Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival performers find provincial success

Every June, performers from across the province participate in a yearly music competition hosted by the Ontario Music Festivals Association. This year’s festival was held virtually and over 1,700 performers from across the province took part.

Thirty-seven performers from Kingston entered the 2021 Provincial Festival. “The Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival Committee congratulates each performer who represented Kingston with their musical talent,” said Cherrilyn Yalin, a member of the Planning Committee for Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival. “Choirs and bands were sorely missed as only solo performances and family groups were permitted to participate this year.”

Participants ranged in age from six years to adult. Adjudicators from local Festivals, including Kingston, recommended their top performers to enter Provincials in 13 various musical disciplines such as voice, piano, strings, guitar, and music theatre.

The 2021 Provincial Festival could not be held in the usual live performance format due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Participants recorded their performances and uploaded them to YouTube, where a panel of esteemed Provincial adjudicators reviewed their entries and chose top placings for each class. All performers received written adjudications commenting on their technical abilities and their musical interpretations of their pieces.

Local results of the 2021 Provincial Festival are as follows:

Parmin SedighFirst Level 3
Catherine MoellmanThirdLevel 3
Elin MaSecondLevel 4
Alexandria XuHonourable MentionLevel 4
Ephraim AndersonHonourable MentionLevel 10
Jonathan MoellmanThirdDiploma
Diane VermeerschSecondAdult
Upper Strings
Catherine MoellmanThirdLevel 3
Gabriel MoellmanSecondLevel 8
Paul MoellmanThirdLevel 9
Clara MoellmanFirst and Best of ClassLevel 10
Jonathan MoellmanHonourable MentionDiploma

Full results from the festival can be found on the Ontario Music Festivals Association website.

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