Making music in Carbonear
Organizers of the 43rd Carbonear and area Kiwanis Music Festival have some 750 reasons to be feeling good about this year’s musical extravaganza.
That’s how many entries have registered for this year’s competition, which runs from March 9-15 at four venues in Carbonear (see related fact box for complete details). Grand concerts are also scheduled for March 19, 20 and 21.
In all, that represents some 2,300 participants, which is about 100 more than last year.
The up-tick in registration is — excuse the choice of words — music to the ears of organizers.
“Things are coming together exceptionally well,” said Danny Button, president of this year’s festival and president-elect of the Kiwanis Club.
There’s a 14 per cent increase in registration in vocal categories (choirs, musical theatre and individual performance) this year, which is described by Button as “very positive.”
As a result, organizers have been forced to increase the number of adjudicators. Traditionally, three musical experts have been hired to assess the performers. That number has now grown to four.
They include Catherine Robertson from the University of Waterloo, retired music teacher Jacinta Mackey Graham of St. John’s, Susan Gagnon, a longtime faculty member with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ontario, and well-known voice teacher Linda Fletcher of Oakville, Ont.
Graham will adjudicate the choirs, while the three others will assess those competing in instrumental, piano and vocal categories.
Button credited much of the growth to the enthusiasm and professionalism of music teachers in the region. He made special mention of Anne Whelan (Carbonear Collegiate), Robert Colbourne (Crescent Collegiate, Blaketown), Tiffany Smith (Baccalieu Collegiate, Old Perlican) and Deanne Delahunty (Amalgamated Academy, Bay Roberts).
All four have competed at the festival as young performers, and now support the festival by encouraging and mentoring a new generation of singers and musicians.
Meanwhile, Button said plans for the festival are coming together smoothly, thanks largely to the roughly 60 volunteers who lend their talents and time, and the business community who contribute so generously to the 80 awards and scholarships that are up for grabs, valued at some $8,000.
The festival has also developed a reputation for its enthusiastic audiences, and Button hopes that tradition will continue this year.
“Adjudicators have often commented about the great community support for the festival,” said Button.
It costs roughly $40,000 in total to organize and run the festival, Button added, and every dime is worthwhile.
“It gives children an opportunity to participate as well to be be adjudicated and take part in the social aspect of the festival,” Button stated. “Socially, it helps children to understand that they’re able to compete and have fun doing it.”
The Ice Angels of the Conception Bay North Skating Club captured the elementary synchronized title at the 2013 Skate NL Synchronized Skating Championships on Feb. 15-16 in Torbay. The team of of nine- to 12-year-olds from the Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace areas edged out six other teams for the provincial crown. Members of the team are: front (l-r) - Sarah Dawson, Ethan Parsons, Brianna Russell, Emily Craig, Rachel Drover, Julia Keefe, Rakel Bishop and Helena Churchill; back – coach Melissa Saunders, Emily Dawson, Lexie Smith, Natalie Mercer, Hannah Green, Katie Nascimento, Lindsay Porter, Chelsey Crane, Haley Dawe and assistant coach Sydney Nascimento. For story and more photos, see Page A7.
Rebecca Sellars of Carbonear was designated as the “Face of the Festival” by The Compass during the 2012 Carbonear Regional Music Festival. She stole the show at one of three grand concerts and was prominently spotlighted on our front page. Who will earn that distinction this year? That remains to be seen. The 2013 festival runs from March 9-15, with grand concerts scheduled for March 19, 20 and 21.