The month of April went by so fast, largely due to Deloraine’s annual festival of the arts! Every week throughout the month there was something to go hear, see and listen to at the Theatre and sometimes the school. It’s very rewarding to follow the youngsters through the years — watching them go from beginners to accomplished musicians, speakers, dancers and artists! The award winners were asked to perform at the Awards Concert on Sunday, April 28.
The following lists the award winners, some of them received multiple awards and so the Festival Committee asks them to choose what they wish to perform for the concert.
The Visual award items were displayed on the stage on six separate easels and presented prior to the concert. These included Bella Lehman – School Ward K-6, Anna Janz – School Award 7-12, Isaiah Nasby – Personal Award K-6, Emilyn Nestibo – Personal Award 7-12, Deloraine Festival Arts Scholarship – Tristen Mosset (accepted by his brother Braydon Mosset) and the Camp Scholarship – Bennett Radcliffe.
George Meggison won the National Anthem Award for Piano and he asked everyone to stand and sing along with his performance to open the concert. George was also presented the Southwest Assiniboine Chapter of Retired Teachers Scholarship for Piano for “Over The Rainbow”.
Lily Wells received the Piano Solo Beginner 8 yrs and under award and she played “Pop Goes The Weasel”.
Emme Nasby received the Piano Solo Beginner 9 yrs and over and she played “Curious Cat”.
Owen Raes and Nick Schoonbaert played a lively rendition of “YMCA” for which they received the Piano Duet award.
The Piano Solo Gr. 7 Scholarship was presented to Bennett Radcliffe who played “Bourree in F Major”.
Olivia Mosset received the Piano Solo Gr. 2 award and she played “Pedalling; Bike/Piano”
Owen Raes received the Piano Solo Gr. 5 award and the Brandon Westman Registered Music Teachers Association Scholarships up to and including Gr. 6. He played “Teasing Song”.
Carlton Champion received the Piano Solo Gr. 3 award and the Piano Solo MB/Canadian Composer Beginner – Gr. 3 award. He played “Musette in D Major”.
Gavin Raes received three piano awards including Piano Solo Gr. 9 Scholarship, Piano Solo MB/Canadian Composer Gr. 4-Senior and Ann Franklin Memorial Scholarship Gr. 7 and up. His choice to play was “Chicken Feed”.
The Piano Jazz Award Scholarship Beginner – Senior was presented to Eve Campbell. She performed “Red Satin Blues”.
The Piano Solo Gr. 6 award was presented to Nick Schoonbaert for “Toccatina”.
Brothers Caleb and Gavin Raes teamed up for a duet “Ah! Si Mon Moine for which they were awarded the Geraldine Kroeker Memorial Scholarship for Piano Duet Gr. 3 and up.
The Piano Solo Gr. 8 Scholarship was presented to Ethan Radcliffe who played “Jazz Exercise No. 2”.
Caleb Raes received the Claudia Franklin Memorial Scholarship for Piano Gr. 4-7 for “So Many Paths in The Woods That Cross”. He also received the Vocal Solo 14 yrs and under award.
Georgia Raes received the Grade 4 Piano Award for “Etude in C Major”.
The Antler River Dance Group 6 danced to “I Got Rhythm” and received the Dance Group Scholarship.
The Dance Duet/Trio Quartet Award was received by the trio of Ashley Temple, Kennedi Schoonbaert and Whitney Vandendorpe. Ashley very bravely performed the dance by herself in the other girls’ absence.
The Dance Solo Award was presented to Mackenzie Lee. She danced to “Power Over Me”.
Deloraine Gr. 4 received the Helen Whenham Memorial Scholarship for Speech Arts Choir K-6 for their presentation of “Successful Pancakes and Rock N Roll Band”.
Audrey Raes presented her poem “Bears” for which she received the Solo Speech Arts Gr. K-2. Audrey also received the Vocal Solo 6 years and under award.
The Duet, Trio, Quartet Speech Arts Award Gr. K-6 was presented to Jordyn Schultz, Kelsey McGee and Callie Ginter for “Long Scarf”.
Brothers Gavin, Caleb, Owen and Evan Raes received the Duet, Trio, Quartet Speech Arts Award Gr. 7-12 for “Bluebeard and Redbeard and Blackbeard. Owen and Evan also received the Duet, Trio, Quartet Speech Arts Award Gr. K-6.
Nolan Nestibo received the Solo Speech Arts Gr. 7-9 award for “The Listeners”.
Juliana Nestibo received the Solo Theatre Arts Award K-Gr. 6 for “A Star is Born”. She also received the Solo Speech Arts Gr. 5-6 award.
Evan Raes received the Solo Speech Arts Award Gr.3-4 for his presentation of “Messy Room”. Evan also received the Southwest Assiniboine Retired Teachers Ass. Scholarship for Vocal and the Recorder Solo Award.
The Solo Speech Arts Award Gr. 10-12 was presented to Kristian Nestibo for “Excerpt from” North End Faust”.
Kadin Nestibo received the Solo Theatre Arts Award Gr. 7-12 for “Dating is Hard”.
The Deloraine Community Choir received the Community Choir Award and they presented “Blue Skies”.
James and Matthias Raes and Jesse and Chet Neufeld received the Vocal Quartet award for “When I’m 64”.
The Vocal Duet award was presented to sisters Mila and Katarina Veskovic for their performance of “Sisters”.
The Radcliffe and Meggison families received the Vocal Group Scholarship for their presentation of “Africa”.
Addison Crepeele received the Vocal Solo 10 years and under for “Child of the Universe”.
The MB/Canadian Composer for Vocal 13 yrs and over was presented to Katarina Veskovic for “A Litany”.
A Musical Theatre presentation of “Matchmaker” was performed by Emilyn Nestibo, Melayna Lockie and Juliana Nestibo. They received the Musical Theatre/V/Movie Trio award.
Sarah Meggison received the Musical Theatre/TV/Movie 12 yrs and under award for My Blanket and Me – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”.
The Laura Lewthwaite Scholarship for Vocal was presented to Emilyn Nestibo for “Colours of the Wind”.
The Musical Theatre/TV/Movie 13 yrs and over was presented to Bennett Radcliffe for “You’ll Be Back”.
The Vocal Solo 8 years and under award was presented to Ainslee McGregor for “I Whistle A Happy Tune”.
George Meggison received the Vocal Solo Senior/Open & Bev Shore Vocal Scholarship for “Five Eyes”.
Mila Veskovic received the MB/Canadian Composer Vocal Solo 12 yrs and under award for “Bessie the Cat”.
The Vocal Solo 12 yrs and under award was presented to Dylan Radcliffe for “When Somebody Loved Me”.
The Vocal Solo 16 yrs and under award was presented to Matthias Raes for “I’m An Ordinary Man.”
Presentations were made to Georgia Raes – Piano Solo Gr. 4 award and Kadence Mann – Piano Solo Gr. 1 award. The Deloraine and Area Jazz Band was presented the Band Award.
STRINGS & INSTRUMENTS
Teagan Maddess and Jordyn Shultz received the Classical Plectrum Pick Guitar Duet award for “Au Claire La Lune”.
The Instrumental Strings Solo Beginner – Level 4 award was presented to Melody Hofer for
Isaiah Nasby received the Classical Plectrum Pick Guitar Award 12 yrs and under award for “Dutch Dance”.
The Recorder Duet award was presented to Evan Raes and Armaan Thind for “O Canada”.
Elena Neufeld received the Instrumental Strings Solo Level 5-10 for “Fantasia on Greensleeves”.
Earl Burnett received the Woodwind Instrument Solo Beginner – Level 4 award for “Sonata Op. 1 Movements 1 & 2”.
The Brass Instrument Solo Beginner – Level 4 award was presented to James Raes for “Rondo from Horn Concerto No. 4”.
The Duet for Woodwind/Brass award was presented to Samantha Neufeld and Millicent Wilkinson for “Calypso Morning”.
Kadin Nestibo received the Classical Plectrum Pick Guitar 13 yrs and over award for
In the Hall of the Mountain”.
The Tudor Bowl (Excellence in Piano) was presented to Gavin Raes by Stu Clelland, on behalf of the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester.
The Rose Bowl (Excellence in Vocal) was presented to George Meggison by Stu Clelland, on behalf of the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester.
The Oratorical Cup was a tie and presented to cousins Kristian Nestibo and Kadiin Nestibo. These awards were presented by Stu Clelland on behalf of the Deloraine & District Chamber of Commerce.
(See Recommendations to Provincial Final in separate article).