Cameron Douglas is DAME Student of the Year

Douglas playing at a concert for high performers
Douglas playing at a concert for high performers

Cameron Douglas, a Grade 7 Alto Saxophone player, has been named DAME’s (Dominica Association of Music Educators) Student of the Year in the recently held Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) practical exams.

This year’s DAME top student is Tojya Vital a Grade 1 Violin student of the Christian Musical Class.

A total 96 students played at ABRSM and DAME practical exams conducted at the UWI Open Campus between April 15 and April 25, 2014.

Students were entered by The Christian Musical Class, The Henckel-Muriel Music Workshop as well as the studios of Valena Letang, Norman Jean Jacques, Marvin Marie, Tyson Johnson and Huguette St. Hillaire.

Of the 40 students who played at the ABRSM exams: 7 received Distinctions, 12 Merits and 21 Passes while of the 56 students who played at the DAME local exams; 20 received Distinctions, 17 Merits and 19 Passes.

Douglas, of the Valena Latang Studio, obtained the highest score in the ABRSM exam.

Douglas being awarded for his outstanding performance
Douglas being awarded for his outstanding performance

The students were examined on Piano, Recorder, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Voice, Violin Saxophone Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium and Trombone.

A High Scorers’ Concert showcasing performances by high achieving students was held on May 1 at the Fort Young Hotel where prizes were presented to deserving students.

At the event, 10-year-old Jarret Jean Jacques was recognised for his outstanding performance at this year’s exam.

He was entered by the Norman Jean Jacques Music Studio at the grade 5 level on 5 instruments and gained distinction scores on 3 instruments and merit scores on 2.

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  1. Simply the Truth
    May 5, 2014

    Congratulations Cameron. Music could be an excellent career. Will you be making it your career or simply a past time? Whatever, enjoy it.
    Good music makes the heart soar to the heavens and happy. Overall, emotionally and physically it is good for the soul and body. As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love play on.”
    I, too love good music and listening to it but I did not pursue it. Well, as long as life lasts, it is never too late. A few days ago I had a similar conversation with a friend who has jrecently enrolled to play the flute.
    My interest, for now anyway is playing the piano, the organ so that I could play it in Church. I need time to pursue it and of course to practice. If the good Lord wills.
    God bless you, Cameron, in all your undertaking. Keep up the music.

  2. burtdave
    May 5, 2014

    Congratulations are in order for Cameron and I know that Carmen and Paris are proud parents at this time. It may just be in his genes since his dad is a great musician along with his uncles whitey, Martin and doggy who all played for the GREAT Chocolate county still band. Great things can come out of River street.

  3. Anonymous
    May 5, 2014

    Congrats to my nephew cameron on your achievement. Soo proud of ya

  4. Anonymous
    May 4, 2014

    Congratulations Tojya and the rest. Keep up the good work!

  5. Tyre hit de road
    May 4, 2014

    Cool Congrats!

  6. Former classmante
    May 4, 2014

    great job Cameron. keep up the good work my boi!

  7. Jano
    May 3, 2014

    Congratulations Cameron! Hard work surely pays off, keep working hard

  8. true
    May 3, 2014

    WOW, I am loving this, great for Dominica, young people who can read and play music; multiple instruments, nothing but the best. Keep it up, congratulation to all.

  9. Karl
    May 3, 2014

    way to go bro!!

  10. Anonymous
    May 3, 2014

    Congratulations to all the music students and to their parents and families who continue to support and encourage them financially and otherwise.
    To the music educators, continue on in your aim to raise and uphold the standard of music on the island. Congratulations one and all. :)

  11. Anonymous
    May 3, 2014

    Well Done Cameron from Uncle Martin in England.

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  14. May 3, 2014

    Well done students!!!

  15. May 3, 2014

    Congratulations Cameron!!! Well done!!!

  16. May 3, 2014

    Well done Cameron

  17. sdcg
    May 2, 2014

    great ,outstanding performance.

  18. Anna-Marie Le Blanc
    May 2, 2014

    Congrats to all who did well at the exams. :-D

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