The Annapolis Valley Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) has been busy celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The centre has announced that young musician Chantal Peng of Wolfville has been chosen as this year's scholarship winner.
This talented youth will be introduced at Phantom of the Pipes III, a fundraising concert for the Centre's Organ Scholarship Fund, on Oct. 26 in Kingston United Church. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Local organists and musicians will lend their varied talents in embellishing the fund, said spokesman John Mongomerie.
A freewill offering will be taken at the door. Refreshments will be served following the concert, at which time audience members can meet the performers. The general public is invited to share the enthusiasm and achievements of this musical organization in our midst.
In 2003, the late Nancy Fraser of Wolfville decided that the number of people in the Valley interested in playing the pipe organ or simply appreciating its majestic sound warranted membership in Canada's national organization of organists.
Today, the major project of the Valley centre is sponsoring scholarships, generally to young keyboard musicians who would like to acquire organ-playing skills. The centre awards scholarships each spring in the form of a set of organ lessons from Elizabeth Harwood, who is an accomplished local organist.
To cap off this anniversary year, the centre was happy to hear that one of its previous winners, in 2006, recently won a national RCCO organ competition. Shawn Potter, of Belmont, Hants County, won the Godfrey Hewitt Prize and $5,000 at the 2013 Orgelfest in Ottawa in August.
After Potter received his scholarship lessons from Fraser, he was motivated to study organ at Mount Allison University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance in 2010. In 2012, he gained a Master's degree in Organ Performance from McGill University, where he also won the Godfrey Hewitt Scholarship. He is the first person to win both Hewitt awards and is currently director of music at First Baptist Church in Ottawa.
The Annapolis Valley Centre RCCO is justifiably proud of his accomplishments, said Montgomerie.