Carbonear siblings win Junior and Senior Rose Bowl
Lots of local talent showcased at annual Music Festival
Brother and sister Aaron and Karla Finn of Carbonear are the winners of the Junior and Senior Rose Bowl Awards.
The presentations were made during the 39th annual Kiwanis Club of Carbonear Regional Music Festival. Aaron, 14 and Karla, 16, are the children of Dr. Regina Becker and Ed Finn, a chemical engineer.
Classical guitarist Aaron received the Carbonear Physiotherapy Junior Rose Bowl following the first grand concert at the Conception Bay North Regional Community Centre last Tuesday, March 31.
The Grade 9 St. Francis student also received a cash award of $300.
“I was really surprised,” he said. “I really wasn’t expecting to win.”
Aaron, who started playing the guitar when he was 11, switched to playing classical music upon the prompting of his mother.
“She wanted me to learn how to play a few classical songs. I did and I guess I got hooked because that’s all I ended up playing,” he said. “Aubrey Noftall of North River teaches me.”
Aaron practises anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour each day.
“Learning how to play classical music is a bit more challenging than rock because classical music is more complex.”
Aaron, along with Class two Pianist Laura Murray, will go on to compete in the provincial competition set for May 16 in Grand Falls. Laura also took home the Franz Reiss Memorial Award and perpetual plaque for best performance in Piano Solo.
Vocalist Faith Hiscock and Pianist Antonia Whelan were named runner-up to the festival’s top award. Both girls received $75 and an inscribed shield from the Eastern School District.
Faith also picked up the L.F Clifford Pike Award, inscribed shield and $50 (donated by John Babb), for the best performance in Female Solo while the Nicholas W. Perry Memorial Award and inscribed shield and $100 in cash for Piano Solo (donated by Effie Perry and family) went to Antonia.
The L.F Clifford Pike Memorial Award, inscribed shield and $100 for best performance in Piano Solo, 15 years and under (donated by Velma Reynolds) as well as the Captain I.S. Iverson and Mrs. Gertrude Iverson Memorial Award perpetual plaque and $25 for best performance in Piano Solo, 13 years and over, went to Pianist Cheryl Knight.
Canadian Tire handed out two $50 awards. They went to Nicole Janes for best performance in Piano Solo, 12 years and under and the Victoria Trio for best performance in Instrumental Duet, Trio, Quartet and Sonata.
The Retired Teachers Con Tri Division also presented two awards. Harbour Grace Primary captured one, which included an inscribed shield and $100, for best performance by a primary choir. The other went to Amalgamated Academy Concert Choir for best performance by an Intermediate Choir.
Both schools also picked up a number of other awards. Harbour Grace Primary received the Joseph F. George Memorial Award (inscribed shield and $75) for best performance in Primary Choirs as well as the Newfoundland Power Choral Award of $200 for best performance by a Junior Choir.
Amalgamated Academy also took home the Joseph F. George Memorial inscribed shield and $ 75 for best performance in Choirs, Two, Three and Four Part Singing as well as the Newfoundland Power Choral Award of $200 for best performance by an Intermediate Choir.
The Kiwanis Club of Carbonear $100 prize for best performance in Vocal Duet, Trio and Quartet went to JoAnnah Yetman, Emily Penney and Emily Hurley. The $50 Kiwanis Club of Carbonear Award for best performance by Woodwind, Small Mixed and Instrumental Ensembles went to Amalgamated Academy Traditional Music Ensemble.
Holy Redeemer Recorder Group received the George L. Chubbs Memorial of $50 for the best performance in Recorder Ensemble while Ascension Collegiate Concert band took home the George L. Chubbs Memorial Award of $500. The award, donated by Marie, Peter, Elizabeth and Adam Chubbs, is pre- sented at the discretion of the adjudicator to brass bands, woodwind ensembles, and concert and jazz bands.
It was introduced in 2007 in memory of Eric Chubbs for his dedication to the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear and the Regional Festival.
The Mary J. Walters Memorial Award of $50 for best performance in Girls Solo, donated by Herman Walters, went to Rileigh Garland Lewis while the Jeffory Rossiter Memorial Award of $50 for best performance in Canadian Composition Piano, donated by Lloyd and Elizabeth Rossiter, went to Sarah Pynn.
The Norman J. Dawe Memorial Award inscribed shield and $50 for best performance in Piano Solo, ages six to eight years old, went to Kaitlyn Menchions, Amy Crosbie and Alyson Thomas.
The My Own Beat Music Studio Award, inscribed shield and $50 for outstanding Instrumen- tal Solo, donated by Holly L. Lee and given at the discretion of the adjudicator, went to Edward Whelan.
The Women’s Institute of Newfoundland Carbonear Branch Award of $100 for best performance in Piano Solo, ages 14 years and under went to Anna Finn while
the Ruby’s Drive-In award ($100 and inscribed shield) for best performance in Piano Solo ages 13 years and under, went to Alexandria Burton.
Dustin Johnson received the Gary French Memorial Award of $ 100 and inscribed shield for best performance in Male Boy’s Solo while the Newfoundland Power Choral Award and $200 for best performance by a Senior Choir went to Carbonear Collegiate.
Rubyanne Whelan won the Pizzazz Award, inscribed shield and $50 for Musical Theatre. Donated by the Vanda Maunder Dance Studio, the award is given at the discretion of the adjudicator, not necessarily the highest mark.
Rubyanne Whelan and Dustin Johnson also accepted the Town of Carbonear Award and $100 for best performance in Musical Theatre and Gilbert and Sullivan Vocal Solo.
The Edgar Clarke Memorial Award of $ 100 and inscribed shield for best performance in Piano Solo, donated by Callie Clarke, went to Chelsea Davis. Colin Bradbury received the Strickland Agencies Award, inscribed shield and $ 50 for best performance in Instrumental Solo. The award was presented by Ted and Charlene Strickland
JUNIOR ROSE BOWL - Carbonear classical guitarist Aaron Finn accepts the Junior Rose Bowl from Ches Ash, president of the Kiwanis Musical Festival 2009. The 14-year-old is a Grade 9 student at St. Francis School in Harbour Grace. LOVELY SINGERS - Members of Persalvic Elementary School Choir perform Siyahamba and The Water is Wide during the Kiwanis Musical Festival Tuesday, March 31.
AWARD WINNERS - A group of award winners pose for a photo following the first grand concert of 39th annual Kiwanis Club of Carbonear Regional Music Festival.