Prize Winners

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS for 2017

The AVMF is a fully adjudicated festival and a member of the Federation of Music Festivals of Nova Scotia. Numerous major awards and trophies sponsored by the AVMF and its patrons are given each year to performers chosen by the adjudicators. These are presented at the Stars of the Festival concerts where honorees are invited to perform their winning selections. Additional awards are available from time to time depending on sponsorship, and these too are the responsibility of the respective adjudicators.

The Herbin Bowl

This award is an engraved silver cup and $150, donated by Herbin Jewellers, for the Best Overall Junior Performer. All junior entrants who participate in five or more solo classes in two or more disciplines are eligible. Each qualifying junior is identified before the festival opens, and his or her progress is followed throughout the festival. A final decision is made based on recommendations from each adjudicator in conjunction with the record of participation and achievement overall.

2017 Winner: Michaela Rafuse

Acadia University Rose Bowl/Mary Montgomerie Award

This award is an engraved bowl given annually to the Most Outstanding Performer in any one discipline who has achieved the highest average marks in three or more solo classes . It is donated by the Acadia University School of Music. A scholarship of $100, the Mary Montgomerie Award donated by John Montgomerie, accompanies the Rose Bowl.

2017 Winner: Michaela Rafuse

Piano Awards

Piano trophies are given in four categories: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, and Open. Adjudicators select winners based on a consistently high standard of solo performance in a number of classes.

2017 Winners: Cohen Bishop (Junior),  Marime Doucette(Intermediate), Carmen Peng(Senior), Chantal Peng (Open)

In 2017 trophies were also given in duet classes.

2017 Winners: Olivia Seaman & Hannah Wheaton (Junior), Maxime Doucette and Jesse Schofield (Intermediate); Angelica & Genevieve Whiteway (Senior)

The Sandra Wilson Awards

Four awards in junior piano – The Sandra Wilson Awards – established by her family to honour her long service to music in the Valley and her dedication to bringing the joy of music performance to students.

Baroque :Colette Peng

Classical: Zoe Smith

Light Side: AAron Caines

Romantic/Contemporary: Margaret Meadows

Most Outstanding Pianist

This award is an engraved plaque and a $100 scholarship sponsored by the N.S. Registered Music Teachers Association (Valley Chapter). The adjudicator selects the entrant who has shown the highest level of skill and musicianship in a varied body of work, either junior or senior. It may be given in addition to, or in place of, a trophy.

2017 Winner: Michelle Song

The Hester Jackson Baroque Awards

This award was initiated by the late Hester Jackson, one of our festival founders, and is given in her memory. It consists of an engraved shield and a scholarship of $50 donated by Hermann Brunner, to recognize excellence in baroque performance.

2017 Winners: Charlotte Peng (Intermediate) and William Ahern (Senior)

Lynn Murray Memorial Awards

These two awards of $50 each are given by the N.S. Registered Music Teachers Association (Valley Chapter) in memory of Lynn Murray. They are designated for deserving students as follows: Introductory to Grade 4 piano, and Grade 5 to Grade 8 piano.

2017 Winner: Zoe Smith (Intro to Gr. 4) & Maubray Beghin(Grade 5-8)

Vocal Awards

Junior 12, 14, 16, 18, B, C and Open trophies in voice are presented to entrants selected by the adjudicator on the basis of performance in solo competitive classes, excluding musical theatre.

2017 Winners:Aaron and Liam Caines  (12 & under),Olivia Veale(14 & under)Rebecca Whiteway (16 & under), Taylor Mosher(18 & under) Senior: Máiri Demings

Most Outstanding Vocalist

This award is an engraved plaque sponsored by the Valley Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi accompanied by the Evenden Herman scholarship of $100. The adjudicator may select a junior or senior entrant who has fulfilled the requirements for a major award.

2017 Winner: Olivia Veale

Musical Theatre Awards

Solo and duet/ensemble awards are also awarded in musical theatre.

2017 Winners: Jane Maillet (Solo ) Kaela Biro, Nicole Grass & Laura George ( Duet/ensemble)

Most Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance

This award is a trophy and a $100 scholarship sponsored by John & Lana Churchill. The adjudicator will select an entrant who has shown the highest level of skill and musicianship in the musical theatre genre.

2017 Winner: Nicole Grass

Choral Shields

The adjudicator selects winners in five categories:

The Canadian Federation of University Women Wolfville Branch Plaque is presented to the highest elementary choir.

2017 Winner:Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Junior

The Intermediate/Senior Shield is presented to the highest intermediate/senior school or community choir.

2017 Winner: Horton Glee Club

The Combined School Shield is sponsored by the King’s Chorale and is presented to the entry in the category of choirs drawn from several schools.

2017 Winner: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Senior Division

The Male Ensemble Plaque and $100 scholarship, sponsored by the Kentville Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBQSA), is presented to a male quartet, male chorus, senior mixed choir or senior chorus.

2017 Winner: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Senior Division Men

The Community and Church Choir Trophy is donated by the AVMF Board in memory of Nancy Fraser. It is accompanied by a scholarship of $100 donated by her family, the Harris Family.

2017 Winner: King’s Chorale Children’s Chorus

The Dr. Paul E. Kinsman Shield was presented to the Most Outstanding Choir of the festival. This was accompanied by a $100 scholarship donated by family and friends.

2016 Winner: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Senior Division

Instrumental and Band Awards

Awards are given for both solo woodwinds and solo brass, at the discretion of the adjudicator.Engraved shields are awarded by the adjudicator in four categories. These shields are accompanied by gift certificates donated by Long & McQuade.

2017 Winners: Samuel McNally( Woodwind)

Most Outstanding Instrumentalist

This award is an engraved plaque sponsored by Touch of Brass and a $100 scholarship sponsored by Rev. Robert Wallace in memory of Gwynneth Wallace. The adjudicator may select a winner from among junior and senior solo performers.

2017 Winner: Céline Opitz

Most Outstanding Percussion

This award is a $100 scholarship sponsored by Leslie Walters and Gerry Hardy.The adjudicator may select a winner from percussion performers.

Shields

Engraved shields are awarded by the adjudicator in four categories: highest elementary/junior band,highest intermediate, highest senior concert band, and highest stage band. These shields will be accompanied by gift certificates donated by Long & McQuade for each category.

2017 Winners:

Elementary/Junior: Central Kings Rural High School Grade 7 Band

Intermediate Concert Band:West Hants Middle School Grade 8 Band

Senior: Horton High School Senior Concert Band

Jazz (Stage): Northeast Kings Education Centre  Senior Jazz Band

The Honour Band Award accompanied by a $150 scholarship presented by John and Janet Trites. Honour Bands are made up of players who have been auditioned , invited or selected from more than one school.

2017 Winner: Acadia University Youth Band

String Awards

The adjudicator selects winners of the junior, intermediate and senior/open trophies from among qualifying solo entries.

2017 Winners: Ainslie Symons (Junior), Benjamin Symons (Intermediate) Michaela Rafuse (Senior)

Chamber Ensemble

Awards may be given in both junior and senior categories to chamber ensembles at the discretion of the adjudicator.

2017 Winners: Chantal Peng, Carmen, Charlotte, and Colette Peng

Most Outstanding String Player

This award, an engraved plaque sponsored by the AVMF and a $100 scholar-ship sponsored by the Allen family, is presented to the junior or senior performer designated by the adjudicator for high standards in a body of work.

2017 Winner: Chloe Symons

Most Outstanding String Ensemble/Orchestra

This award, an engraved plaque donated by the Lau family and a $100 scholarship donated by Cochrane’s Pharmasave, is presented to a junior or senior string ensemble designated by the adjudicator for an outstanding performance.

Fiddle Awards

The adjudicator selects winners of the junior and senior trophies from among qualifying solo entries.

2017 Winners: Ainslie Symons (Junior)Alyviah Patterson (Intermediate) Michaela Rafuse and Mollie Symons ( Senior )

2017 Winners of Fiddle Group: Ainslie Symons and Benjamin Symons

Kings Fiddlers Junior Scholarship

This award of $100 is sponsored by the Kings Fiddlers and AVMF and is presented to the most outstanding fiddle performer nominated by the adjudicator.

2017 Winner:  Mollie Symons and Michaela Rafuse

Guitar Awards

The adjudicator selects winners of the junior and senior trophies from among qualifying solo entries.

2017 Winner: Samuel Doucette (Junior)

Most Outstanding Guitar

This award is a scholarship of $100, sponsored by Jan & Rob Porter. It is pre-sented to the junior or senior performer designated by the adjudicator for high standards in a body of work.

Organ Awards

The adjudicator selects winners of the junior and senior classes from among qualifying solo entries. An award of $75 for Junior Hymn-playing is sponsored by Deborah Rice.

Provincial Nominations

As a member of the Federation of Music Festivals of Nova Scotia, AVMF may send junior and senior entries to the Provincial Music Festival in the categories of piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, guitar, chamber group and musical theatre, as well as choral classes. It is the responsibility of the adjudicators to select nominees. The Shiretown Singers Scholarship Fund pays the provincial entry fees and provides bursaries to entrants to help with costs.

Provincial Nominees for 2017:

Senior Piano – Chantal Peng ( unable to attend)

Junior Piano – Michelle Song

Senior Voice –  Máiri Denings (Chosen for Nationals)

Junior Musical Theatre – Jane Maillet

Senior Musical Theatre – Nicole Grass

Choral – Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Junior Division, Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Senior Division Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Senior Men

Junior Woodwind: Céline Opitz

The Annapolis Valley Music Festival is pleased to have its trophies on permanent display in the lobby of Denton Hall, Acadia University. These trophies, engraved with the names and dates, chronicle the contributions made by competitors in their quest for excellence. The Board sincerely thanks the Acadia School of Music for their consideration in facilitating the display of the trophies in Denton Hall.

Monetary Prize Winners 2017

These prizes are possible thanks to the generosity of the supporters listed on the Sponsor page of the website.

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PIANO

Concert Groups                                                                                                 

Prepratory A                        Antoni Klipperstine

Prepratory B                        Margaret Meadows

Level 1                                   Cohen Bishop                                                     

Level 2                                   Zoe Smith                            

Level 3                                   Nathan Derrick   

Level 4                                   Colette Peng        

Level 5                                   Alexa Derrick, Jesse Scofield

Level 6                                   Maubray Beghin

Level 7                                   Charlotte Peng

Level 8                                   William Ahern

Level 9                                   Genevieve Whiteway

Graded Lists

Junior  A                               Colette Peng

Junior B                                Aaron Caines

Junior C                                Morgan van den Hoogan

Intermediate A                     Charlotte Peng

Intermediate B                     Maubray Beghin

Intermediate C                     Maxime Doucette              

Senior A/B                            William Ahern

Senior C/D                            Michelle Song

 

Studies

Levels 1-4                  Samantha Merrill

Levels 5-7                                  Maxime Doucette, Christopher Peach,

    Charlotte Peng

Levels  8-10                              William Ahern

  Cdn/20th Century                Chantal Peng

   French/Romantic               Chantal Peng

  Own Composition              Samantha Merrill

  

STRINGS

 Concert Group                    Ainslie Symons

Sonata/Sonatina                   Chloe Symons

Concerto                                 Chloe Symons

Own Composition                Alyviah Patterson

 

 INSTRUMENTAL

    

Junior Woodwind Solo     Samuel McNally

Junior Recorder Solo       Kate Barr

  

VOCAL

Folk Song

12 & under                           Rachel Veale

14 & under                           Laura George

16 & under                           Rebecca Whiteway

18 & under                           Taylor Mosher

                               

Sacred Song                         Aaron Caines, Olivia Veale              

 

Jr Art Song/Lieder            Olivia Veale

 

Opera                                    Olivia Veale

 

Popular/

Contemporary                    Laura George

               

MUSICAL THEATRE

Solo

10 & under                           Jane Maillet         

14 & under                           Kate Barr

16 & under                           Joanna Bond

18&under                             Abigail Smolenaars

 

Concert Group                   

14&under                             Jillyan Richard

16&under                             Nicole Grass

18&under                             Abigail Smolenaars