Rachel Lee, 14, a Mount Douglas secondary student, was recently selected as the best Grade 10 submission in a North America-wide Royal Conservatory of Music competition.

Mount Doug pianist takes top honours in competition

Saanich musician Rachel Lee earns top honour among Grade 10 level-entries for Royal Conservatory of Music’s Video Challenge.



Fourteen-year-old Saanich musician Rachel Lee’s video took top honours among the Grade 10 level-entries for The Royal Conservatory of Music’s (Toronto) recent Video Challenge.

The competition was open to all students in Canada and U.S.A. with more than 600 entries in total.

All Grade 10 level entrants performed Dance (Juba) by composer Nathaniel Dett, and Lee’s exuberant expression was judged to have captured it best.

The prize is a different type of honour. In addition to having her video included on the RCM website, it will be featured in six RCM events across Canada, along with the launch of the RCM Celebration Series of piano literature for music teachers and students.

Lee is a Mount Douglas secondary student and studies locally at PJ Music Studio and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

She’ll be participating in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival later this month, performing in various categories with a concert group (the following pieces: “Clair de lune” composed by Claude Debussy, “Dance (Juba)” composed by Nathaniel Dett, “Six Variations on ‘Land of the Silver Birch'” composed by Pierre Gallant), as well as “Rosemary” composed by Frank Bridge, while accompanying Samuel Li on “Concertino in A Minor” composed by Y. Polunin, and more.

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