Ki­wa­nis fes­ti­val re­turns

An­nual event shines spot­light on young mu­si­cians

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@CB­N­com­

Madi­son Hur­ley (above) had her fid­dle out for last year’s edi­tion of the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear’s An­nual Re­gional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. The 2015 edi­tion — hap­pen­ing March 1420 — co­in­cides with the 45th an­niver­sary of the event. We talked with fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Bob Wheadon about the event’s im­por­tance to the Trinity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion.

It’s once again that time of year when young singers and mu­si­cians will look to find out how their skills com­pare with oth­ers.

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear’s An­nual Re­gional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val takes place March 14-20. Three nights of grand con­certs March 24-26 will show­case some of the best per­form­ers from the pre­vi­ous week and ac­knowl­edge award win­ners, in­clud­ing the ju­nior and se­nior Rose Bowl win­ners.

“We have a mar­velous amount of tal­ent in our re­gion,” fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Bob Wheadon told The Compass.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion at this year’s fes­ti­val is al­most iden­ti­cal to what it was in 2014. There are 702 en­tries reg­is­tered (707 in 2014) in 179 classes of mu­si­cal theatre, vo­cal, pi­ano, in­stru­men­tal and choral com­pe­ti­tions. Seven­teen schools from the Trinity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion will be rep­re­sented.

“Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing, in any which way pos­si­ble, chil­dren in com­mu­ni­ties,” ex­plained Wheadon. “As a mu­sic fes­ti­val, I think what we do as a Ki­wa­nis or­ga­ni­za­tion in the Trinity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion is af­ford an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren, schools, stu­dents, teach­ers — the whole gamut.”

Per­for­mances will take place at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, Car­bon­ear Academy, Sheila Nageira Theatre, Bethany United Church and Sal­va­tion Army Citadel. The grand con­cert will be held at the theatre (also known as the Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre) in Car­bon­ear.

Last year marked the first time fes­ti­val events were held in­side Car­bon­ear Academy, which opened as a school in the fall of 2013.

“At times we have some large choirs, and it’s very dif­fi­cult at times to find places that can man­age huge groups, so Car­bon­ear Academy re­ally fit the bill last year for us.”

As usual, fes­ti­val ad­ju­di­ca­tors bring with them a wealth of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence. Voice ad­ju­di­ca­tor Monette Gould teaches voice at l’ Univer­site de Monc­ton in New Brunswick. Pi­ano ad­ju­di­ca­tor Frank Hor­vat is an award-win­ning com­poser and per­former who’s cur­rently pres­i­dent of the On­tario Reg­is­tered Mu­sic Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Grant Etchegary, the in­stru­men­tal ad­ju­di­ca­tor, is the artis­tic direc­tor of the New­found­land Sym­phony Youth Orches­tra and pro­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the St. John’s North­west Ro­tary Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. Fi­nally, choral ad­ju­di­ca­tor Jen­nifer Beynon Martinec spent the last few years con­duct­ing the Czech Boys Choir be­fore re­cently mov­ing to St. John’s.


Young Hay­ley Power of Car­bon­ear was among those who en­ter­tained au­di­ences last year at the Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear’s Re­gional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. The lat­est edi­tion of the an­nual event is hap­pen­ing March 14-20.

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