Rose Bowl win­ners cap off Ki­wa­nis fes­ti­val

Co­ley’s Point singer Anna Mercer earns third tro­phy in four years

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON AND CHRIS LEWIS

Anna Mercer was beam­ing with pride af­ter be­ing named the 2018 Se­nior Rose Bowl win­ner at the Ki­wa­nis Club of Carbonear’s Re­gional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

That said, the Co­ley’s Point singer is ready to re­lax for a bit af­ter months of prepa­ra­tion for the an­nual fes­ti­val, now cap­ping off its 48th run.

“Head­ing to Florida,” she said with a laugh Thurs­day night, mo­ments af­ter re­ceiv­ing the tro­phy. “Real ex­cited for the break.”

The fes­ti­val in­cluded nearly two weeks of mag­i­cal per­for­mance with three nights of grand con­certs. Awards were also pre­sented each night, in­clud­ing all four Rose Bowls.

Erin O’Brien-Rogers, a 13-yearold stu­dent at Amal­ga­mated Academy hail­ing from North River, took home the Ju­nior Rose Bowl.

“It’s so amaz­ing to hear your name called af­ter all the hard work you put into it,” O’Brien-Rogers told the Com­pass af­ter Tues­day night’s con­cert. “It doesn’t feel real, al­most sur­real in a way.”

Her school’s tra­di­tional ensem­ble won the In­stru­men­tal Rose Bowl, and Sonya Gosse’s Sona-teens choir col­lected the tro­phy for the Cho­ral Rose Bowl.

Con­ducted by mu­sic teacher Deanne De­lahunty, the tra­di­tional group rep­re­sent­ing the Bay Roberts school claimed a $300-prize along with the tro­phy. Com­pet­ing in the mixed in­stru­men­tal en­sem­bles cat­e­gory for schools, Amal­ga­mated earned a mark of 89. The Cres­cent Col­le­giate Jazz Band was named the run­ner up for the tro­phy and re­ceived a $150-prize.

The Sona-teens re­ceived one of the high­est scores all week (94) from the cho­ral ad­ju­di­ca­tor while com­pet­ing in the 19-year-an­dun­der se­nior group. The Cres­cent Col­le­giate Vo­cal Ensem­ble re­ceived $150 as the run­ner up.

For Mercer, it was her third Rose Bowl win af­ter claim­ing the ju­nior tro­phy in 2015 and 2017. The other fi­nal­ists for the award this year were pi­anist Me­gan Ge­orge (the 2016 Ju­nior Rose Bowl win­ner) and vi­o­lin­ist Madison Hur­ley.

“The work cer­tainly paid off,” said Mercer, who was also rec­om­mended to com­pete at the pro­vin­cial Ki­wa­nis mu­sic fes­ti­val, tak­ing place in Cor­ner Brook later this spring.

Mu­sic has an im­por­tant place in Mercer’s life. The 17-year-old also plays the vi­o­lin and pi­ano, and she’s heav­ily in­volved in the mu­sic pro­gram at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts.

“It’s to­tally my life, ab­so­lutely,” she said. “Not a ques­tion about it. And I think what keeps me go­ing is there’s al­ways a mys­tery. You can never stop learn­ing.”

O’Brien-Rogers was up against vi­o­lin­ist Ri­ley Barteau and pi­anist Cas­son­dra Mayne for this year’s Ju­nior Rose Bowl. All three tal­ented young mu­si­cians per­formed at last Tues­day’s Grand Con­cert.

“Every­body did amaz­ing here tonight, and I know all the per­for­mances had so much hard work and amaz­ing teach­ers be­hind them,” she said.

Mercer was not the lone per­former to re­ceive a rec­om­men­da­tion to at­tend the pro­vin­cial Ki­wa­nis com­pe­ti­tion. Liam Daw­son and Gosse’s Ce­leste com­mu­nity choir were also rec­om­mended for the event.


To start off Thurs­day night’s Grand Con­cert at the Sheila NaGeira The­atre, Se­nior Rose Bowl fi­nal­ists Me­gan Ge­orge (pi­ano), Anna Mercer (voice) and Madison Hur­ley (vi­o­lin) per­formed a ren­di­tion of “O Canada.”


Erin O’Brien-Rogers re­ceiv­ing the 2018 Ju­nior Rose Bowl award

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