Meet Taya Haldane and McKenna Jennings!
An extraordinary student duet performing at the February 29, 2020 Spark to Flame concert!
Taya Haldane and McKenna Jennings will perform Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp (second movement).
Taya Haldane grew up in a small town in northern British Columbia. She plays concerts with her celtic band “The Skeena Sisters.” Taya is currently studying under Richard Volet. Taya graduated from the UVic music program and has played with many ensembles including Uvic Orchestra, Uvic Wind Symphony, and most recently the Meridiem Wind Ensemble. As well as being an incredible ensemble performer, Taya has also played solo recitals and won awards from the Pacific Northwest Pacific Music Festival.
McKenna is a classically trained harpist currently in her second year of studying Music Performance at Camosun College and the VCM. Coming from a family of entirely non-musicians, McKenna was inexplicably drawn to music from a young age. After years of singing and piano lessons, she signed up for a single harp lesson, just to try it out. This was the first time she had ever seen a harp in real life, and she has never looked back since. McKenna plans to transfer to UVIC to earn her BA in Music Performance. Her goal is to teach and inspire the next generation of harpists.
Spark to Flame
The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Spark to Flame program supports emerging artist’s development and is open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Selected through audition, students are given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty in the weeks leading up to the performance to develop their professional and artistic skills. The final concert is a magical evening featuring students performing with professional musicians and the VCM Senior String Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Timothy Vernon.
This year’s Spark to Flame student showcase is Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30pm in Alix Goolden Performance Hall. We hope you’ll join us for this special evening!