Tuning up

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,


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.




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