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Local musicians do well at Kiwanis Music Festival
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Rebecca Kalinger, 11, received the Stars of the Future Trophy in the Vocal Musical Theatre category at this year's Kiwanis Music Festival for her performance of 'Home' from the musical Beauty and the Beast. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Heading into the recent Kiwanis Music Festival 11-year-old Rebecca Kalinger was just hoping to remember all her words and hit the high notes.

After all she had only started taking singing lessons last September and the week before the competition she suffered a severe wrist injury after a school mate twisted her already injured arm behind her back.

An accomplished pianist and veteran of the Gloucester Music Club concert series, Rebecca started taking professional singing lessons to pursue her budding interest in musical theatre.

“I thought it would be something nice to try because I sang in the Ottawa Children's Choir and I wanted to learn how to sing
better,” says Rebecca.

For the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Orleans Wood Elementary School student chose to perform “Home” from the musical Beauty and the Beast and “We Are One” from The Lion King II, both in costume and both in the Vocal Music Theatre category.

After her initial performance, she was chosen to perform in the trophy class which included all the top musical theatre scores.

At the end of the day, the adjudicator awarded a very surprised Rebecca, the Stars of the Future Trophy.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was really, really happy,” says Rebecca who also received The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society's Vocal Musical Theatre Scholarship. “Singing is very different, because when you play the piano in a recital you’re kind of in your own little world. You don’t have to look at the audience, but when you sing, the audience is right in front of you.”

Other east end musicians who picked up some hardware at this year’s festival include pianist Marie-Luc Seguin-Lemay, 16, who was presented with the Phyllis M. Osler Trophy and the Sandra Coupal Memorial Trophy; Steffi DiDomenicantonio, 16, who won the Jeannette Dagger Trophy along with her singing partner Ben Durocher, 16, for best musical theatre performance by a duet; Nadia Boucher, 18, and Monique Nadeau, 18, received the Janet Mooney Memorial Trophy for piano duet; and Gabriel Poirier, 15, received The Recorder Trophy for his recital of Sonata en re mineur by Senaillie.

More than 300 entrants took part in this year’s National Capital Kiwainis Music Festval, which wrapped up on May 20 with the Highlights Concert at the Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean. Victor DeConinck, was the lone east end performer on the program. His rendition of the theme from The Pink Panther on saxophone earned him a Musical Arts Club Award of $100.

Other cash award and scholarship recipients included flutist Steffi Geary who received a Musical Club Award of $100 as well as the Cammie Howard Memorial Scholarship of $100; pianist Mimi Lam, 16, received the Kathleen Lett McLaine Memorial Award of $125; Seguin-Lemay received a $100 cheque to go along with the Sandra Coupal Memorial Trohpy as well as Andrew Paul Denis scholarship of $250; Nadia Petrella, 19, won one of two Laura & Harris Arbique Memorial Scholarships for $50; Nadia Boucher won the Carl Craig Scholarship of $50 and cellist Simon Chow, 16, received the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Carleton scholarship of $200.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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