A successful season marked by artistic excellence, audience appreciation, financial stability and support for young Sunshine Coast musicians in the form of six new scholarship winners - these were some of the high notes sounded at the Coast Recital Society's annual general meeting held last week at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre.

In announcing scholarships totalling $1900, CRS president Mary Lea Bell congratulated all the winners, including Daniel Kingsbury of Roberts Creek who received $500 to continue his studies in guitar, voice and musical composition.

Pianist Kyle Meyerink of Halfmoon Bay also won a $500 scholarship, and Sechelt flautist Virginia Hay-Roe received $300.

Three $200 scholarships were awarded to pianist Gena Ellet of Halfmoon Bay, Kiel Strang of Roberts Creek for violin and piano studies and pianist Neal Andrews of Gibsons.

Looking forward to the 2005/2006 concert season, CRS artistic director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright noted that the six-concert program will be expanded to feature a gala event in February with renowned Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska at the keyboard and in conversation with CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers.

To augment the concert programs, the CRS will present a number of pre-concert talks by featured soloists, including pianist Ian Parker, who will perform here in a late October recital.

Officers elected at the AGM included: president Mary Lea Bell; vice president Elise Buqué; secretary Wendy Humphries Tebbut; treasurer Ross Brougham; and assistant treasurer Eva Vanderweele. Directors include Graham Argyle, Rosemary Bates Terry, John Bebbington, Betty Paterson, Val Rutter, Fritz Zoernack and Rosemarie Zoernack.