develop their skills and abilities. For the past two years, the bursary funds were raised by fifty-fifty draws and silent auction, which ran during the 2013 & 2014 Steamboat Mountain Music Festivals. These activities built up enough revenue to create an award of $1000 last year, and two awards of $350 and $500 this year.
We wish all the best to Tiffany and Jocelyn in their musical education pursuits!
For info about the 2015/16 bursary please visit our website www.steamboatmtnmusicfest.ca