93rd Okanagan music festival wraps up with gala celebration

The 2019 Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival finish with gala celebration and awards evening

Lara Moshaver (left) and Tiana Ferlizza (right) are the winners of the Eva and Hugh Cleland Scholarships. Tiana was also the recipient of the Kiwanis Music Festival Tri-Discipline Scholarship. (Submitted photo)

Over 90 years in the making, the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival (PKMF) wrapped up the 2019 season recently with the festival highlights gala at the Cleland Theatre.

Playing to an “enthusiastic full house,” the program presented the finest selections of music, dance and speech arts from over 1,500 entries in the adjudicated competitions which took place in March and April.

The evening also included the presentation of trophies to the winners along with scholarships and other awards and honoured the representatives chosen by adjudicators to attend the Performing Arts BC Festival in Chilliwack at the end of May.

“It was fantastic it was just a remarkable festival of enthusiastic young performers,” PKMF director Lorna Bull. “It was a stunning show of both music and dance, so it was a great success it becomes worth all the tremendous effort that the few board members have to put in to make it happen and well appreciated by everyone.”

READ MORE: Registrations open for Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival

Tiana Ferlizza and Lara Moshaver were awarded the Eva and Hugh Cleland Scholarships, given to those intending to pursue a career in music teaching, coaching or performance and is of a “deserving caliber” as determined by the Music Festival Board.

READ MORE: Young performers on stage at 93rd Okanagan city Kiwanis Music Festival

Ferlizza also was awarded the new PKMF Tri-Discipline Scholarship which recognizes a well-rounded performer registered in multiple disciplines.

The festival began in 1926 as the Okanagan Valley Music Festival and encompasses nine disciplines. Adjudicators come from western Canada and the United States.

Delegates chosen from the PKMF festival to attend the Performing Arts BC festival are as follows: Joycey Cheng (Junior Pianoforte), Kelan Harty (Intermediate Pianoforte) Evelyn Krieger (Senior Pianoforte), Maya Lefebvre (Junior Classical Voice, Junior Musical Theatre, Junior Strings), Kiara Louw (Intermediate Classical Voice), Tiana Ferlizza (National Classical Voice), Makenna Jensen (Intermediate Musical Theatre), Jaxon Jensen (Senior Musical Theatre), Elise Wiesenger (Senior Strings), Meg Peters (Intermediate Speech Arts), Melissa Clemson (Senior Speech Arts), Arianna Lesinski (Intermediate Modern Dance), Madison Scheiber (Senior Modern Dance), Mimi Nordlund (Junior Classical Dance), Bronte Lauze (Intermediate Classical Dance), Olivia Solano (Senior Classical Dance), Emma Goncalves (Junior Stage Dance), Faith Henderson (Intermediate Stage Dance), Gabriel Fleming (Senior Stage Dance).

Local Provincial delegates selected from Kelowna, Kamloops and Quesnel festivals are: Owen Kincade (Junior Ballet), Sophie Robinson (Junior Ballet), Emily Nguyen (Intermediate Modern Dance), Sophia McNolty (Senior Modern Dance), Annabella Nordlund (Senior Modern Dance), Brianna Godsoe (Intermediate Stage Dance), Grace Grant (Senior Stage Dance), Nicola Hopley (Senior Stage Dance), Emma Hopley (Senior Stage Dance), Hayden Anthony (Speech Arts).


 

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Performing Arts BC delegates accept roses from PKMF President Jeanette Palfrey. From Left to Right: Sophia McNolty (Senior Modern), Emma Hopley (Senior Stage), Nicole Hopley (Senior Stage), Gabriel Fleming (Senior Stage), Tiana Ferlizza (Classical Voice National Class, Musical Theatre National Class). (Submitted photo)

Okanagan Dance Studios group dance “A Musical”, winner of the Noonan Memorial Trophy for Top Variety/Musical Theatre Group. (Submitted photo

Olivia Solano, Senior Classical Performing Arts Delegate, Major Classical Dance Runner-up Scholarship. (Submitted photo)

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