Cres­cent cho­ral group claims vic­tory

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

The Princess Sheila nageira Theatre was packed for the sec­ond of three grand con­certs April 9, which show­cased some high­lights from the 44th Car­bon­ear Kiwanis re­gional mu­sic fes­ti­val com­pe­ti­tion.

Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town was well rep­re­sented, with three of its per­for­mance groups rec­og­nized at the con­cert — the vo­cal en­sem­ble, con­cert choir and con­cert band. The vo­cal en­sem­ble walked away with the most sought af­ter award, the Rose Bowl, while the other groups took run­ner-up in each re­spec­tive cat­e­gory.

The school’s mu­sic teacher and Car­bon­ear na­tive Robert Col­bourne was thril led with the ac­com­plish­ments of his en­tries in the fes­ti­val.

“I am very proud of the hard work they have put into (these per­for­mances),” he said at the end of the con­cert.

The vo­cal en­sem­ble con­sists of 31 fe­male singers from Grade 7 to Level III, who prac­tice three times a week.

Col­bourne said the girls even give up their lunch break twice a week, and an hour af­ter school for the third prac­tice. Each per­former wore a floor-length black gown while singing.

It is not the first time this group has seen the spot­light. Last sum­mer, it per­formed on Par­lia­ment Hill in Ot­tawa for Canada Day and has been an in­vited guest to many com­mu­nity events. The group also re­ceived the high­est mark at this year’s fes­ti­val: 94.

There were two Rose Bowls pre­sented April 9, with the first for in­stru­men­tal per­for­mance; the sec­ond was to the cho­ral group.

Col­bourne’s in­stru­men­tal group took run­ner-up, while Amal­ga­mated Academy’s tra­di­tional en­sem­ble took the Rose Bowl.

Run­ner-up for the cho­ral award was the Cres­cent Col­le­giate con­cert choir.

Mem­bers of the Cres­cent Col­le­giate vo­cal en­sem­ble are Erica Ne­whook, Alyssa McCarthy, Rianna Hickey, Macken­zie Smith, Mor­gan Ledrew, Heather Hig­don, Rachel Burry, Jes­sica McCarthy, Abi­gal Drover, Sarah Ge­orge, Ce­leste Burry, Me­lanie Domonie, Bri­anna Lewis, Tay­lor Har­num, Bre­anne Cumby, Emily Man­ning, Skye John­son, Tia Mur­phy-Rowe, Shae-Lynn La­hey, Heidi Smith, Tay­lor Moore, Kayla Pretty, Sarah Knight, Ju­lia Pol­lett-Nurse, Kelsey Shep­pard, Re­becca Hig­don, Gra­cie Dawe, Emma Gil­bert, Macken­zie Mercer, Mor­gan La­hey and Leanne Ge­orge.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins

Some of the mem­bers of the Cres­cent Col­le­giate vo­cal en­sem­ble hung around af­ter the con­cert to take a few pho­tos with the cho­ral Rose Bowl. They were, front (l-r) — Erica Ne­whook, Alyssa McCarthy, Rianna Hickey, Macken­zie Smith, Mor­gan Ledrew and Heather Hig­don; back — Rachel Burry, Jes­sica McCarthy, Robert Col­bourne, Abi­gal Drover, Sarah Ge­orge, Ce­leste Burry, Me­lanie Domonie, Bri­anna Lewis and Tay­lor Har­num. Miss­ing: Bre­anne Cumby, Emily Man­ning, Skye John­son, Tia Mur­phy-Rowe, Shae-Lynn La­hey, Heidi Smith, Tay­lor Moore, Kayla Pretty, Sarah Knight, Ju­lia Pol­lett-Nurse, Kelsey Shep­pard, Re­becca Hig­don, Gra­cie Dawe, Emma Gil­bert, Macken­zie Mercer, Mor­gan La­hey and Leanne Ge­orge

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