2017 Rose Bowl winners shine at Kiwanis
Carbonear music festival distributes over $11,000 in awards
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.
Local Newfoundland Power manager Roger Conway presents Rubyanne Whelan with the Senior Rose Bowl Award.
Anna Mercer being presented with the 2017 Junior Rose Bowl award.