Birdtail River Fine Arts Festival awards for vocal, piano, instrumental/band and visual arts sessions were scheduled to be presented on March 15, but by that time, COVID-19 had gone to pandemic proportions. Organizers called off the Final Concert that was scheduled for that Sunday afternoon.
Performers benefited from inspiring adjudications and short workshops.
Piano adjudication was provided by Everett Hopfner, director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music at Brandon University (BU).
Vocal adjudicator Kari Rutherford is a Mezzo-Soprano who holds a bachelor’s degree BU School of Music for Voice Performance under the guidance of professor Sarah Hall.
Janet Yochim, Band/Instrumental adjudicator, is a Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction recipient and the band instructor at Virden schools.
Visual Arts adjudicators were experienced artists and art educators, Joan Trott, and Marilyn Schick.
Beginner Piano - Jude Davison, Hamiota
Gr. 1 Piano - Elle McLean, Oak River
Gr. 2 Piano - Quinn Bryant, Miniota
Vi Smith Memorial, Folk Singing 10 Years & U - Harmony Wilson, Kenton
Awards & Trophies:
Miniota United Church Sacred Solo - Jessica Young, Miniota
Mathison Trophy 15 & Over, Showing Promise - Jessica Young
Robert Stewart Memorial Visual Arts Trophy - Sam Keller, Miniota
Isabella Vocal Award 10 Years & Under - Jude Davison
Eileen Kent Honourary Vocal Award, Showing Promise - Roanna Davison, Hamiota
Nicholson Farm Trophy, Gr. 3 Piano - Rainn Paddock, Rivers
Arrow River Women’s Trophy 14 Years & U - Elise Armitage, Miniota
Nicholson Farm, Gr. 4 Piano - Ava Evans, Beulah
Crandall United Church Vocal Award, Showing Promise - Harlie Blanchard, Hamiota
Country Crocus Keeper Trophy, Outstanding Piano Performance - Aimee Creighton, Rivers
Kenton Consumers Co-op Ltd. Trophy, Gr. 5 Piano - Aimee Creighton, Rivers
Mrs. D. W. Fraser Memorial Trophy, Gr. 7 Piano - Emily Bryant, Miniota
Isabella Community Women, Vocal - Jessica Young
Mable Brandon Memorial, Beginner Piano - Ashley Boyd, Rivers
Kenton Legion Ladies Auxiliary - Kennidy Routledge
Ryan Hamilton, Band - Hamiota Grade 8
Bruce and Janice Waddell - Seth Hamilton
Mable Brandon Memorial Piano, Gr. 1-2 - Avery Clark, Isabella
Hamiota Art Club, Visual Arts - Grace Waldner, Decker Colony
Mable Brandon Memorial, Piano, Gr. 7 & Up - Emily Bryant, Miniota
Campbell Flowers & Gifts, Vocal, 11-14 Years - Roanna Davison, Hamiota
Hamiota Lions Club, Vocal, 10 Years & U - Ariah Davison, Hamiota
Mable Brandon Memorial Piano, Gr. 3-5 - Aimee Creighton, Rivers
Recommended to Provincials
Jr. Piano - Aimee Creighton, Rivers
Int. Piano - Emily Bryant, Miniota