Ki­wa­nis mu­sic fes­ti­val be­gins Sun­day in Clarenville

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIBB

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 fes­ti­val­­gram/.

This year’s ad­ju­di­ca­tors in­clude David Chafe, Me­lanie Jar­dine, Chad Stride, and Sarah Comer­ford.

The Ad­ju­di­ca­tors

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.

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