The Boissevain Festival of the Arts concluded the 2017 festival with the annual awards concert Sunday afternoon at the Whitewater Church.

Organizers said the festival this year had many ups and downs and mostly because of the weather. “We got the vocal classes done without a hitch but the two day blizzard during the festival made it more difficult to complete the piano classes” said Chairperson Kim McKay.

She thanked the volunteers and other involved with the festival for adjusting schedules and allowing the piano competitions to be completed.

“This year we added visual arts and response was limited so we will have to see what lies ahead for that but overall the festival enjoyed another good year.”


The winner of this year’ Most Promising Vocal Performer (Aileen Didluck Memorial & Beta Sigma Phi preceptor Chapter) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Elena Neufeld

The most promising Performer in Beginner Piano (In Memory of Marilyn Knight Scholarship) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Charlise Bisson

The most promising Performer in Junior Piano, Grades 1-2 (In Memory of Marilyn Knight) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Wynonnah Manzalo

The most promising Performer in Intermediate Piano, Grades 3-6 (In Memory of Barry & Lois Dickson) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Caleb Raes

The most promising Performer in Senior Piano, Grades 7 & up (In Memory of Marilyn Knight) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Gavin Raes

The recipient of the Boissevain Festival of the Arts Scholarship this year is:
Gavin Raes

The winner of this year’s Rose Bowl (Municipality of Boissevain Morton) & Scholarship (Pete & Ruth Unrau) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Kendyle Orr

The winner of this year’s Tudor Bowl (Chamber of Commerce) & Scholarship (Dr. & Mrs. Meyer Nell) as selected by the adjudicator is:
Braden Davis
Several people were recommended for provincials:


The Piano & Vocal adjudicators in the Boissevain Festival have recommended the following students to the Provincial Finals in Winnipeg this year.


Preliminary Piano – Andrew Heide & Elena Neufeld
(Alternate – Owen Raes)

Junior Piano – Caleb Raes & Anita Szabo

Intermediate Piano – Gavin Raes

Advanced Piano – Braden Davis

Preliminary Canadian – Andrew Heide
(Alternate – Jasmine Penner)

Junior Canadian – Caleb Raes
(Alternate – Anita Szabo)

Intermediate Canadian – Gavin Raes
(Alternate – Maddy Neufeld)


Preliminary Musical Theatre – Elena Neufeld
(Alternate – Kendalyn Penner)

Preliminary Canadian – Kendalyn Penner
(Alternate – Elena Neufeld)

The following choirs have been recommended to the National Choral competition by the Vocal adjudicator:

Killarney United Church Choir – directed by Jean Lawson

Boissevain School Choir – directed by Dianna Neufeld

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