Scholarship Winner Louise Hung Shares Her Musical Journey
Conservatory Canada student, Louise Hung, was recently awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend the University of Victoria to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree.
The Coquitlam, B.C. teenager began piano lessons at the age of four, when her family emigrated from Taiwan. Teacher Marjory Purdy introduced her to the Conservatory Canada curriculum in Grade One.
Hung followed the traditional curriculum, and went on to win 10 Conservatory Canada medals of excellence for achieving the highest marks in B.C. for an exam – five for piano, three for theory, and two for history. She also earned the conservatory’s Lynda Rehder Kennedy medal of excellence for scoring the highest Grade 10 marks in Canada.
Hung, who just completed her Associate Performer’s Diploma, recently shared her thoughts about her musical journey with Conservatory Canada.
As a student, what did you like about the Conservatory Canada approach?
Conservatory Canada doesn’t only focus on the piano pieces, but also on the very technical aspects of piano, such as sight reading and technique. As for the repertoire, the syllabus covers every era and style, which gives me the opportunity to learn and interpret all types of music.
What about the CC exam experience?
Exams make me nervous, of course, but the CC exams are always structured in a way that I know there won’t be any surprises and I can just focus on playing the best that I can. The exams are almost a celebration of all the hard work I have done throughout the year and are a piano recital of sorts – for the sharing of music. The supplementary pieces gave my teacher and me the freedom to choose unconventional pieces, such as the works of Chinese composers.
What did it mean to you to receive CC scholarships and awards?
Receiving a scholarship is always an honour and a privilege. It’s wonderful to know that there are people who care about cultivating the love of music in students. Piano lessons are expensive, and the scholarships really help.
Awards are not the goal in learning music, of course, but as my teacher says – it’s the icing on the cake. When you work hard and get recognized for it, it’s a huge encouragement for any student.
Do you know what you’d like to pursue after university?
Going to university will prepare me for a future in music education and performance, where I can pass on skills such as concentration, discipline, courage, and perseverance. I want to bring the timelessness of classical music to young children and help cultivate humanity and culture within them.