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The 64th annual Kiwanis Music Festival culminated Friday night at New Covenant Church on Holiday Drive with the Stars of the Festival concert.

The evening included the presentation of the Richard Blaha Silver Tray to vocalist Julia Stefan for being judged to deliver the best performance during an earlier trophy competition.

Here is a list of trophy and award winners:


Richard Blaha Memorial Silver Tray awarded to Julia Stefan


W. Ross Macdonald Trophy - Associate, Laila Haight

Markwell J. Perry Trophy - Grade 10, Ben Moon

Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Trophy, Ellen Vollebregt

R.L. Houlding Trophy, Laila Haight

Angus Jewellers Trophy, Naomi Kroesbergen

Hagey Trophy, Henri Romel

Mary C. O'Grady Memorial Trophy, Rebecca Orsini

Nell A. Paling Memorial Trophy, Makayla Colonello

Emma Robison Memorial Trophy, Tatyana Palmer

Sylvia Skomorowski Trophy, Ellen Vollebregt


Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Trophy, Alexander Rey


Donna Chapin Crystal Rose Bowl, Bianka Da Silva-Lyons

Keighley's Jewellers Junior Rose Bowl, Julia Stefan

Holton Trophy, Elizabeth Zuwala

Muriel King Memorial Trophy, Julia Stefan

Marion Broughton Memorial Trophy, Sydney Trotter

Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Trophy, Zachary Vander Meulen

George A. Smale Memorial Plaque, Zachary Vander Meulen

Irene Nagy Memorial Trophy, Alina Barnett

Elsie Hall Memorial Trophy, Krystal Da Silva-Lyons

Grand River Chorus Trophy, Raquel Vander Meulen


"Wolf Spirit" (Hernandez Voice Studio), Tristan Hernandez

"Wolves in Song" (The Williamson Group), Natasha Melfi

Brant Men of Song Plaque, Starr Sensations


Dorothy Lord Memorial Plaque, Grace Free Reformed Youth Choir


Dr. Grant Honeyman Memorial Trophy -Grade 10, Emma Morrison

Honeyman Family Trophy, Mary Elizabeth Rose

Walter Babiak Conductor's Trophy, Bethany Kerr

Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Trophy, David Rose

Little String Orchestra Trophy, Brant Suzuki S.S. Senior Ensemble

Brant Naval Veterans' Association Trophy, Samuel Tinevez

Brant Suzuki String School Trophy, Paul-Mark DiFrancesco

Virginia Little Trophy, Megan Davis

Douglas and Joyce Robertson Trophy, Natalie Hyde

Telfer Place Trophy, Willow Stevenson

RiverView Terrace Trophy, Stephanie Sim

Little String Orchestra 30th Anniversary Trophy, Jericho Kerr


Nell A. Paling Memorial Trophy, Melissa Mather

Waterloo Music Company Limited Trophy, Yan (Laura) Jin

Brantford School of Instrumental Music Trophy, Yan (Laura) Jin

Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Trophy, Yan (Laura) Jin

Lefebvre and Lefebvre Trophy, John Abreu


Pat Feely's Guitar Academy Senior Trophy, Wes Palladini

Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Junior Trophy, Paul-Mark DiFrancesco

Advance Printing Trophy, Caelin Mackie

The Brantford Music Centre Trophy, Kristian Del Cantero

LA Music Trophy, Nathan Godfree

Friends of the Guitar Concert Series Trophy, Peter-John Stypa

Birdseye Instrumental Works Trophy, Braemar Bears


PIANO:Aslan Bahar, Brittany Clayton, Makayla Colonello, Ariela Dabrowski, Daniela Dabrowski, Jordan DeVries, Laila Haight, Stuart Hamilton, Nathan Hutten, Eric Kwok, Tim McDougald, Ben Moon, Emma Morrison, Rebecca Orsini, Tatyana Palmer, Bennett Perras, Kendra Perras, Lyndon Rey, Henri Romel, Stephanie Sim, Ellen Vollebregt.

GRADED PIANO:Olivia Cameron, Rhianna Grant, Simon Jaeger, Ito Matsuda, Mariel Matsuda, Krislea Meevis, Alexander Rey, Victoria Rey, Dorian Staats, Joshua Ticsay.

VOICE -CLASSICAL:Alina Barnett, B.J. Carlos, Bianka Da Silva-Lyons, Krystal Da Silva-Lyons, Maighdlyn Hadley, Stephanie Johnston, Ines Kowal, Jason Paiero, Julia Stefan, Sydney Trotter, Raquel Vander Meulen, Zachary Vander Meulen, Melina Zaccaria, Elizabeth Zuwala.

VOICE -MUSICAL THEATRE: Ariel Bean, Chandler Berardi, B.J. Carlos, Makayla Colonello, Katie Cox, Bianka Da Silva-Lyons, Mariella Decle, Maighdlyn Hadley, Tristan Hernandez, Taylor Hubbard, Megan Kirkby, Courtney Landry, Natasha Melfi, Emily Miller, Kristine Purdy, Emily Pynenburg, Zachary Vander Meulen.

STRINGS:Emily Arva, Anthony Baldassarra, Natalie Cross, Megan Davis, Brennan Eivers, Cecilia Eivers, Zack Haight, Eden Kerr, Hilary Mann, Mikayla Martorano, Emma Morrison, David Rose, Mary Elizabeth Rose, A.J. Sim, Isabel Skeffington, Samuel Tinevez, Elyse Varney, Zachary Zona.

BRASS, WOODWIND AND PERCUSSION:Yan (Laura) Jin, Mary Elizabeth Rose

GUITAR: Konrad Bartlett, Arvin Carandang, Dominik Dabrowski, Kristian Del Cantero, Callum Devaux, Paul-Mark DiFrancesco, James Duncan, Reid Earnshaw, Nathan Godfree, Matthew Imola, Caelin Mackie, Wes Palladini, Bailey Purchase, Peter-John Stypa.


The following students have been recommended for the Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial finals competition to be held in at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, in June. They will be competing with top students from across the province.

PIANO:Grade 8, Bahar Aslan; Grade 9, Emma Morrison; Grade 10, Ben Moon, Rebecca Orsini, Ellen Vollebregt (Alt.); Diploma, Laila Haight

VOICE -CLASSICAL:Grade 7, Alina Barnett; Grade 8, Sydney Trotter; Grade 9, Elizabeth Zuwala, Julia Stefan; Grade 10, Zachary Vander Meulen.

VOICE -MUSIC THEATRE: Junior (Ages 12 -14) -Chandler Berardi, Taylor Hubbard, Katie Cox (Alt.); Intermediate (15 -16) -Tristan Hernandez, Maighdlyn Hadley, Mariella Decle (Alt.); Senior (17 -19) - Natasha Melfi, Emily Pynenburg, Courtney Landry (Alt.); Advanced ( 20 -28) -Bianka Da Silva-Lyons, Zachary Vander Meulen

STRINGS:Grade 9, Mary Elizabeth Rose; Grade 10, Emma Morrison

GUITAR:Grade 7, Bailey Purchase; Grade 9, Wes Palladini

The following students from our festival were also recommended by the adjudicator to attend provincials, but were recommended previously from other festivals.

PIANO:Rebecca Orsini, Burlington Festival; Ellen Vollebregt, Norfolk Festival

MUSIC THEATRE:Emily Pynenburg, Toronto Festival

STRINGS:Emma Morrison - Norfolk Festival