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Young Artists’ Recital

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 7:30 p.m.
Kendra Perras, piano
Isabella Lauer, voice
All That Jazz
The BCI Jazz Band
pianist Jayden Hsiao
vocalist Jessica Dawdy
and the piano duo of
Charlotte La Pointe & Willem Klunder


Brantford Collegiate Institute Jazz Band under the direction of Matthew Weil

The Band is a group of keen and enthusiastic music students from grades 10-12 who have a passion for playing and for jazz. The group is auditioned every September and rehearses once a week for the school year. BCI Jazz has played at Canada's Wonderland and various music festivals throughout Southern Ontario and has been a featured group in the Brantford Jazz Festival. These students have a love for music and a desire to perform in the many different idioms that big band music offers.


Alex Jonker
Jayden Hsiao
Mackenzie Misener

Eric Graham
Justin Willson
Emma Csordas

Tomio Nogano

Nolon Cross (piano)
Kestra McCurry (bass)
Brianna Lemon (guitar)
Robert Lee (drums)

Jessica Dawdy is a Grade 11 student in the Stage and Screen and Laurier Programs at BCI&VS. Her involvement with music began at an early age as a student of the Brant Choral Music Academy and the Brant Suzuki String School. She has been taking vocal music lessons since age 9 with Dr. Katie Walshaw. Since then, she has performed annually in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival, and in 2016 was selected to participate in the Ontario Music Festivals Association’s Provincial Finals. Jessica has taken part in the BCI productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2014), and most recently, Alladin Jr. (2018). Jessica is honoured to be performing in the 2019 Young Artists Recital.

Jayden Hsiao is a Grade 12 student at BCI and is hoping to finish his Grade 10 Practical exam this summer within Naomi Wratten’s Studio. Though he participated in a quartet in last year’s YAR, he is just as excited to be performing once again at the beautiful Sanderson Centre - this time not only as a pianist, but also as a tenor saxophonist in the school’s Jazz Band. Jayden loves to participate in the annual Brantford Canadian Showcase and the local Music Festival, where he has won many awards including the historic L. Hagey Trophy. Outside of music, Jayden is Student Trustee for the GEDSB and Co-President of BCI’s Student Council. After high school, he hopes to pursue Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he will combine his love of mathematics, user interface design, and computer programming in an entrepreneurial setting. Though he is not pursuing an artistic career, music will always have a special place in his heart!

Charlotte LaPointe and Willem Klunder study with Naomi Wratten. Both have had opportunities to play with the Brantford Symphony and they performed their first Piano duo at the Young Artists Recital last February. Charlotte and Willem have been friends outside of piano for 10 years and have been duet partners for the past 3 years. They both attend Assumption College School.

Isabella Lauer is 17 years old and a grade 12 honours student at Assumption College School. Isabella has always had a love for music. At nine years of age she became a student at the Hernandez Voice Studio in Brantford and since then she has participated in various music festivals and has won many awards and scholarships. She has won The Voice Trophy (2018) which recognizes excellence in both Classical and Music Theatre disciplines, Keighley’s Jewellers Junior Rose Bowl (2018), the Wolf Spirit Award in musical theatre (2017) and the Grand River Chorus Trophy in classical voice (2013). In November 2017, Isabella had the opportunity to sing with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra presentation of Big Band and Broadway and in 2018 she performed at the Brantford Music Club’s Young Artists’ Recital. She truly enjoys singing for others and is excited to sing this year for the Brantford Music Club’s Young Artists’ Recital.

Kendra Perras is 16 years old and is currently in Grade 11 at St. John’s College. She started playing piano at the age of 3, under the direction of Naomi Wratten. By the age of 4, Kendra was competing in the Brantford and Norfolk music festivals and, over the years, has been awarded many scholarships and trophies. Kendra has participated in the Brantford Canadian Showcase since its inception, where she entered 2 original pieces of music. She has played several times as a soloist and as part of a duet team at the final festival concerts, has been a provincial finalist and has competed for the Lion’s Cup at the Norfolk Festival. In 2016, Kendra performed a concerto with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, she participated as part of the Brantford Music Club’s Young Artists Recital in FOUR, SIX, EIGHT Hands! Last year she was the recipient of the Markwell J. Perry Trophy and the Rotary Award for the Most Promising Performer at the Brant Music Festival. She has completed her Advanced Rudiments, Grade 9 History and is currently studying Grade 9 Harmony. This past June, she completed her Grade 10 practical piano exam with first-class honours. When she’s not on the bench, Kendra enjoys playing CYO rep basketball and is a member of the SJC volleyball team, band, choir, student council and campus ministry. Kendra feels honoured to be playing for you this evening and hopes that you will enjoy her performance.


Jayden Hsiao piano
Prelude #1 - George Gershwin
From Three Preludes

Brantford Collegiate Institute Jazz Band under the direction of Matthew Weil
One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie arr. Paul Cook
La Negra Tiene Tumbao - Fernando Osorio & Sergio George arr. Victor Lopez

Charlotte LaPointe and Willem Klunder, piano duet
Hollyhocks - Martha Hill Duncan

Jessica Dawdy Collaborative pianist: Lisa Dawdy
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - George & Ira Gershwin

Brantford Collegiate Institute Jazz Band under the direction of Matthew Weil
Birdland - Josef Zainul arr. Michael Sweeney
The Bare Necessities - Terry Gilkyson arr. Paul Murtha

Jayden Hsiao piano
Rialto Ripples - George Gershwin


Isabella Lauer Collaborative pianist: Nora Fueten
Voi Che Sapete - W.A. Mozart
      ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

Mattinata (Morning) - R. Leoncavallo
      Where you are not, there is no light;
      Where you are, love is born.

The Song of Black Max - William Bolcolm

Defying Gravity - Stephen Schwartz

The Prenatal Course - Jim Betts
      ‘The Moose that Roared’

Kendra Perras piano

Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No.2 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
      Adagio sostenuto

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Deux arabesques - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
      No. 1 and No. 2

Transmissions for Maggie (2011) - David L. McIntyre (1950 - )