Joint Winners in the Aria!!
History was made in the 2019 Warrnambool Aria on Sunday 26th May.
Warrnambool's Louise Keast and Bundoora's Jia Yoa Sun
were announced as joint winners of the competition.
Louise is also the first local winner since 1995.
Adjudicator Margaret Dalglish said that choosing the winner was the most difficult decision she has made in her close to 50 Eisteddfods she has adjudicated.
Praise was also given to the other 3 finalists
- Iris Ferwerda, Kimberley Colman, and Madeleine Crombie.
Speech & Drama In Demand!
This year's entries in Speech and Drama have exceeded all expectations with an exceptionally large number of Primary School competitors. The demand has been so large that the Convenor Nicky Baker has had to increase the schedule to 4 weeks! WOW!!
What's New for This Years Competition??
Check out the new additions in our Eisteddfod competitions this year!
There are two new sections in DEBATING for 2019 - Section 221 Secondary School Impromptu for Yrs 7 - 9 and Section 227 Primary School Impromptu Debate for Yrs 5 & 6.
DANCE is trialing new sections in the "Own Choreography" section this year. Dance has also included a new stipulation in it's rules this year. Although is has been compulsory for teachers and those working directly with our young competitors to show a Working With Children Check, Dance is making it COMPULSORY to WEAR your WORKING WITH CHILDREN/or equivalent accreditation identification if entering the backstage areas.
There are several new sessions within the INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC section, with several new sessions in Piano including a session for Own Choice Duet for Family members to play together. Another change for Piano is the grouping of sessions according to the AMEB grades the students have completed.
Thanks to the St. Josephs Committee there are great prizes in the Open Organ Keyboard - Own choice and Open Organ Keyboard - Hymn/Liturgy with First prizes of $100 and second prizes of $50 for each section. We thank St. Josephs Committee for their generous sponsorship.
If you are into drumming the new Drum Kit section may interest you and there are several changes to the STAGE BANDS including a new Secondary School Jazz/Stage Band. We also have an expanded choral section for Primary Schools this year.
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION is now Vocal &/or Instrumental! This can be a solo or small group performance and the piece performed must have been written by one of the performers. The prize for this section includes a RECORDING SESSION OF 2 HOURS.
Two New Life Members!
Congratulations to Ann O'Brien & Helen Van Der Starre on becoming our newest Life Members! Ann and Helen have been the Convenors for the Speech & Drama section for the last 5 years and, much to our regret, are leaving us. They are both very worthy awardees having committed a lot of their time and energy into their Committee work and advocacy for Speech & Drama in particular. Congratulations and thank you Ladies!