Kiwanis Festival actors and musicians brought home 13 medals and 11 honourable mention certificates at the Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial championships.
“We had 38 entrants and received 24 placements ... that’s a tremendous winning percentage in any arena!” said Michele Boniface, executive director of the Stratford Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts, in a press release. “These results not only demonstrate the talent we showcase in Stratford, but the incredible effort our performers put in year after year.”
Forty festivals belonging to the OMFA sent their top students to the event, which was held in Peterborough.
The Festival Youth Singers, under the direction of Rich Sumstad, won gold in its class, qualifying for the Canadian Championships. Their recorded repertoire will be send to Fort McMurray, Alta. for nationals in August.
The St. Marys Children’s Choir, directed by Jacklin Falconer, placed third in its division.
Local music theatre soloists performed well, with three Stratford representatives earning medals: Thomas Murray won silver in the senior category, Connor Delaney won bronze in intermediate, and Sean Dolan earned bronze in junior.
Kurtis Eisler, Shayne Simpson and Jade Percival performed brilliantly to earn honourable mention.
Actors representing Stratford excelled in the speech and drama category with Emma Dunlop and Annie Lockerbie Newton winning gold medals in intermediate and junior competition, Sarah Kuchma and Jeremy Harttrup picking up bronze medals in senior and junior categories, and Jessica Wareing and Samantha Polzin earning honourable mentions.
Stratford singer Lutzen Riedstra led the voice department with a silver medal in Grade 10. Callum Hutchinson, Diana Bryans and Katherine Napiwotzki all brought home honourable mention certificates.
Three other medalists representing Stratford were Alexandra Gorska who won gold in Grade 10 woodwinds, Mary Ross who took silver in Grade 8 harp, and Jeffrey Lin who earned bronze in Grade 9 piano.
Stratford’s own Ji Won Baxter played beautifully to earn honourable mention in her first provincial championship.
Rounding out the honours were Morgan Melbourne in Grade 9 piano and Joanna Gorska in Grade 8 guitar, who both earned honourable mentions for their superb performances.
“I’m extremely proud of everyone who performed for Stratford in Peterborough,” said Boniface, “but I’m also forever grateful to the talented accompanists, dedicated teachers, supportive parents, invaluable volunteers and generous sponsors. Typical of Stratford, it’s a community effort.”