Hun­dreds ready to per­form at Ki­wa­nis fes­ti­val

Al­most 600 en­tries for 2017 edi­tion of an­nual mu­sic event

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear is once again gear­ing up to wel­come hun­dreds of young mu­sic lovers.

The 47th edi­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual Re­gional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val runs March 2531, with three nights of awards and star per­for­mances to fol­low at the Con­cep­tion Bay North Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre April 4-6 for the grand con­certs.

Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Eric Snow has been a part of the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee for the last two years, though his in­volve­ment with the event spans many more. When they were young, Snow’s chil­dren reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pated in the event.

“I gained an in­ter­est from tak­ing them and get­ting them ex­posed to the mu­sic and ev­ery­thing else that went on,” he told The Com­pass last week. “They both be­came school teach­ers, and they still have the mu­si­cal ta­lent that they re­ceived in their early child­hood and be­ing in­volved with the mu­sic fes­ti­val as well.”

For 2017, there are 580 en­tries cov­er­ing 170 classes in mu­si­cal the­atre, voice, pi­ano, in­stru­men­tal and choral per­for­mance. Six­teen schools from across the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia area will par­tic­i­pate, with 29 school choirs rep­re­sented.

The fes­ti­val will use five venues this year — Bethany United Church, Car­bon­ear Academy, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, the Con­cep­tion Bay North Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and the Sal­va­tion Army Ci­tadel.

Among the judges look­ing af­ter this year’s fes­ti­val, there’s one that stand out lo­cally. Nancy Case-Oates, the in­stru- men­tal ad­ju­di­ca­tor, is a four­time Rose Bowl win­ner at the fes­ti­val in Car­bon­ear, hav­ing claimed a tro­phy in 1983 and each year from 1986-1988. She’s cur­rently a mem­ber of the New­found­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, a found­ing mem­ber of the Pachel­bel Trio, and a vi­o­lin­ist with the trio Isle Three.

Su­san Quinn, artis­tic direc­tor of the Quin­tes­sen­tial Vo­cal En­sem­ble and choral direc­tor at St. Bon­aven­ture’s Col­lege in St. John’s, will look af­ter the ad­ju­di­ca­tion for choirs.

Cather­ine Robert­son, a pi­anist, singer, coach and teacher, teaches at Con­rad Grebel Col­lege in the Univer­sity of Water­loo, On­tario. She will ad- ju­di­cate pi­ano.

Paula Rock­well, a mez­zoso­prano singer, teaches at Aca­dia Univer­sity in New Brunswick and will ad­ju­di­cate voice for the fes­ti­val.

Keep an eye on The Com­pass, both on­line and in print, for full fes­ti­val re­sults.


Mem­bers of the Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary choir sing dur­ing one of the 2016 grand con­certs at the Re­gional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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