BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Sixty-one students from Yippy Tune Music School participated in the 25th KK Music and Dance Festival in the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu over the weekend.
The participants from Yippy Tune competed in the category of piano, vocal, guitar, violin and drums and pocketed a total of 142 medals, which consists of 37 Gold, 55 Silver and 50 Bronze.
This is the third year that the local music school has sent its students to compete in the KK Music Festival.
“Some of the students started participating in this event since the beginning, and have demonstrated growing confidence during their performance in part due to the familiarity of the event as well as a marked improvement in performance techniques due to the constant exposure at different regional music competitions over the years, said Deon Ong, the Principal of Yippy Tune Music School.
“This evidence from the growing medals tally of just 13 medals in the first year, 90 medals last year and now, 142 medals in total,” the principal added.
Judges for the competition includes world-class performers and judges such as, renown international concert vocalist and author, Dr. Ti-Wei Chen; Japanese pianist Misa Yamamoto, a widely sought after international performer and teacher; Mark Gibson, one of Australia’s most outstanding music educators, who is also a much sought after examiner, composer, adjudicator, master teacher, workshop presenter and curriculum writer and more.
Beyond competition, students were treated with various musical performances and master classes to hone their skills from some of the top-notch musicians.
“This has become an annual event for us,” said one of the parents, Anzi Hung, who saw her daughter Liew Vixi’s performance improved from 1 Gold 1 Silver from last year to 1 Gold, 7 Silver and 1 Bronze this year.
“Beyond music, it is a great excuse for the family to spend a weekend away in our neighboring country to catch up with other parents and enjoy the Shangri-La Resort,” added Hung.
The Silver Jubilee was met by a new record high in participation of over 2,000 contestants, surpassing last year’s record participation of 1,600 musicians from the region.
“The vision for this momentous year is to bring the best out of the community in music and respect for the arts, at the same time raising the standards for the region through education,” said Audrey Chin, the Chairperson of the KK Music Festival.