A retired public servant, working in government communications, Kevin is an avid amateur photographer and flight simulation enthusiast.
In high school, Kevin played the euphonium; he has played electric bass and guitar professionally although he doesn't have time to pursue his music now.
WordPress, our website development tool, recently went through a major upgrade and we have noticed a substantial increase in bogus international attempts to register on the site or to access its data. There have been about 1,000 such attempts in the past week alone, all stopped by our suite of security software.
Usually, intruders want to access financial information – credit cards and such, which are not kept on this website – or to access the server and use it to send spam e-mail. Our server stats show no indication that this has happened.
To err on the side of caution, all new NSYWE website registration requests will be denied. The final two rehearsal and concert weekends are fast approaching so it is unlikely that we will take on any new members now.
We may implement a more robust registration process, probably over the summer.
The Sharpe Dance Movements music posted earlier in December was borrowed and annotated, because we were waiting for our original parts to arrive from the United Kingdom. Our original pieces have arrived and the clean, unmarked parts are now posted online.
Some of the parts had a title page and some did not. So, based on the page numbering, it may look like some pages are missing in some parts; they’re not. The versions posted are complete.
Dr. Hopkins is choosing the Winter 2019 music; you will receive an e-mail when the new music is posted on this website.
As well, we are getting ready for the 2019-2020 season auditions. We will start accepting auditions soon after our February concert. This way, you will know much sooner if you have been accepted into the ensemble.
There’s been a change in the saxophone section – Keigan Allen is now on baritone sax; Sam Johnston has moved to the alto.
The website is getting a slight makeover, too. The posts section – this section – has been edited; a lot of early posts that were no longer current have been removed. Most of the unused forums have been removed; we’ll decide on the remaining two – carpooling and general news – over the summer. Some of the tour-specific content has been removed, too.
NSYWE clarinetist Lucas March will perform with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra on Nov. 24 and 25, in Lunenburg and Halifax, respectively.
Lucas, who hails from New Glasgow, was the featured soloist in NSYWE’s fall concerts this year, and is the most recent NS Talent Trust scholarship recipient.
“I wish to thank every supporter of young musicians like me because it encourages me to continue to strive and expand my craft. Being a musician can be extremely expensive. If it weren’t for the generous support of family, friends, community partners, and organizations like the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
“I hope to inspire other music students in my community and in the province.”
On the program:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Béla Bartók: Violin Duos
Bedřich Smetana: Vltava (Die Moldau)
Johann Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
When and where:
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 7:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax
NSYWE trombonist Ilan Mendel recently won the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association’s (CFMTA) Helen Dahlstrom Award for his composition, Emergence.
Ilan, a grade 11 student at Halifax West High School, won first place at the provincial level and then prevailed in the 15 and under age group at the national level. Student composers in all age groups compete for the Dahlstrom award.
Each spring, provincial Canada Music Week Coordinators submit works by student composers for adjudication. The provincial winners then square off at the national level during the CFMTA’s Student Composer Competition.
Scholarships are awarded to winners in each age category and the Helen Dahlstrom Award is given annually to the best national composition, across all age groups, as selected by the adjudicator. Helen Dahlstrom was the founder of Canada Music Week.
Ilan has studied trombone for six years and participated in regional choirs for seven years.
Besides NSYWE, Ilan also plays with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and has participated in several Halifax All City Music programs including the Intermediate and Senior Jazz Bands (piano and trombone), the Halifax Boys Honour Choir, and Soundtrax and Jazz Voices choirs. He also started and conducted the jazz ensemble at Acadia Summer Music Academy.
He has studied piano with Shahein Hamza since 2007, completing the first half of his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level in 2018, and is a certified RCM elementary piano teacher.
In his “spare time”, he swims competitively and enjoys travel.