Music festival stars shine at annual concert

PICTOU — The Stars of the New Glasgow Music Festival were celebrated Sunday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre at the annual Stars of the Festival concert.

Jesse Hemmings was the winner of this year’s Rose Bowl and Lucas March was winner of the Junior Cup.

Many other awards were handed out at the concert as well.

With more than 900 participants in this year’s festival, attendance for 2017 was up from last year’s competition. As the festival celebrated 79 years this spring, it was noted that organizers are looking forward to next year’s 80th anniversary event.

“It was a great festival this year, overall more entries than last year,” said Alison MacPherson, festival vice president.

Awards and their winners are:

2017 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

MUSICAL THEATRE:

Bernadette Halliday-Smith Memorial Award, $100 (or two $50 awards): Awarded to a performer in an elementary and/or junior class in Musical Theatre who is not necessarily the winner of a class but who, in the opinion of the adjudicator, demonstrated a joy of performing and a love of music.  Donor: The Trinitarian Choir. Winners: Annika Murray, Reese Richards

$100 or two @ $50 ea.: Awarded to a performer in an intermediate and/or senior class in Musical Theatre who is not necessarily the winner of a class but who, in the opinion of the adjudicator, demonstrated a joy of performing and a love of music. Donor: Pictou County Y’ Menettes. Winners: Elise Canning, Hayley MacGregor. Recommended Alternate Junior Music Theatre, Provincial Music Festival

Helen & Esther Lawrence Memorial Award, trophy and $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding elementary performer in Musical Theatre.  In Memory of Ann Hobin. Winner: Simon Bannerman

Dairy Queen, New Glasgow, award, trophy and $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding junior performer in Musical Theatre. Donor: Dr. Caroline Carmichael Chapter, I.O.D.E. Winner: Noel Fougere

70th New Glasgow Music Festival Award, trophy and $75: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding intermediate performer in Musical Theatre. In Memory of Ann Hobin. WInner: Victoria Straub. Recommended Junior Provincial Music Festival

65th New Glasgow Music Festival Anniversary Trophy and $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding senior performer in Musical Theatre. Donor: In Memory of Ann Hobin. Winner: Jesse Hemmings

Senior New Glasgow Musical Theatre Trophy and the Gertrude MacLeod Holton Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding senior performer in Musical Theatre. Donor: Rotary Club of Pictou. Winner: Adrienne Munroe. Recommended Senior Musical Theatre, Provincial Music Festival

lizabeth Delaney MacNeil Memorial Trophy and $100/$50 ea.) Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to the outstanding duet in Musical Theatre. Donor: Jessie Parkinson MacNeil. Winners: Noel Fougere and Cameron Osgood

Senior Musical Theatre Duet and $100/$50 ea.: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to the outstanding Senior duet in Musical Theatre. Donor: Anonymous. Winner: Nicole Ross and Jesse Hemmings

Senior/Open Class Musical Theatre Award,  $250: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator to competitors in one or other of these two classes who give distinguished performances, although not necessarily winning performances, of a piece from a recent (about the last 15 years) stage musical.  The piece must be deemed appropriate to the competitor’s age, performance potential, and vocal development. Donor: MacLeod Group Health Services Ltd. Winners: Aidan Canning, $100. Sarah English, $150. Recommended Alternate Senior Musical Theatre, Provincial Music Festival

BAND:

$100 Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to the most promising band of the festival. Donor: Sylvia & Duncan Dingle. Winner: NGA Beginner Band

70th New Glasgow Music Festival Band Award, $200: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to the outstanding band of the festival. Donor: Grant Thornton. Winner: Dr. John H. Gillis Concert Band

Mary Embree Band Scholarship Awards, $75 ea.: Each Pictou County/Antigonish County school band director will recommend one player to receive this scholarship. This player will be from their bands, be an active participant in the band and the Music Festival, show musical promise, and benefit from attending a summer music camp. Winners: Alexandra Keefe, Antigonish; Tessa Pelrine, Summerside; Lauren Conrad, Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated; Victoria Whittemore, New Glasgow Academy; Jesse Chevrier, A. G. Baillie Memorial School; Declan Rorison, Pictou West

New Glasgow Music Festival Plaque and $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding middle school instrumental or choral ensemble. Donor: New Glasgow Academy Music Auxiliary. Winner: NGA Junior Percussion Ensemble 

New Glasgow Music Festival Plaque and $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding senior instrumental or choral ensemble. Donor: North Nova Education Centre Music Auxiliary. Winner: The Undecided, Dr. John H. Gillis High School

CHORAL:

Marion Irving Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving entry in a choral class. Winner: Athena Vocal Ensemble

New Glasgow School Music Festival Plaque, donated by the New Glasgow High School Music Auxiliary, and $100 given in memory of Sister Blanche Gillis. Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to the outstanding school choir of the festival.Plaque donated by: New Glasgow Music Auxiliary.Award Donor: Donum Optimi Society – 2017 Final Year for this Award. Winner: NNEC Jazz Choir. Recommended, Mathieson Class, Provincial Music Festival

$100 in Memory of Sister Blanche Gillis. Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving school choir. Donor: Donum Optimi Society – 2017 Final Year for this Award. Winner:  NNEC Concert Choir

INSTRUMENTAL:

$50 Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving instrumental student. Donor: Sir Frederick Banting Chapter, IODE. Winner: Seth Prindiville

$50 Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving flute player. Donor: First Presbyterian Church Choir, New Glasgow. Winner: Hannah Bryant

$50 Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving instrumental student. Donor: Sir Frederick Banting Chapter, IODE. Winner; Justin Skinner

Blanche Gillis Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a senior instrumental student.Donor: New Glasgow Academy Music Auxiliary. Winner: Lucas March. Recommended Senior Woodwind, Provincial Music Festival

STRINGS:

$50 Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving string player (bowed instrument). Donor: Eleanor Hall, in Memory of Vesta Mosher, for 2017 only. Winner: Nell Cameron

$50 Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving string player (bowed instrument). Donor: Peter & Jennifer Whitehouse, in memory of Vesta Mosher, for 2017 only. Winner: Eilidh Cameron

$50 Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving string student (bowed instrument). Donor: Pictou County Community Orchestra. Winner:Katey Aucoin

Scottish Fiddle Award, Two @ $50 ea. or $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an emerging and talented fiddler in a Scottish class. Donor: St. Andrew’ s Society of Pictou County. Winners: Klorissa Farnsworth, Hannah Fraser

$100 Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding competitor in a Scottish Class.Donor: Norman & Jean Ferguson in Memory of Vesta Mosher, for 2017 only. Winner: Amelia Parker


Pictou County Celtic Association Workshops in Music and Gaelic Scholarships in Memory of Fleur Mainville, $75: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to emerging fiddle players who have a love of music and would benefit from attending this summer camp. Donor: St. John the Baptist Church Choir. Winner: Rowan Larson-Urquart

Pictou County Celtic Association Workshops in Music and Gaelic Scholarships in Memory of Fleur Mainville, Full Tuition: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to three emerging fiddle players who have a love of music and would benefit from attending this summer camp. Donor: Pictou County Celtic Association. Winners: Dylan Newell, Paige Gammon, Emma Semple 

Mary Benvie Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving string (bowed instrument) player of any age, from northern Nova Scotia, who has achieved a minimum mark of 85 in a sonata, concerto or advanced solo class.Donors: Doris Fraser Hiltz and Robert D. Murray. Winner: Caroline Boulter

Joyce Goodman Memorial Award for Strings, $200: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding string player (bowed instrument) who has played advanced level repertoire in at least three classes and who has also competed in a sight reading class, and who shows both musical talent and a joy in music making (if no string player is eligible for this award, it may be given to a student of voice). Winner:Jesse Hemmings. Recommended Alternate Junior Voice, Provincial Music Festival 

VOICE:

Mima C. Day Memorial  Trophy  and $50: Awarded, at  the discretion of the adjudicator, to a promising young singer. Memorial donation in Memory of Ann Hobin. Winner: Hayley MacGregor

Ann (Nan) Roblee Memorial Trophy and $50: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a promising young singer. In Memory of Ann Hobin. Winner: Bethany Antle

$50 Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving voice participant, between the ages of 11 to 14 years, who is not necessarily to the winner of a class. Donor: Dr Caroline Carmichael Chapter, I.O.D.E. Winner: William Austin

$50 Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator to an emerging young soprano displaying commitment and versatility in repertoire.Donor: St. John the Baptist Catholic Women’s League. Winner:Victoria Straub

A & B. Two Awards @ $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a boy and a girl who each gave an outstanding performance of a sacred solo. Donor: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Choir, New Glasgow. Winners: Luke MacIsaac, Grace Henshaw

A& B. Two Awards @ $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving boy or girl and not necessarily the winner of a class.  The winner should be 16 years of age or younger. Donor: The Sisters of St. Martha, Antigonish. Winners: Cameron Osgood, Noel Fougere

Doreen Blenkhorn Memorial Award, Two $50 ea.: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to promising junior singers, who were not necessarily winners of their class. Donor: Nova Scotia Provincial Chapter, I.O.D.E. Winners; Charlotte Adams, Annike Murray

Two Awards of $60 ($120) Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to two outstanding young singers of a vocal duet class. Donor: Doris Hiltz, in Memory of Vesta Mosher – for 2017 only. Winners: Nicole Ross and Victoria Straub

Helen Creighton Folk Song Award and $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to the outstanding performance of a selection from the Helen Creighton Collection. Donor: Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Winner: Jesse Hemmings

$100 and Laureate Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Shield.  Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding singer of folk songs.Donor: Mark Sutherland. Winner:Sarah English

Fleur Mainville Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding of a traditional folk song.Donor: The Smith Family. Winner: Miranda Goodman
Emma Lee Stewart Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding singer and/or composer of a contemporary folk song.Donor: The Reason For Hope Society. Winner: Aidan Canning

Jane Sutherland Memorial Award, $125: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving student in a Junior Voice Class. Winner: Rebecca DeCoste

$100: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to an outstanding young singer of an Intermediate Voice Class.Donor: Shonda Secord, in Memory of Vesta Mosher – for 2017 only. Winner: Leah McPherson

Margaret Durning Memorial Award, $200: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding senior student of voice.Donor: Durning/Alcorn Family. WInner: Nicole Ross. Recommended Junior Voice, Provincial Music Festival

Susan Fraser Memorial Award, $200: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator to an outstanding senior vocalist who has performed advanced level repertoire in at least three (3) classes.  These classes must include. Operatic Solo, Sacred Aria, and Lieder. Donor: John Fraser. Winner: Laycie Sutherland

Joyce Goodman Memorial Award for Voice, $200: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding student of voice who has sung advanced repertoire in at least three classes and who has competed in a sight reading class, and who shows both musical talent and a joy in making music. Winner: Miranda Goodman

Evelyn Adamson Johnstone Memorial Award, $300: Awarded, at the discretion of the voice adjudicator, to the most promising Soprano, 16 years of age and over. Donor: Mrs. Lavonne Thompson. Winner: Sarah English. Recommended Senior Voice, Provincial Music Festival

PIANO/KEYBOARD:

Juanita Connors Memorial Trophy and $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a promising young pianist. In memory of Ann Hobin. Winner: Aidan MacMaster

Norma E. Young Scholarship, $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving male or female student in piano. Winner: Katey Aucoin

$50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving piano participant, between the ages of 11 to 14 years and not necessarily the winner of a class.Donor: Dr Caroline Carmichael Chapter, I.O.D.E. Winner: Pierre Aucoin

A & B Two Awards of $5: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving young pianist, and not necessarily the winner of a class.  The winner will be 11 to 16 years of age. Donor: The Sisters of St. Martha, Antigonish. Winners: Beth McNeil, Victoria Dunn

A & B Heather and Charles Coll Awards, $75 ea. and keeper trophies.  Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a deserving Intermediate boy and Intermediate girl performer on piano.Donors: Heather and Charles Coll. Winners:Eilidh Cameron, Nikos Bonvie

Llaina Donkin Memorial Scholarship, $100:Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding piano student. Winner:Eilidh Cameron

Vesta Mosher Memorial Scholarship, $150: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to an outstanding player of the piano who is also a graduating student and will be entering a tertiary level music program. Winner:Annette Diao

Scottie Cameron Memorial Award,  $500: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator(s) of the New Glasgow Music Festival, to a piano student age 15 to 17 years, who has exhibited exceptional ability and the quality of dedication required to pursue a career in music.  In addition, the student must have entered a piano baroque class and a piano sonata class, both at a minimum Grade 8 level of difficulty; and one other piano class, which may be an ensemble class.  The combined marks awarded by the adjudicator (including a sight reading class) must total 340 points or more. Winner: Emma Cameron

OTHER:Bernadette Halliday Memorial Plaque: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator(s) for the best in family music. Donor: The Durning /Alcorn Family. Winner: The DeCoste Family

The Mary Diane Polley Award, $75: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a performer in strings, piano or voice, who best exemplified a “One of a Kind” love and talent for music.  The performer does not necessarily have to be a winner of any class at the festival. Donor: Friends of Mary Polley. Winner: Justin Skinner

Elizabeth J. Stalker Memorial Award, $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator(s), to one who is a resident of Pictou County, who has not received any other award this year and, who shows musical talent. Winner: Cameron Boulter

Commitment and Dedication Award, $75: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator to a young performer who is not necessarily a first place winner but who has displayed outstanding commitment and dedication to the art of music making. Donor: Highland Hearing Clinic Ltd. Winner: James Lawrence

The William Sebastian Georgallas Scholarship, $75 and Silver Medal: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a young performer (Under 12 years) who best exemplifies a joy of performing and a love of music. (This young performer does not necessarily have to be a winner of any class at the festival. Winner: Noella Fraser

Ollie Bowen Memorial Award, $5: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding performer in either voice or piano. Donor: Melda Bowen MacMillan. Winner: Madison Spurr  

Shirley Bent Memorial Award, $100: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to an outstanding performer in either voice or piano. Donors: Jan Keefe and Debbie Siddall. Winner: Nell Cameron

Harry Murray Memorial Award, $100: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator(s). Donor: Branch 34 Royal Canadian Legion. Winner: Laura Sellers

$100 Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator. Donor: Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd. Winner: Miranda Goodman. Recommended Junior Woodwind, Provincial Music Festival

Chris MacKaracher Memorial Award, $150: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator(s), to a deserving student in Pictou County. WInner: Adrienne Munroe

Vivian Brand Memorial Scholarship, $150: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator, to a senior performer from Pictou County, who has displayed outstanding artistry and musicianship in at least three classes in any discipline.  Preference will be given to a graduating high school student. Winner: Luke MacIsaac

Isabel Morton Award, $200: Awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator, to an outstanding performer in at least three classes, which must include a concert group, of any discipline, and one who exemplifies a genuine passion for making music. Donor: Don Morton. Winner: Brian Yang. Recommended Junior Piano, Provincial Music Festival

$250 Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator(s), to a senior student, in either voice, piano or instrumental, who shows musical promise.Donor: MacKay Meters. Winner: Lucas March

Municipality of Guysborough County Award  $50: Awarded, at the discretion of the adjudicator to deserving students from Guysborough County.Donor: Municipality of Guysborough County. Winner: Rebecca MacKean 

Sightreading Awards: $25 ea.: Awarded to the highest mark in Senior Sightreading in each of the following disciplines: piano, vocal, violin and strings, and instrumental. Donor: Sandra Johnson. Winners: Annette Diao, Luke MacIssac, Lucas March

Festival Awards at $25 ea: Nikos Bonvie, Hannah Bryant, Pierre Aucoin, Andrew Fraser 

SPECIAL PRIZES:

The Junior Cup, $500: The Junior Cup, its keeper trophy and scholarship of $500 is donated by the Fraser family in memory of their mother. Mary Tait Fraser was a supporter and attender of the New Glasgow Music Festival for over 60 years. Her interest was not in the competitive aspect of the festival but in the opportunity it gave young people to share the joy of music making.  It is awarded to a competitor, 16 years and under, who in the opinion of the adjudicators, shows most promise and musical ability, having competed in at least six classes, four of which must be in the same discipline, with repertoire at least at a Junior Level (as defined on Page 2, Section A of the Syllabus). Winner: Lucas March

The Rose Bowl, $1,000: The Rose Bowl, its keeper trophy and scholarship of $1,000  is donated by Harold Renouf.  It is awarded to a solo performer, 18 years and under, who is playing at least advanced level repertoire as defined on Page 2, Section A of the Syllabus. The solo competitor will, in the opinion of the adjudicators, show outstanding promise and musical ability, having competed in at least six classes, fou of which must be in the same discipline.  For details re eligible classes see the Syllabus of the New Glasgow Music Festival. Winner: Jesse Hemmings


The annual Stars of the Festival concert Sunday at the deCoste centre in Pictou featured the best of the 79th annual New Glasgow Music Festival. Lucas March, left, was the winner of the Junior Cup and Jesse Hemmings was the winner of the coveted Rose Bowl.  (Brimicombe photo)