Guitar student Nikolas Landry earned first place in his category at the Ontario Music Festival Association competition.
Two music students, guitarist Nikolas Landry, who’s enrolled in Cambrian College’s three-year Music Performance advanced diploma program, and vocalist Dante Mullin-Santone, of the College’s Academy of Music, deserve to take a bow after competing and winning first place in their divisions at the Ontario Music Festival Association (OMFA) competition. The event took place from May 27-June 3 in Hamilton.
“We are very proud of Nikolas and Dante’s first-rate performances, and we’re pleased to see so many Sudbury-trained music students compete and win against the best in Ontario,” said Jamie Arrowsmith, Cambrian College Music professor and co-ordinator of the College’s Independent Music Production program.
Dr Matthew Gould, Cambrian College Music professor and director of guitar studies, explained that, “Every year, students from Cambrian College’s Academy of Music and its Music – Performance program earn accolades at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury and many of them travel to compete at provincial competitions. Sudbury has a vibrant music scene, and the success of our students shows that Cambrian is an excellent place to pursue studies in music performance and production.”
“The OMFA awards recognize the best performances by students who have qualified to compete at the provincial level by winning their local Kiwanis Music Festival competitions,” Arrowsmith added. It’s outstanding to see so many Sudbury-area pupils succeed at this level, and it’s also proof that they have talent and dedication that’s among the best in Ontario.”
Nikolas Landry, Hannah Crawford, and Emma Parnell are all experienced young performance musicians enrolled in Cambrian College’s three-year Music – Performance advanced diploma program.
First-place winner Landry studies under Dr. Matthew Gould. Dante Mullin-Santone was a vocal and drama major in high school who frequently performs with a local theatre group and studies under Susan Urquhart-Pandolfo, an instructor in Cambrian’s Academy of Music and part-time professor in Cambrian’s Music – Performance program.
Cambrian College Music―Performance and Academy of Music OMFA Results
|Nikolas Landry||Music – Performance||Grade 8 Guitar||1|
|Dante Mullin-Santone||Academy of Music||Grade 9 Voice||1|
|Dante Mullin Santone||Academy of Music||Intermediate Music Theatre||3|
|Amy Godin||Academy of Music||Grade 8 Voice||3|
|Hannah Crawford||Music – Performance||Grade 9 Voice||Honourable Mention|
|Noah Gonder||Academy of Music||Grade 8 Piano||Honourable Mention|
|Emma Pennell||Music – Performance||Grade 8 Voice||Honourable Mention|
|Remi Fortin||Academy of Music||Grade 7 Guitar||Provincial Finalist|
|William Martin||Academy of Music||Grade 7 Piano||Provincial Finalist|
|Jazmyn Johns||Academy of Music||Elementary Music Theatre||Provincial Finalist|
Arrowsmith is the Music Director for the Sudbury Youth Orchestra and the Sudbury Sound Collection, and Associate Conductor of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. He teaches and conducts locally and around the world. Gould is the Artistic Director of the Sudbury Guitar Society and part of Duo 46, an international touring ensemble with violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould. He has also worked and toured with Grammy-nominated Deutsche-Gramophone recording artists.
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