Kiwanis music festival begins Sunday in Clarenville
This coming Sunday, April 15, kicks off the week-long Kiwanis Music Festival in Clarenville.
Performances are set to take place at the Eastlink Events Centre, Clarenville United Church and Clarenville Pentecostal Church.
The Rose Bowl concert is scheduled for Saturday, April
21, at 7 p.m. and the Highlights concerts are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April
24 and 25, at 7 p.m.
For a full schedule of events, visit festivalguide.ca/program/.
This year’s adjudicators include David Chafe, Melanie Jardine, Chad Stride, and Sarah Comerford.
Dr. David Chafe is an award-winning pianist and recording artist, twice recognized by the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL) as Gospel Artist of the Year for It Is Well (2007) - his popular debut album of hymns for solo piano - and for his follow-up album Bright and Beautiful (2008).
He earned his bachelor of music (honours, piano performance) in 2002 and master of music (performance and pedagogy) in 2004 from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music as a student of Dr. Kristina Szutor. He also holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Memorial University, which enables him to manage his music career in his St. John’s home. In 2017, he completed his Ph.D. in sociology at Memorial University
Dr. Chafe has served as chair of the board of MusicNL and has been active in numerous other community projects.
Melanie Jardine received her bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Arizona State University, and her master of music degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company chorus, and has appeared in numerous operatic and musical theatre productions in the U.S. and in Canada.
Prior to moving back home in 2010, Jardine had been teaching vocal and piano studies and performing in south Florida.
Chad Stride is a choral conductor and piano teacher. Chad is the founding conductor of Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir. Since the inception of Cantus Vocum Stride has recorded eight CDs and has toured 14 countries with the choir.
In 2014, upon completion of a master of music in choral conducting, he was awarded the medal for academic excellence from Memorial University.
Sarah Comerford has been shaping young musicians as a music specialist and private teacher for the past 15 years. She has received undergraduate degrees in music and music education and holds a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Active in the music community, Comerford has served on various music festival committees, as past president of the NLTA Music Special Interest Council and as coordinator of the MUN Junior Band Week.