Kitimat scholarship award winners Kevin Eastman, Madison Sommerfeld and Nicole Hepting. Photo supplied

Young artists win scholarships

It’s more about the artists learning and being supported

Three talented young Kitimat residents have been awarded scholarships after participating in the Pacific Northwest Music Festival held in Terrace.

The festival, which ended on May 6, saw nearly 5,000 performers take part in over 1,400 performances at three different locations in Terrace.

Madison Sommerfeld was awarded the Rio Tinto Scholarship for her piano performance in the 13 to 15 year old category, while Kevin Eastman and Nicole Hepting were jointly awarded the Knights of Columbus scholarship for speech arts and piano respectively in the 16 to 20 year old category.

Over 130 trophies and awards were handed out to the performers at the event, which draws entries from all over the northwest.

Program co-ordinator and festival committee member, Ken Juniper, said the festival, now in its 52nd year, is the longest-running and largest multi-disciplinary festival in the province.

“While the festival classes as a competitive event, it’s more about the artists learning and being supported,” said Juniper.

“The adjudicators tell the artists how to improve their pieces and everyone gets a hi-five after completing their performances.”

Sommerfeld said the $500 scholarship will go towards paying for studying fine arts, probably at a musical school in Victoria.

“My big dream, though, is to one day go and study music at Juilliard School in New York,” said Sommerfeld.

The full results of the Kitimat competition winners are as follows:


Terrace Academy of Music Award; Piano Junior: Camryn Oliveira

Al Lehmann Award; Piano Senior: Jeremy Baker

Acadia Northwest Mechanical Award; Piano Senior: Jeremy Baker



Terrace Community Band Trophy: Grades 6-8 Band, Mount Elizabeth Middle School Concert Band

McDonalds Restaurant Trophy : B100 – Mount Elizabeth Middle School Band- Placing Superior in their category and an invitation to Music Fest Canada

B300 – Mount Elizabeth High School Band – Placing Excellent Plus in their category

Speech Arts

Mike and Joan Brady Award – Poetry: Highest Mark Spoken Poetry (Lyric) Senior – Iris Striker

Terrace Concert Society Award: Highest Mark Prose – Kevin Eastman

Terrace Little Theatre Trophy: Highest Mark Dramatic Arts – Kevin Eastman

Royal Bank Trophy: Highest Mark Choral Speaking (Grades 4-Open) – Kildala Elementary Grade 5


Theatre Alive Society Award: Highest Mark Senior Musical Theatre – Katherine Ocsovai


Acadia Northwest Mechanical Award: Highest Mark Woodwind Conservatory Solo – Nicole Hepting

Terrace and District Arts Council Award: Highest Mark Woodwind Solo, Intermediate: Rosie Reschke


Carlyle Shepherd & Co. Award: Highest Mark Senior Pianoforte Solo – Nicole Hepting

Eugene H. Thomas Award: Highest Mark Senior Bach- Jeremy Baker

J. Coosemans Award: Highest Mark Romantics- Madison Sommerfeld

Jean and Frank Froese Memorial Award: Highest Mark Junior Bach – Camryn Oliveira

Park Avenue Medical Clinic Award: Highest Mark Chopin – Madison Sommerfeld

Pizza Hut Award: Highest Mark French Impressionists – Lyndsay Silvestre

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #13 Award: Highest Mark Intermediate Piano Conservatory – Dominic Schmidt

Terrace Kinsmen Award: Highest Mark Junior 20th & 21st Century Composers – Kate Byrne

Warner Bandstra Brown Award: Highest Mark German Romantics – Nicole Hepting

Westlund Insurance Award: Highest Mark Mozart and Haydn – Madison Sommerfeld

Nenninger Family Award: Highest Mark Older Beginners – Emily Gunn