B.C. Student Performs Concerto, Written for Her

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Brielle Goheen’s violin danced through a tune fit for angels. Where Angels Dance is a violin concerto composed specifically for the 20-year-old student.

Goheen won a competition held in May 2006. The prize was a new piece of music written for the winning student by Trinity Western University professor and composer David Squires.

Goheen, a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Hamilton, Ontario, is a second-year music major at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

“When I first heard the piece I was amazed that Dr. Squires wrote a piece to suit my technical abilities and performance style and at the same time captured my personality and heart,” said Goheen, who enjoys the Celtic fiddling tradition and was concertmistress for the TWU orchestra.

The biggest challenge for the talented violinist was memorizing the piece. “There were no previous recordings that I could listen to and rehearsals with the full orchestra were minimal, so I needed new methods of memorizing.”

Goheen, who attends First CRC of New Westminster, B.C., while living out West, received standing ovations at the premiere performances in April.

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.