Marissa Flegel and Hudson Medeiros performing You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Kitimat makes its mark at the Pacific Northwest Music Festival

We were well represented in many categories with impressive results

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.

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On piano is Addison Daye performing Turkish Bazaar. (Photos supplied)

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