For the 39th Kiwanis Regional Music Festival
Some 2,100 young musicians and vocalists will be tuning up their instruments and exercising their vocal cords this week for the 39th annual Regional Music Festival sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear
The Competitive Music Festival gets underway Saturday, March 21 at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre with musical theatre and continues until Friday, March 27.
Participants will take part in 180 classes during 32 sessions at four Carbonear venues including the Regional Community Centre, Bethany United Church, Salvation Army Citadel and Carbonear Collegiate.
Forty-eight choirs will sing while 10 bands will play during the festival, attracting young performers from 24 schools in the region.
After a weekend break following seven days of competition, the festival will wind up with two grand concerts on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre.
Festival President Gary Myrden said the festival provides “an opportunity for all performers to share their musical talents with the rest of the Trinity, Conception and Placentia regions.
“A festival of this size does not happen without many volunteers dedicating their time and talent to the event,” Myrden said. But,“in the end it is all about the performers.”
Steve Wolsley will adjudicate the instrumental, Jacqueline Sadler the vocal and choral and Sally Rowsell the piano classes at this year’s festival.
Steve Wolsley, instrumental
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Steve Wolsley is a teacher, performer, conductor, and arranger who has spent his life bringing the joy of music to children and adults.
As music director of the London Youth Symphony, he has built that organization from a single orchestra of 35 players to four orchestras involving 140 musicians.
Wolsley has directed high school musicals, university theatre productions, community orchestras and recorder ensembles, church choirs, high school bands, choirs and guitar ensembles, as well as elementary school choirs and instrumental ensembles.
He plays each of the bowed string instruments in community ensembles as the opportunity arises and says he “still plays guitar and sings whenever anyone will let him.”
Jacqueline Sadler says she’s “pleased to be returning to Carbonear for this amazing festival.”
A graduate of the Voice Performance program at the University of Western Ontario, she is much in demand as an adjudicator, accompanist, musical director and composer.
Sadler has performed solo recitals throughout Ontario, and has appeared as soprano soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, and Cambridge Millennium Orchestra. Her work as a musical director and actor has taken her across the coun- try, most notably as Rachel in Two Pianos, Four Hands.
She is especially proud of her two musicals, Oil Rush and Trailer Park Trio.
Looking forward to another season with the Trinity Conception Festival, Sadler can’t wait to hear “all the fantastic performances by this year’s competitors. Sing your heart out!”
Sally Rowsell, piano
Sally Rowsell says she’s “thrilled to be adjudicating piano in Carbonear and looks forward to many fine performances.”
Rowsell has worked as pianist, teacher, accompanist, adjudicator, critic, and, senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Her adjudicating role has taken her to many venues in Atlantic Canada, while her examiner’s hat finds her working throughout Canada and the U.S, often mentoring incoming examiners.
She has also travelled throughout Canada and the U.S. as an accompanist, has been heard on CBC Radio and Television broadcasts, and has appeared locally as soloist in Concerts Under the Dome.
Sally has worked as music critic for The Telegram, and is past president of the NLRMTA.
Rowsell maintains a busy piano studio in St. John’s and is currently provincial affiliate for The Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association in Newfoundland.