For her performance of The Fresh Mills of Cein Mhic Cainte, violin player Bethany Nairn performed at the honours concert in late April. Patrick Davies Photo.

Cariboo Festival celebrates end of another successful year

Eight contestants are moving on to the Provincial Festival later this month

The Cariboo Festival officially wrapped up another year of music and competition with its honours concert at the Cariboo Bethel Church Saturday.

Every year for the last few decades, the Cariboo Festival Society has been committed to giving the youth of the lakecity a chance to share their musical and performing arts talents with the community over the course of the month of May. This year saw the departure of several longtime volunteers and the inclusion of some fresh new faces.

First time Cariboo Festival President Juliana Lam felt that overall this year’s festival had been a fabulous affair. Lam herself is a pianist who, as a child, has competed at festivals and events like this and stepped up to help organize it after being asked last year.

This year adjudicators came from across B.C., Lam said, including Caroljoy Green from Prince George for Speech Arts, Maureen Hollins from Surrey for Piano, Sarona Mynhardt from Gibson for Vocal/Choral and Susan Aylard from Sorrento for Band/Instrumental. These talented women all lent their time to fairly judge the competition and provide feedback to the participants.

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Lam said that as far as the participation of youth went, numbers were easily in the hundreds this year. They had over 255 entries in their four categories made of 579 individuals, Lam said, broken down to 74 entries in Piano, 95 entries in Vocal/Choral (267 individuals), 35 in Band/Instrumental (172 individuals) and 51 entries in Speech Arts (66 individuals).

“We may have had the most Vocal/Choral entries in the history of the festival,” Lam said.

At the honours concert in late April, where the top participants got a chance to all perform together, Lam said it was wonderful to see everyone perform one last time, until next year or provincials.

“The kids involved seemed to be very excited for the evening,” Lam said. “Some kids (were) involved in more than one discipline, it was neat to see.”

Overall, Lam said there were little kinks to iron out when organizing the event and said she doesn’t see any major changes coming to future festivals.

Lam would like to thank all the members of the Cariboo Festival Committee and the volunteers who make the festival possible for their hard work and dedication. She’d also like to extend a thank you to those who attended the Honours Concert and donated.

Finally, she wanted to extend a big thank you to the participants of the festival for all their hard work and performances. Lam said that many of them are braver then she was at their age and that it was wonderful to see so many talented young people take to the stage.

“It brought back memories of myself when I was very young. I remembered the hours of work it took to perfect one piece of music and the nervousness I would feel before a recital or taking a Royal Conservatory Piano exam,” Lam said. “I was so proud of all the youngsters that got on stage and did not show one ounce of stage fright. I loved everyone’s enthusiasm and confidence.”

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Eight of these participants have been selected to move on to the Provincial Festival in Chilliwack from May 26-30. They are Lauryn Marklinger for Junior Piano, Georgia DiMarco the alternate for Musical Production, Cooper Amos for Intermediate Classical Voice, Bethany Nairn for Intermediate Strings, Olivia Rowse for Intermediate Strings, Isaac Shoults for Intermediate Musical Production, Eloise Hobi for Junior Classical Voice and Cassius Ford for Junior Musical Production.

The full list of award and bursaries winners for 2019 Cariboo Festival are as follows:

Piano

Lions First Year of Study – Heinrich Steyl

Woodland Jewellers Junior Piano – Ethan Prest

H.J. Martin – Lauryn Marklinger

Gail Carson Romantic Competition – Lauryn Marklinger

Sommer Ivory Keys – Bethany Nairn

Senior Piano Competition – Not Awarded in 2019

Carson Encouragement Awards – Adrien Zimmerman ($50) Markus Nelson, ($25), Elizabeth Van Immerzeel ($25)

Vocal/Choral

Primary Concert Class Award – Not Awarded in 2019

Junior A Scholarship – Eloise Hobi

Junior B Scholarship – Natasha Castro

Intermediate Scholarship – Cooper Amos

Senior Scholarship – Not Awarded in 2019

Primary Musical Theatre Award – Lara Hobi

Musical Production Junior A Scholarship – Cassius Ford

Musical Production Junior B Scholarship – Natasha Castro & Carrigan Watson

Musical Production Intermediate Scholarship – Cooper Amos

Musical Production Senior Scholarship – Sharon Hoffman

High Point School Choir – Angelkeys Coda

High Point Choir – Quintet Plus

Kiwanis Choral Directorship – Michelle Erlandson

Acorn Encouragement – Minke Englebrect

Panda Encouragement – Abigayle Kotyk

Angelkeys Expressiveness Award – Isaac Shoults, Maryclaire Snowball

Band & Instrumental

Rotary Best Band – Lake City Secondary Senior Concert Band

McDonald Challenge – Bethany Nairn

Instrumental Bursary – Olivia Rowse

Daybreak Rotary Bursary – Jaxen Voth

Guitar Seller Bursaries – Jamie Kranabetter, Luke Erlandson

Tuba John Encouragement Awards – Kate Neufeld, Lucia Johnston, Elizabeth Van Imerzeel, Scarlett Johnston

Old Time Fiddlers Ensemble Bursary – Cariboo Youth Fiddle Society

E.G. Woodland Bursary – Not Awarded in 2019

Speech Arts

Adjudicator’s Choice Most Promising Student – Luca Warnock

Best Overall in Speech Arts – Cindy Wu

Creativity Award – Finn Zirnhelt

Best Overall Secondary Drama – Cindy Wu

Best Overall Elementary Drama – Zachary Hirt

Best Overall in Elementary Choral Speech – Not Awarded in 2019

Best Overall in Public Speaking – Not Awarded in 2019

Original Poetry – Kiera Dyer



patrick.davies@wltribune.com

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Vocalist Issac Shoults received an award for his performance of Evermore by Menken. Patrick Davies Photo.

Little Heinrich Steyl got the chance to perform Cowboy Joe by Faber on the piano for the Cariboo Festival. Patrick Davies Photo.

The Green Dog by Kingsley won Cooper Amos a place in the honours concert at the Cariboo Bethel Church. Patrick Davies Photo.

Kiera Dyer read her poem Horses of the Sea for the Cariboo Festival. Patrick Davies Photo.

Young Finn Zirnhelt vowed audiences with his rendition of Turn Out Time following in the footsteps of his grandfather Davi Zirnhelt, a former cowboy poet. Patrick Davies Photo.

O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini was what Eloise Hobi chose to sing for the Cariboo Festival. Patrick Davies Photo.

Cassius Ford performed I Like It by MeNken for the Cariboo Festival Society’s honour concert. Patrick Davies Photo.

Violinist Olivia Rowse performed a rendition of La Bocquereuse at the honours concert. Patrick Davies Photo.

Maryclaire Snowball received an award in the voice category during the Cariboo Festival Society’s honour concert. Patrick Davies Photo.

Elizabeth Van Immerzeel performed Beethoven’s Fur Elise for the honours concert at the Cariboo Bethel Church last Saturday. Patrick Davies Photo.

For her performance of the Claude-Michel Schonberg song Les Miserables has popularized, Castle on a Cloud young lara Hobi chose to dress the part and bring her own props. Patrick Davies Photo.

Pianist Lauryn Marklinger performed Andante Sostenuto by Felix Mendelssohn. Patrick Davies Photo.

Adrien Zimmerman performed Sonatina in A Minor for the honours concert in late April. Patrick Davies Photo.

Ethan Prest smiles at the piano he played at the Cariboo Festival Society’s honours concert. Patrick Davies Photo.

Luca Warnock was one of many performers at the Honours Concert at the Cariboo Bethel Church. Patrick Davies Photo.

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