Community Invited to Hear the Sweet Sounds of Shad Valley
"More than half of our Shads have advanced musical training in some musical genre, whether it's instrumental or vocal," says Dr. Sultan Siddiqui, Shad Program Director and Chair/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University. "Several of our 2007 Shads have obtained advanced musical diplomas and are looking forward to sharing their talent and love for music with the community."
Among the Shad group, the musical background of one student in particular stands out. Tabitha Chiu, a recent graduate of Centennial College and Vocational Institute in Guelph, Ontario already has an extensive and impressive piano portfolio. She has performed in numerous piano competitions including the Grand River Region Contemporary Showcase (2003); OMFA finals (2004); Chamber Music Piano and Cello Duo (2004 - 2005); and the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival (2005). Chiu has also achieved various award and scholarship titles. She was the Alice Sloan Memorial prize winner at the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph (2004); First Runner-up in the ORMTA Zone Competition (2006); and Provincial Finalist in Senior Piano representing Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph (2004, 2007). She has also undergone numerous piano and theory examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).
In addition to a piano performance by Chiu, community members can enjoy flute, base and electric guitar, trumpet, and vocal performances by her Shad peers. The Shad Valley musical ensemble will take place in the University's Agora from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.
Other highlights for the fourth and final week of the Shad Valley academic program include a trip to Kakabeka Falls and Mount McKay, tours of the Paleo DNA and Virtual Reality labs, and a group fitness dancing session. The Shads' Open Day and Variety Night take place on Thursday, July 26. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Open Day gives Shad students the opportunity to answer questions about the academic program, and Variety Night offers many fun activities including comic skits and improvisations, slideshows, and more.
Lakehead University is one of only twelve universities across Canada to host the Shad Valley program. It has been a proud Shad university since 1999.
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