Clarenville Kiwanis Music Festival begins this weekend

New changes to Rose Bowl concert also announced

Published on March 20, 2017

A performance from last year’s Clarenville Area Kiwanis Festival. Last year was the 30th anniversary of the event in Clarenville.

©TC Media file photo

The Kiwanis Music Festival will kicks off with opening ceremonies Sunday, March 26, at 7:00 pm at the Eastlink Events Centre.

The Rose Bowl concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm at the Eastlink Events Centre.  New this year, the winner of the Rose Bowl will be announced immediately following the competition Saturday night.  Also new to this year’s event, adjudicators will be performing.  Tickets available at the door.

The Highlights Concerts are scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5.  Tickets are $10 are can be purchased through the Eastlink Events Centre Box Office.

This year’s adjudicators include Douglas Dunsmore, Grace Dunsmore, Monette Gould, and Dr. Phil Roberts


Douglas Dunsmore


A choral conductor of considerable experience, he is also a founding artistic director of the widely acclaimed choral festival, Festival 500: Sharing the Voices.

In addition to being the founding conductor of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (1986-2016), Dr. Dunsmore was appointed as Director of  MUN’s Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music, where he helped initiate and facilitate innovative projects and research throughout the province, including the creation of the first Newfoundland Labrador and Newfoundland Youth Choir.

Currently, Dr. Dunsmore serves as Director of Choral Music at Gower United Church in St. John’s Newfoundland and director of the Anchormen Barbershop Barbershop Chorus in St. John’s.


Grace Dunsmore


Graduating from the University of Regina, Grace taught in the Regina Public School system. She moved to St. John’s permanently in 1981, where she taught at Macdonald Drive Junior High for 24 years.

At that time, she established an active flute studio, and joined the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She has played in many groups, including orchestras for Festival 500, Opera on the Avalon, and community musicals.  She is currently the Principal Flute of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

Since retiring from teaching in the school system, she has taken on the role of woodwind coach for the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra.


Monette Gould


A soprano with many years of professional experience as a performer and teacher. Monette holds two performance diplomas, an A.R.C.T. and a Performance Licentiate, from The Royal Conservatory of Music, and an Opera Performance Diploma from the University of Toronto.

After completing her studies, Monette returned to New Brunswick to teach voice at Mount Allison University and l’Université de Moncton. Monette is the founder and director of the well-known Voce dell’Anima Choir.

Monette has appeared in several opera productions. She continues an active career as soloist, performing in recitals and concerts throughout the Maritimes.


Dr. Phil Roberts


Dr. Phil Roberts has served as visiting assistant professor of piano for the School of Music at Memorial University, as accompanist and vocal coach for the instrumental and vocal faculties at Memorial, and as a much sought-after collaborative colleague in the larger St. John’s community. His solo and collaborative work has taken him across Canada and to the U.S. and Europe.

In addition to regular performances in Memorial University’s Music@MUN concert series, Roberts has performed as a soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Banff Chamber Orchestra, and has been broadcast nationally on CBC radio.  He is the co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of PlayPianoNL.

Dr. Roberts holds graduate degrees in piano performance from the University of Montreal and has nearly a decade of experience teaching at the university level. He is currently a freelance musician in St John’s, NL, as well as the pianist of Trinitas Chamber Ensemble.