The Keynotes Concert concluded the 62nd Rotary Music Festival held Feb. 22 to 26, as an overwhelming and memorable success.
The turnout of supporters filled the Salvation Army auditorium to capacity April 8. Throughout the evening, sixty-two high achieving festival participants were presented scholarships totalling $8650. This amount represented 22 donors of the annual scholarships plus ongoing funding of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas Foundation.
Performers for the evening were drawn from the many talents in the festival, representing classes in voice, piano, strings, and instrumentals, as well as school choirs.
Engraved trophies with associated scholarships were presented to winners of the Final Competitions: Catherine Lawrence, winner of the Rose Bowl and Scholarship for voice; Silver Tray Alumnus award and scholarship went to William Alexander for piano; Stephanie Leung Memorial Scholarship and Trophy to Matthew Zhou; Thomas J. Cunniffe Scholarship (TVDSB) went to Patrick Smithers for instrument class (trumpet). There was no winner this year for the Silver Tray (piano) or for the Don Durkee Scholarship (for a previous winner of the Thomas J. Cunniffe Scholarship).
Throughout the evening the many other scholarships were presented by Malcolm Rust, Pat Martyn, Trudy Kanellis, Nancy Lovelock, Nancy Stormes, Elaine Catchpole, Alma Roberts, Ron Somerville and Skip Phoenix.
And what is Music? “A mind altering noise with the potential to induce joy, happiness, memories, bliss, merriment and mirth.” Quote presented by Malcolm Rust from www.skaijuice.com
Thanks to Rotary Foundation for article and photos.