Thursday, June 13th

Classical Lower Strings - Diploma & Open

Adjudicator: Amber Walton-Amar

Classical Lower Strings - Diploma & Open

Amber has taught cello to adults and children for 25 years. She holds teaching certifications through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Creative Ability Development method for improvisation. She has held teaching positions at Chicago's Columbia College, Valparaiso University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the North York Suzuki Conservatory, and maintains her own private cello studio. Most recently, Amber has created the Muse & Mate practice journal for musicians, and co-founded Quintissimo: a Sistema based free after school music program devoted to serving marginalized families in the Hastings/Prince Edward County region.

Amber's career has included touring Canada, Europe, and China with various symphonies and ensembles. She is a versatile cellist who has appeared on stages worldwide alongside artists such as KYGO, SYML, Lief Vollebek, Tyler Shaw, and Shawn Mendes. Other performance highlights include work with TIFF and TedX. As a freelance musician, Amber has performed for Prime Ministers, Presidents, dignitaries and movie stars - at storied venues such as Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Amsterdam Paradiso, Shanghai Symphony Hall, and Berlin's Kesselhaus. Amber holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance.


Pineland Baptist Church
5100 New St.
Burlington, On L7L 1V1

Classical Lower Strings - Diploma

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:8:30 AMName:Noah ClarkeTitles:
Concerto in E minor, op. 85, 1st & 2nd mvts. by Edward Elgar
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012, Prelude and Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Home Festival:Unionville
Time:9:00 AMName:Joshua KwanTitles:
Concerto in E minor , op. 85, 1st and 2nd mvts. by Edward Elgar
Morceau de Concours by Gabriel Fauré
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis

Classical Lower Strings - Open

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:9:25 AMName:Nirvaan GrewalTitles:
Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, op. 33 by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Elves, op. 39 by David Popper
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012, Prelude and Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Home Festival:Toronto

10:15 AM - Workshop and Announcement of Winners – MANDATORY

Workshop will be held from approximately 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Announcement of the winners will happen at the end of the workshop.