Young Artist Series

The Young Artist Series is a national program of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association. It is open to all students who are studying with a member of CFMTA/FCAPM. The Young Artist Series consists of regional competitions/auditions and performing tours. The performer for each regional tour is chosen through auditions or competitions. Musicians in all disciplines have the opportunity to apply for the Young Artist Series.

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Western Young Artist Series 2024 - Anna-Lucia Mena Shevchenko

The Western Young Artist Tour Competition was held in Winnipeg on Friday March 22nd, 2024. The competition was adjudicated by Claudette Caron who is a long-time teacher, adjudicator and performer. Ms. Caron has travelled throughout Canada as an adjudicator and as an RCM examiner. She is an active solo performer and is herself a Western Young Artist winner.

The competitors for this year's competition included Raymond Ding and Anna-Lucia Mena Shevchenko of Winnipeg and Connor Elias from Saskatoon, SK. Exciting performances by these three young pianists encompassed all musical eras and styles. For the competition, the performers, who are required to be under the age of 23 years, each presented a program ranging from 30 to 45 minutes. The winner of the SK/MB competition is then given the honour of performing artist in a concert tour arranged for their region. As well as being an exhilarating opportunity for the Young Artist, these tours give audiences throughout Canada the opportunity to hear the high standard of performance that the Young Artists bring to area communities. Watch for details for the Fall Tour of 2024 tour!

The MRMTA, which hosted this year's competition is pleased to announce this year's winner, Anna-Lucia Mena Shevchenko. Congratulations to Miss Shevchenko and to all competitors for their fine performances.

Western Young Artist Series 2022 - Jerry Hu

2022 Young Artist Winnipeg program and bio

Western Young Artist Series 2020 - Sydney Clarke

Sydney ClarkeUnfortunately our 2020 winner could not go on tour due to COVID 19 restrictions.
Sydney Clarke is an active performer and teacher in Winnipeg’s musical community, and holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba, under the tutelage of Tracy Dahl (CM). Last summer Sydney performed the role of HELENA in Opera NUOVA’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Previous roles include DONNA ANNA in Manitoba Underground Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and the role of FIRST LADY in Opera Nuova’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Sydney has performed as the soprano soloist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s staged production of Carmina Burana. She won first place in the 2020 Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association Scholarship Competition for Advanced Voice.

Western Young Artist Series 2018

The MRMTA is proud to announce the winner of the Western Young Artist Series, 2018. There were 2 competitors from Manitoba who competed for the privilege to represent Manitoba and Saskatchewan in a concert tour. Adjudicator Jorge Suarez chose Albert Chen from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The concert tour will take place in September with the final destination being the MRMTA A.G.M. on Sunday, September 23, 2018.