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Dual winners mark the 16th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @ 2:47 PM

For the past 16 years, the CMU School of Music hosts the Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition for music students capable of performing at a high skill level. It is a time, as adjudicator Henrietta Schellenberg puts it, "of comradery and competition for music students, a chance to bring their art to the public, a jewel in the life of the musical calendar at CMU."

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Final Performances from the 2021 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition (videos)

Thursday, March 25, 2021 @ 7:30 AM

The 16th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition finals are held virtually in 2021, with performanaces recorded to comply with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.  

This year's edition of the competition features two seperate categories and winners in both voice and piano performances. The winner of each category is announced by adjudicators Henriette Schellenberg (voice) and Dr. Edmund Dawe (piano) at the conclusion of each video below. 

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Baritone Nathan Dyck winner of 15th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

Despite uncertainty and the changing circumstances of campus life under COVID-19, competitors in this year's Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition kept their focus.

Singing to a closed auditorium of adjudicators only instead of the usual community audience, seven finalists gave it their all: Michelle Fast (soprano), Georgeanne Van Helden (piano), Katy Unruh (soprano), Anna Schwartz (piano), Nathan Dyck (baritone), Anne Kelm (piano), and Johanna Klassen (soprano).

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Winning Performances of the 2019 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition (video)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 11:26 AM

Stephanie Wilson's performance earned her first place and the $700 prize that comes with it on Wednesday, March 20. She is the first clarinetist to ever win the competition.

Nathan Dyck, a baritone in his third year of a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, placed second and received $500. Third place and its $300 prize went to pianist Madeleine Friesen, who is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Music Education and Musicology.

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Clarinetist wins 2019 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 6:45 AM

A clarinetist from Manitoba is the winner of the 14th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).

Stephanie Wilson's performance earned her first place and the $700 prize that comes with it on Wednesday, March 20. She is the first clarinetist to ever win the competition.

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2018 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition Winners (videos)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

Petrouchka: Three Movements for Piano, Scene 2: Petrouchka's Room by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

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Pianist from Saskatchewan wins 2018 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

A pianist from Saskatchewan is the winner of the 13th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).

Emma Heinrichs' performance earned her first place and the $700 prize that comes with it on Thursday, February 15.

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Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:22 AM

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Sense of camaraderie marks 2017 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

A pianist hailing from southern Ontario is the winner of the 12th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition at Canadian Mennonite University.

Anneli Loepp Thiessen’s performance, which included a piece by classical Austrian composer Joseph Haydn that she learned just one week before the competition, earned her first place and the $700 prize that comes with it on Wednesday, February 15.

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Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 4:24 PM

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