We are incredibly proud of all of all the young people who have participated in the music and arts programs we have supported since 1998. Here are some inspiring musicians and artists we are proud to have supported on their journeys.
Thompson Egbo-Egbo has been playing piano since the tender age of six. The Nigerian born pianist began his musical training at the Dixon Hall Music School and has literally grown up with the Minstrel Foundation. In 2012 he graduated from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. This gifted and talented jazz pianist has been impressing audiences through Toronto and the world. Thompson has played for Quincy Jones, Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and Bob Geldof. Thompson continues to be very involved with the Dixon Hall School of Music and The Regent Park School of Music.
Minstrel Foundation protégé, Eric Tan who won many Minstrel Foundation awards over the years at the Dixon Hall Music School graduated on May 24th with a dual degree from Cornell University - a Bachelor of Science, Information Science, Systems, and Technology in the College of Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts, Music in the College of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations Eric. You now have a fabulous foundation on which to build both your career and passion for music.
Here’s Eric on Graduation Day and in 2002 with fellow music students.
A graduate of the Dixon Hall Music School, Tonia is pursuing a degree in software engineering at the University of Waterloo. With her Minstrel scholarship Tonia was able to complete her grade 10 in piano and receive the highest mark in the Province Zone Competition in 2011.
Vocalist and Actor Matthew Brown, Minstrel Foundation scholarship recipient, has performed at the Shakespeare Festival in both "Tommy" and "Fiddler On The Roof", and he has also starred on the Toronto production of "Jersey Boys" and the London production of "Hair". Matthew began his musical training at the Dixon Hall Music School when he was five.