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Students hit the high notes

Sunny and Kitty Chan perform at the Langley Community Music School’s music festival.

Surrey’s Frances Armstrong, Sunny Chan and Kitty Chan were among the top scholarship winners for their performances during the Langley Community Music School’s (LCMS) 25th annual music festival.

More than $10,000 was awarded during the week-long event, which involved 143 students. Ninety-five awards were presented to 72 students.

“Frances, Sunny, and Kitty should be extremely proud of their efforts and artistry,” said Susan Magnusson, LCMS principal. “It takes hours of dedication and practice to prepare for a festival and these individuals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to music.”

Armstrong was awarded $850 for her piano performances at the festival. She won first place in the senior piano category, the Chopin award and the Mathew D. Johnston Memorial award. Armstrong studies with LCMS faculty member Alan Crane.

Violinist Sunny Chan and pianist Kitty Chan won a combined total of $1,025.

They shared the Iris Severide Memorial Award and the Friends of LCMS Award for their performance of Beethoven’s Sonata in C Minor. Sunny Chan also won the Iris Preston Award for his first place performance in the senior violin class.

“This brother and sister have already accomplished so much musically,” said Magnusson. “Sunny was a finalist for the 2011 You Tube Orchestra, and last summer was one of the youngest participants in the National Youth Orchestra.”

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