Beautiful music: Pictured above are the winners of the 2011 Virginia Graczak Music Competition

Beautiful music

Pictured above are the winners of the 2011 Virginia Graczak Music Competition, piano. At left is Matthew Blackburn of Campbell River who came away with the first place award of $3,000. Next to him are: Shelley Roberts, piano teacher, Patricia Miller, Royal Conservatory adjudicator from Nanaimo, Taylor Johnson of Courtenay who won the runner up prize of $500. Cindy Taylor of Campbell River, who also taught Matthew stands next to Taylor followed by Susie Moscovich who, along with husband Michael, founded the scholarship.  The VGMS scholarship is open to music students from School districts 71 and 72 and includes the $2,000 annual VGMS award for voice and the $2,000 Margaret Gracza Fine Art Award offered through North Island College.