Winter 2019 Round Up

The last three months of 2019 were the busiest yet for CBY Music students!

Oakville Vocal Festival

Congratulations to all our junior and senior vocal students who took part in November's Oakville Vocal Festival. They are:

Grace I, Maia, Will, Rebecca, Luci, Clara, Adelaide, Kassy, Sadie, Victoria, Grace M, Griffin, Annelise, Sean, Carly, Ava, Caitlyn, Lizzie, Emma, Grayson, Bella, Kolton, Savannah, Izzy and the Montgomery Family.

Each student earned silver and gold awards and were given some excellent coaching from adjudicators Marie Baron (musical theatre), Dr. Vicki St. Pierre (Voice) and Ryan Marshall from "Walk Off The Earth" (Songwriting).

CBY Music juniors represented the entire novice category at the festival!!! As a result, this class became a mini CBY Music presentation, with families from our studio community coming together in celebration and support of each other.

Each novice student was brand new to the vocal festival and bravely took to the stage without hesitation. You did us proud!!

Special shout out to the Montgomery Family, who performed a fantastic rendition of "A Book Report" from "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" in the Family category.

Our five songwriting students Sadie, Carly, Annelise, Savannah and Izzy performed their original material to adjudicator Ryan Marshall from "Walk Off The Earth" on the final night of the festival.

Each student had spent months working with Christian in the studio, developing and crafting their songs. This dedication paid off when they performed their material in the Singer/Songwriter category. Ryan offered some great advice for the girls, allowing them to continue growing as music artists. Great work, girls!

Each one of our songwriting students will be recording and releasing a debut EP in the near future!

A special congratulations to Kassy, Emma, Annelise and Carly for being selected to perform at the festival finale concert.

On this special night, where all participants and their families come together, they represented our studio in the following ways:

  • Kassy sung Christian's original song "Ship In A Bottle"

  • Annelise sung "Pulled" from The Addams Family.

  • Emma sung "Waiting Waiting" from How To Eat Like A Child.

  • Carly performed as part of the Spurrell Studio Choir.

All other participating CBY Music students performed in the finale concert as part of a mass choir, which was an unforgettable experience for all.

Finally, a special congratulations to William who was once again recommended to sing at Provincials, this year in the Grade 8 RCM category. You always make us so proud, William!

Holiday Shows

The start of December saw CBY Music join forces with JJ Dance Arts to create a holiday show for local retirement homes.

Featuring senior vocalists Kassy, Annelise, Savannah, Carly, Will & Grace M, they performed Christmas songs, accompanied by the phenomenal dancers at JJ, for elderly audiences in Burlington.

These holiday shows were the first of two major collaborations between CBY Music and JJ Dance Arts, leading to...

"Light Heavy Light"

Senior vocalists (and one awesome junior vocalist!) came together in the week leading up to Christmas to provide live vocals to JJ Dance Arts' popular dance show, "Light Heavy Light".

A CBY Music choir was put together for this show, with rehearsals starting in early December. Christian spent the end of November arranging two pop songs - Kesha's "Praying" and Andy Grammer's "Don't Give Up On Me" (featuring a bespoke piano and cello backing track, recorded at CBY Music) - for the choir to sing.

Junior singer Emma led the latter, with senior student Annelise leading the former. Both songs had special choreography by JJ's principal dancers, bringing it all together in something truly powerful and spectacular.

Our singers started by warming up the gathering audience members in the lobby of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre with some favourite Christmas songs.

Reprising performances from their recent retirement home shows, they entertained the waiting crowd and got everyone in the mood for something special. And, with additional Christmas performances by Ava, Emma, Clara, Victoria and Adelaide, it proved to be great way to kick off the show.

The contemporary dance and music show ran for three nights and was lauded by all. Our students did such a fantastic job, with their dedication and hard work, adding an integral part to the overall experience of Light Heavy Light.

Here is a snippet of our singers performing "Praying" on the final night:

CBY Music Christmas Concert

December 15th was our biggest concert to date!

We welcomed over 130 guests to St. Thomas the Apostle in Waterdown, eager to see what our students had prepared for them. We had 45 students perform pieces from RCM repertoire, musical theatre, Christmas and original songwriting, across a multitude of instruments and ages. It was so wonderful to see our growing studio community come together in celebration, and even more wonderful to see just how much we've grown since last year.

Thank you to everyone who attended and well done to all our students for the hard work in term 1!

A special thanks to Heidi Hartmann at Heidi Hartmann Photography for the beautiful photos, and to David Moses for the impressive video. Both will be made available to families very soon.

...and last but not least...

Elf: The Musical

CBY Music finished the year with two different performances of Elf: The Musical.

Firstly, our junior vocal student Brendan received a last minute call to join the cast of Drayton's production in Cambridge, due to an unforeseen circumstance within the cast. Reprising his recent Theatre Aquarius role of "Michael Hobbs", he had one morning of line review and vocal tune up with Karen to shake off the rust before taking on several holiday season shows. Well done Brendan!

Secondly, our little Sebastian had his stage debut at only 8 months old this Christmas! Karen was sought out by Milton Community Theatre to take on the role of "Emily Hobbs" in their Christmas production at the FirstOntario Arts Centre in Milton, and as it turned out, the cameo role of "Buddy Jr" was also up for grabs!

With Christian keeping him entertained backstage, Karen delivered a brilliant performance across the 4 show run, with Sebastian coming on stage in the finale to break everyones hearts with his cuteness. Next stop - Broadway!


As you can see, it's been quite the winter! As Term 2 approaches, so does a new decade, with lots of new opportunities for CBY Music and its students on the horizon.

Thank you to everyone for being part of our studio. We can't wait to see what 2020 (and beyond) will bring!
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