Considering how busy she’s been lately, just making it to the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear’s Regional Music Festival was a feat in itself for 18-year-old Megan George.
The young pianist from Whitbourne was also busy preparing for university exams while competing in the 49th edition of the premier musical event for young performers in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia area. But the hard work paid off for George, who is the 2019 Senior Rose Bowl winner.
“It was good,” said George, runner-up for the same award the last two years. She was also a former Junior Rose Bowl winner, having claimed that title in 2016. Runners-up for the award were Madison Hurley and Sarah Smith.
“I’ve been in it the past few years and I’ve always been runner-up, so it’s good to finally win.
She’s now finishing off her first year at Memorial University’s School of Music, studying under pianist Timothy Steeves with hopes of pursuing a performance degree. If anything, her full-time music studies helped a great deal when it came to this year’s festival. The pieces she performed in the Rose Bowl competition were also learned for a course she was taking.
“Before, it was like, this is just something I kind of do on the side. I have to focus on my school and exams and everything, and piano is just something I did for fun. But now, this is what I do for school anyways and that’s what my whole focus is basically on. So I was definitely more prepared than in previous years, for sure.”
Her busy schedule barely allowed her to make it to Carbonear for the Grant Concert on Thursday, April 11, where the Senior Rose Bowl winner was announced. George finished an exam in St. John’s shortly before the evening event, then had to be back in the city Friday morning for another exam.
“So it’s been pretty busy, but it has calmed down now.”
Beyond music school, George intends to move from concert halls into the courtroom by attending law school.
“It’s just something I’ve been interested in for a while now, and my whole family thinks I’d be good at it.”