CMC BC Director Sean Bickerton is pictured above presenting a Canadian Music Centre Award of Excellence to BCRMTA President, Cynthia Taylor. (Photos by Tom Hudock)

Vancouver, BC – The Canadian Music Centre in British Columbia (CMC BC) is pleased to present an Award of Excellence to the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association (BCRMTA) for its extraordinary contribution to Canadian music, both through its devotion to fostering the teaching of Canadian repertoire as part of a well-rounded curriculum, and through the BCRMTA’s competitions and awards for the performance of Canadian music.

“It’s impossible to exaggerate the importance of the work these music educators do across our province,” said CMC’s BC Director Sean Bickerton in his remarks to the BCRMTA. Plato said that ‘Music is a more potent instrument  for education than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.’ I know that’s true because violin lessons at an early age made my entire life possible,” Bickerton added. 

Presenting award for best performance of a Canadian composition
At the closing awards ceremony Saturday night, Bickerton also presented an award to Nicole Linaksita for Best Performance of a Canadian Composition on behalf of CMC BC. Three finalists from the BCRMTA’s piano competition performed that evening – Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, from Shuswap, Jeffrey Luo from Vancouver, and Markus Masaites from Maple Ridge, with Masaites winning first prize.

BCRMTA represents more than 1,000 independent Music Teachers overseeing 20 branches across BC. The BCRMTA is committed to furthering the art of music through programs that support teaching and performance, while offering professional growth and networking opportunities, for teachers and musicians.

The CMC Award of Excellence Program seeks to recognize extraordinary contributions to Canadian music throughout the Province of BC with its Award of Excellence program.

About Canadian Music Centre in BC (

The Canadian Music Centre in BC offers a range of performances, festivals, educational programs and services throughout the province through two creative hubs located in Vancouver and Victoria.

CMC BC provides free lending libraries of Canadian music, produces concert, film & lecture series, and provides many other vital services to the musical and artistic community of the province.

The Vancouver and Victoria Creative Hubs are both virtual and real-life initiatives that help the CMC BC Region expand its role as an active member of the arts community by offering a platform for collaboration, engagement and exploration of Canadian contemporary music. Through outreach, workshops, performances and more, the CMC BC Region is committed to making its Canadian music collections and services more accessible to everyone in the province.