7:30 a.m., June 1)
musicians do well at Kiwanis Music Festival
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
into the recent Kiwanis Music Festival 11-year-old Rebecca Kalinger was just hoping
to remember all her words and hit the high notes.
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.
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.
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.
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
her initial performance, she was chosen to perform in the trophy class which included
all the top musical theatre scores.
the end of the day, the adjudicator awarded a very surprised Rebecca, the Stars
of the Future Trophy.
couldnt 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
youre kind of in your own little world. You dont have to look at the
audience, but when you sing, the audience is right in front of you.
east end musicians who picked up some hardware at this years 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
than 300 entrants took part in this years 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.
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.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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