Karalyn Duncan sits at the piano where she is taught her weekly lessons. Karalyn’s practice paid off recently when she won an award for her composition “Memories”.

Young Fort St. James composer wins award

At nine years old, Karalyn Duncan might not have been playing and composing music for as long as Mozart had at her age, but she’s working hard on catching up.

At nine years old, Karalyn Duncan might not have been playing and composing music for as long as Mozart had at her age, but she’s working hard on catching up.

A student of piano with Norma Hoy for the past four years, Karalyn has recently composed her first song, and the effort won her an award.

Her short eight bar composition she called “Memories” took her awhile to complete,  but she placed fourth in the western region for the Music for Young Children competition.

The composition was not an easy thing for her, but Karalyn called it “kinda fun and kinda complicated” and said she found adding the dynamics to the song the hardest.

The young pianist enjoys playing and especially enjoys performing.

“ I think it’s fun and it really gives you something to do,” she said.

Karalyn can imagine herself playing in front of large audiences when she gets older.

 

In fact, her mom Shonna said she thinks Karalyn plays her best under the pressure of performance.