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Students excel in international music examinations

  • Alyssa Iferenta, left, and Tajaro Hudson, right, were recognized at the recent Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) High Scorers' Concert at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk. They are pictured with their piano teacher Rosalie Fawkes. ROSALIE FAWKES

Published: May 01, 2013

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Alyssa Iferenta and Tajaro Hudson were recognized at the recent Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) High Scorers’ Concert held recently at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk.

Iferenta and Hudson, piano students of Rosalie Fawkes, have performed in every concert since the event was organized in 2010 and have now received their fourth distinction in the graded music examinations.

ABRSM is the examination board for The Royal Schools of Music and every year, examiners from the United Kingdom travel to over 90 countries assessing over 600,000 students from around the world. ABRSM High Scorers’ Concerts are special events that recognize the hard work and achievement of high scoring students from recent examinations. At the event, musicians from Nassau and Freeport performed their favorite pieces from the ABRSM syllabus.

So far, Alyssa has obtained three distinctions and a merit in piano examinations and a distinction in her flute examination. Her flute teacher is Elizabeth Thornton, local representative for the ABRSM examinations. Alyssa is a ninth grade student at St. Andrew’s School and is the daughter of Doctors James and Rene Iferenta.

Tajaro Hudson has received four distinctions in four consecutive years. Tajaro is a tenth grade student at St. Augustine's College and he is not the only child in his family to do well with his musical studies. His sister Taja who left in September last year to pursue studies at United World College in British Columbia, also obtained three distinctions and a merit in her piano studies while in Nassau. Both Tajaro and Taja are the children of Oral and Terecita Hudson.

Fawkes credits the children's success to prayers and faith in God, hard work, attention to detail, measuring the children’s ongoing performance against an international assessment criteria and a desire to excel on the part of students, teacher and parents.

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