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Muskoka Men of Song

June 2016

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The late Sean Kelly and Rob Knighton discussing the bursary program - 2001

An important and rewarding part of The Muskoka Men of Song is the “Sean Kelly Bursary” program. It started when an early member of the choir, the late Sean Kelly, suggested that a little money that had been collected from one their concerts be used to assist a young man, Ryan Jackson, who wanted to further his costly music studies and was experiencing difficulty in doing so. The choir members agreed and the recipient went on to a hugely successful career in music, culminating as organist and choir director for the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. The bursary and recipients have become an important part of the choir’s concerts.

2016-2017 SEASON

  • Sienna White
  • Marloes Streppel
  • Alex Cull
  • Matthew Fisher
  • Grace Murphy
  • Enoch Su

2016 Spring Winners

2017 Spring Bursary Winner's presentation at our annual Concert with Marianne Kelly
2017 Spring Bursary Winners

2017-2018 Sean Kelly Bursary Recipients

♪HEIDI PEDERSEN: Age: 17 Grade: 12
Heidi is from Gravenhurst and has been studying piano for 5 years under the direction of Dan McCoy. She has performed locally at Gravenhurst Manor and Granite Ridge Retirement Home. Her unique approach to music and musical styles, particularly video game scores, is of great interest to her.

♪SOMER GRAVES: Age: 16 Grade: 10
Somer is from Huntsville and is studying the violin under the direction of Philip Kashap at the Suzuki School of Music. She plays regularly at seniors residences, local fall fairs and service club functions. Somer enjoys playing her violin whenever asked.

. ♪GABRIELLE WHITE: Age: 15 Grade: 9
Gabrielle lives in Huntsville and is studying the saxophone under the direction of Kim Barlow. She has performed with the Huntsville Public School (HPS) Junior Band, the HPS Treble Makers, the Harmony Youth Band, her High School band and the Muskoka Concert Band. Gabrielle also proficiently plays the alto and tenor sax, clarinet and flute. Her objective is to become a music teacher.

♪BETHANY WILLIAMS: Age: 15 Grade: 10
Bethany lives in Gravenhurst and is taking vocal training under the direction of Jillian McDougal. She also plays keyboard and trumpet and has performed for her school assemblies. Bethany has a real love of music and particularly enjoys singing and hopes to one day perform as a singer.

♪ALEX CULL: Age: 15 Grade: 10
Alex is from Huntsville and is a second-time Sean Kelly Bursary recipient. He is studying violin through the Suzuki School of Music under the direction of Philip Kashap. Alex has a very keen interest in music and continues to make great strides in his violin studies.

♪GAVIN GRAVES: Age: 14 Grade: 8
Gavian lives in Huntsville and is studying violin under the direction of Philip Kashap at the Suzuki School of Music. He has been playing the violin for 7 years and wants to “continue learning it forever”.

♪AMY McKENZIE: Age: 14 Grade: 8
Amy is from Bracebridge and is currently learning to play the fiddle from her instructor, Ruth Wagner. Amy wants to learn “traditional” fiddle. She has played in her school band, the Salvation Army Brass Band and has performed at local retirement homes.

♪LILLIAN BOWMAN: Age: 13 Grade: 8
Lillian is from Utterson and is studying guitar under the direction of Kristy Boersma. She has a strong passion for music, which she has shared during performances before her school while singing and playing the guitar.

♪BRIDGET JOHNSON: Age: 13 Grade: 8
Bridget lives in Bracebridge and is studying violin under the direction of Philip Kashap at the Suzuki School of Music. She has performed with her family at various senior centres in the area and looks forward to second year violin studies.

Ryan Jackson Sean Kelly Bursary RecipientOur First Sean Kelly Bursary Recipient

Dr. Ryan W. Jackson, DMA

(formerly from Muskoka Ontario)

Ryan Jackson . . . "I honored to be the first recipient of the Men of Song Bursary – the funds allowed me to continue my organ studies in Toronto during my final two years of high school. This gift came at a very important moment in my development, and I am grateful for the support to this day."

Here is a sample of Music Performed by the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church New York - Chamber Choir during "Sing Joyfully," their 2016 Fall Concert
Ryan Jackson, director -- our first Sean Kelly Bursary winner!
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