2017 Rose Bowl win­ners shine at Ki­wa­nis

Car­bon­ear music fes­ti­val dis­trib­utes over $11,000 in awards

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBINSON AND CHRIS LEWIS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Ki­wa­nis Club of Car­bon­ear capped off a great week of per­for­mances by hand­ing out all the big awards over the course of three nights.

Vo­cal­ists Rubyanne Whe­lan and Anna Mercer won the Se­nior and Ju­nior Rose Bowl Awards re­spec­tively, and Cres­cent Col­le­giate took home the Cho­ral and In­stru­men­tal Rose Bowls.

Last Thurs­day morn­ing, Whe­lan learned Memo­rial Univer­sity’s School of Music was ac­cept­ing her for the fall. Then in the evening, the Grade 12 stu­dent from Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate found out she was the Rose Bowl win­ner.

“Oh, it’s awe­some,” she told The Com­pass af­ter the last batch of awards was pre­sented at this year’s fes­ti­val. “I’ve worked so hard this year.”

Mercer, 16, is a Grade 10 stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts, and says she has been singing since she was eight years old.

“All the hard work and stress has fi­nally paid off,” said Mercer. “It feels ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Cres­cent Col­le­giate Vo­cal Ensem­ble won the Cho­ral Rose Bowl, with Sonya Gosse’s Sona­teens named the run­ner-up. The school’s jazz band won the In­stru­men­tal Rose Bowl. The Cres­cent Col­le­giate Con­cert Band was the run­ner-up.

Sarah McDon­ald, Cres­cent Col­le­giate’s music teacher, con­ducted the win­ning groups. Cres­cent Col­le­giate claimed the cho­ral tro­phy in four of the seven years it’s been awarded. This marks the third time it has won the In­stru­men­tal Rose Bowl since it was first awarded in 2012.

Whe­lan placed ahead of run­ner-up Me­gan Ge­orge, a 16-year-old pi­anist from Whit­bourne who was last year’s Ju­nior Rose Bowl win­ner. The tro­phy comes with a cash award of $500, with the run­ner-up re­ceiv­ing $150.

Music has been a big part of Rubyanne’s life from a very young age. Her mother, Anne Whe­lan, is the music teacher at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, and Rubyanne in­tends to fol­low in her mom’s foot­steps and teach music.

“It’s my pas­sion for sure. It’s been my whole life since I was born, re­ally.”

Mercer told The Com­pass that pre­par­ing for an event like the Ki­wa­nis fes­ti­val is a daily grind, start­ing no later than Septem­ber of 2016.

“It’s an ev­ery day thing, but there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween prac­tic­ing and ac­tu­ally be­ing up on stage and singing in front of so many peo­ple,” Mercer added.

Madi­son Hur­ley (in­stru­men­tal) and Aaron Hussey (in­stru­men­tal) were the two run­ner­sup for the Ju­nior Rose Bowl award. Mercer re­ceived $300, while the run­ners-up earned $75 each.

Whe­lan and Mercer re­ceived fur­ther good news, as they’ve both been rec­om­mended for the pro­vin­cial Ki­wa­nis fes­ti­val later this year, as was Liam Daw­son, St. Fran­cis Ele­men­tary Choir, Cres­cent Col­le­giate Vo­cal Ensem­ble and the Sonya Gosse’s Ce­leste com­mu­nity choir.

AN­DREW ROBINSON/TC ME­DIA

Lo­cal New­found­land Power man­ager Roger Con­way presents Rubyanne Whe­lan with the Se­nior Rose Bowl Award.

CHRIS LEWIS/TC ME­DIA

Anna Mercer be­ing pre­sented with the 2017 Ju­nior Rose Bowl award.

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