Music festivals build community: adjudicator

Diane Crocker
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Voice adjudicator Elizabeth McDonald spoke at the Rotary Club of Corner Brook meeting at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Elizabeth McDonald said an incredible thing about music festivals is that they build community.

“And community happens in so many different ways,” she said while addressing the Rotary Club of Corner Brook on Thursday. “And this is just one of those wonderful things that brings people together, brings family together and brings very different facets of the community to celebrate something so unique and special, and that is music.”

McDonald is this year’s voice adjudicator for the Corner Brook Rotary Music Festival.

She and fellow adjudicators — Dennis Beck, brass, woodwind and bands; Christopher Lane, choirs and musical theatre; and Stella terHart, piano — were guests of the Rotary Club, sponsors of the festival, for its weekly luncheon at the Glynmill Inn.

McDonald, who is from Ontario, said there’s something about music festival’s in Newfoundland that she’s yet to experience anywhere else in Canada and that’s the support for the performers.

“There is this group of people that come to support the kids that aren’t even the grandparents or the parents.”

She said it could be someone that the mother or grandmother knows or someone from a prayer group or the school.

“And they’re there to just support and enjoy,” she said.

McDonald said this creates an amazing community of experience. “Where instead of adjudicating a class of 10 kids where there might be 10 other parents in the audience, a class of 10 kids has maybe 70 people in the house. And so then to be able to explore and talk about not just music, but participation and volunteerism, is pretty amazing and of course that goes with your mandate.”

With that she congratulated Rotary for doing that.

There is still lots of the festival to take in with several competitive and non-competitive classes and workshops taking place today.

And tonight some of the top performers in the festival will compete in the Rose Bowl competition.

Junior Rose Bowl competitors include Nicole Anne Keeping, voice, Andrew Luther, piano, and Gina Spencer, voice and piano. Competing for the Senior Rose Bowl will be Olivia Callahan, violin, Stephen Eckert, piano, Ian Locke, voice, Sarah Newell, alto saxophone, Michaela O’Connor, voice, Thomas Pender, piano, and Danny Staples, alto saxophone. The Rose Bowl gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre.

Organizations: Rotary Club of Corner Brook

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Ontario, Newfoundland Canada

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