Over 200 enthusiastically sang O Canada, led by the John Wise Public School Choir under the direction of Lac Hong Phi . The concert closed with the Choir’s presentation of ‘With or Without You’ by U2.
Musical performances throughout the evening delighted the crowd with the skill and talent displayed by the young people. They were Hailey Clark (vocal), Daniel Alexander (piano), Ruby Watson (vocal), Kevin Peters (piano), Deanne Korvemaker (flute), Janey and Emily Lao (piano duet), Zoe Mitchell (piano), Tulio Hernandez (piano original composition), Katrina Wohlgemut (piano), Rachel Ginther (vocal), Alexander Friesen (piano)
Forty-one scholarships totalling $6,300 were presented to the young musicians with the major awards to Rachel Ginther, St. Thomas, Rose Bowl, for excellence in voice; Alexander Friesen , Aylmer, Silver tray, excellence in piano, and to Katrina Wohlgemut, Dorchester, Stephanie Leung Award , for excellence in piano.
Gerald Vreman happily announced a new membership with the Ontario Music Festival Association. This membership provides for the movement of high level performers into the provincial competitions. Vreman was pleased to state that the three major award winners were chosen to now proceed to the higher level of competition.
On-going efforts by the Rotary Club of St. Thomas to orchestrate the competitions, keynote concert, scholarships and new initiatives such as membership in the Ontario Music Festival Association deserve congratulations!
You can enjoy performances from the festival taped by Grayden Lain of Laing Studios, St. Thomas here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-AfJ6n59W4&list=PLN3r2PJspI2YJumZCF0Cr9R2sakR-dI6a
The April 6th Keynotes Concert was held at the Salvation Army Citadel in St. Thomas. Find our more about the St. Thomas Rotary Club at www.rotarystthomas.org.
Info and photos courtesy of Elaine Catchpole, St. Thomas Rotary.