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IMA Success Stories

IMA STUDENTS HAVE WON AWARDS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS 2020 INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION


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The International Music Festival and Competition is an annual event that provides musicians of all ages with opportunities to perform, to conduct and to write music while receiving professional guidance by leading experts in the classical music industry.


GOLD MEDALLIONS
Aaron Dutta
Allyssa Talledo
Angélique Erry
Chantal Luo
Clarisse Lin
Daniel Yu
Emma Kang
Hanyu Zhang
Jaden Thomas
Jason Chen
Kelly Chen
Nicole Huang
Ryan Lam


SILVER MEDALLIONS
Aaron Dutta
Allyssa Talledo
Catherine James
Hanyu Zhang
Jaden Thomas
Kelly Chen
Lucy Zhao
Nicole Huang


BRONZE MEDALLIONS
Aaron Dutta
Giancarlo Montanaro
Hermes Chan
Jashvir Rathore
Jason Chen
Kevin Guo
Kyle Guo
Louis Chan
Reena Tamaran
Renjing Li


Congratulations to all students for their amazing achievement!





ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2020 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Savannah Dunberry

Level 8 Theory

92

Ms. Marina Grigorian

Felix Yu

Level 1 Piano

91

Ms. Winnie Hsieh

Elle Zhou

Level 1 Piano

87

Ms. Winnie Hsieh

Jonathan Wong

Level 1 Piano

86

Ms. Marina Grigorian

Priyanka Ragunathan

Level 8 Theory

86

Ms. Antonia deWolfe

Hayden Chin

Level 2 Piano

85

Ms.Winnie Hsieh

Catherine James

Level 1 Piano

84

Ms. Antonia deWolfe

Chantal Luo

Level 7 Piano

83

Ms. Antonia deWolfe

Elijah Gao

Level 1 Piano

82

Ms. Galyna Anno

Jackson Zhu

Level 3 Piano

82

Ms. Elena Eremeeva

Avni Prabhu

Level 1 Piano

80

Ms. Marina Grigorian

Aashika Eswarapatham

Level 3 Piano

80

Ms. Elena Eremeeva

Bethany Tse

Level 3 Piano

80

Ms. Antonia deWolfe

Thea Duggal

Level 3 Guitar

80

Mr. Ramon Taranco

Esther Lam

Level 4 Violin

80

Mr. Arpad Josephson




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (August 2019 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music August session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Ryan Lam

Preparatory A Piano

93

Ms. Dianne Hughes

Andrei Talledo

Preparatory B Piano

91

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Jonathan Wang

Level 5 Flute

91

Ms. Leonid Sprikut

Nicole Huang

Level 1 Piano

89

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Janessa Puyo

Level 2 Piano

85

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Clarisse Lin

Level 5 Theory

84

Ms. Dianne Hughes

Angelique Erry

Level 4 Voice

84

Mr. Paul Williamson

Connor Lau

Preparatory Violin

84

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Angelina Kostantin

Level 2 Piano

83

Ms. Galyna Anno

Clarisse Lin

Level 8 Piano

83

Ms. Dianne Hughes

Allyssa Talledo

Level 1 Piano

81

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Edwin Dong

Level 5 Piano

81

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Theesik Aravinthan

Level 5 Piano

81

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Reena Tamaran

Level 1 Piano

80

Ms. Winnie Hsieh

Arianna Jean Lagunzad

Level 2 Piano

80

Ms. Karina Shnayder

ADaniel Yu

Level 4 Piano

80

Ms. Karina Shnayder

Brandon Yin

Level 1 Piano

80

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Jason Chen

Level 8 Theory

80

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2019 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Thivya Jeyapalan

Level 8 Theory

92

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Isabelle Dasgupta

Level 1 Piano

90

Ms. Galyna Ammo

Emily Jong

Level 8 Theory

89

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Priyanka Ragunathan

Level 7 Theory

88

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Louis Chan

Prep B Piano

86

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Thea Duggal

Level 1 Guitar

85

Mr. Ramon Taranco

Hermes Chan

Prep B Piano

84

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Jessica Wang

Level 6 Voice

81

Mr. Paul Williamson

Linda Liu

Level 4 Oboe

80

Mr. John Mills




IMA STUDENTS HAVE WON AWARDS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS 2019 INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION


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The International Music Festival and Competition is an annual event that provides musicians of all ages with opportunities to perform, to conduct and to write music while receiving professional guidance by leading experts in the classical music industry.


GOLD MEDALLIONS
Aaron Chen
Carter Kawabata
Hayden Chin
Peter Morcos
Reese Bi
Rex Hakimi
Thea Duggal


SILVER MEDALLIONS
Aaron Dutta
Alex Reyes
Allyssa Talledo
Catherine James
Chris Wei
Derek Price
Huy Luong
Kelly Chen
Kyle Guo
Reese Bi


BRONZE MEDALLIONS
Renjing Li
Aaron Dutta
Alec Dong
Edwin Dong
Jason Chen
Kevin Guo
Kyle Guo
Kyra Sophie Oszlai
Nicole Huang
Reena Tamaran
Reese Bi
Renjing Li
Theesik Aravinthan


Congratulations to all students for their amazing achievement!





ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (April 2019 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music April session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Aaron Dutta

Level 3 Piano

88

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Jerry Wong

Level 3 Piano

84

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Ethan Wong

Level 1 Piano

82

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Bethany Tse

Level 2 Piano

81

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Reese Bi

Level 5 Piano

81

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Henry Zheng

Level 2 Piano

81

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Jonathan Wong

Prep B Piano

80

Ms. Marina Grigoryan




WINNERS OF THE 2019 KIWANIS FESTIVAL OF THE GREATER TORONTO AREA


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This year there were over 1,000 young musicians performing at the GTA Kiwanis Music Festival. Competitive as ever, the Festival was a great opportunity for our students to receive feedback on their studies from internationally renowned artists


Three of the International Music Academy (Markham) students have received the highest recognition and has been awarded First Place in the following categories:


Aaron Chen 1st place (Clarinet Grade 9)
Patrick Hu 1st place (Clarinet Grade 8)
Jeffrey Su - 1st place (Clarinet Grade 6)
Jonathan Wang 3rd place (Flute Grade 3)
Jalen Yang 3rd place (Clarinet Grade 8)


Jaffrey, Patrick and Aaron have also been selected to compete at the Ontario Provincial Finals in June. Congratulations to them all and many thanks to their teacher Mr. Leonid Sprikut for his continued dedication.




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2019 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Kevin Guo

Level 10 Theory

95

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Jonathan Wong

Level 8 Theory

93

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Daria Pryymak

Preparatory A Piano

90

Ms. Dianne Hughes

Angela Liang

Level 1 Vioce

88

Ms. Sara Chen

Jason Chen

Level 8 Piano

88

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Clarisse Lin

Level 7 Piano

84

Ms. Dianne Hughes

Avni Prabhu

Preparatory B Piano

83

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Clara Kim

Level 8 Piano

83

Ms. Dianne Hughes

Thivya Jeyapalan

Level 8 Piano

80

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (August 2018 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music August session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Renee White

Level 8 Theory

98

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Jonathan Yu Sing Wong

Preparatory A Piano

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Bethany Tse

Level 1 Piano

88

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Rida Aftab

Level 5 Piano

87

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Esther Lam

Level 2 Violin

87

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Reena Tamanan

Preparatory B Piano

86

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Janessa Puyo

Level 1 Piano

86

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Carter Kawabata

Level 7 Piano

85

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Jenny Wang

Level 2 Piano

84

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Eva Montanaro

Preparatory Violin

84

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Daniel Yu

Level 3 Piano

83

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Alec Dong

Level 8 Piano

81

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Isabelle Dasgupta

Preparatory B Piano

80

Ms. Galyna Anno

Anujan Kandasamy

Level 5 Piano

80

Ms. Lili Imastounian




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2018 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Emily Jong

Level 7 Theory

94

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Arianna Lagunzad

Preparatory B Piano

93

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Thivya Jeyapalan

Level 7 Theory

92

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Jonathan Wong

Level 7 Theory

92

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Avni Prabhu

Preparatory A Piano

89

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Priyanka Ragunathan

Level 5 Theory

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Savannah Dunberry

Level 7 Theory

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Shaelin Baldsing

Level 2 Piano

86

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Jason Chen

Level 7 Piano

85

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Jeffrey Su

Level 4 Clarinet

84

Mr. Leonid Sprikut

Nitin Raj

Level 2 Piano

83

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Jerry Wong

Level 2 Piano

83

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Jatynne Raj

Level 4 Piano

83

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Rohin Furchner

Preparatory B Piano

80

Ms. Marina Grigoryan




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (April 2018 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music April session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Aryan Ihsan

Level 2 Piano

94

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Ava Ford

Prep B Piano

93

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Reena Tamanan

Prep A Piano

92

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Christina Tarla

Prep B Piano

92

Ms. M. Grigoryan




WINNERS OF THE 2018 KIWANIS FESTIVAL OF THE GREATER TORONTO AREA


toronto kiwanis festival

This year there were over 1,000 young musicians performing at the GTA Kiwanis Music Festival. Competitive as ever, the Festival was a great opportunity for our students to receive feedback on their studies from internationally renowned artists


Three of the International Music Academy (Markham) students have received the highest recognition and has been awarded First Place in the following categories:


Aaron Cheng – Clarinet (RCM Grade 8)
Patrick Hu – Clarinet (RCM Grade 7)
Jeffrey Su – Clarinet (RCM Grade 4)


Patrick and Aaron have also been selected to compete at the Ontario Provincial Finals in June. Congratulations to them all and many thanks to their teacher Mr. Leonid Sprikut for his continued dedication




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2018 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Alex Reyes

Level 8 Theory

100

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Jonathan Wong

Level 6 Theory

94

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Theesik Aravinthan

Level 2 Piano

88

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

April J Wei

Level 9 Piano

85

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Jenny Wang

Level 1 Piano

83

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Nancy Peter

Level 8 Theory

83

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Thivya Jeyapalan

Level 7 Piano

82

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Renee White

Level 7 Theory

82

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Carter Kawabata

Level 8 Theory

82

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Edwin Dong

Level 3 Piano

80

Ms. Suzanne Marfise




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (August 2017 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music August session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Christina Tarla

Preparatory A Piano

95

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Nancy Peter

Level 6 Theory

92

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Adela Hua

History Level 10

91

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Daniel Yu

Level 1 Piano

91

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Alec Dong

Level 8 Theory

90

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Ava Ford

Preparatory A Piano

90

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Rohin Furchner

Preparatory A Piano

90

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Shaelin Baldsing

Level 1 Piano

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Kyra Sophie Oazlai

Level 5 Theory

86

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Jatynne Raj

Level 3 Piano

83

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Nitin Raj

Level 1 Piano

81

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Holden Boutros

Level 3 Piano

80

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Logan Boutros

Level 3 Piano

80

Ms. Marina Grigoryan




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2017 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Deejesh Subramanian

Theory 8

94

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Savannah Dunberry

Theory 6

91

Ms. Marina Gregorian

Aryan Ihsan

Level 1 Piano

91

Ms. Marina Gregorian

Jashvir Rathore

Level 1 Clarinet

91

Mr. John Mills

Bernice Chung

Level 5 Theory

88

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Alexandra Lavric

Prep A Piano

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Rex Hakimi

Prep A Piano

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Henry Zheng

Prep B Piano

87

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Carter Kawabata

Level 6 Piano

86

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Theesik Aravinthan

Level 1 Piano

84

Mrs. Suzanne Marfise

Alexandra Lavric

Level 1 Voice

81

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Navid Pahlwan

Level 4 Piano

80

Mrs. Suzanne Marfise

Chloe Ip

Level 8 Piano

80

Ms. Antonia DeWolfe

Emily Jong

Level 6 Theory

80

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Garrett Kawabata

Level 9 Piano

80

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Rex Hakimi

Level 1 Voice

80

Ms. Marina Grigoryan




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2017 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Alec Dong

Theory Level 6

94

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Deejesh Subramanian

Theory Level 6

90

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Emma Grace Ortiz

Level 3 Violin

90

Ms. Salome Legemaate

Alex Reyes

Level 10 Piano

84

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Anya Pooran

Level 1 Violin

84

Ms. Salome Legemaate




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (August 2016 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music August session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Emma Grace Ortiz

Grade 1 Violin

90

Ms. Salome Legemaate

Aryan Ihsan

Prep B Piano

86

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Jatynne Raj

Grade 2 Piano

86

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Shaelin Baldsing

Prep B Piano

85

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Dailiang Chen

Grade 2 Piano

83

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Nitin Raj

Prep B Piano

82

Ms. M. Grigoryan

James Au

Prep B Piano

82

Ms. M. Grigoryan

Jonathan Wong

Grade 1 Guitar

81

Mr. Ramon Taranco

Celina M Mekhail

Grade 5 Voice

80

Mr. Justin Walsh




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2016 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Alec Dong

Theory Basic

97

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Olivia Maveal

Theory Basic

97

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Rhea Pai

Theory Basic

97

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Savannah Dunberry

Theory Basic

95

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Linda Gu

Theory Basic

95

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Bernice Wu

Theory Advanced

92

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Aaron Chen

Grade 6 Clarinet

89

Mr. Leonid Sprikut

Evelyne Jurca

Theory Intermediate

87

Ms. Antonia De Wolfe

Jackie Xu

Grade 8 Clarinet

80

Mr. Leonid Sprikut




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (April 2016 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music April session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Darius Bonakdar

Grade 3 Piano

87

Ms. Katherine Cao

Carter Kawabata

Grade 5 Piano

85

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Teresa (Yuxuan) Peng

Grade 9 Piano

83

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Mutian Liu

Grade 7 Piano

82

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe




THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY HAS WON THE 2016 CONSUMER CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PRIVATE MUSIC SCHOOL IN YORK REGION.


Consumer choice 2016

Consumer Choice Award was established in 1987 and is considered to be the most distinguished award for business excellence in Canada.


This is the second time the International Music Academy has won the Consumer Choice Award for best private music school, within the past 5 years.


In his congratulatory letter to the International Music Academy Faculty and Staff, Mr. Marcl Sbrollini, President of the Consumer Choice Award wrote:


“… the consumers and the business in your community have selected you as the top-ranked organization in your industry. You are now part of a very select group of business owners and entrepreneurs recognized for their business excellence in the GTA.”


Official Announcement of the Award was made on February 4, 2016 in Le Parc Centre in Richmond Hill.


Warmest thanks to our students, their parents and all clients for their confidence in the International Music Academy. Congratulations to all teachers and staff for their dedication and work at the highest international standards.




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2016 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject

Mark

Teacher

Emily Jong

Harmony I

97

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Joy Wu

Theory III

95

Ms. Katherine Cao

Michael Lee

Theory III

88

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Labros Spandonidis

Grade 4 Piano

84

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Celina Mekhail

Grade 3 Voice

81

Mr. Justin Welsh




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (August 2015 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music August session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Teacher

Jatynne Raj

Grade 1 Piano

86

Ms. Lili Imastounian

Mishani Tan

Preparatory Violin

81

Mr. Arpad Josephson

Adela Hua

Basic Harmony

80

Ms. Suzanne Marfise




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2015 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Teacher

Kyra Sophie Oszlai

Grade 2 Piano

93

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Kyra Sophie Oszlai

Grade 1 Guitar

86

Mr. Ramon Taranco

Adela Hua

Grade 5 Trumpet

83

Mr. Leonid Sprikut




WINNERS OF THE 2015 KIWANIS FESTIVAL OF THE GREATER TORONTO AREA


toronto kiwanis festival

This year there were over 1,000 young musicians performing at the GTA Kiwanis Music Festival. Competitive as ever, the Festival was a great opportunity for our students to receive feedback on their studies from internationally renowned artists.


Three of the International Music Academy (Markham) students have received the highest recognition and has been awarded First Place in the following categories:


Richard Zhang – 1st Award (RCM clarinet, Grade 7)
Jackie Xu - 1st Award (RCM clarinet, Grade 6)
Katherine Lee – 1st Award (RCM clarinet, Grade 3)
Garrett Kawabata – Silver Award (RCM piano, Grade 8)
Garrett Kawabata – Silver Award (RCM piano, Grade 7)
Karter Kawabata – Bronze Award (RCM piano, Grade 4)



ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2015 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Teacher

Anjali Mistry

Music Theory II

93

Ms. Suzanne Marfise

Michael Lee

Music Theory II

92

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

David Yap

Grade 2 Violin

92

Ms. Marina Grigoryan

Alena Parkinson

Grade 6 Piano

84

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Kyra Sophie Oszlai

Grade 1 Piano

83

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe

Kyle Omari Miller

Grade 1 Piano

80

Ms. Antonia de Wolfe




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2015 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Edward Tang

Theory Advanced

93

Labros Spandonidis

Grade 1 Piano

91

Rida Aftab

Grade 1 Piano

87

Kayvon Najibzadeh

Grade 1 Piano

83

Matthew Finn

Grade 2 Piano

81

Jackie Xu

Grade 4 Clarinet

80

Tiger Zhao

Grade 8 Saxophone

80




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2014 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Brenda Liu

Theory Basic

93

Rishi Bhuwan

Grade 3 Trumpet

86

Garrett Kawabata

Grade 4 Violin

80

Noah Mathew

Grade 2 Piano

80




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (January 2014 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music January session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Tiger Zhao

Theory Advanced

93

Garrett Kawabata

Theory Intermediate

91

Carter Kawabata

Grade 3 Piano

87

Matthew Finn

Grade 1 Piano

83

Garrett Kawabata

Grade 6 Piano

82

David Yap

Grade 1 Violin

80

Ethan Jong

Grade 2 Piano

80




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (August 2013 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music August session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Edward Tang

Theory Intermediate

99

Rishi Bhuwan

Grade 1 Trumpet

90

Sharon Cheung

Grade 2 Flute

87

Tiger Zhao

Grade 6 Saxophone

86

Olivia Xu

Grade 4 Violin

86

Chloe Cheung

Grade 2 Flute

85

Noah Mathew

Grade 1 Piano

80

Rachel Tang

Grade 7 Piano

80




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (June 2013 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music June session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Anjali Mistry

Theory Basic

99

Odosa Obasuyi

Grade 1 piano

89

Michael Lee

Theory Basic

88

Zahra Mustansir

Grade 1 piano

84

Niral Mistry

Grade 2 Clarinet

83

Michael Cheng

Grade 2 Flute

81

Janis Cheng

Grade 2 Flute

81

Vincent Poon

Grade 4 Violin

80




ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC EXAMINATION (April 2013 session)


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The Royal Conservatory of Music April session examination results have been announced. Congratulations to the IMA students achieving considerably higher than the Provincial average marks, with distinction.



Student

Subject, Grade

Mark

Chloe Tam

Grade 3 Piano

85

Adit Krishnan

Grade 3 Piano

82

Jessica Facchini

Grade 2 Piano

82

Alexander Nielsen

Grade 2 piano

80

Mariah A Brown

Grade 5 Piano

80




THE DJOGO BROTHERS HAVE WON THREE FIRST AWARDS AT THE 2013 NORTH YORK MUSIC COMPETITION

Gligor Djogo (clarinet) has won a first place in the category of ARCT Performance at the North York Music Competition for playing Mozart’s Concerto for clarinet and orchestra. His younger brother, Novak Djogo (flute), has won a first award and Radomir Djogo (trumpet) has won a first award as well. All three boys are students of Mr. Leonid Sprikut. Congratulations on their excellent performances and all the best in their future music-related endeavours.




Nicole Lazarovsky and Deven Chakravorty have won prestigious awards at the 2012 North York Music Festival.

May 2012. North York Music Festival was created in 2010 and has quickly gained popularity due to its professional adjudicators and non-competitive environment. Nicole Lazarovsky (voice) and Deven Chakravorty (voice) have won second award at the 2012 North York Music Festival.




The International Music Academy students were invited by the Toronto Maple Leafs to sing the Canadian national anthem at the opening of the hockey game of the Toronto Marlies vs the American Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL).

April 2012. Eighteen IMA students took part in this prestigious event, held on April 7, 2012 at Ricoh Coliseum 9,500-seat stadium. To our pleasure, the Marlies have won the game, 45 seconds into overtime with 3-2. To watch a short documentary in HD, click on the image below.




iMA students have won great awards at the 2012 Markham Euromusic piano competition

April 2012.The Markham Music Festival is also known as the Euromusic Piano Competition. It has been created in 1994 and is sponsored by TD Canada Trust. The competition is for young pianists only and is based on the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. It is also one of the most serious piano competitions in the GTA. Congratulations on excellent performances to:


Gwyneth Poon (Second Award in RCM Grade 7 class)
Parthee Bala (Second Award in RCM Grade 3 class)

Warmest thanks to their teachers for inspiring our young pianists and guiding them to the highest achievements as well as to their families for their continuous support.




iMA students have achieved spectacular success at 2012 Kiwanis Music Festival.

March 2012. Six students from the International Music Academy have competed with hundreds of participants from the Greater Toronto Area at the 2012 Kiwanis Music Festival. All have won prestigious awards in various categories. Congratulations on their outstanding performances to:


Marcel Short (Gold Award in RCM Grade 2 clarinet class)
Radomir Djogo (Gold Award in RCM Grade 2 trumpet class)
Novak Djogo (Gold Award in RCM Grade 6 flute class)
Garrett Kawabata (Gold Award in RCM Grade 4 piano class)
Carter Kawabata (Gold Award in RCM Grade 2 piano class)
Matthew Wong (Gold Award in RCM Grade 7 violin class)
Gligor Djogo (Silver Award in RCM Grade 9 clarinet class)
Mihai Lungu (Silver Award in RCM Grade 2 trumpet class)

Warmest thanks to their teachers for inspiring our young musicians and guiding them to the highest achievements as well as to their families for their continuous support.




Marina Wai, a student at the International Music Academy, has been awarded the 2011 Gold Medal for the highest mark (96) in Grade 4 piano examination in Ontario.

February 2012. An international leader in the fields of music education and performance training, The Royal Conservatory is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year with the introduction of the combined Convocation and Gold Medal Awards Ceremony. Gold Medals are awarded each academic year, September 1 to August 31, by province or region, to candidates who have obtained the highest marks for practical examinations in each discipline, Grades 1 through ARCT. In order to be eligible for these awards, recipients must have obtained a minimum mark of 80% on their practical examination and have completed the theory requirements for their grade.

On behalf of The Royal Conservatory, we cordially invite you to the 2011 Ontario and Quebec Convocation and Gold Medal Awards Ceremony in Toronto to celebrate excellence in music with the community of Gold Medal Teachers and Medalists this year. The 2011 Ontario and Quebec Convocation and Gold Medal Ceremony wil take place on February 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory, The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2.




Nine IMA students have received a mark over 80 at the Royal Conservatory of Music January 2012 examination session.

Matthew Wong (grade 7 violin)
Edward Tang (grade 4 piano)
Mary Christidis (grade 3 harmony)
Katryna Durfy Weir (grade 2 rudiments)
Madura Muraleetharan (grade 2 voice)
Samantha Fung (grade 1violin)
Niral Mistry (grade 1 piano)
Timothe Noche (grade 1 violin)
Olivia Xu (grade 1 violin)



14 students from York Region have won the Kindred Spirits Orchestra 2011 Broadway Kids Live! auditions.

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the Honorary Patronage of Mayor Frank Scarpitti of Markham is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Broadway Kids Live! Auditions. Broadway Kids Live! is a new programme created by the Kindred Spirits Orchestra that is designed to provide children with opportunities to acquire important skills in singing, acting, dancing, working with conductor, and performing in front of a large audience. From 115 applications received, 55 children from York Region were invited to audition live in Markham and another 23, in Toronto. During the live auditions, a panel of judges led by Maestro Kristian Alexander, Music Director of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, looked for a particular blend of vocal, acting, and dancing skills, as related to a pre-determined list of characters that will later be included in the show. A final cast of 14 children was selected to perform live on stage of Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2012:

- Aneesah Bari (Stouffville)
- Ayla Neumann (New Market)
- Candace Santos (Mississauga)
- Celeste McGill (Maple)
- Deven Chakravorty (Markham)
- Faith Rauen (Unionville)
- Glenn Edward Montera (Toronto)
- Isabelle Duchene (New Market)
- Leya Herschel (Markham)
- Lia Luz (Scarborough)
- Luka Mihajlovi (Markham)
- May He Tessoro (Unionville)
- Nicole Lazarovski (Markham)
- Samantha Waller (Richmond Hill)



iMA students have won the highest awards in the GTA at the 2011 Kiwanis Music Festival

16 students from the International Music Academy have competed with thousands of participants from the GreateToronto Area at the 2011 Kiwanis Music Festival. All have won prestigious awards in various categoriesCongratulations on their outstanding performances to:

- Stella Schneckenburger (Piano solo RCM Grade 3) - Gold Award and Best in Class
- Garrett Kawabata (Piano solo Sonatinas) - Gold Award and 1st place
- Celia Tang (Clarinet solo RCM Grade 10) - Gold Award and 1st place
- Sharon Wong (Piano solo RCM Grade 7) - Gold Award and 2nd place
- Ryan Xu (Piano solo RCM Grade 1) - Gold Award and 2nd place
- Carter Kawabata (Piano solo RCM Grade 2) - Gold Award and 3rd place
- Marina Wai (Piano solo RCM Grade 6) - Gold Award and 3rd place
- Michael Xu (Piano solo RCM Grade 4) - Gold Award
- Gwyneth Poon (Piano solo RCM Grade 5) - Gold Award
- Daniel Joanes (Piano solo RCM Grade 2) - Gold Award
- Julie-Anne Boucher (Violin solo RCM Grade 7) - Gold Award
- Hansel Lui (Violin solo RCM Grade 3) - Silver Award
- Daniel Joanes (Piano solo RCM Grade 2) - Silver Award
- Garrett Kawabata (Piano solo RCM Grade 3) - Silver Award
- Johnson Zheng (Piano solo RCM Grade 2) - Silver Award
- Martin Tuzin (Piano solo RCM Grade 6) - Silver Award
- Katherine Lee (Piano solo RCM Grade 4) - Silver Award
- Jobert Sevilleno (Voice solo) - Bronze Award and 2nd place



2010 Richmond Hill Music Festival has brought more awards to iMA students.

Three voice students from the clas of Ms. Helena Holl have won a Silver Award at the 2010 Richmond Hill Music Festival. Congratulations to:

- Leya Herschel (Italian Art Song)
- Nicole Lazarovsky (Broadway Musical)
- Jobert Sevilleno (Open class)



International Music Academy has sponsored the educaiton of 4 children in Peru

Through a collaboration with AYNI, the International Music Academy has assisted 4 children in Peru with the purchase of books and educational materials required for one year of studies. Watch a video about this exciting partnership in gallery.




Great success at the 2010 North York Music Festival

The North York Music Festival (formerly NYCO Music Festival) has brought another wave of great success to our students, especially those who competed in the vocal classes. Congratulations to:


Stephanie CommarasanaGOLD Award (saxophone)
Leya HerschelGOLD Award (voice)
Philip HuynhGOLD Award (voice)
Charina AlducenteSILVER Award (voice)
Nicole LazarovskiSILVER Award (voice) and BRONZE Award (voice)
Nicole JaskotSILVER Award (voice)
Garett KawabataSILVER Award (piano)
Aneesah BariBRONZE Award (voice)


Special thanks to their teachers Ms. Helena Holl (voice), Ms. Mao Ke (voice), Ms. Priscila Coelho (voice, piano), Mr. Leonid Sprikut (woodwinds), and Ms. Lili Imastounian (piano).




More awards from the 2010 Markham Euromusic piano competition

The Markham Music Festival is well known as the Euromusic Piano Competition. It has been created in 1994 and is sponsored by TD Canada Trust. The competition is for young pianists only and is based on the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. It is also one of the most serious piano competitions in the GTA. Congratulations on excellent performances to:


Gwyneth Poon (First Award in RCM Grade 3 Sonatina class)
Sindu Karunaharan (Second Award in RCM Grade 3 contemporary piece class)
Katherine Lee (Third Award in RCM Grade 3 contemporary piece class)


Warmest thanks to their teachers for inspiring our young pianists and guiding them to highest achievements. Best regards to the families for their continuous support.




iMA students have won 11 GOLD awards at the 2010 Kiwanis Music Festival

Congratulations to the following students:


Gligor Djogo (GOLD Award), clarinet RCM Grade 8
Cameron Lee (GOLD Award), violin RCM Grade 8
Matthew Wong (GOLD Award), violin RCM Grade 6
Maggie Chie (GOLD Award), saxophone RCM Grade 6
Amanda Mac (GOLD Award), piano RCM Grade 5
Novak Djogo (GOLD Award), flute RCM Grade 4
Ameen Meshkat (GOLD Award), saxophone RCM Grade 4
Tiger Zhao (GOLD Award), saxophone RCM Grade 1
Jeffrey Li (GOLD Award), Guitar RCM Grade 1
Michael Xu (GOLD Award), piano RCM Introductory Grade
Michelle Yu (GOLD Award), voice Musical theatre
Andrea Wong (SILVER Award), violin RCM Grade 6
Martin Tuzim (SILVER Award), piano RCM Grade 5
Jamal Virani (SILVER Award), voice Musical theatre
Cathy Shen (BRONZE Award), voice Grand Opera




iMA students have won awards at the 2009 Richmond Hill Music Festival

Congratulations on successful performances to:


Lucy Yi (double bass) - 1st place (class DB5)
Nicole Jaskot (voice) - 2nd place (class VO3)
Michelle Yu (voice) - 3rd place (class VO5)




iMA has won the 2008 Consumers' Choice Award for best music school in the GTA

The International Music Academy has won the 2008 Consumers' Choice Award for best music school in the GTA. We have won in all categories of "consumers satisfaction", "quality of education", "programmes and services", "learning and teaching environment", "management", "music festivals and competitions", and overall "business excellence". The official award ceremony was recorded on June 2, 2008 by CTV for future release.

The Consumers' Choice Award is considered the seal of excellence. For recipients the award not only constitutes the crowning achievement of their efforts, but more importantly it also represents the most valuable reward of all, the knowledge that they have earned the trust and loyalty of consumers.

The International Music Academy Faculty, Staff, and Management would like to thank all students and their families for their continuous support and for voting us the best music school in the Great Toronto Area.




iMA student has won Second Award on the Ontario Provincial Music Competition

Xianxin Du was selected to represent the GTA at the Ontario Provincial Competition (in the category of brass instruments). He competed with other candidates from all major cities in Ontario and has won the Second Award. This has been very fruitful year for Xianxin. He has also won a SILVER medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Second Award from the Kiwanis Music Competition. Congratulations on your great achievements!




iMA students have won great awards at the prestigious Kiwanis Music Competition.

The International Music Academy Faculty and Staff congratulate the following students on their outstanding performance:


Ryan Ip (violin) – First Award (RCM 9 Violin sonata)
Ryan Ip (violin) – First Award (RCM 9 Violin concerto)
Renée Ly (piano) – First Award (RCM 4, List A)
Diane Tam (violin) – First Award (RCM 3, List C)

Xianxin Du (trumpet) – Second Award (RCM 9, List B)
Ryan Ip (violin) – Second Award (Bach solo sonata)
Clemence Tam (violin) – Second Award (RCM 4, List A)
Renée Ly (piano) - Second Award (RCM 4, List B)
Diane Tam (violin) – Second Award (RCM 3, List A)
Ranjith Ranganathan (guitar) – Second Award (RCM 1, List A)
Anna Wong (violin) – Second Award (RCM 2, List A)
Daniella Pisciola (piano) – Second Award (RCM i, List A)
John Mamatis (piano) – Second Award (RCM 1, List B)

Clemence Tam (violin) – Third Award (RCM 4, List C)
Aaron Wong (piano) – Third Award (RCM 4, List B)
Matthew Wong (violin) – Third Award (RCM 4, List A)
Maria Pin (violin) – Third Award (RCM 4, Violin Studies)
Stanley Yeung (trumpet) – Third Award (RCM 4, List B)
Amanda Mac (piano) – Third Award (RCM 2, List B)
Serena Sgandurra (piano) – Third Award (RCM 1, List A)
Ganesh Santhananthan (saxophone) – Third Award (RCM 2)


Congratulations go also to the following students for their excellent performance. They all have put a lot of time and energy and have achieved great results: Cameron Lee (violin), Hayson Ko (violin), Stanley Yeung (piano), Sunny Yeung (piano), Chelsea Dumasal (piano), Ellie Mamatis (piano).


We would also like to thank the teachers Mr. Leonid Sprikut, Mrs. Svetlana Koroleva, Mrs. Irina Pechkina, Mrs. Olga Polikarpova, and Mr. Rizgar Al-Timary for their professionalism and dedication.


The Kiwanis Music Competition is the oldest in Canada and is a member of the Kiwanis International that was founded in 1915 with the goal to "change the world one child and one community at a time".




7 GOLD, 9 SILVER, and 6 BRONZE medals for iMA students

Arts Richmond Hill was founded in 1979 as a community based Arts Council whose mandate is the advancement of arts and culture through promotion, awareness, and education. Every year hundreds of students participate in a Music competition based on the Royal Conservatory of Music curricula and examination requirements. During the last weekend of November 2007 iMA students competed in several classes for piano, violin, trumpet, flute, and voice. The winners of this year Richmond Hill Music Competition are:


Aaron Wong, GOLD medal (piano, P13)
Alexander Volkov, GOLD medal (violin, VN25)
Alexander Volkov, GOLD medal (violin, VN27)
Hayson Ko, GOLD medal (violin, VN19)
Serena Sgandurra, GOLD medal (piano, P4)
Stanley Yeung, GOLD medal (trumpet, TU3)
Xianxin Du, GOLD medal (trumpet, TU5)

Aaron Wong, SILVER medal (piano, P11)
Alexander Volkov, SILVER medal (violin, VN24)
Alexander Volkov, SILVER medal (violin, VN26)
Anna Djalilvand, SILVER medal (violin, VN9)
Anna Djalilvand, SILVER medal (violin, VN11)
Deanna Rudiak, SILVER medal (violin, P18)
Diane Tam, SILVER medal (violin, VN9)
Hayson Ko, SILVER medal (piano, VN18)
Serena Sgandurra, SILVER medal (piano, P3)

Anna Djalilvand, BRONZE medal (violin, VN10)
Anna Wong, BRONZE medal (violin, VN6)
Diane Tam, BRONZE medal (violin, VN10)
Diane Tam, BRONZE medal (violin, VN11)
Hayson Ko, BRONZE medal (violin, VN20)
Jonathan Matta, BRONZE medal (piano, P2)




iMA students have received the highest award of the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Every academic year the Royal Conservatory of Music awards SILVER medals to students who have achieved the highest marks on their combined practical and theory examinations. Only one student per grade (1 through 10) would receive the SILVER medal award in the province of Ontario. The GOLD award is given only to accomplished students at the Artist Diploma (ARCT) level.

We are proud to announce that this year the Royal Conservatory of Music has awarded SILVER Medals to two iMA students:

Alexander Volkov, a 12 years old violinist who has achieved 94% on his Grade 7 violin and 99% on his Theory 2 examinations; and
Xianxin Du, a 18 years old trumpeter who has achieved 92% on his Grade 8 trumpet and 99% on his Theory 2 examinations.


The International Music Academy is thrilled that Alexander and Xianxin are both the only students from the province of Ontario who have been awarded the RCM SILVER Medal this year.Congratulations and warmest thanks to their families and to the devoted IMA teachers for this great achievement. The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at The Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street in Toronto.




The 2007 Euromusic Competition has brought great success to the iMA

Aaron Wong, winner of two Bronze Awards in groups of 12 and of 9 competitors.
Aaron Wong
Sarika Chakravorty, winner of the Bronze Award in a group of 16 competitors.
Sarika Chakravorty

The Markham Music Festival is well known as the Euromusic Piano Competition. It has been created in 1994 and is sponsored by TD Canada Trust. The competition is for young pianists only and is based on the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. It is also one of the most serious piano competitions in the GTA.


The iMA Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate the following students for their spectacular success at the Euromusic Piano Competition:


Aaron Wong, winner of two BRONZE Awards in groups of 12 and of 9 competitors;
Sarika Chakravorty, winner of the BRONZE Award in a group of 16 competitors;
Suzette Marie Cameron and Rochelle White for their outstanding performance.




Xianxin Du has won the Kiwanis Music Foundation 2007 Scholarship

Xianxin Du, winner ot the Kiwanis Music Foundation 2007 Scholarship
Xianxin Du

iMA student Xianxin Du has won the prestigious Kiwanis Music Foundation 2007 Scholarship. He has competed at the Kiwanis Music Competition and is the only trumpeter in the GTA who has been given this award. In a personal letter to Xianxin, Ms. Pan Allen, General Manager of the Kiwanis Music Festival, wrote:


“Congratulations on your outstanding performance at the 2007 Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto! In recognition of your talent and hard work, our team of adjudication has chosen to award you with the Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation Award. The Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto hopes that you use this award toward the further development of your talent.”

The iMA Faculty and Staff are very happy of Xianxin’s success. He is currently preparing for his RCM Grade 8 examination in June. You can hear him playing at one of the iMA students’ recitals in May and at the iMA Annual Concert on June 24th.




The International Music Academy has sponsored world famous conductor Benjamin Zander

World famous conductor and Music Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Benjamin Zander, came to Toronto on January 19th, 2007.


In the morning, Mr. Zander gave a speech on “The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Live” at the Toronto Hilton Convention Centre. Later in the afternoon Maestro Zander conducted a special concert at John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and presented his highly acclaimed concept of the orchestra as a metaphor for leadership. After the concert Maestro Zander signed copies of his world bestseller “The Art of Possibility”, presented by Harvard University Press.


Benjamin Zander’s work as a conductor and motivational speaker has been awarded the highest attention on five continents. His leadership view is unconventional and its impact is without boundaries. His teaching transforms entire lives through “The Art of Possibility” in ways that are nothing short of magical with results that are nothing short of exemplary. According to Fortune 500, “Ben Zander is the hottest property on the management guru circuit”. According to Boston Globe, “Zander is one of the finest conductors in the world”.


Both the speech and the concert were presented to a very interesting multifaceted audience: executives from leading Canadian companies; conductors and music directors converging in Toronto from five continents for the Conductors Guild International Conference; high school and university students and professors; seniors.


The event was presented by Classical 96.3 FM and sponsored by the International Music Academy.




iMA students have won first awards at the 2006 Richmond Hill Music Competition

Cameron Lee
Cameron Lee
Stephen Yu
Stephen Yu

Congratulations to our students for their excellent performance!


Cameron Lee (violin, first award)
Stephen Yu (violin, first award)

The iMA teachers and staff extend their warmest wishes to our students' families. Thank you for your continuous support!



Monthly Newsletter

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Year MMXX, No. 11 (November 2020)



WELCOMING OUR NEW STUDENTS

Sanjaya S. (piano)
Maneesha S. (piano)
Sherry D. (piano)
Braeden N. (piano)
Jaden C. (piano)
Sarah Z. (piano)

 



IMA STUDENTS BIRTHDAYS IN NOVEMBER

Arany P., Ahana N., Tanisha M., Jack L., Rex H., Paulo S., Theesik A., Clara F., Jason C., Mickaylah M., Chrisha J., Jashvir R., Jianna J., Marcia W., Eric L., Daniella F., Logan W., Abigail V., Tania T

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



IMPORTANT DAYS IN NOVEMBER

  • November 9. Canadian Music Competition registrations deadline.
    November 11. Remembrance Day.
    November 13. PA day (YR). IMA is open.
    November 14. Diwali.

 

 

 






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We have been very pleased with the continuous success of our students. They have improved a great deal and we share their excitement with their families, friends, neighbors, and schoolmates. We appreciate your interest towards our programs and services. We are always very happy to welcome new students of all ages, levels, and instruments to the iMA. Please tell your friends about your experience with the International Music Academy.


Do you know someone who is thinking of taking music lessons or who has children who may be interested in getting their hands on a musical instrument or singing? Do you know a teenager who needs a high school OAC credit? Do you know an adult who has wanted for a long time to learn how to play a musical instrument but has never had the time or inclination? Please tell them about the IMA.


As an appreciation for your referral, we will give you a $30 credit for each new student who registers at the International Music Academy as a result of your referral. As we value your friends as much as we value you, we will offer to each referred student a $30 credit as well.




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The gift card is available for any amount. As cards are personalized with the name of the person who will receive it as well as with the name of the person who purchase it, requests have to be made 1 day in advance. Cards can be ordered in person, by phone at 905.489.4620 or by e-mail at info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca. At the time the card is ordered, a non-refundable $5 deposit is required. The full value of the card is paid upon pick-up (and the deposit is credited towards the purchase price). Payments can be made by any major credit card, cheque or cash as well as through the accounts of the IMA Clients.




COMPOSERS’ ANNIVERSARIES IN NOVEMBER

14, 1719 MOZART, Leopold (father of Wolfgang)

14, 1778 HUMMEL, Johann Nepomuk

14, 1900 COPLAND, Aaron

18, 1786 WEBER, Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst, Freiherr von

18, 1860 PADEREWSKI, Ignacy Jan

22, 1710 BACH, Wilhelm Friedemann

22, 1913 BRITTEN, Lord Benjamin


Where you born or do you know someone who was born on the same day as these famous composers? Drop us e-mail at info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca to let us know.




FEATURED TEACHER OF THE MONTH

Mr. Vladimir Dounin

DMA, M.Mus., B.Mus.

Guitar Studies and improvisation


Vladimir Dounin was born in Russia in the family of a military doctor and a kindergarten teacher. When he was a student at Kazan Music College, there was no music teacher in his mom's kindergarten, so Vladimir was invited to teach young children to sing and dance, when he himself was only 14 years old. A year later, he was invited to teach at the music school, and another year later he began working in the opera house as a vocal coach and accompanist. At 17, Vladimir entered the Moscow Conservatory and graduated with honors. After graduation, he worked as a soloist in the philharmonic society in the city of Sochi, and then was an assistant professor to Prof. V. Nielsen at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (post graduate school, Ph.D. in music). In 1970 he was one of the winners of the All-USSR competition. In the following years, Vladimir worked as a concert pianist, opera chorus master and music teacher in Russia, South Africa, and then in Canada. He worked with internationally-renowned concert performers and Opera singers of Russia, Europe and America. Vladimir wrote many articles on"pianostreet.com, pianoworld.com and recorded many videos on "You Tube" related to piano pedagogy.

 

Mr. Dounin was happy to answer a few questions for our Parents and Students:

 

1. What do you like most about teaching? Teaching reminds me profession of ophthalmologist. My "patient" (student) looks at the most beautiful pictures of the world but cannot see and appreciate their beauty due to his/her "blurry vision" (misunderstanding). The student usually even cannot describe: what exactly is in front of his/her eyes. And after "treatment" my student is already amazed with the beauty of music and full of pride and happiness thanks to musical achievements. I have the same feeling as well, if our work was successful. Music pays back generously with joy and happiness if we are serious and honest with her.

 

2. How do you inspire students to practice more? It is difficult to inspire someone to play ugly, unpleasant music. I do not think that someone can be inspired to eat a food with disgusting taste. On other hand, we do not need to inspire kids and even adult to eat ice-cream. And music is just a kind of food. Only the difference is that this "food" is not for mouth but for our ears. My way to inspire my students is playing beautiful, enjoyable music right away, starting from the very first lesson. Any scale, triad, even a single note can sound in a magic way and fascinate us, if we do it in a right way but not "upside down". I always show my students both ways of performing: in a right way and with (their) mistake, and then ask the students: which way do they prefer to play? The next step is to correct mistake and enjoy music without it.

 

3. What roles does performance play in student’s development? Music students are lucky to be able to read and understand notes, when the majority of people around us cannot do so. It is like we can read interesting stories, and people around us are illiterate and never will hear and know these stories without us. It would be unfair, if we do not share our ability to enjoy and understand music with everyone, who wants and loves music.  It is beneficial for each performer as well: we understand and feel our "musical stories" much better and deeper, when we play our songs for audience. Each performer knows that feelings from public performance and from playing just for yourself are absolutely different. And each new performance opens, discovers something new in every song played publicly. Even if this particular song was played hundreds of times already in the past.  

 

4. Who are your favourite composers? The best of the best, of course - I am not unusual: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Glinka, Rachmaninov. However, I was lucky many times to find a lot of nice pieces composed by not so popular and even unknown composers.

 

5. What was the last piece of music (sheet music or a recording) you purchased for yourself? A wonderful book "The joy of children's favourites" by Denes Agay.  Almost 100 good songs in good, professional arrangement. All the rest I have already for many years and can get ANY classical piece from Russian Note Archive momentarily (by Internet).




FEATURED STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Emily Breton

James and Emily Li

 What instrument do you play?  I play the piano.
• How long have you taken lessons?  I have taken piano lessons for about 3 years.
• Who are your favourite musical artists?  My favourite musical artists are Beethoven and Billie Eillish.  
• What are your other hobbies, besides music?  My other hobbies are drawing and cooking.
• Favourite food? I love all kinds of food however my favourite types of food are Chinese and Italian.
• What is the coolest thing you’ve learnt in your lessons in the past three months?  The coolest thing I have learned is songs from my repertoire book.
• Do you have any performance coming up? Not yet as the performances have been on hold due to Covid-19. 


E-mail to info@InternationalMusicAcademy.ca a photo of yourself (or your child) together with the answers of the questions above. The deadline for submissions is the 15th of every month. We will feature you in one of the next issues of the newsletter.




FEATURED ARTICLE

Why Music Education Is More Than Learning How to Play

 

If you were fortunate enough to have music education in school, what were those classes like? Did you pick up an instrument—say, a recorder or violin, and learn how to play the scale and simple melodies? Did you listen to the classics and learn about the history of music?


Musicians and music educators alike say that learning music is so much more than just playing an instrument, or learning about your favorite artists. It’s a window into other disciplines—and life skills—and teaches you how to learn and get along.

 

That’s what Lorrie Murray, executive director of the Bay Area Music Project, told EdSurge earlier this fall. And it’s a sentiment echoed by a rock legend, Steven van Zandt, who most people have heard (as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) or watched (as the mobster Silvio Dante in “The Sopranos”).

 

Murray and van Zandt are our guests on this week’s EdSurge podcast, and they share their different approaches to music education. Both say that although music may not be a lifestyle and profession for everyone, it can teach everybody lifelong lessons.

 

“As much as we love to be known as a music program, we’re a social development program,” says Lorrie Murray, executive director of the Bay Area Music Project. The nonprofit, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, provides music education to children in communities that lack these opportunities.

 

The Bay Area Music Project started in 2014, as an after-school pilot project at Maya Lin, an art-integrated, magnet school in Alameda, California. There was hardly any funding that first year, so the 40 students who participated learned to use a free instrument—their voice. The second year, it launched a violin program with instruments that were rescued from a dumpster at a nearby middle school.

 

Throughout those trying years, Murray looked for support from local community partners, including the local Rotary Club and firefigher’s association. And they came through. Today, the after-school program is offered at two schools, serving about 160 children.

 

More importantly, it has the instruments to stock a full orchestra, with strings, winds, brass and percussion sections. Students have performed with professionals, from the nearby UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to members from The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, from Venezuela. Last year, some performed at Salesforce’s annual conference with perhaps one of the most famed cellist of our time: Yo-Yo Ma.

 

But just as the purpose of music education isn’t just about learning how to play music, the goal of the Bay Area Music Project isn’t to turn kids into professional performers. For Murray, a more important goal is to “raise our future leaders, to raise kids to be confident in themselves and understand that there is a world beyond them.”

 

The Bay Area Music Project is inspired by a unique philosophy of music education, called “El Sistema,” which traces its roots to the 1970’s in Venezuela. The idea is that music education is more than just music itself; it’s a means of uplifting and unifying underserved communities. It’s the belief that learning how to play music together is a powerful force for bringing together children across different backgrounds.

 

“There’s no other place like an orchestra where people from varying backgrounds and coming from different ideas have to come in and be one together,” she says. “We have a piece of music that we all need to perform. Percussion, winds, strings all have their parts, and they all have to be in agreement.”

 

She continues: “And that is the bigger issue in life, right? We are not always going to have the same background or viewpoint or come at it with the same idea. But at the end of the day, what do we want most? It’s to resolve conflict, and to be in agreement with respect to one another. So the orchestra is the vehicle through which kids have to learn to listen.”

 

Across the country, a rock legend is taking another approach to music education as a way to help students in the classroom. That rocker is Steven Van Zandt, who plays for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and also appears in “The Sopranos” — among many claims to fame.

 

In 2007, Van Zandt—or “Little Steven” as he’s more commonly known—established The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, based in New York. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it’s not about learning how to rock, or play music in general.

 

Last year, the group released TeachRock, an online music history curriculum with more than 170 lessons, covering the blues, British invasion and other genres that influenced rock. It also explores contemporary artists, like Ariana Grande and Beyoncé, looking back at the artists who influenced them.

 

Van Zandt says TeachRock is more than just music history; the idea is to use music as a hook to explore all kinds of subjects, from English to science and social studies. He hopes that “the more that arts are integrated into an education program, the better those kids are at the other disciplines. In other words, the arts can stimulate how they learn and engage in other disciplines.”

 

Like Murray, of The Bay Area Music Project, Van Zandt believes there’s a lot to lose when arts and music programs get cut.

 

“We lose the ability of the arts to stimulate creativity, which carries into sciences and technology,” says Van Zandt. “The arts tends to connect the dots … from our senses, to our imagination, to our craft.”

 

And it’s not just creativity that’s lost. One of America’s biggest exports—or certainly one of its most influential one—is entertainment, popular culture and music.

 

“There’s a practical usefulness for art in the business world as well,” he adds. “And by the way, you don’t have to be an artist to make a living in the arts. Just in rock and roll alone, we have hundreds of people employed, from computer programmers to lighting people, to ... carpenters, metal workers, electricians, bus drivers, truck drivers, graphic artists, everything else. So there are hundreds and thousands of jobs per project involved in the arts. Whether or not you’re the artist is irrelevant.”


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