NEWMARKET & AREA BRANCH NEWS
October 16, 2019
Two Newmarket and Area ORMTA Branch students have been awarded the 2019 RCM National Gold medal.
Stylian Michailidis is an operatic baritone in his first year at the University of Western Ontario. Stylian completed his Level 9 exam last June while studying with Newmarket ORMTA teacher, Linda Condy. He earned himself a First Class Honours with Distinction standing and the RCM Level 9 National Gold Medal for voice. He recently graduated from Newmarket High School where he was awarded The Governor General’s Academic Medal, among several academic awards. His musical accomplishments include playing the lead role of Javert in Newmarket High’s production of Les Miserables, placing second at the ORMTA GTA Zone competitions, and placing first in the 2018 NATS Vocal Showcase. Stylian is a SHAD fellow currently studying voice under Torin W. Chiles and singing with the University Singers. He has two other sisters that also study singing with Linda Condy.
Gregory Vandikas, who comes from a musical family of six is currently studying piano performance with Prof. Kyoko Hashimoto at McGill University in Montreal, where he received the Student Excellence and Davis Scholarships. Greg joins his older brother, Anthony in receiving the RCM Gold Medal in piano for his Licentiate diploma. He completed the exam this past June, under the guidance of ORMTA teacher, Dr. Michael Esch. Also following in his sister, Charissa’s footsteps, he recently won the International Music Competition and Festival in Markham, as well as the GOCAA International Piano Competition in Boston. He will be performing with the Kindred Spirit Orchestra’s 2020-2021 Concert Season. He has been awarded a CD contract and will be performing in a concert tour in China next July 2020. Gregory was born and raised in Newmarket and graduated an Ontario Scholar in the Arts Unionville program at Unionvile High School.
National Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to RCM graduates who have obtained the highest mark in the country for their discipline while meeting all the necessary requirements. Coincidentally, Stylian and Gregory are both former classmates and graduates of Mazo de la Roche P.S. Both students performed together in last year’s Newmarket and Area ORMTA Gala Concert and are recipients of the Newmarket Arts Council Post-Secondary Grant. These two Newmarket residents’ musicianship has been fostered by teachers of the Newmarket and Area ORMTA branch.
An upcoming Gala concert featuring award winning students will be taking place on Nov. 2nd at the Newmarket Old Town Hall.