Music festival celebrates 55th year in style

The two-week Kindersley and District Music Festival boasted close to 300 entries and closed with the Stars of the Festival Gala

Four students were recognized by the adjudicators for excellence in their disciplines and were recommended to the provincial competition. Shown here, from left, are Andrew Glass, Taylor Baker and Erica Triffo. Not shown is Adelle Sawatzky. The provincials will take place in June in Saskatoon.

Kevin McBain
of The Clarion

Each year, the talent on display at the Kindersley and District Music Festival is awe-inspiring.

The musicianship from young to old and in every class shows the dedication of the parents and the talent of the many fantastic teachers that have been tasked to mould raw talent into the great musicians, singers, actors/actresses and speechification that we witness each year.

The two-week music festival that boasted close to 300 entries closed with the Stars of the Festival Gala Friday night where some of the best put their skills on display one more time in a three-hour celebration.

President of the festival committee Calla McLean said that the event, celebrating 55 years, went over very well.

“Everything went real well,” she said. “The adjudicators were once again really impressed with the level of talent that we have in the area.

Kailey Herner shows off her skills Friday at the Stars of the Festival.

“We have such great teachers, probably some of the best in Saskatchewan, if you ask me.”

She said the level of support from the community is a huge part of making the event successful every year.

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“We always get great support from the community,” said McLean. “It is a competition and it is great that the kids are able to try and win something, so without the support for awards, it would make things a lot harder. Also thanks to the Town of Kindersley and Sask. Lotteries for their support.”

Four participants will carry their talent to the next level at the provincial competition this year – Erica Triffo (woodwinds); Andrew Glass (musical theatre); Taylor Baker (piano); and Adelle Sawatzky (voice). Provincials this year will be held at the University of Saskatchewan June 1-3.

The following is a list of all the award winners:

Kenzie Vold – Order of Eastern Star, Queen Alexandra Chapter No. 84, $50

Erica Triffo – Kindersley Masonic Lodge – an
excellent senior performance, $200

Rachel Krogstad – Herb and Helen Strutt Musical Excellence Award $100 and medallion (piano); Kindersley District music Festival, $100 (instrumental)

Angela Bosch – Edge Realty, $25 (speech arts); Lela’s Music Centre, $40 (piano)

Charity Klassen – Kindersley Community Funeral Home – a promising performer, $45 and Annual Shield (vocal); Oscar and Doris Elviss Memorial, $50 (piano)

Dominic Bosch – Kindersley Knights of Columbus, $25

Austin Enns-Wind – Alsask Lioness Club – A Canadian music performance, $25 (piano); Beryl Near – an outstanding junior brass performance, $50

Angela Bosch and Betty Goertzen – Kindersley District Music Festival, $50

Evan Pelletier – Kindersley Knights of Columbus, $25; Kindersley District Music Festival, $25

Yeoj Nicole Venturillo – Rotary Club of Kindersley, $25

Sadie Coles – St. Mary’s Anglican Church Women, $50

Brooklyn Hagan – Rotary Club of Kindersley, $25

Emma Torrens – Donald H. Barclay Memorial Percussion Award – a promising junior performer, $35

Emma McLay – Kindersley and District Arts Council, $50

Irish De Guzman – Sixpack Farms Ltd., $50

Jyotsna Nanda – Kindersley District Music Festival, $50

Joel Stevens – Kindersley District Co-operatives Ltd., $25

Samantha Mathewson – Westcliffe Band Parents Association, $50

Dylan Gassner – Kindersley and District Arts Council, $50

Serena Mathewson – Glenda and Tim Harris, $50

Autumn Gilbert – Kindersley Knights of Columbus, $50

Dustin Becker – Edge Realty, $25

Hannah Leipert – St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League, $50

Ashlee Ward – Holland’s Hot Oiling Ltd., $50

WCS Grade 4/5 Band – Westcliffe Band Parent’s Association, $50

Macy Boisjoli – Tena Keslick Memorial, $50

Addisyn Connolly – Precision Instrumentation and Supply Ltd., $50

Kara Knuttila-Richardson – Kindersley District Music Festival, $50

Brooklyn Schmaltz – West Central Accounting, $50

Grace Sylvester – Precision Instrumentation and Supply Ltd., $50

Sidney Martin – St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League, $50

Dekiera Krentz – Dancin’ Oilfield Services Ltd., $50

Grady Stevens – Rotary Club of Kindersley, $50

Trinity Connolly – KCS Band Parent’s Association, $75

Jill Dobbin – KCS Band Parent’s Association – a promising woodwind performance, $75

Anika German – Sandy Ross Well Servicing Ltd., $50

Tessa Sautner – West Central Accounting, $50

Scott Hilts – Kindersley District Music Festival, $75

Emily Polsfut – Kindersley District Music Festival, $50 (piano); Westcliffe Band Parent’s Association, $50 (percussion)

Hunter Lothammer – Yvette Golightly Memorial, $50

Jordyn Gilmour – Sixpack Farms Ltd. Music Theatre Award, $50; Kelly Insurance Brokers, $100 (voice)

Ronan Paulhus – Wallis Memorial, $150

Kailey Herner – Sixpack Farms Ltd., $100

Amber Adams – Isabel Appleby Memorial, a promising flute performer

Ashlyn Torrens – Kindersley District Music Festival, $100

Moira Padberg – Vold’s Collision Ltd., $50

Tiernan Elliott – KCS Band Parent’s Association, $75

Jorja Johnson – Kee Sheet Metal (2016) Ltd., $50

KCS Saxophone Quartet (Kevin Pinno, Ashlyn Torrens, Sarah Wildman and Kiera McLean) – Eatonia Band Association – Ensemble Award, $100

Ce’Nedra Krentz – Glena and Tim Harris – $50 (piano); TD Canada Trust, $100 (instrumental)

Meryck Moffat – Kindersley District Music Festival, $100

Andrew Glass – Sixpack Farms Ltd. Musical Theatre Award, $100; Kelly Insurance Brokers, $100

Taylor Baker – Grace Delday Memorial Award – four outstanding musicianship in piano, $250

KCS Percussion Ensemble (Ashlyn Torrens, Emily Polsfut, Brittany Allen, Tiernan Elliott and Joshua Enns-Wind) – Jim Gardner Memorial Award, Senior Percussion Ensemble, $200.

Rielle Longtin – Sandy Ross Well Servicing Ltd., $50

Adelle Sawatzky – Dancin’ Oilfield Services Ltd., $150; Kindersley District Music Festival, $100

Courtlyn Bertoia – Royal Canadian Legion #57, $50

Illiana Edmunds – Margaret McManus Memorial, a promising performer nine years or under, $50

Colby Jeffries – Holland’s Hot Oiling Ltd., $50

Liam Lennea – Order of Eastern Star, Queen Alexandra Chapter No. 84, $50

Meysa Moffat – Barbour Music Appreciation Award – a promising performance, recital class, $30 gift certificate and medallion

Hunter Smolinski – Royal Canadian Legion #57, $50

Emily Polsfut and Hunter Smolinski – Holland’s Hot Oiling Ltd., $50.

Medallion Winners: Speech Arts: Grace Becker, Shayla Schmaltz and Taylor Aldridge

Vocal: Sierra Dewan, Brooklyn Hagen and Louisse Occena

Piano: Nate Julseth

Instrumental: Dylan Ahrens and Drew Hynd.

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