Doha: Doha College, one of the oldest international schools in Qatar, has won special prizes in the “Young Musician of the Gulf (YMOG) 2022” online competition, organized by long-time host St Christopher’s School in Bahrain.
Ten students participated, two of whom received special prizes. They are Anne McChesney for Bowed String and Amir Alfarhan for Traditional Instrument, having played against 150 top competitors from across the region.
Young violinist Anne is in grade 6 and turned 11 during the event, making her one of the youngest participants in the competition open to students aged 12 to 18. Amir, in 11th grade, managed to perfect and record his oud pieces while studying. for his mock GCSE exams. The overall winner of the competition was Tricia Ng, a student violinist based in Qatar.
Principal of Doha College, Dr Steffen Sommer, said: “It is a great pleasure to hear of Anne and Amir’s great success in the Young Musician of the Gulf competition. I am exceptionally happy for them to have been so outstanding in their categories. Kudos to our music department for preparing the students so well. It’s great to see that the musicians of Doha College have the opportunity to experience such a competition. Congratulations to the overall winner, Tricia Ng from Parkhouse English School. It’s a feat with the caliber of the participants. For the country of Qatar, this representation by British international schools is an incredible reward.
Meanwhile, Doha College Music Director Steph Gomaa was delighted with the student’s performance and said:
“Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the YMOGs 2022. The work was exceptional, especially as we were in distance learning for a month before submitting our applications. St Christopher’s School said that the level video recordings was very high and the hosts were very grateful to Doha College for enrolling so many students.I am proud that nine of our students qualified for the second round, four qualified for the half final and that we won two special prizes in the final. Kudos to all the musicians involved and the staff who helped put it together.
Doha College has a great tradition in music education, listing many accomplished musicians among its alumni. It offers music for GCSE and A levels and an instrumental music program with opportunities for private lessons, theory, ensemble and orchestra.