(April 27, 2011)
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CHATHAM NATIVE AWARDED GOLDEN K KIWANIS BOWL FOR VOCAL AT MUSIC FESTIVAL GRAND CONCERT
Tamera Newberry, a native of Chatham-Kent, was awarded the Golden K Kiwanis Bowl for Vocal at the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival Grand Concert enjoyed by an audience of over 500 at Kiwanis Theatre last night. She received resounding applause for her solo performance at the Concert.
Tamera Newberry began her music studies with the late Janet Wake, participating in the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival annually for 7 years before attending Queen’s University to obtain her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees. She also sang in Youth Voices of Kent. Currently she is a student at the University of Western Ontario in the Master of Music Program in Vocal Performance. Tamera plans to pursue a career in singing and perhaps teach vocal music. She plans to see where her singing leads her.
After fine performances, Junghoon Ko from Windsor was presented with the Kiwanis Silver Tray for Piano and Yuchen Dai, also from Windsor, was presented with the Kiwanis Bowl for Strings. Music Festival adjudicators recommended that all three award winners compete in the Provincial Competitions.
The evening’s program opened with an intriguing performance by St. Ursula Catholic School Drum Ensemble playing on plastic pails.
The audience was later amazed by the performance of the Holy Family Catholic School String Ensemble. Both groups were conducted by Jennifer Trinca. Holy Family students have been playing their instruments only since January when 30 violins and music stands were obtained through a Musicounts grant from the Juno awards. In addition two cellos and a sting bass were donated locally. Now every student in the school has an instrument to play and the school has a full orchestra.
The Treble Makers delighted the audience at the conclusion of the evening with an energetic performance of “Consider Yourself”.
In addition, the program provided a delightful evening of solo and duet performances from Festival participants of all ages in the vocal, piano, strings, music theatre and instrumental categories of the Festival. Thanks to the generosity of Chatham-Kent businesses, individuals, and service organizations monetary awards totalling approximately $11,000 were presented as well as many trophies and plaques.
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