Category: Festival News
Two young women swept the top awards at the 19th Annual Shuswap Music Festival. Jenny Sunderland and Holly McCallum, winners of several awards including the Best of the Festival, thrilled the audience with their performances at the Gala Concert at Nexus on Friday, May 3rd.
Jenny Sunderland won Best of the Festival in Voice as well as the Mary Fowler Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Classical Voice. She has been recommended to compete at the BC Performing Arts Festival in Chilliwack, May 26-30.
Holly McCallum is the first musician in the history of the Shuswap Music Festival to win two Best of the Festival awards–in Piano and in Strings! McCallum won eight awards in total including the Blair Bordon Memorial Scholarship and was one of four recipients of the Klein Family Award. This extraordinarily talented young woman has made music her life. She performs cello with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as with other local musicians and is an accompanist for choirs.
Sunderland and McCallum have participated in the Shuswap Music Festival for many years on their journey to musical excellence. The Festival’s concluding Gala Concert provides a taste of the musical talent developing in the Shuswap. This year Alina Polyakh, a Grade 3 piano student, delighted the audience as she performed her own award-winning Original Composition. “So much talent in such a small region!” extolled Martin Ketteringham of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm as he presented one of the many awards. Congratulations go to all participants.
The growth and development of young musicians and vocal artists is the focus of the Festival. Success depends upon the youth themselves–dedication, hard work and hours of practice over the years–with the support of parents and music teachers. The expertise and professional guidance of the adjudicators brought from across Western Canada forms a cornerstone of the Festival. A large contingent of volunteers makes it all possible. The Shuswap community of Donors and Sponsors financially supports the Festival and provides the awards and scholarships that reward and encourage our young musicians. This year the awards totalled $6805.00. Winners are listed on the Festival website at www.ShuswapFestival.com and are as follows:
VOCAL AND CHOIR AWARDS
GEORGINA LAZZAROTTO VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP –Presented by Lorne Lazzarotto to Étoile Brown, Devan Lansdowne, Afton Papworth
MARY FOWLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP –Excellence in Classical Voice ~ Presented by Norma Jean Gomme to Jenny Sunderland
Rotary Club “Best of the Fest” in Voice: Jenny Sunderland–Presented by Sherry Gilroy, Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Shuswap
Outstanding Junior Classical: Evje Knutson
Outstanding Intermediate Classical: Afton Papworth
Junior Musical Theatre: Evje Knutson
Intermediate Musical Theatre: Afton Papworth
Junior Ensemble: David Langridge & Evje Knutson
Choir Awards ~ Sponsored and Presented by Chrisi Davies & Denise Menzies, SASCU
Best Youth Choir: Bastion Choir;
Best Adult Choir: Vallee Harmony Choir;
Best Ensemble Choir: SAS Jackson Choir
Rotary Club “Best of the Fest” in Piano: Holly McCallum–Presented by Rob Hislop, Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Daybreak
BCRMTA Shuswap Branch Awards ~ Presented by President BCRMTA, Jane Hein
Best Performance of a Canadian Piece Award: Junior: Josée Marie Ramsay; Senior: Stephen Moore & Teslyn Bates
Adjudicator’s Choice: Junior: Gideon Breugem Senior: Sarah Trentalance
Outstanding Junior: Venetia Trentalance
Outstanding Intermediate: Sophie Joerissen
Outstanding Senior: Henry Baker
Intermediate Concert Class: Sophie Joerissen
Senior Concert Class: Henry Baker
Junior Composition: Alina Polyakh
Piano Ensembles Awards Presented by Chris Papworth, Salmar Community Assoc.
Junior Duet: Beatrice Gagne & Emma Muddiman, Jonas Roberts & Evje Knutson
Intermediate Duet: Camille Hanry & Sophie Joerissen
Senior Duet: Matthew Neudorf & Jonathan Breugem
Advanced Senior Duet: Shiloh Jansen & Ashley Nicks, Teslyn Bates & Eva Mosher
Concerto Award: Shiloh Jansen
Intermediate 2 Pianos Ensemble Award: Joanna & Lois Osborn
Senior 2 Pianos 8 Hands Award: Matthew Neudorf, Jonathan Breugem, Jenna MacLean & Brynne Smith
Advanced Senior 2 Pianos Ensemble Award: Holly McCallum & Jessica Neudorf
Advanced Senior 2 Pianos 8 Hands Award: Teslyn Bates, Julianne Moore, Samantha & Hilary Vukadinovic
Quartet Award: Holly McCallum, Jessica Neudorf, Eva Mosher & Robyn de Wet
Graded Piano Scholarships
Grade 1: Norah Wooster
Grade 2: Sam He
Grade 3: Alina Polyakh
Grade 4: Kael Ukkonen
Grade 5: Brynne Smith
Grade 6: Robert McBain
Grade 7: Ava Stanley
Grade 8: Matthew Neudorf
Grade 9: Ashley Nicks
Grade 10: Teslyn Bates
ARCT: Jessica Neudorf
Rotary Club “Best of the Fest” in Strings: Holly McCallum—Presented by Martin Ketteringham, Rotary Club of Salmon Arm
BCRMTA Shuswap Branch Awards ~ Presented by President BCRMTA, Jane Hein
Best Performance of a Canadian Piece: Akasha McCleary
Adjudicator’s Choice Award: Hannah Breugem
Outstanding Junior: Kade McChesney
Outstanding Senior: Libby Wyse
Concert Class: Holly McCallum
Senior Ensemble: Libby Wyse and Holly McCallum
Graded Strings Scholarships
Grade 1: Isabella Haak
Grade 2: Jack McChesney
Grade 3: Zaela Thiessen
Grade 4: Claire Weathermon
Grade 5: Autumn Sunderland & Anya Massa
Grade 6: Olivia Sunderland
Grade 10: Madelyn Stoney
BLAIR BORDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP –Presented by Tracey Kutschker, Director/Curator, SA Arts Council to Holly McCallum
KLEIN FAMILY AWARD–Presented by Dr. Melany Dyer, Shuswap Community Foundation to Teslyn Bates, Henry Baker, Holly McCallum & Libby Wyse
PROVINCIAL RECOMMENDATIONS—Announced by Dr. Melany Dyer, Shuswap Community Foundation
PIANO ~ Junior B Piano: Teslyn Bates (Competitor)
Intermediate Piano: Jessica Neudorf (Competitor), Henry Baker (Merited Participant)
Holly McCallum recommended in Kamloops festival for Intermediate Strings & Piano
STRINGS ~ Junior A Strings: Olivia Sunderland (Merited Participant)
Senior Strings: Libby Wyse (Competitor)
VOCAL ~ Junior Classical: Jonas Roberts (Competitor)
Intermediate Classical: Jenny Sunderland (Competitor)
Junior Musical Theatre: Evje Knutson (Competitor)
Intermediate Musical Theatre: Afton Papworth (Competitor), Jenna Romailler (Merited Participant)
CHOIRS ~ Bastion Choir, Vallee Harmony Choir, SAS Jackson Choir
The Shuswap Music Festival Society thanks its generous donors and sponsors and the many volunteers for their support of this annual event.
Terry holds Associate degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music in voice and piano. She completed her advance studies in voice with Phyllis Mailing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and piano with Edward Parker. The Logan Studio has produced many fine singers and pianists who have earned top awards at the local and Provincial […]
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 […]