Over 30 Kingston musicians place in provincial competition

One local family had five children compete in at OMFA’s Provincials: (L-R) Catherine (8), honourable mention, Level 7 Upper Strings; Paul (15), distinguished honourable mention, Level 10 Upper Strings; Jonathan (18), honourable mentions, Diploma Level Piano and Upper Strings; Clara (16), 1st Place, Diploma Level Upper Strings. Photo by Jeff Moellman.

Last month, 59 musicians from Kingston joined over 2,300 performers at the Ontario Music Festival Association (OMFA)’s Provincial Competition.

OMFA is the umbrella body for the 42 Community Music Festivals that place in Ontario, including the Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

According to Elaine Pedlar, OMFA Board Member and Chair of the Kingston Kiwanis Music Festival, OMFA organizes and runs the Provincial Competition, which returned to offering in-person competitions, after running virtually from 2020 to 2022.

“Over the last seven or eight years, Kingston’s Provincial Festival entries have steadily increased from 10 or 12 to the 59 performers we sent this year,” Pedlar explained. “This is partly due to the fact that, before 2020, only performers at level 6 Conservatory of Music and above were eligible for Provincials. Four years ago, during Covid, levels 1 to 5 were added.”

The local Kiwanis Festival was held in February, and adjudicators at the festival recommended their top performers to enter the Provincial competition.

Pedlar noted that being chosen to compete at Provincials is an honour in itself. “Of Kingston competitors, over half placed in the top three or received distinguished or honourable mention this year. We have many talented young musicians in Kingston who are supported by excellent music teachers and encouraging parents, and Provincials is a good way to showcase that talent,” she said.

At the 2023 Provincials, classes were offered in Piano, Instrumental, Voice, and Speech Arts, as well as Musical Theatre, and Popular Music Repertoire. Virtual classes were held for Conservatory music levels 1 through 5, as well as choirs, bands, and ensembles.

The Live Provincial Festival was held in Niagara Falls – St Catherines from June 5 to 10, 2023, for level 6 to ARCT (Associate Diploma — the highest academic standings awarded by The Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program) music, open classes, as well as Music Theatre, and Popular Music.

Clara Moellman received first place at Provincials in diploma ARCT level Upper Strings. “Clara has been recommended in violin for the Provincial Competitions six times since the age of eight, and has earned two Bronze, two Silver and this year her second, first place Gold medal,” Pedlar said.

“We congratulate all of our Provincial competitors.”

Local results of the 2023 Provincial Festival are as follows:

Bands & Orchestras
 Regiopolis-Notre Dame Concert BandDistinguished Honourable MentionSchool Band Grade 10 & under
 Regiopolis-Notre Dame Concert BandDistinguished Honourable MentionSchool Band Grade 12 & under
 Kingston Youth OrchestraSecondCommunity Orchestra – 18 & under
Guitar
Charlotte SheedyFirst Level 1
Evan KeelySecondLevel 1
Cynthia MackeyThirdLevel 3
Upper Strings
Clara MoellmanFirstDiploma Level
Jonathan MoellmanHonourable MentionDiploma Level
Paul MoellmanDistinguished Honourable MentionLevel 10
Alessia DudleyThirdLevel 8
Catherine MoellmanHonourable MentionLevel 7
Giovanni RulloSecondLevel 4
Lower Strings
Rowen HendyHonorable MentionLevel 9
Classical Voice
Ruby TwiggDistinguished Honourable MentionLevel 3
Alyssas SmithHonourable MentionLevel 3
Popular Voice
Clara SmallmanSecondSenior Self Accompanied
Micah GarvinThirdIntermediate
Penelope ThompsonHonourable MentionIntermediate
Piano
Violetta KurkurinaHonourable MentionOpen
Jonathan MoellmanHonourable MentionDiploma
Ana EscobedaHonourable MentionLevel 8
Alexandria XuHonourable MentionLevel 8
Elin MaHonourable MentionLevel 6
Andrea EscobedaDistinguished Honourable MentionLevel 5
Christine LiuHonourable MentionLevel 4
Hannah PerezDistinguished Honourable MentionLevel 1
Piano Duets
Christine Liu & Elin MaThirdLevel Primary
Bowen Chen & William RauhHonourable MentionLevel Primary
Delilah Tran & Lawrence LuHonourable MentionLevel Primary
Woodwinds
Julia PerryHonourable MentionOpen
Cameron WongHonourable MentionOpen

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