Young Musician of the Year title awarded to flutist

Joint first place runners up Jaedyn Hanna, left, and Ruth Harris, center, with Young Musician of the Year 2016 Daniela Granados. - PHOTO: ALMA CHOLLETTE

Following a night of stiff competition at the ninth Annual Butterfield Young Musician of the Year competition, 16-year-old flutist and St. Ignatius Catholic School student, Daniela Granados was selected as this year’s top musician.

Competing against eight other voice, woodwind, string and piano musicians, ages 13-16, Ms. Granados, accompanied by piano, delivered flute executions of Edwin York Bowen’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 120” and Ian Clark’s “Hypnosis” for her big win on Saturday night, at the Prospect Playhouse.

Sixteen-year-old euphoniumist, Ruth Harris and 14-year-old vocalist, Jaedyn Hanna tied for first runner-up.

St. Ignatius student Ms. Harris showcased her woodwind ability with the works of Goff Richard’s “Midnight Euphonium,” and Otto Harbach and James Kern’s “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.”

John Gray High student Ms. Hanna opened her performance with “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” by Jerome Kern and concluded with Stephen Schwartz’s “Defying Gravity.”

All three contestants received cash prizes, and trophies.

Other contestants were: Liana DaCosta (vocalist); Dequan Smith (piano); Maya Antas (piano); Katherine Erskine (strings); Adrian Anglin (woodwind); Marcos Bertran (woodwind).

Final concerts showcasing the young musicians will take place at the Family Life Centre commencing at 6:30 p.m., May 4-6. An awards night will take place on Saturday, May 7, at the Family Life Centre beginning at 6:30 p.m., which will include some highlight pieces from the National Children’s Festival of the Arts.