(VIDEO) Golden voice earns youth top honours

Well-rounded performer earns Conservatory Gold medal

Multi-talented Cameron Little



At 12, Cameron Little embraces a shift to tenor.

“It’s just one of those things you have to deal with,” says the Monterey Middle School student.

The young singer’s big foray into music started with a Seussical audition at Metric Studio in Victoria in elementary school.

There, Joanne Hounsell of Saltwater Inc. heard the Oak Bay youngster’s voice and started him on a musical theatre adventure he still enjoys.

“I’ve always really enjoyed music. I grew up in a music household, my father plays guitar,” Cameron said. “Singing was there and available.”

Cameron auditions extensively and scored gigs with the Victoria Operatic Society in Otello and Midsummer Night’s Dream and myriad performances around town.

“I sing a lot of classical because that’s a really good base,” Cameron said.

Cameron won a Gold Medal from The Royal Conservatory for scoring the top mark in British Columbia on the Level 4 Voice examination.

“I was walking home and my music teacher surprised me (with the news),” Cameron said. “I was shocked but so happy.”

Regional Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to conservatory examination candidates in Preparatory A and B and Levels 1 to 10 who achieve the highest mark in their respective province or designated region. Eligible candidates must score at least 80 per cent on their practical examination and must have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective grade and discipline. Cameron routinely scores higher than 90 per cent with first-class honours and distinction on his exams.

“I practice a bit at home, just not as much as I should. But everyday I’m on my guitar or bass guitar or listing to music or studying music,” he said.

While he also plays a little piano and jazz double bass, the acoustic tends to be easy to pick up and noodle around on at home.

“It’s more fluid.”

He dabbles in a variety of music. Cameron recently returned to Metric for a show where he performed Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters while playing his acoustic guitar – among a handful of instruments in the Little family’s Oak Bay household.

A performer at heart he’s also acted in many short films and background in a couple features.

In Oak Bay of course Gracepoint stands out, but Cameron had feature roles in a trio of Connor Gaston films: he did Til Death when he was seven or eight, GodHead a couple years ago and most recently The Devout.

A lover of live theatre and musical theatre, he tries out routinely for shows, which means he’s been turned down a fair amount for his age.

“It’s great experience just being there … being in the world I love,” he said. “I’m going to end up doing something in the arts for sure, no doubt.”

Cameron already has plans to leave Oak Bay, and Victoria in general to travel the world and perform, enhancing the many languages he already dabbles in. He recently learned a bit of conversational Maasai and Swahili during a summer visit to Tanzania and Ethiopia. Right now he’s focusing on learning a little Czech.

Between music and acting, Cameron still finds time for winter sports, athletic training and Castaway rugby three times a week.

“I love to be unique.”

 

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