A dream come true for Amy Gillingham

Melissa Jenkins melissa.jenkins@tc.tc
Published on March 27, 2015

Amy Gillingham of Carbonear earned the senior Rose Bowl award at the 45th annual Kiwanis music festival at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre March 26.

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Thursday, March 26 is a day Amy Gillingham won’t soon forget.

The level III student at Carbonear Collegiate saw her dreams come true when she not only received her acceptance letter to Memorial University of Newfoundland’s music school, but she earned the coveted Senior Rose Bowl at the Carbonear Kiwanis music festival.

“I’m ecstatic,” she said after the third and final grand concert at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre, where she received the award.

Amy has participated for many years in the festival, but this year she grabbed the attention of adjudicators with her opera-trained voice.

She also appeared to be the crowd favourite, after closing the show with an animated and dramatic version of Vergebliches Standchen by Brahms, a German ballad. Although it wasn’t in English, Amy was able to tell the story, making the audience laugh through her acting skills.

When asked if she was expecting to win, the modest soprano said she was caught off-guard.

“I really had no clue,” she said. “I couldn’t even tell you what I thought was going to happen.”

But if she didn’t win the trophy, it still would have been one of the best days of her life.

“I’m happy I received (my acceptance letter to MUN music) today,” she explained. “If nothing else, I had that.”

This award is not new to her. Amy took home the junior Rose Bowl award in 2013.

In fact, she is the second in her family to win two. Amy's sister, Alicia Gillingham, will graduate MUN music school this spring.

The four Rose Bowl trophies will sit on a shelf at the family’s home this spring. Their parents, Bob and Irene Gillingham, had a space made just for the new award. They had confidence this year the collection of Rose Bowls would be complete.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Amy Gillingham said. “But I’m so happy.”

The runners-up for the award were Xanthe Wilkins of Clarke’s Beach with her piano performance of Sonatina 1st movement by Khatchaturian and Christopher Qiu, a Holy Heart of Mary student, playing a version of the Four seasons, summer by Vivaldi on violin.