2013 Teen Honour in the Arts Award Recipient
Walking into a room where Many Jong was playing piano, you’d assume it was a CD playing of some famous concert pianist, not a 15 year old. Mandy has just achieved the highest honour possible in the Royal Conservatory of Music, passing the ARCT piano performers exam with First Class Honours.
Mandy also plays violin and in 2013 she earned scholarships in both at the Kiwanis Music Festival an won the piano Best Over-All diploma. She also received scholarships for both instruments from Kelowna Community Music School.
In May, Mandy competed in the BC Intermediate Piano Provincials and placed third, receiving honourable mention. A month later, she won the Okanagan Angel Award Star Search and donated half the prize money to Juvenile Rhematoid Arthritis. At Dr. Knox school, she plays piano in the jazz band and bells in the concert band.
Mandy was chosen to perform with the Canada Day Concert orchestra as a soloist in 2012 and participated again in 2013. She also plays first violin in the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan. On top of all this, she is studying for her grade nine violin exam and can often be found performing in seniors residents around the city.