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By LeRae Haynes
Throughout the month of April performing artists have the opportunity to receive feedback, suggestions and encouragement from adjudicators whose skills and experience in a wide range of disciplines can help performers grow and improve.
(Stephen and Luke Noble performed this afternoon in Speech Arts, held at the Calvary Tabernacle Church.)
The Cariboo Festival is pleased to be celebrating 55th years. Michelle Erlandson has been working with the Cariboo Festival on and off for 15 years. A piano and voice teacher, she said that performing for the Festival gives kids something they don’t get from other performances: the helpful professional critique and suggestions for improvement from an adjudicator.
Adjudicators for the disciplines are Catherine Hansen from Prince George for Speech Arts, Sebastian Ostertag from Prince George for Band and Instrumental, Lorne Dufour from Mcleese Lake for Creative Writing, Alexandra Babbel from Kelowna for Voice and Lori Elder from Prince George for piano.
Stephen Noble performed a narrative poem this afternoon by James Weldon Johnson called ‘Listen Lord’ and his brother, Luke, is performing a lyric piece by Wilfred Campbell called ‘How One Winter Came in the Lake Region.’ In the festival yesterday he did ‘The Beast’, written by his brother, James Noble.
Stephen and Luke explained that a narrative poem tells a story and that a lyric poem paints a continuous picture with your voice.
They come from a family of nine kids, and seven of them have participated in the Cariboo Festival. “We’re the first two brothers to perform musically in the Festival,” Luke said, adding that Stephen is performing in the vocal category, and that they’re both performing in the ensemble category with their brother, Paul.
“This performance is different than others,” Luke explained. “It’s competitive and it’s adjudicated and there is constructive feedback. Our brother Jimmy went to Africa and had to do a lot of public speaking: he said that doing Speech Arts in the Festival helped him a lot. One of the big reasons our folks encouraged us to do this is to make us comfortable speaking in public.”
Stephen explained that over the years he has watched performers improve. “No matter what you do, there are nerves involved—that’s just part of it,” he said. “One very useful bit of feedback I got last year was when the adjudicator said, ‘If you’re going to sing a song, convince me. Make eye contact and be sincere.’”
Band and Instrumental takes place on April 11-12 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Creative Writing will receive adjudication April 13 at the Central Cariboo Arts Center. Vocal entries will perform April 16-18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and piano performances will be held April 23-26 at the Calvary Tabernacle Church.
The public is invited to attend any of the performances, and there will be an Honours Concert to conclude the Festival on May 5, 7:00pm at the Cariboo Bethel Church.
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