Congratulations to violist Alisa Klebanov for winning the 2018 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition, taking home the $7,000 first prize! Along with her fellow students at uOttawa, Talia Hatcher (double bass) who won the $2,000 NAC Orchestra Vic Pomer Award, and Blythe Allers (violin) and Liam Macintosh (cello) who both earned honorable mentions, Alisa performed in the finals on May 21 competing with other music students from the National Capital Region aged 16-24 for a chance to win prizes worth more than $20,000. Alisa has quite recently rocketed to stardom in the viola world with participation in the NACO IOS program, success at the NACO Bursary Competition and finally 8 weeks of full scholarship study at the Aspen Summer Music Festival this summer. She studies with Michael van der Sloot and will be entering her fourth year of the BMus program in performance this fall.
That same week in May, mezzo-soprano Tessa Fackelmann won the Ottawa Region Recognition Award as part of the Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists which were held in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The Auditions attracted a roster of over 90 gifted young concert artists who performed before a distinguished panel of judges for cash prizes, professional engagements, and a Showcase Recital. Tessa will also be in her fourth year of the BMus this fall in performance and studies with Christiane Riel.