Tuesday, June 8, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“We’re not saying we’re taking any action. We just want to know what the property is worth.”
- Councillor Ian MacLeod  
- on appraising the Centre’s   
commercial value   


Local musician Nathan Sydora may be young, but he has the music in his fingers, as he demonstrated by winning first place in the Grade 5-6 Piano category at the Provincial Music Festival in Edmonton.
Sydora was one of five locals recommended to attend the festival, and he came home as the provincial champion. It was his third time earning a spot at the provincial level, and his best result to date.
"It's exciting to be there," says Sydora, "but you're nervous because you're going to play in front of so many people."
The performance took place in a large church in Edmonton, where the musicians played up on a raised area in front of a full audience. Sydora performed Sonatina in G Major and Song of the Cavalry. He outplayed 11 other performers in his category to earn first place.
He says that it was exciting to win, and to have his hard work with the piano pay off, as he has been improving every year. He credits his teacher of six years, Sherry Hughes, and also acknowledges the work local residents put into the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival to help him reach this level.
In addition to a plaque, he received a $150 scholarship from the provincial festival.
Also at the provincial festival from the Pass were Ryann Groat, Rachel Park, and Jordyn Appleby. Whitney Steed of Pincher Creek was also recommended, but was unable to attend.
Piano has been a big part of Sydora's life, as he first started playing on a toy keyboard when he was three years old. Now eleven, he was one of the youngest performers in his category, and competed against teenagers at the provincial festival. His younger sister, Jasmine, is also an accomplished pianist, winning the junior pianist award at this year's local festival.
Sydora plays the piano for specific funeral events at Fantin's Funeral Home, as well as at school functions, at the Catholic church for Christmas Eve mass, and for seniors at the York Creek Lodge.
He is active in many other areas as well, earning a black belt in Taekwando, and competing at a provincial level with the Pass Piranhas Swim Club. He has recently begun playing lacrosse with the local association.
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