Thank You for yet another successful Festival…
– to all our Venue Hosts
– the Adjudicators
– the many generous Donors and Supporters
– the tireless volunteers
– and all the talented participants
80th Kootenay Festival of the Arts
to Send Eight Candidates to Provincials
submitted by: Nelson Music Festival Association Executive Board
The 2014 Kootenay Festival of the Arts finished its successful 80th year after 2 weeks of adjudicated performances and Highlights Concerts at the Capitol Theatre this month. Kootenay Festival of the Arts is an adjudicated performing arts festival sponsored by the Nelson Music Festival Association, a nonprofit society managed by a volunteer executive board from the West Kootenays. The festival provides a showcase for young people in the Kootenay area to demonstrate their talent in categories of Piano, Vocal and Choral Arts, Strings and Guitar, Speech and Dramatic Arts, and Dance.
The purpose of the local festival is to bring in excellent adjudicators for each discipline to work with students. Adjudicators nominate candidates, whom they feel have reached a standard of proficiency in their respected discipline, to the provincial festival. Performing Arts BC, an association of 34 regional festivals, hosts the provincial finals where the candidates have the opportunity to be selected for the National Festival. Performing Arts B.C. is one of the oldest festival traditions in British Columbia and its goals have been to inspire, educate, evaluate and promote regional students in the performing arts disciplines of dance, music and theatre.
Alternating between Nelson and Trail, this year’s Kootenay Festival adjudicators in Nelson nominated 8 finalists for the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival in Penticton, to be held in June. Adjudicators also nominated 11 observers, who together with the finalists, will participate in workshops, masterclasses, seminars and concerts in all disciplines including Dance, Piano, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Voice and Strings. More than 400 performing young artists participated in this year’s festival in Nelson, 66 of those received cash awards.
The eight nominated candidates chosen by the respected festival discipline adjudicators to represent the West Kootenays at the Provincials this year in Penticton are: Alexis Brooks of Penticton, Senior Modern Dance; Bethany Johnson of Rossland, Junior Stage Dance; Alexandra Deane of Nelson, Junior Piano; Espoir Segbeaya of Nelson, Senior Speech and Dramatic Arts; Sebastian Bodine of Nelson, Intermediate Speech and Dramatic Arts; Galen Boulager of Nelson, Intermediate Classical Voice; Michael Marsland of Nelson, Intermediate Musical Theatre; Isabel McAleer of Nelson, Junior Classical Voice. Nominated as observers are: Emilia Hofmann & Brynn Stredwick of Rossland, Junior Ballet; Kaylie Featherling of Cranbrook, Junior Stage Dance; Faith Wilkinson of Kelowna, Intermediate Ballet; Caitlin Paulson of Cranbrook, Intermediate Modern Dance; Jenn Walsh of Nelson; Junior Piano; Nemia Darwel of Nelson, Senior Speech and Dramatic Arts; Emma Chart of Nelson, Intermediate Musical Theatre; Max Thompson of Nelson, Junior Classical Voice; Amelia Ford of Nelson, Junior Musical Theatre; Sebastian Bodine of Nelson, Junior Strings.
The 2015 Kootenay Festival of the Arts will be held in Trail next year.
Kootenay Festival of the Arts
Kootenay Festival of the Arts is an adjudicated performing arts festival sponsored by the Nelson Musical Festival Association, a nonprofit society managed by volunteers from the West Kootenay area.
Uniquely situated in Nelson, British Columbia, the festival provides a showcase for young people in the Kootenay area to demonstrate their talent in categories of Piano, Vocal and Choral Arts, Strings and Guitar, Speech and Dramatic Arts, and Dance.
The format of the festival is to bring in excellent adjudicators in each discipline to work with students. Some students with unusual proficiency are referred to the provincial festival (Performing Arts BC) where they may excel and be given opportunity to showcase nationally. This festival is actually the only way to participate in the provincial and national festivals.
The churches and theatre venues of Nelson have always participated in this festival. The Festival opens opportunities for many volunteers to manage the venues and welcome the participants; many of these people are our seniors. Children as young as four years old participate as well as adult learners. Local businesses and sponsors have been pleased to contribute in support of the event since its inception. It is estimated that 3000 people are involved in this festival as participants, session audiences, sponsors, volunteers and two full-house Festival Highlights Concert audiences, all descending upon the downtown or church neighbourhoods of Nelson, dining and using hotels for a two week period. The festival has historically served to bind the region culturally, as Trail and Nelson have alternated and shared this event for so many years. The participants come from as far afield as Creston, Argenta and Grand Forks; dance participants from Spokane, and the Okanagan.
The goals of the Nelson Musical Festival Association are to promote, arrange and carry on competitive music festivals, and to encourage any other activities having as their object the development of musical ability and the appreciation of good music and allied arts.
Nelson Musical Festival Association, a registered non-profit society, is dedicated to providing an opportunity for young performers to achieve excellence.
Activities & Functions of the Association:
* To sponsor a community Music Festival on a bi-annual basis;
* To arrange publicity for the Festival;
* To solicit advertisers to sponsor ads in the Syllabus;
* To solicit donations for cash awards;
* To arrange for first-rate adjudicators for all disciplines;
* To arrange for rental of facilities to be used as venues;
* To schedule entrants/participants into classes;
* To organize community volunteers to assist Festival Committee as needed;
* To liaise with other community cultural groups and the Provincial Music Festival Committee