Micah Loewen, recipient of the Loreena McKennitt award from the Morden Festival of the Arts accepts congratulations from Rhonda Plett, member of the organizing committee.
A Garden Valley Collegiate student is the recipient of this year’s Loreena McKennitt Award, given annually by the Morden Festival of the Arts.
The award, introduced in 1995 as a lasting tribute to Morden-born Loreena McKennitt, goes to a participant judged to have reached a level of excellence in their music studies.
Micah Loewen was the winner of this year’s award and he boasts an impressive resume.
According to bio supplied by the Morden Festival of the Arts, he began playing music when he was three, stealing his siblings violins to scratch out a few sounds in the early morning hours when the rest of the house was fast asleep.
“When he was 4, he began violin lessons with Wes Hamm. A few years later he started piano with Loren Hiebert. When he was 13 he began playing viola when a teacher at a music camp handed him her viola and said, “Take it home for the summer. I think you have a knack for it.”
He has participated in multiple music camps both in Canada and the United States. Currently, he studies viola with Dan Scholz of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under scholarship from the Brandon University Music Conservatory. He has performed at the Morden Festival since he was 5 years old and has been recommended to the provincial finals every year since he was eligible for either piano and violin or viola. He has played with the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra for 4 years. This year he was the assistant principal violist.
Community music has become more and more important and he has volunteered and participated in Cadenza, the local summer music program. Part of his community service includes regularly playing at Salem Personal Care Home and numerous community fundraisers.
He loves school choir and is part of both general choir and jazz choir. He has also been a part of Central Manitoba Youth Choir for the past 2 years.
Currently he is in grade 11 at Garden Valley Collegiate, where he is on the varsity basketball team and coaches community basketball. Throughout high school he has been on the honor roll with distinction.
This summer he will take part in an outdoor leadership program through Outward Bound in British Columbia, he will volunteer as a student teacher at Cadenza music camp, and take part in two basketball camps.”
Previous winners of the award include: Amber Betz, Hannah Drudge, Madeline Friesen, Tracey Klassen, Elyse Loewen, Nanau Loewen, Jenny Dyck, Cara Bergman, Jessica Friesen, Jennifer Schroeder, Jessica Persson, and Duncan Halstead.