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Young Artists' Recital

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Dawdy, soprano
Jordan Goodridge, voice
Willem Klunder, piano
Annika Tupper, soprano


Jessica Dawdy-Kennette is a Grade 12 student in the Stage and Screen and Laurier Programs at Brantford Collegiate Institute. Her involvement in 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/Brant 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), Aladdin Jr. (2018) and this year she will be part of their production of The Wizard of Oz (2020). Outside of school and music, Jessica is a hostess at the Brantford Keg Steakhouse and Bar. This past spring, Jessica was honoured to be awarded the Brant Music Festival's Holton Trophy, presented to the most promising female vocalist. She is interested in pursuing further education and aspires to work toward a Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance in the future. Jessica performed in the 2019 Young Artist’s Recital and is very excited to take part once again this year.

Jordan Goodridge is currently studying Music Theatre at Sheridan College and has studied with Irena Hernandez for the past 5 years. Jordan had the honour of receiving the prestigious Keighley's Jewellers Junior Rose Bowl (classical voice, 2019) and The Wolves in Song Trophy (Musical theatre, 2019). Through his voice, he has been named the recipient numerous individual accomplishments including being named Brantford's Ambassador for the Arts (2014), headlining South Coast Jazz Festival (2018), and opening for six-time Grammy award winner, David Sanborn. In addition to voice, Jordan has had a successful dance career as well, earning the title of national champion in 2013, Teen Mr. Dance of Western New York in 2014, America's teen Male Dancer of the Year (Regional) in 2014, America's Male Dancer of the Year in 2016 and Senior Mr. Dance Champion (National) in 2018.
Jordan is honored to be performing again this year at the Brantford Young Artists' Recital this year!

Willem Klunder began piano lessons with Virginia Blaha at the age of five. As a result, piano became part of daily life at the Klunder family home. Willem participated in his first Kiwanis Music Festival at the age of seven. Over the years, his musicality was recognized at local festivals including Brantford, Norfolk and Hamilton. In 2018, under the direction of Naomi Wratten, Willem was honoured to receive the Richard and Virginia Blaha Memorial Silver Tray for outstanding musical performance at the Brant Music Festival. Willem will be completing his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music Exam this June. Willem has performed on the Sanderson Centre stage previously as part of the Young Artists' Recital and with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. Willem is a grade 12 student at Assumption College. He has an active role at Faith Lutheran Church. Willem enjoys skiing, mechanics and working on the family farm. After high school, he is pursuing an apprenticeship in Agriculture Equipment.

Annika Tupper, soprano, is in her first year of Sheridan College's Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program and is currently studying under Irena Hernandez. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she is a 7-time RCM Gold Medalist for Voice and was the Musical Theatre representative for Saskatchewan in the 2019 National Music Festival. She is looking forward to starring in the role of Sophie Sheridan in Saskatoon Summer Players' production of Mamma Mia this summer! Annika would like to thank her family and friends back home for molding her into the performer and person she is today.

Master of Ceremonies - Emma Morrison

Members of the Ensemble
      Jessica Dawdy-Kennette      Eric Eigler
      Stuart Eigler      Jordan Goodridge
      David Huang      Gavin Joseph
      Charlotte LaPointe      Nathaniel Li
      Daniel Li      Kendra Perras

Audio support - Frank Eigler
Stage support - Ethan Russell

Jordan Goodridge, baritenor
and friend Annika Tupper, soprano
Collaborative pianist: Christabel Pinto

"Mein Herr Marquis" - Johann Strauss II
      Die Fledermaus

"Maxim's" - F. Lehar
      The Merry Widow      Into the Woods

"Dressing Them Up" - Kander and Ebb
     Kiss of the Spider Woman

She Loves Me - Jeremy Bock
     "Where's My Shoe?"
     "Vanilla Ice Cream"
     "Grand Knowing You"

Willem Klunder - piano

Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major - Johann Sebastian Bach
     BMV 846

Intermezzo in A Major, - Johannes Brahms
     Opus 6 No. 6

Etude de Sonorite No. 2 - Francois Morel


Jessica Dawdy-Kennette - soprano
Collaborative pianist: Lisa Dawdy

Where E'er You Walk - G.F. Handel

Mai - G. Faure
     Poem by Victor Hugo

Dream a Little Dream of Me - Gus Kahn, Fabian Andre
     words and music by Wilbur Schwandt

Home from "Wonderland" - Jack Murphy, Frank Wildhorn

I Enjoy Being a Girl - Rodgers & Hammerstein
     from "Flower Drum Song"


Eric & Stuart Eigler
     Fiddle Faddle - Leroy Anderson

Jessica Dawdy-Kennette & Kendra Perras
     Whistle Down the Wind
     from "Whistle Down the Wind" - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Kendra Perras & Gavin Joseph
     You've got a friend in Me
     from "Toy Story" - Randy Newman

Eric & Stuart Eigler
     Le Carnaval des Animaux Grand fantaisie zoologique
     I. Introduction et marche royale du lion
     VII. Aquarium - C. Saint-Saens

David Huang, Nathaniel Li & Daniel Li
     Razamatazz - Laura Shur
     Cloudburst - Marth Hill Duncan

Charlotte LaPointe, Stuart Eigler, Kendra Perras & Eric Eigler
     Galop-Marche - Albert Lavignac

Jess Dawdy-Kennette, Jordan Goodridge & Kendra Perras
     Friend from "Snoopy" - Larry Grossman & Hal Clayton Hackady