Laurie teaches violin and viola students in the small community of Bergen, Alberta. A former member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, she has performed as soloist in a wide variety of venues in western Canada and in Europe. Laurie is a founding member of Calgary’s Allegra String Quartet, and has performed as a chamber musician […]
George Roberts is a graduate of the School of Music UBC and the Vancouver Academy of Music where he was privileged to study under Phyllis Mailing. A member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, he is a frequent soloist in concert and on recordings. He has adjudicated music festivals from Victoria to Winnipeg, and has facilitated choral […]
Anita (A.D.) Perry is proud to call the Okanagan her home. She has written works for orchestra, concert band, piano, voice and choir as well as seven children’s musicals and five ballets. In 2011 she was honoured with the Summerland Arts Appreciation Award and in 2014 and 2017 won the CFMTA Call for Compositions for […]
Dan Wardrope holds his A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada and a Licentiate degree from Trinity College in London, England. Wardrope is an active composer, producer, clinician and instructor. His album of original compositions receives radio airplay across North America including regular play on CBC radio. His students have won many […]
Prepared by Susan Wolff, Board of Directors, Shuswap Music Festival Society
April 15, 2018
(also published in the Salmon Arm Observer)
Salmon Arm, a community invested in the arts, resonates with music during the Annual Shuswap Music Festival. Amateur musicians and choral artists of all ages perform and share their talent with the community during the two-week competition being held April 16-27. Solo artists in piano, strings, and voice and members of choirs and bands have the unique opportunity to learn from each other but more importantly, the opportunity to receive personal instruction and encouragement from professional musicians who adjudicate each performance.
These professional musicians, acclaimed nationally and internationally, provide mini-master classes that enrich each student’s understanding of music and help to improve performance skills. The adjudicators for the 18th Annual Shuswap Music Festival are: Karl Schwonik, Band; Jane Hayes, Sr. Piano; Joe Berarducci, Jr. Piano; Andrea Case, Strings; and Alexandra Babbel, Vocal and Choirs. Biographies of their illustrious careers are available on the Festival website www.ShuswapFestival.com.
The Festival is also a competition. Top candidates, as determined by the adjudicators, are recommended to advance to provincial and national competitions. Awards and scholarships in each category for each genre, from classical to jazz, and at each music grade level, are presented at the festival’s Gala concert. SASCU funds the three awards for Band that help to support school band programs. The BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association/Shuswap Branch provides awards for piano and strings to encourage young musicians.
This is the first year for presentation of the Klein Family Award. Established by Gabi Klein in honour of her family’s love of music, the $1000.00 award supports promising senior-level students pursuing advanced studies in piano or strings.
The Blair Borden Memorial Award presented annually at the Festival is from the Shuswap District Arts Council Endowment Fund. Borden donated to the fund with wishes that an award be given to senior-level students pursuing further education in music. Borden was herself a “life-long learner of music”.
The Mary Fowler Memorial Scholarship is awarded for ‘excellence in Classical voice’. Fowler sang with the Shuswap Singers for over 30 years and Choral music was her first love. After her death, her family established a family endowment fund with the Shuswap Community Foundation. The fund supports a scholarship for a student preferably between the ages of 14 and 19 competing at the Grade 7 Royal Conservatory of Music level or higher. A secondary option is to award a younger, less advanced performer in classical voice and/or musical theatre.
This award, sponsored by the Klein family, supports further music study at an advanced level in the disciplines of piano and strings. To be eligible, candidates must be serious senior students currently at the Grade 9 to A.R.C.T level with the intention of completing their A.R.C.T. Preference will be given to students of promise at the Grade 10 and A.R.C.T. levels. Candidates must have entered three solo classes and achieved a total score above the minimum of 258. The award amount of $1000.00 may be split between students and is awarded at the sole decision of the adjudicator.
In demand internationally as both a guest artist and instructor, Schwonik has taught students of all ages at over two hundred educational institutions. He regularly lectures on a broad range of topics in jazz, music business and artists coping with disabilities. Some of these institutions include: University of Toronto, Indiana University, The Banff Centre, Brandon […]
Since her debut with the Toronto Symphony, Jane Hayes’ concerts have taken her across Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico. An active recording artist, she has 17 CDs available on the Fanfare, EMI, Centrediscs, ATMA, Artifact, CBC-Musica Viva and CBC SM5000 labels. Jane moved to BC in 1993 to become a faculty member in […]
Joe Berarducci resides in Kelowna B.C. where he teaches piano and theory at the Kelowna Community Music School. His music studies began in Revelstoke with Janice Patrick and from the age of 6 -18 played in the Kamloops Festival. He has a BMUS from UBC and a Master of Arts in Music from Western Washington […]
Cellist Andrea Case has a Master’s Degree in cello performance from McGill University Andrea is co-founder and cellist of the Lily String Quartet, a group that has completed multiple tours across Canada and recently released a jazz CD with the award-winning Hutchinson Andrew Trio. As well as being an avid chamber musician, Andrea is sought […]
After enjoying an operatic and concert career in North America and Europe, Alexandra Kosachukova Babbel founded the Opera Kelowna Society, a non-profit charitable status regional opera company. As Opera Kelowna’s Artistic Director, she brings to the organization years of proven artistic vision. Her intention is to bring various artists and art forms together to present […]