For Kendra Coleman, 15, composing her own music comes naturally. She wrote her first composition for piano at the age of nine and entered her first music writing composition, the Canadian Music Writing Competition, in 2004. Her submission was recognized locally in BC with an award and forwarded to the national level competition. Formal music training began at the early ago of 4. From the start, she had a love of music. Her first violin lessons were with Amy Levinson with whom she continues to study at Amati String Studio. Playing a combination of classical and fiddle music over the years, Kendra has completed her Royal Conservatory Grade 8 violin examination. From the beginning, she quickly demonstrated an aptitude and passion for fiddling, and has been a member of the 'Sizzlers Fiddle Group' for many years. She recently participated in a tour of the Atlantic Provinces with the 'Sizzlers' where they performed at the world famous Halifax Busking Festival. Some of Kendra's fiddle compositions can be found on the 'Sizzlers Fiddle Group' CDs. A busy musical life has had Kendra taking classical voice lessons for many years. She is currently completing her Grade 8 Conservatory Canada and has been consistently recognized with Silver Medals from either Conservatory Canada or Royal Conservatory of Canada at each of the previous grade levels. This Honor is given to the student who attains the highest mark in British Columbia, in recognition of outstanding performances. Conservatory Examiners consistently comment on Kendra's beautiful soprano tone, expression and purity of sound. Over the years, Kendra has taught herself to play guitar & piano to accompany her songs. She is always interested in learning new instruments and hopes to learn to play banjo & accordion in the near future! In addition to her many musical activities, Kendra maintains balances a strong academic standing with a love for sports. She loves keeping physically active and plays on a Metro soccer team and a Vancouver Thunderbirds hockey team. Kendra resides in Vancouver BC Canada with her family. In her spare time, you will find her making music with family & friends.
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