Sound of music
Young musicians tuning up for 41st Kiwanis Festival
Four Carbonear venues will be alive with the sound of music during the first week of April.
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear, the 41st annual regional Kiwanis Music Festival will take place at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre, Carbonear Collegiate, Bethany United Church and Salvation Army Citadel.
Approximately 2,300 young musicians and vocalists from 23 schools in Conception, Trinity and Placentia bays will take part in 179 classes in 32 sessions during the seven-day competitive portion of the event. Forty-six choirs including two community choirs will sing and 12 bands will play.
The festival opens on the weekend of April 2-3 with musical theatre at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre. The seven days of competition will continue until Friday, April 8 when the Rose Bowl competitions are scheduled to take place at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre.
After a three-day break, the festival will reach a crescendo April 12-13 with two grand concerts. The concerts, which also take place at the theatre, will showcase some of the outstanding performances from the festival. Following the performances scholarships and awards will be presented, “to recognize outstanding achievement and encourage musical talent.”
More than $10,000 in scholarships, awards and plaques will be handed out over the two-night event.
“Since its inception in May 1970,” Kiwanis Music Festival president Judy Symonds notes, “the festival has continued to grow.”
Last year saw some 177 classes in 31 sessions. There were 2,200 participants including 21 schools, 42 choirs and 13 bands, Symonds recalled.
She says the festival provides a venue for all performers to share their musical talents with audiences from the three bays.
Over the years, Symonds points out, “ we have seen many participants return to our area as professional music teachers and enter their own students in our festival.”
The three adjudicators for this year’s festival are all from Ontario.
Gordon Craig will adjudicate the instrumental classes; Marianne Bindig, the vocal and choral classes; and Mar-
ion Miller, piano.
For over 30 years Gordon Craig has been teaching at Queen’s University School of Music, where he has also held the position of principal clarinet with the Kingston Symphony for the same period.
In addition to being the clarinet professor, Craig is chamber music coordinator and conducts three of the major performing ensembles at Queen’s, including the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
Craig served for 10 years as Adjunct Clarinet Professor at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. He is active as Music Director for both the Quinte Symphony Orchestra in Belleville and the Kingston Youth Orchestra.
Well known as an adjudicator and guest clinician, he also conducts and teaches at several music camps across Ontario
He can be heard at one of many solo, concerto, and chamber music performances in and around the province and as a member of Trio Chanteclar.
He is known not only for his sensitive performance of the standard repertoire, but also for his keen interest in contemporary Canadian music, particularly electroacoustic music, and has premiered many major works written expressly for him by both Queen’s School of Music faculty and alumni.
Born in London Ontario, Craig earned his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Queen’s University. He received his Masters of Science in Performance and Education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York while studying with Dr. David Etheridge and later with Michael Webster of the Eastman School of Music.
Mezzo soprano Marianne Bindig has sung with all the major opera companies in Canada and several in the U.S.
Bindig has also soloed with groups like Les violons du Roy, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Isler Singers and the Windsor and Thunder Bay Symphonies in repertoire ranging from Bach Passions and Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicidio to Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été.
She covered the role of the Abbess in the recent Mirvish Production of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.
From the University of Toronto, Bindig received her bachelor of music in performance (honours), her diploma of operatic performance (distinguished graduate) and her bachelor of education (music and drama).
She was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Center for Music, summer home of the Boston Symphony, and attended four terms at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts (The Academy of Singing and Opera Programs).
She studied under Galina Vishnevskaya, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, and Sarah Walker at the Britten Pears School for Advanced Music Studies in Aldeborough, England. Bindig taught for two and a half years at Wilfrid Laurier University and also for a summer at the Opera Nuova program in Edmonton.
She also teaches privately in Toronto and gives workshops for choral groups.
A sought-after accompanist, Marion Miller has adjudicated music festivals from coast to coast.
Miller began piano at four, was teaching at 12 and entered the University of Western Ontario, with her ARCT performer’s certificate, at 16, graduating with a Master’s degree in music performance and the President’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. A long time student of John-Paul Bracey, she went on to study with such musical legends as Ozan Marsh at Chautauqua, Cecile Genhart in Zurich and with Marcel Ciampi in Paris.
She has recorded several CBC chamber music concerts and been profiled on CBC’s Arts National. In addition to many years as pianist for Orchestra London, her experience has ranged from swing orchestras and musical theatre to playing with such stars as Mitch Miller, Harry Belafonte and Jann Arden.
She has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music and the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.
She maintains a large class of private students, ranging from young and adult beginners to university-level aspiring concert performers and other piano teachers.
With collaborator Clark Bryan, she has released a CD of the Rachmaninoff suites for two pianos, and a recording of works by Schubert is in progress.