Fes­ti­val a fam­ily af­fair for Finn clan

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The 41st re­gional mu­sic fes­ti­val spon­sored by the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear turned out to be a fam­ily af­fair for a mu­si­cal fam­ily from Car­bon­ear.

Three mem­bers of the Finn fam­ily swept the fes­ti­val’s top awards fol­low­ing the grand con­certs held April 12 and 13.

Clas­si­cal gui­tarist Aaron Finn took home the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear Se­nior Rose Bowl fol­low­ing the sec­ond and fi­nal con­cert Wed­nes­day night. The night be­fore, Aaron’s sis­ter, vi­o­lin­ist Natalie Finn, claimed the Ju­nior Rose Bowl, while her twin sis­ter, Anna, was a run­ner-up for the ju­nior award. Anna plays piano.

Aaron, 16 is a Level II stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. His 15-year-old twin sis­ters are Grade 10 stu­dents at the school. Their par­ents are Ed­ward Finn and Regina Becker of Car­bon­ear.

Spon­sored by Terra Nova Shoes, the Se­nior Rose Bowl in­cludes a $500 cash award.

Ali­cia Gilling­ham (piano) and Ger­ri­anne Rowe were cho­sen run­ners-up to the fes­ti­val’s top award.

A Level III stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, Gilling­ham is the daugh­ter of Bob and Irene Gilling­ham of Car­bon­ear. Rowe, 18, is the daugh­ter of Ch­eryl and Ger­ald Rowe of Car­bon­ear and a Level III stu­dent at the Car­bon­ear school.

The run­ners-up each re­ceived $150 cash and an in­scribed shield spon­sored by the East­ern School District.

Gilling­ham will rep­re­sent the fes­ti­val at the Pro­vin­cial Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic to be held in Car­bon­ear May 14. The ad­ju­di­ca­tors also rec­om­mended Laura Mur­ray (piano), Natalie Finn (strings) and the As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astro Glee Club (cho­ral) for the pro­vin­cial fi­nals.

The As­cen­sion Glee Club also sang their way to the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear Cho­ral Rose Bowl. Spon­sored by the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Square Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion, the award car­ries a $300 cash prize. The run­ner-up was the Cantare Youth Choir. East­ern School District pro­vided the $150 cash and in­scribed shield for the run­ner-up.

Judy Sy­monds, pres­i­dent of this year’s Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, who hosted both con­certs, noted in­ter­est in the Cho­ral Rose Bowl has been grow­ing since it was in­tro­duced in 2008.

Sy­monds said some 80 awards val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $8,000 were handed out at this year’s fes­ti­val. Sy­monds is the first fe­male fes­ti­val pres­i­dent, and this fall will be­come the first fe­male club pres­i­dent in the 59-year his­tory of the Car­bon­ear club. Other awards: • The KIXX Coun­try FM 103.9 Schol­ar­ship went to Ali­cia Gilling­ham. Val­ued at $500, the schol­ar­ship is de­signed to help promis­ing young mu­si­cians con­tinue their stud­ies.

• The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Square Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion handed out a to­tal of $500 in cash awards. They went to the fol­low­ing: Jor­dan Pomeroy, Brit­tany Bishop and Bran­don Mercer in piano; Hayleigh McGrath, Amy Gilling­ham, Lau­ren Shep­herd and Fa­tima Academy Con­cert Choir in vo­cal; and inin­stru­men­tal, awards went toA­mal­ga­mated Academy Tra­di­tional Mu­sic En­sem­ble, All Hallows Fid­dlers and Bac­calieu Col­le­giate Con­cert Band.

• Luke Welsh earned the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 23 Car­bon­ear Award. The $350 schol­ar­ship is of­fered to fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants.

• The Joseph P. Pike Me­mo­rial Award went to the Bac­calieu Col­le­giate Cham­ber Choir. Do­nated by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Car­bon­ear, the $150 cash award is pre­sented to a choir of 13 or more singers as de­ter­mined by the ad­ju­di­ca­tor.

The fol­low­ing awards are all val­ued at $100 apiece.

• Au­gus­tine and Gertrude Lynch Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance by a choir — As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astro Glee Club.

• Ki­wa­nis Ju­bilee Award in­scribed shield for best per­for­mance in ju­nior con­cert groups, 12 and un­der — Rubyanne Whe­lan.

• Min­nie Ellsworth Di­a­mond Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in piano duet and trio ses­sions — Rubyanne Whe­lan, Luke Welsh and Kate­lyn Gal­way.

• Maxwell A. Pow­ell Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in New­found­land songs — Emily Hur­ley.

• Caro­line Pow­ell Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in folk song solo — Courtney Broad­ers.

• G.B. and Su­san­nah Pow­ell Award for best per­for­mance in New­found­land songs, choirs — Co­ley’s Point Grade 3 Choir.

• Pen­ney’s Trans­port and Courier Award for best per­for­mance by a choir — All Hallows Grade 3 Choir. All Hallows Grade 3 choir also picked up the Ware­ham Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in class­room choirs.

• The Adey Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in Cana­dian per­for­mance vo­cal went to Erica Evely. Both above awards are val­ued at $75 each.

• Fong’s Mo­tel and Restau­rant handed out four $50 cash awards. They went to — Jack­son Davis for best per­for­mance in piano solo, ages 9-11; Joshua Mont­gomery for best per­for­mance in spe­cial piano solo sec­tion; Luke Welsh and Emily Ped­dle for best per­for­mance in string solo, and De­nielle Bow­er­ing for best per­for­mance in gui­tar, per­cus­sion and spe­cial solo classes.

The fol­low­ing awards are also val­ued at $50 each.

• Le­grows Travel Award for best per­for­mance in choirs — Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Pri­mary Choir.

• David Sy­monds Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in wood­wind solo — Melissa King.

• Tro­phy Hut Award for best per­for­mance in opera solo — Ali­cia Gilling­ham.

• An­nie E. French Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in piano solo — Peter Os­borne.

• Mc­Carthy Coun­cil Knights of Colum­bus Award for best per­for­mance in school choirs, sa­cred mu­sic — St. Fran­cis Song­sters and Epiphany School.

• Paws for Mu­sic Award for best per­for­mance in tra­di­tional New­found­land folk med­ley — Luke Welsh.

• Mary Desalles Goff De­lahunty Award for best per­for­mance in com­plete ma­jor solo work — Sarah Pynn.

• And the Ed­ward P. Goff Me­mo­rial Award for best per­for­mance in con­cert band, wood­wind or brass en­sem­ble — Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astro Glee Club wound up the sec­ond con­cert be­fore the fi­nal cur­tain on the 41s Ki­wa­nis Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. The Glee Club won this year’s Cho­ral Rose Bowl and were rec­om­mended for pro­vin­cial competition.

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