Hanna Seinen will receive the fifth annual David Walden memorial scholarship Friday, May 1 at the Duncan United Church as the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers’ Association holds its yearly Pianofest.
Seinen will also perform a short concert of classical songs, so, if you enjoyed her performance in Pirates of Penzance or missed it and would like to hear her, this is a great chance.
Each year young people pursuing post-secondary studies in music compete for the $650 bursary. Past winners of the scholarship are Myles Anderson, piano, 2011, Talietha Sangha, musical theatre, 2012, Ben Hillier, piano, 2013, and Zander Felton, classical voice, 2014.
Pianofest itself is a feast for the ears that carries on through morning and afternoon sessions Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2. All events are free.
David Walden’s stay in Cowichan covered only three years, but his impact was enormous. A respected music educator, he was also a composer of hundreds of hymns, children’s songs, choral works and musicals.
He was also an actor, featured as Dr. Miredo on the Mr. Dress-Up TV show, and in stage productions including Cats and Les MisÃ©rables.
He became an active member of the CVMTA shortly after arriving in the Valley, and members enjoyed the benefit of his enormous experience, talent, humour and overall warm and loving nature.