Nova Scotia tenor Marcel d’Entremont of Merigomish won the $5,000 Grand Award at the 2014 National Music Festival in Kelowna, B.C., this past August.
A news release says he won the $1,500 first place prize for voice in a competition that featured 53 amateur musicians aged 14 to 28 performing in eight disciplines: piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, guitar, chamber groups and music theatre.
D’Entremont is entering the second year of a Master’s in music program at the University of Toronto, where he studying on full scholarship with tenor Darryl Edwards.
The singer, who also attended Mount Allison University and Acadia University, is a past recipient of the New Glasgow Music Festival Rose Bowl and received the Gordon and Irene MacKinnon Memorial Voice Rose Bowl in the Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival for four consecutive years.
He represented Nova Scotia in the National Youth Choir in 2012, won the Portia White Award, the highest award offered from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for voice, in 2013, and was a featured soloist with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he will be a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Grand Philharmonic Choir.
Other Nova Scotia winners are Jaewon Choi, who received third place in the woodwind category, and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, directed by Heather Fraser. It received second place in Best Performance by a Community Choral Group 12 and under.
Source: Halifax Chronicle Herald (http://www.herald.ns.ca/artslife/1231813-ns-tenor-hits-top-notes-at-festival)