North Peace Performing Arts Festival

March  10th-24th

2018 Festival

– Awards and Winners

To be eligible for an award, participants are required to have performed at least 2 selections within the same discipline.
Groups must perform 2 eligible Provincial solo classes in order to be recommended to the Provincial Festival.

 2018 Awards

Bev Kleinschroth Memorial – $1000 – Rourke Whalen
This award is given to a student who has exhibited a high standard of performance in two or more disciplines, at least one of which is at a senior standard. Students must apply for this award prior to Festival and the successful applicant will not be eligible for the award in future Festival years. The Peace River & District Teachers Association Perennial Award is presented with this scholarship.

Greg Corcoran Passion & Excellence Award – $300 – Kara Walisser
Greg Corcoran was a gifted artist who was well known for the many instruments he played. An outstanding vocalist, he was a long time member of Peace Players both on stage and in the orchestra pit, and played with various bands for community events. Greg also conducted award-winning junior high and high school bands, and mentored many students through private lessons. This award goes to a multifaceted performer who exemplifies a love of music, a zest for learning and a high standard of performance, in tribute to Greg’s spirit.

The Unsung Hero Award – $400 – Melanie Oslie
Terry Brunham was an integral part of the Festival Movement in Northern Alberta. Be it moving risers, attending sessions, or producing Sound at Grand Concert, Terry always quietly supported North Peace Performing Arts and Provincial Festivals. The Unsung Hero Award will be presented to a participant, or sibling of a participant, who supports his/her attitude with selfless qualities. Please help us recognize and thank them with this award by emailing their name to: Please include reasons why they deserve this award.

Peace River Rotary Music Camp – $500 – Samantha Popovitch
This award is presented to a deserving student to help offset the cost of tuition, room and board for a student who wishes to attend summer music camp. Martha Aurelia Elizabeth Vangrud resided in the Peace Country for 38 years, teaching in Dixonville, Brownvale, Grimshaw and Peace River. Her major was Language and Literature and many students will remember her Historic Sites and Sights classes, complete with interesting objects that she would gather from her travels to Japan, Egypt, Rome and Norway. Aurelia sponsored the Junior Speaking Award, which Adele Boucher continues to support, in her honour.


Joshua Whyburd – County of Northern Lights – Most Promising All Round Instrumentalist

Trophy and $100

Ruth Spencer – Fairview Music Teachers Most promising Adult – Trophy and $50







Aurelia Vangrud Memorial Speech – JR – $50