A dream come true
Carbonear soprano earns Carbonear Kiwanis senior Rose Bowl
I couldn’t even tell you what I thought was going to happen. Amy Gillingham
Thursday, March 26 is a day Amy Gillingham won’t soon forget.
The level III student at Carbonear Collegiate saw her dreams come true when she not only received her acceptance letter to Memorial University of Newfoundland’s music school, but she earned the coveted Senior Rose Bowl at the Carbonear Kiwanis music festival.
“I’m ecstatic,” she said after the third and final grand concert at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre, where she received the award.
Amy has participated for many years in the festival, but this year she grabbed the attention of adjudicators with her opera-trained voice.
She also appeared to be the crowd favourite, after closing last Thursday’s Grand Concert with an animated and dramatic version of “Vergebliches Standchen” by Brahms, a German ballad. Although it wasn’t in English, Amy was able to tell the story, making the audience laugh through her acting skills.
In the Junior Rose Bowl competition, Coley’s Point native Anna Mercer was declared the winner.
“Words can’t describe it,” she told The Compass shortly after she received her award, which also came with $300. “I’m so pleased.”
Crescent Collegiate from Blaketown was awarded the choral Rose Bowl, along with $300 for its choir’s haunting renditions of “The Green Shores of Fogo” and “Dinasi Ponono,” which included some traditional South African dance.
SeeIn the Rose Bowl Instru- mental category, the Amalgamated Academy Traditional Ensemble from Bay Roberts took home the trophy. It featured a host of traditional Newfoundland instruments. Teh group masterfully performed the “Westphalia Waltz” and a traditional Newfoundland number, earning a tidy $300 with the win.
When Gillingham was asked whether she expected to win, the modest soprano said she was caught off-guard.
“I really had no clue,” she said. “I couldn’t even tell you what I thought was going to happen.”
Anna’s preparation for the festival began last fall with her voice teacher Sonya Gosse. They started choosing songs that would best suit her voice and also took into consideration trying different languages. The Amalgamated Academy Grade 8 student particularly enjoys singing classical pieces and can also play piano and violin.
Gillingham knows a thing or two about the sort of emotions Anna was grappling with following her win. She took home the Junior Rose Bowl award in 2013.
In fact, she is the second girl in her immediate family to win two Rose Bowls. Amy’s sister, Alicia Gillingham, will graduate MUN music school this spring.
The four Rose Bowl trophies will sit on a shelf at the family’s home this spring. Their parents, Bob and Irene Gillingham, had a space made just for the new award. They had confidence this year the collection of Rose Bowls would be complete.
“It’s a lot to take in,” Amy Gillingham said. “But I’m so happy.”
The runners-up for the Senior Rose Bowl were Xanthe Wilkins of Clarke’s Beach (piano) and Christopher Qiu (violin). Runners-up for the Junior Rose Bowl were Megan George (piano) and Jennifer Mong (instrumental).
Anna Mercer, left, won the Junior Rose Bowl last week in Carbonear, and former Junior Rose Bowl winner Amy Gillingham earned the Senior Rose Bowl this year.