CARBONEAR, NL — Music lovers will get a taste of all the young talent Trinity-Conception-Placentia has to offer when the 48th edition of the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear’s Regional Music Festival kicks off.
For seven days starting March 10, Carbonear will host the region’s best young singers and musicians for the annual event. The grand concerts presented for three consecutive nights beginning March 20 will round up highlights from the week. Awards will be presented at each concert, including the coveted choral, junior and senior Rose Bowls.
The 2018 edition of the music festival has more entries and classes than the previous year, with 594 entries spread through 177 classes of musical theatre, vocal, piano, instrumental and choral performances. Fifteen schools are registered for the festival.
Once again, the festival will make use of five performance venues —Bethany United Church, Carbonear Academy, Carbonear Collegiate, Salvation Army Citadel and Sheila NaGeira Theatre. The latter venue will also host the grand concerts.
As always, several visiting adjudicators will judge performances and share their thoughts. Vocal adjudicator Sarah Dibblee is an accomplished singer who has performed in opera houses and concert halls throughout North America. A former faculty member at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, she now conducts the Fredericton Ladies Choir.
Dominic Greene, this year’s instrumental adjudicator, is a St. John’s native who teaches and plays the violin. He’s the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s assistant concertmaster and string coach for the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Piano adjudicator Jennifer Smele is an active member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners. She also operates a professional studio in Brampton, Ont., where she offers piano and theory lessons.
Jennifer Hart, the choral adjudicator, is from Newfoundland and Labrador and currently serves as the associate conductor and accompanist for Shallaway Youth Choir. Hart is also the artistic director and conductor of the Newman Sound Men’s Choir, and was recently named associate conductor for the Lady Cove Women’s Choir.