Festival a family affair for Finn clan
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.
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.