(Posted 10:30 a.m., May 19)
earn bevy of awards at Kiwanis Music Festival
By Fred Sherwin
Kalinger from Orléans holds up the Sandrine Craig Memorial Trophy she received
at the Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights Concert last night at the Centrepointe
Theatre. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Music Festival has been providing young musicians in the National Capital
region a stage on which to perform and have their work judged by a registered
adjudicator for the past 62 years.
the Ottawa Music Festival, the name changed when the Kiwanis Clubs of Ottawa
took over responsibility for the event in 1985. This year more than 5,000
musicians and singers took part over a 26 day period at 16 different venues.
13, has been a regular at the Music Festival for the past five years. After
starting out competing in piano, she branched out to musical theatre and
speech arts. This year competited in piano, speech arts and classical vocal.
A scheduling conflict prevented her from competing in the musical theatre
As it was, Rebecca
did exceptionally well, winning her second straight Sandrine Craig Memorial
Trophy for the highest score among 12- and 13-year-olds in speech arts as
well as the Pauline Taylor Award for Speech Arts and the Miriam Anderson
Memorial trophy for junior vocal. She was also invited to perform her monologue
during the festival Highlights Concert which brings together the top performances
from the month long competition.
For her monologue,
Rebecca chose a part from "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" in which
the character Huldah tries to gain the attention of Rebecca and her friend
Emma Jane in their school dormitory. She found the piece in a book of monologues
at the library.
through the book for something that suited my age and I thought this was
the best one," said Kalinger after her Highlights Concert performance
at the Nepean Centrepointe Theatre on Friday night.
In winning the
Sandrine Craig Memorial Trophy twice, Rebecca joins fellow Orleans resident
Steffi Didomenicantonio who was also a two time recipient before gaining
fame as Steffi D. in last year's Canadian Idol contest.
Asked if she
drew any inspiration from Steffi, Rebecca quickly answered in the affirmative.
admire the way she does so many things and does everything so amazingly,"
said Rebecca who is no stranger to having to do a lot of things at the same
time and doing them well.
During the Kiwanis
Music Festival she took part in 10 classes in three different disciplines
in six days. In January, she received First Class Honours with Distinction
on her Grade 6 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) voice examination and in
February she received her fifth trophy from the Gloucester Music Teachers'
Association for having achieved the top mark on her Grade 7 RCM piano exam.
She also found time to take part in the Trinity Exams for Speech and Drama
and earned distinction for scoring over 85 per cent.
at musical theatre as she is classical vocal, Rebecca recently received
word that she's been accepted into Canterbury High School's vocal music
program for next year.
As for her participation
in the Music Festival, Rebecca says she looks forward to being able to perform
on stage every year in front of an audience and an adjudicator.
great opportunity to perform and get professional feedback so you can improve
and you get to see the other musicians and find out what they're working
on," said Rebecca. "I really look forward to it."
But Rebecca wasn't
the only east end resident to pick up an award at this year's music festival.
Claudia Chan, 17, won the Grace I. McGugan Trophy, the Sybil Pink Grobba
Trophy and shared the Janet Mooney Trophy with Michel Ross in the piano
competition. She also picked up three scholarship awards totalling $400.
Fellow east end Viviane Clemont-DuPont received the Dr. Otto Bettman Memorial
Trophy in junior vocal and along with the Kiwanis Club of Manotick Award
for junior vocal 10 and under worth $75.
Other cash award
and scholarship recipients included pianist Eliza Lei from Orléans, who
received Royal Canadian College of Organists Award of $300 in Junior Open
Organ; Ellison Owen from Orléans won the Harmelodic Music Club Award in
the senior open vocal division worth $300; Marie-Luc Seguin-Lemay from Orléans
received the Bill Navan Memorial Award worth $300 in senior piano; Valerie
Lamelin from Rockland won the Muriel Shearer Memorial Award and the Cammie
Howard Memorial Award wiorth $150 each for clarinet; Orléans resident Nadia
Petrella earned a Canadian Centennial Choir Scholarship worth $250 and the
Ottawa Welsh Society Scholarship worth $300 for her senior open vocal performance;
and Christine Yoo from Orléans earned a $250 scholarship in Senior Open
Violin Grade 10.
recipients included Mimi Lam from Orléans who won the Laurentian Junior
Music Club Award and the Gladys Barnes Memorial Scholarship worth $150 each
in senior piano; Melanie Lauziere from Gloucester won the Musicare Award
worth $100 for flute; fellow Gloucester resident Sydney Clarke won the Sister
Mary Brendan Lynch Award for junior vocal 14 and under worth $100; and Kelly
Aminian from Gloucester received a $75 award in senior pedal harp.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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