Cue the mu­sic

Ki­wa­nis gets set for next week’s mu­sic fes­ti­val.

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The Ki­wa­nis Club of Grand Falls-Wind­sor is pre­par­ing for thou­sands of stu­dents to embark on the 53rd Cen­tral New­found­land Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val this month.

The 2018 fes­ti­val will take place March 18-23 at var­i­ous venues through­out Grand Falls-Wind­sor, in­clud­ing the Gor­don Pin­sent Cen­tre for the Arts and a num­ber of churches in the com­mu­nity.

“This fes­ti­val is some­thing to be talked about,” fes­ti­val co-chair Al­lan Bradley said. “It’s a chance to show­case mu­sic and cho­ral speech tal­ents of stu­dents from all over cen­tral west re­gion.

“It’s all about chil­dren. It’s all about the mu­sic. It’s all about show­cas­ing.”

Ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in cat­e­gories in­clud­ing school choirs, solo speech, in­stru­men­tal, brass in­stru­ment bands, pi­ano, vo­cal and mu­si­cal theatre.

“There are a lot of dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic all wrapped up in this one-week fes­ti­val,” Bradley said.

Par­tic­i­pants come from as far east as Lewis­porte, south from Har­bour Bre­ton and the Bay d’Espoir area, and west from Spring­dale.

Five ad­ju­di­ca­tors will give ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions to par­tic­i­pants. Calvin Pow­ell will ad­ju­di­cate mu­si­cal theatre; Phil Roberts, ju­nior and se­nior pi­ano; E. Mark Mur­phy, se­nior voice and choirs; Kerry MacPhee, bands and in­stru­men­tal; and Re­becca McDonald, ju­nior voice and cho­ral speech.

Bradley said two years ago he had the priv­i­lege of driv­ing in one of the ad­ju­di­ca­tors, Ian Suther­land, from St. John’s.

“I found out he was from Lewis­porte and won the Rose Bowl here ap­prox­i­mately 20 years ago,” Bradley said. “He’s now the dean of mu­sic at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity. He told me if it wasn’t for this mu­sic fes­ti­val he wouldn’t be where he is to­day.”

Ad­ju­di­ca­tors pro­vide a writ­ten eval­u­a­tion and grade for ev­ery piece per­formed dur­ing the fes­ti­val, Bradley said. They’ll usu­ally talk about what the per­form­ers do well and some ar­eas they could to im­prove.

“It’s al­ways done in a very pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tors are ed­u­ca­tional and can keep the stu­dents’ at­ten­tion, no mat­ter how big the choirs, he said.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to not just show­case their tal­ents but ex­pe­ri­ence the things that go with be­ing on stage with a large choir and be­ing ad­ju­di­cated by a pro­fes­sional,” Bradley said. “The idea of sit­ting there lis­ten­ing to other choirs is such a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity.”

“Not all fam­i­lies can af­ford in­di­vid­ual lessons, so that’s why we re­ally get ex­cited and try to en­cour­age the choirs and the schools to put them in,” co-chair San­dra Evans added. “That’s one way they can be in there and get that lit­tle bit of stage pres­ence and build that con­fi­dence.”

Be­hind the scenes

A lot of work goes on be­hind the scenes to pull off such an event. Along with the co-chairs and mu­sic fes­ti­val com­mit­tee, many vol­un­teers make it all pos­si­ble.

There’s some­one in charge of co­or­di­nat­ing all the venues and ap­point­ing co­or­di­na­tors for each venue. They in turn re­cruit vol­un­teers to help at each lo­ca­tion.

There were more than 80 vol­un­teers last year, Bradley said.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tors have to be se­lected, housed and sup­ported, and they each have a vol­un­teer ac­com­pa­nist work­ing with them all week.

There’s a vol­un­teer for lo­gis­tics and vol­un­teers over­see­ing the awards, mak­ing con­tacts with award spon­sors and en­sur­ing some­one will be on hand to present the ma­jor awards at the High­lights of the Fes­ti­val Con­cert.

Dur­ing the week there are also pub­lic events high­light­ing the many tal­ents of par­tic­i­pants.

They an­nual Fam­ily Night this year has been changed to Fam­ily and Friends Night Wed­nes­day, March 21, 7 p.m. at the Gor­don Pin­sent Cen­tre for the Arts. Tick­ets are avail­able at any of the venues where ses­sions are held through­out the week.

“That’s al­ways a fun night,” Evans said. “It’s so great to see the fam­ily in­volve­ment be­cause for a lot of chil­dren, this is prob­a­bly the only op­por­tu­nity they have to per­form and I firmly be­lieve this fes­ti­val is a real con­fi­dence builder.”

The an­nual Rose Bowl will take place at 1 p.m. on March 23 at the Gor­don Pin­sent Cen­tre for the Arts, fol­lowed by a mi­nor awards cer­e­mony 3 p.m.

The High­lights of the Fes­ti­val Con­cert, where ma­jor awards will be pre­sented, will be held at 7 p.m.

A weekly pass cov­ers the Rose Bowl, or there’s a cost of $5 for gen­eral seat­ing.

The mi­nor awards cer­e­mony has free ad­mis­sion for gen­eral seat­ing.

Tick­ets for the High­lights of the Fes­ti­val Con­cert can only be pur­chased at the Gor­don Pin­sent Cen­tre for the Arts box of­fice for $20.


The 53rd Cen­tral New­found­land Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val takes place in Grand Falls-Wind­sor March 18-23. Co-chairs Al­lan Bradley and San­dra Evans and the rest of their com­mit­tee have been busy pre­par­ing for the 3,000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing this year.

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