The Collingwood ensemble strikes a chord with music festival judges


Rondo Ensemble is pleased to announce several Gold Medals from the Barrie Music Festival.

The ensemble is made up of student musicians from Collingwood and surrounding areas and is led by musical director Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer and instrumental coach Susan Connolly.

The ensemble was able to submit entries to the Festival by recording their performances and uploading them to YouTube where they could be viewed by the judges. Rondo Ensemble enjoys performing community concerts as well as visiting retirement homes.

The ensemble has received the following awards from the Barrie Music Festival.

Rondo Ensemble Group: Gold Certificate

Violin – Kari Zhang, Violet Pugsley, Sunny Valdez

Cello – Quinn Robitaille

Piano – Gabriel Long

Duo Ensemble Rondo: Gold Certificate

Violin – Sunny Valdez

Cello – Quinn Robitaille

Rondo Ensemble Trio: silver certificate

Violin – Kari Zhang, Violet Pugsley

Piano – Gabriel Long

Keiko and Susan express their sincere gratitude to the students and families for their support in the face of the continued challenges of the pandemic and the positive attitudes demonstrated by the young musicians working together.

Rondo Ensemble would also like to thank Tyler Cleary of the City of Collingwood for his continued help in organizing Simcoe Street Theater and Pastor Jane of Hope Chapel for opening their doors for rehearsal space.

Local festivals and organizations looking for musical performances can contact Music Director Keiko at [email protected] The ensemble is also on Facebook at Rondo Ensemble.



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