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Local boys win gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music


The neighbouring communities of Corner Brook and Massey Drive can both boast having young musicians at the top of their respective fields today.

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Colin Spencer of Massey Drive (left) and Simon Boitsefski of Corner Brook have both won regional gold medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music. The two 11-year-olds, seen here with their music teacher Gary Graham, were presented with their awards during a ceremony at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax this past weekend.

Simon Boitsefski of Corner Brook and Colin Spencer of Massey Drive were both in Halifax this past weekend to receive their regional gold medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Boitsefski, 11, scored the top mark in Atlantic Canada on the Level 3 voice examination. Spencer, also 11, earned his medal in the Level 4 piano category.

The Royal Conservatory of Music is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world.

Regional gold medals are awarded each academic year (Sept. 1 to Aug. 31) to Conservatory examination candidates in Preparatory A and B and Grades 1 to 10 who achieve the highest mark in their respective province or designated region.

Eligible candidates must score at least 80 per cent on their practical examination and must have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective grade and discipline.

Gold Medal ceremonies are held annually in cities across Canada, often in conjunction with convocation ceremonies, to recognize students’ achievements and acknowledge the contributions of their teachers.

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