East meets west at Tauranga singing competition

Date published: July 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Comments


EIGHTEEN Eastern Bay singers took their talents and techniques to contest 36 age-structured singing classes in the 55th Tauranga Festival of Performing Arts.
The Eastern Bay contingent did well in the competitions, held earlier this month in the Baycourt Theatre.
From the youngest performing in the 11 years and under classes to those competing in the highly-regarded Major Scholarship Programme Class 16 and under 25 years, it was packed with non-stop action for the Eastern Bay contingent.
The major scholarship class has a first prize of $1000, second prize of $300 and third prize of $200, with the two top place-getters receiving the Tauranga nomination for the 2012 ILT National Young Performers Awards held in October.
The Tauranga Festival Singing Section Competition is now a premier performing arts event in New Zealand and attracts known, independent adjudicators. This adjudication system provides the singer with an informed assessment of each item sung as well as giving them valuable experience performing before a live audience.
The singing competition provides a wide range of classes and is open to many styles of singing – jazz, blues, gospel, theatre, folk, art, lied, sacred, oratorio and opera, catering for most tastes and ages groups.
However the Eastern Bay competitors were excluded from one section of the competition, Whakatane singing teacher Leonie McRae said.
“There are a many cups, trophies and scholarships on offer including one notable award, worth $1000 in prize money, which is open only to ‘16 and 17 years singing students’ who live within the Western Bay of Plenty District Council area that is effectively excluding any Eastern Bay young person from competing for this valuable award.”
Mrs McRae was one of three Eastern Bay singing tutors with students taking part in the competition. The others were Karla Lyford – who also competed – and Trace Tidd.
The major scholarship class was a prestigious event and hotly contested. It was won by 19-year-old soprano Madison Nonoa from Hamilton, a student at Auckland University who intends to make a career of singing.
Two Whakatane singers competed in this class – Karla Lyford and Simone Goldsmith.
“From the appreciable number of Eastern Bay people now competing in Tauranga singing competitions and from the strong local interest in all things musical, it seems hopeful Whakatane could, in time, host its own regional version of vocal and instrumental competitions to further nurture, encourage and support all the good and productive activity that happens here,” Mrs McRae said.


Source: Whakatane Beacon