Creative Airdrie would like to congratulate Connor Wilde on winning the 2016 Karin Simpson Memorial Scholarship!
Connor has strong roots in Airdrie’s music scene including:
- student at the Lynne Dalcin Piano Studio
- teacher at the Lynne Dalcin Piano Junior Studio
- Training on trumpet under Johnny Summers (founder and leader of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra)
- Former member of the Bert Church High School Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir.
With all this on his plate Connor is also an aspiring composer and has written some great original music.
‘Music is my main passion in life, I have set aside many hours practicing, working as a piano teacher, and taking lessons from professionals. I firmly believe that studying the arts improves the well-being of any individual that pursues them. As a student, I enjoy learning from great players, practicing, and improving, and as a teacher I have equal satisfaction in seeing my students succeed. The Arts are very important to any community. Music can send emotional messages deeper than normal conversations could. It allows people to express themselves and allows for greater creativity. This is important to almost everyone because it allows someone to open up their mind and think differently than they otherwise would. Wherever I end up later in life, either as a teacher or as a performer. I want to do my part in ensuring that the Arts remain an important part in our community and in our culture. – Connor Wilde’
Best of luck in your musical studies at the University of Calgary, Connor!
WATCH Connor perform the Hindemith Trumpet Sonata Movement 1 at the Airdrie Rotary festival of Performing Arts
WATCH Connor’s rendition of the ragtime masterpiece Old Adam by William Bolcom