Kaila–Ann Guiste, a Grade 3 Violin student, and Marie Pascale Affana, a Grade 3 Flute student, have tied for Student of the Year.
Seventy eight students entered for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Dominica Association of Music Educators (DAME) practical exams from April 27 – May 2, 2016 at the UWI Open Campus.
Students were drawn from the Henckel and Muriel Studio, Valena Letang, Christian Musical Class, Huguette Andrew St. Hillaire, Marie School of Music, Tyson Johnson, Alicia Lestrade and Norman Jean Jacques.
Forty students took the ABRSM exams: seven received Distinctions, 21 Merits and 12 Passes while 38 students took the DAME local exams; 11 received Distinctions, 15 Merits and 11 Passes. Marie Pascale Affana and Kaila-Ann Guiste tied for the highest score in the ABRSM exam.
DAME Top student is Kianna Benjamin a Grade 2 Piano student.
Students were examined on Flute, Recorder, Guitar, Violin, Piano, Clarinet, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, Saxophone and Singing.
A High Scorers Concert will be held on Thursday 12th May 2016 at Fort Young Hotel at 6.30p.m. Students who obtained distinction pieces will be performing. Prizes will also be awarded to students who obtained highest scores in the various disciplines. Students who have demonstrated discipline, diligence and commitment from the various studios will also be recognized.
Although the concert is open to the public free of charge, DAME would appreciate donations to assist in its ongoing music education programme.