The Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival has come to a close for another year, but the experience, memories, and recognition of hard work and dedication will stick with the participants for many years to come.
This Friday and Saturday evening, top performers from the week long festival offered encore performances in front of a packed Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts for the Highlights of the Festival showcase concert.
Winners of the festival's numerous categories were also presented over the course of the two evening concerts.
The major awards of the 49th annual Central Kiwanis Music Festival were presented after tonight's performances, and it was two competitors from Lewisporte who walked away with top honours.
Fifteen-year-old Lewisporte Intermediate Student Chloe Gale was named the winner of the Cole Award, which recognizes the most outstanding performance of the festival. Gale, who has been playing the piano since she was just four years old said she was shocked and overwhelmed with her win. Gale said she hopes to peruse a career in music.
When asked what she enjoys about being a musician, Gale said loves performing in front of an audience.
“It also gives you a chance to express yourself in a way that you can't with words,” she said.
Walking away with the Kiwanis Club of Grand Falls-Windsor $3,000 scholarship for his performance at this year's festival was 17-year-old pianist Shane Tetford. Tetford, who is Level III Lewisporte Collegiate student, has been accepted to and plans to attend Memorial University's School of Music in September. He said it feels great to be recognized at this year's festival in such a big way.
“I'm so happy to receive this scholarship, I really wasn't expecting to win,” he said, adding the scholarship will be a big help when he embarks on his post-secondary career in the fall.
Both Gale and Tetford were also recipients of multiple other awards during this year's festival.
Three of the Rose Bowl awards were also presented on Saturday evening. The Stanley Memorial Rose Bowl, awarded to the best group performance of the festival, went to the Exploits Valley High Concert band. Gale took home the Hennessey Memorial Rose Bowl for the best junior solo performance, while the Cater Memorial Rose Bowl for the best senior solo performance went to Katharine Nuotio Trimm.
Festival Chairperson Maxine Stanley told the Advertiser she was thrilled with how the week went, and said it would not have been possible without the dedicated help of many volunteers, the generosity of the sponsors, and of course the hard work and dedication of the performers.
She said the Kiwanis Club is already thinking ahead to the 2015 event, which will mark the festival's fiftieth year in the town of Grand Falls-Windsor.
For more on the 49th annual Central Newfoundland Kiwanis Music Festival, including pictures from this weekend's Highlights of the Festival concerts, check back to www.gfwadvertiser.ca or see future editions of the Advertiser.