Chilliwack’s Idol, Wesley Hawkins. May 27, 2017. 7:30 pm @ First Ave

Chilliwack’s Idol~Wesley’s love for music began around the age of five with a tiny toy keyboard that had colour-coded keys. He could be heard throwing it around his room in frustration at times, but his Mom and Dad saw something in him and so they enrolled Wesley in piano lessons for his sixth birthday. From then on, being the first of his family to show interest in playing a musical instrument, he became known as that little kid who loves to play the piano. A couple years later, the family moved to Chilliwack, B.C. and Wesley started to take lessons with Karin Fehlauer at the Chilliwack Academy of Music. Karin gave him a solid foundation in music making and continues to support him to this day. After completing his grade 9 piano exam with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Wesley began studying with Betty Suderman in Abbotsford, B.C. Since 2008, Betty has guided Wesley to improve his playing to an advanced level. In 2010, Wesley’s progress was marked when he received First Class Honours with Distinction on his grade 10 piano exam, which was a milestone he could not have completed if it were not for the continued support of his teachers and parents. More recently, Wesley also competed in the Senior Piano division of the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival in June 2014, and was chosen by the Chilliwack BrancCome hear Wesley Hawkins as he joins our great line up for the Piano Extravaganza on November 9, 2013 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre~h of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association to represent his city at the BC Piano Competition in September 2014. Over the past couple of years, Wesley has been exposed to many different musical experiences, including playing in concerts, bands, theatre productions, collaborating with other instrumentalists, and teaching piano to young students. Wesley’s versatile musical style is one of freedom and intimate expression. He enjoys improvising as well as learning large classical works. Along with his classical piano studies, Wesley also enjoys being a part of the worship team at Main Street Church in Chilliwack. Being in a worship band setting has not only helped Wesley to broaden his horizons beyond strictly classical piano repertoire, but most importantly it has taught him how to be free and outwardly passionate when playing music. Wesley loves Jesus, and music is an expression of his faith. Wesley is passionate about playing the piano because it provides him with the opportunity to be independently creative and to express what is on his heart. He is incredibly thankful for the gifts God has given him and strives to effectively share those gifts with the world.