The 2023 Pacific Northwest Music Festival, an annual celebration of musical and speech talent in the region, concluded with a scholarship night on April 28, followed by a gala evening on April 29. The festival, which took place over 17 days, showcased the talents of more than 4,000 people across various genres.
The scholarship night awarded thousands in scholarships to up-and-coming people, recognizing their talent and dedication to their craft. Festival organizers, in partnership with local sponsors, provided these financial awards to help aspiring performers further their education and careers.
During the scholarship night, attendees were treated to special performances by the top scholarship recipients. The evening featured a diverse range of genres, highlighting the eclectic mix of talent present at this year’s festival.
Pacific Northwest Music Festival program coordinator Ken Juniper shared a list of performers adjudicators recommended go to the provincial music festival, held in Penticton this year. They include:
Edan Jairus Tadiaman
Addison Pitzel Erica Rogers
The festival’s grand finale was the gala evening. The night showcased the festival’s top performers, including the winners of the prestigious Pacific Northwest Music Festival Awards. Guests enjoyed an evening of memorable performances, celebrating the passion and dedication of these talented musicians.
The 2023 Pacific Northwest Music Festival began on April 14 and featured a variety of events across the city, including concerts, workshops, and masterclasses. Participating musicians ranged from young prodigies to established professionals, all hailing from across the province, the country and even internationally.
Festival organizers expressed their gratitude for the support of the local community, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make this year’s festival a success. They also shared their excitement for the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest music scene, noting the vital role the festival plays in fostering local talent and encouraging the pursuit of musical excellence.
Juniper also shared a list of scholarships and awards of excellence awarded during the festival. They include:
Senior Scholarship – Horizon Dental - $1000: Taylor Jackson, Dance
Intermediate Scholarship – Woodd Family - $500: Edan Jairus Tadiaman, Piano
Junior Scholarship – Munson Family - $250: Hannah Hansen, Dance
Awards of Excellence
Senior – Sandpiper Boutique Award - $200: Braya Kluss
Intermediate – Rotary Club Award - $150: Edan Jairus Tadiaman
Junior – Angela Beaupre Award - $100: Mia Lan
Senior – Acadia Mechanical Award - $200: Nathan Bahr
Intermediate – Crystal Thomas Award - $150: Benjamin Chouinard
Junior – Terrace Academy of Music Award - $100: May Zhang
Intermediate – Elks Award - $150: Erica Rogers
Junior – Elaine Johnson Award - $100: Addison Pitzel
Intermediate – Elks Award - $150: Erilyn Nicklie
Junior – Cecil R. Goodvin Award - $100: Xavier Grielens
Senior – Fusion Eye Care Award - $200: Azilynn Pushong
Intermediate – Bert’s Deli Award - $150: Erica Rogers
Junior – Ginny Lowrie Award - $100: Emeline Hanna
Intermediate – Jim Steele Memorial Award - $150: Milla Ivens
Junior – Terrace Community Band Award - $100: Haruka Yamamoto
Viktor Elias joined the Terrace Standard in April 2023.