Kiwanis festival ready for 45th edition

Annual event shines spotlight on young musicians

Andrew Robinson
Published on March 10, 2015
Young Hayley Power of Carbonear was among those who entertained audiences last year at the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear’s Regional Music Festival. The latest edition of the annual event is happening March 14-20.

It's once again that time of year when young singers and musicians will look to find out how their skills compare with others.

The Kiwanis Club of Carbonear's Annual Regional Music Festival takes place March 14-20. Three nights of grand concerts March 24-26 will showcase some of the best performers from the previous week and acknowledge award winners, including the junior and senior Rose Bowl winners.

"We have a marvelous amount of talent in our region," festival president Bob Wheadon told The Compass.

Participation at this year's festival is almost identical to what it was in 2014. There are 702 entries registered (707 in 2014) in 179 classes of musical theatre, vocal, piano, instrumental and choral competitions. Seventeen schools from the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region will be represented.

"Kiwanis International is an organization that's committed to supporting, in any which way possible, children in communities," explained Wheadon. "As a music festival, I think what we do as a Kiwanis organization in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region is afford an opportunity for children, schools, students, teachers - the whole gamut."

Performances will take place at Carbonear Collegiate, Carbonear Academy, Sheila Nageira Theatre, Bethany United Church and Salvation Army Citadel. The grand concert will be held at the theatre (also known as the Regional Community Centre) in Carbonear.

Last year marked the first time festival events were held inside Carbonear Academy, which opened as a school in the fall of 2013.

"At times we have some large choirs, and it's very difficult at times to find places that can manage huge groups, so Carbonear Academy really fit the bill last year for us."

As usual, festival adjudicators bring with them a wealth of qualifications and experience. Voice adjudicator Monette Gould teaches voice at l'Universite de Moncton in New Brunswick. Piano adjudicator Frank Horvat is an award-winning composer and performer who's currently president of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association.

Grant Etchegary, the instrumental adjudicator, is the artistic director of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra and production co-ordinator for the St. John's Northwest Rotary Music Festival. Finally, choral adjudicator Jennifer Beynon Martinec spent the last few years conducting the Czech Boys Choir before recently moving to St. John's.