Prize Winners

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS for 2019

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.

2019 Winner: Carmen Peng

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.

2019 Winner: Liam Edelstein

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.

2019 Winners: Liam Edelstein (Junior), Christopher  Peach (Intermediate), Mowbray Behrin (Senior), Michelle Song (Open)

In 2019 trophies were also given in duet classes.

2019 Winners: Doyun Park and Zoe Saulnier (Junior), Evan Moser, Liam Edelstein, Sam Merrill (Intermediate Trio)

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:  Nathan Woo

Classical: Liam Edelstein

Light Side: Benjamin Woo

Romantic/Contemporary: Aaron Caines

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.

2019 Winner: Carmen Peng

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.

2019 Winners: Faith Tedford (Intermediate) and  Carmen Peng (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.

2019 Winner: Toulouse Dugas (Intro to Gr. 4) & Emma Wilkie(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.

2019 Winners:Aaron and Liam Caines (12 & under), Claire Waterbury and Carmen Peng (14 & under),  Rebecca Whiteway (16 & under), Nicole Grass(18 & under)

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.

2019 Winner: Olivia Veale

Musical Theatre Awards

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

2019 Winners: Jane Maillet (Solo Jilly Richard and Keigan Richard  ( Duet/ensemble)

Musical Theatre Junior Scholarship

Shiretown Singers in partnership with CentreStage Theatre offer a one week Drama camp experience during the summer or March Break at CentreStage Theatre.

2019 Winner: Leaha Pitcher

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.

2019 Winner: Jilly Richard

Choral Shields

The adjudicator selects winners in six categories:

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

2019 Winner:  Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Junior Division

The Intermediate/Senior Shield is presented to the highest intermediate/senior school or community choir.The winner of this award is presented with an engraved plaque.

2019 Winner: Horton High School Glee Club

The winner of this award drawn from several school entries is presented with an engraved plaque sponsored by the King’s Chorale.

2019 Winner: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir -Senior Upper Voices

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.

2019 Winner: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir -Senior Lower Voices

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.

2019 Winner: Valley Voices (Chapter of Harmony Inc.)

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.

2019 Winner: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Senior Mixed

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.

2019 Winners: Abby Rhynold ( Brass) Kate Barr ( Woodwind Solo); KCA Grade 5 Caron Handbells (Percussion)

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.

2019 Winner: Ross MacIntosh

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.

2019 Winners:

Elementary/Junior Concert Band: Rocky Lake Grade 7 Band

Intermediate Concert Band: Central Kings Grade 9 Concert Band

Senior Concert Band: Central Kings 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.

2019 Winner: Acadia University Youth Band

String Awards

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

2019 Winners: William Keppie (Junior), Soheil Ghafari (Intermediate) Chloe Symons (Senior)

Chamber Ensemble

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

2019 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.

2019 Winner: Benjamin Symons and 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.

2019 Winner:

Fiddle Awards

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

2019 Winners: Teghan Bell and William Keppie (Junior) Ainslie Symons (Intermediate) Benjamin Symons ( Senior )

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.

2019 Winner:   Benjamin Symons

Guitar Awards

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

Most Outstanding Guitar

This award is a scholarship of $100, sponsored by Camile Herbin. It is presented 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.

Provincial Nominees for 2019:

Junior Musical Theatre – Jane Maillet

Senior Musical Theatre – JIlly Richard

Junior Voice – Olivia Veale

Senior Voice – Rhian Merritt

Senior Brass – Ross MacIntosh

Choral – Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Junior Division; Annapolis Valley Honour Choir – Senior Mixed;  Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Senior Upper Voices; Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Senior Lower Voices

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 2019

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

PIANO

Concert Groups                                                                                                 

                                                                                        

Prepratory A                        Ada Barnett

Prepratory B                        Benjamin Johnstone

Level 1                                   Toulouse Dugas                                                  

Level 2                                   Nathan Ward       

Level 3                                   Liam Edelstein    

Level 4                                   Isabel Kaizer        

Level 5                                   Neko Caulfield

Level 6                                   Will Johnston

Level 7                                   Christopher Peach

Level 8                                   Mowbray Beghin

Level 9                                   Emma Wilkie

                 

 

Graded Lists

Junior  A                               Nathan Woo

Junior B                                 Angus Sircom-Brown

Junior C                                Liam Edelstein

Intermediate A                     Faith Tedford

Intermediate B                     Samantha Merrill

Intermediate C                     Hannah Lewis, Nathan Derrick        

Senior A/B                            Carmen Peng

Senior C/D/E                        Carmen Peng

 

Studies

Levels 1-4                             Alec Corbett, Nathan Ward

Levels 5-7                              Christopher Peach

Levels  8-10                          Emma Wilkie

               

Cdn/20th Century               Aaron Caines

              

French/Romantic               Mowbray Beghin

               

Comtemporary Idioms    Antoni Klippenstine, Clara Maxner

               

Sonata/Sonatina                 Michelle Song

               

 

STRINGS

 

Concert Group                   Annaliese Cowley

 

Sonata/Sonatina                Chloe Symons

 

Concerto                               Soheil Ghaffari

VOCAL

Folk Song                             Claire Waterbury

                                                               

Sacred Song                        Olivia Veale        

 

Jr Art Song/Lieder            Olivia Veale

 

Opera                                    Olivia Veale

 

Popular/

Contemporary                    Olivia Veale

 

               

MUSICAL THEATRE

Solo

10 & under                           Leaha Pitcher      

12& under                            Jane Maillet

18&under                              Jilly Richard

 

Concert Group                  

16&under                             Jilly Richard