Hundreds ready to perform at Kiwanis festival
Almost 600 entries for 2017 edition of annual music event
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.