By Betty Miller
The 2019 Pacific Northwest Music Festival 2019 came to a close on April 13 after a very successful 16 days of performances.
The festival featured over 1,300 entries and more than 4,000 performers who showcased their talents in a variety of art forms, including dance, piano, strings, brass, woodwinds, guitar, band, choral, public speaking and speech arts.
Once again, Kitimat was well represented in many categories with impressive results!
A number of Kitimat performers qualified to compete in the final scholarship competition on Friday evening having achieved overall highest mark in their respective categories.
Nicole Hepting competed in two categories representing both Senior Woodwinds and Senior Piano, Marissa Flegel for Junior Brass (trumpet) accompanied by Eldon Knight on the piano and Addison Pitzel for Junior Speech Arts.
The festival ended on Saturday with a Gala evening celebrating the joy and success of all the participants.
Invited to perform on the gala stage were Addison Daye (piano), Fabian Oerlemams (piano), Addison Pitzel (speech arts), Marissa Flegel and Hudson Medeiros (speech arts).
Following are the Kitimat participants award winners’ standings:
Awards of excellence:
Marissa Flegel – Junior Brass – Geier Waste Service Award
Addison Pitzel – Junior Speech Arts – Park Avenue Medical Clinic Award
Cheneille Hall – Intermediate Strings – Order of the Royal Purple Lodge 216 Award
Nicole Hepting – Senior Piano – Acadia Northwest Mechanical Award
Nicole Hepting – Senior Woodwinds – Alice Chen-Wing Memorial Award
Marissa Flegel – Junior Brass
Chenieille Hall – Intermediate Strings
Nicole Hepting – Senior Woodwinds
Band performance results:
Mt. Elizabeth Middle School Concert Band: MEMSS Middle School B100 – Excellent standing and an invitation to Music Fest Canada: Terrace Community Band Trophy Grade 6 – 8 Band
Mt. Elizabeth Middle School Concert Band: MEMSS High School B300 – Excellent standing and an invitation to Music Fest Canada
St. Anthony’s Grade 7/8/9 Band: High School B300 – Excellent standing – and an invitation to Music Fest Canada: McDonalds Restaurant Trophy Level B200 or B300 Band
This is based on a five-point scale – poor, fair, good, excellent and superior.
Speech arts scholarship awards:
Addison Pitzel: Terrace Concert Society Award – Highest Mark Prose
Claire Demelo: Pr. Rupert Rotary Club award – Highest Mark Dramatic Poetry 10-12 yrs.
Gabriel Kaines: On Cue Players Award 12 & under – Highest Mark Canadian Poetry
Piano scholarship awards:
Camryn Oliveira – Allan Dubeau Award Highest Mark Senior 20th & 21st Century Composers
Keyara Knight – Carlyle Shepherd Award Highest Mark Senior Pianoforte
Cara Byrne – Janet Felber Trophy Highest Mark Junior Piano Conservatory
Fabian Oerlemans –Kitimat Music Scholarship Society Award Highest Mark Sonatina
Claire DeMelo – Leffler-Stephens Award Highest Mark Junior Baroque Composers
Keyara Knight – Noteworthy Piano Service Award Highest Mark Intermediate Baroque Composers
Claire DeMelo – Rotary Club of Terrace Award – Piano Highest Mark Intermediate Canadian Composers
Keyara Knight – Warner Bandstra Brown Award Highest Mark German Romantics
Nicole Hepting – Highest Mark Senior Bach
Nicole Hepting – Highest Mark Beethoven
Nicole Hepting – Highest Mark Romantics other than German and Chopin
Brass scholarship awards:
Marissa Flegel – Geier Waste Services Award Highest Mark Intermediate Brass Solo
Strings scholarship awards:
Cheneille Hall – Royal Bank Award Highest Mark Strings – Intermediate
Cheneille Hall – Cafenara Award – Strings Highest Mark Strings Conservatory
Vocal scholarship awards:
Victoria Stenson – J. Coosemans & R. Hollett Award – Vocal Highest Mark 20th & 21st Century Composers Solo – Int to Open
Woodwinds scholarship awards:
Nicole Hepting – Highest Mark Baroque Solo.