2017 Concert Competition Winners



Evan Yin is a 12 year old Grade 7 student at Grandview Heights School. At age 4, he began studying piano with his mother, and then with Sarah Ho and Professor Alexandra Munn. He is now a student of David Tutt. Evan was a CMC national scholarship winner in 2013 and in 2016 he was awarded second place in the Provincial Music Festival Finals Piano Solo - 12 years and under. He has won several scholarships from the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival and the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music Annual Scholarship Competition and Fall Music Festival. He has also accompanied the Conservatory Orchestra and his school’s jazz band for 2 years . Evan occasionally enjoys composing electronic music, as well as drawing, philosophy, swimming, and Doctor Who.



Howard Yan is 16 years old and was born in Edmonton. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 with Henry Mokken, and has studied with Wolfram Linnebach for the past 8 years. Howard has won numerous scholarships in the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival since he was 9. At the age of 10, he won the David Tuckey Memorial Scholarship in the 12 years and under category at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival. Howard has been a national finalist for seven consecutive years at the Canadian Music Competition, where he has won prizes, most recently 2nd place in the piano 15 years old category at the 2017 National Finals in Gatineau, Quebec. In October 2017, he received the National Gold Medal Award from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) for achieving the highest mark in Canada (2017) for The Licentiate of The Royal Conservatory (LRCM) in Piano Performance. Howard was recently invited to perform at the 2018 Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival Opening Gala on April 15. At present, Howard is a grade 11 student at Harry Ainlay Composite High School, where he plays bass clarinet in the Harry Ainlay Symphonic Band. Howard also plays the violin. In his spare time, he enjoys listening, reading and exploring music, studying geography and the history of languages, as well as watching Chinese sitcoms on TV. Howard hopes to pursue a career in music. One of Howard's upcoming events is a solo recital on May 20, which will be held at Muttart Hall.



Elise Noyes is a 22 year old Edmonton-based mezzo soprano, studying under John Tessier at the University of Alberta. Starting her musical training in the Edmonton area choral scene, she sang in many choirs, and is now in her fourth year as a member of the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers under Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. She has won numerous awards at music festivals and in 2016 she won the senior vocal solo class at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival. Some highlights from her work with the Alberta Opera Workshop class include Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring as well as many different group and solo numbers in the fall cabaret productions. This past summer Elise traveled to New York to study musical theatre at NYU Steinhardt and hopes to return to pursue a masters in musical theatre. Currently, Elise is in her final year pursuing a BMus in Vocal Performance.