Lakeland College music students off to provincials

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June 3, 2015
The dedicated practice and ambition of two students from Lakeland College’s performing arts program has earned them a spot at provincials
The students – Bri Harland (voice) and Josh Sandercock (percussion) – qualified for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) Provincial Finals Competition after excelling at the 2015 Lloydminster Kiwanis Music Festival.

“The recognition of our Lakeland College students at this level emphasizes and reinforces the talent and dedication that is at work here in our Performing Arts community,” says Mona Smith, facilitator of the performing arts program. “We have an extremely talented and dedicated group of instructors who work diligently to help their students reach their goals in music and the performing arts.”

As a percussion student with Bruce Landmark at Lakeland College, Sandercock will compete at both the provincial and the provincial national level. He will play three pieces for the national class and a snare drum piece for the provincial class. The provincial level of competition will hand out awards and scholarships to students who receive the highest mark in their discipline. In the provincial national competition, judges will select a musician who they feel plays at the highest standard and who will go on to represent Saskatchewan at the national competition. 

“I am excited to compete with such talented individuals who are also competing at this level. It is a great opportunity to see what others are doing, what music they are studying and the techniques the adjudicators are looking for at this level of competition,” says Sandercock.

Sandercock first started taking piano lessons at Lakeland College and also participated in the college’s theatre program, prior to studying percussion. He most recently completed his Grade 6 Royal Conservatory of Canada percussion exam and received the highest mark in Saskatchewan, which garnered him a gold medal. 

Harland studies voice with Kathryn Edwards, and will compete in three voice categories: up-tempo musical theatre, ballad musical theatre and intermediate girl’s voice.

“Bri has been working with Kathryn over the past eight years. She is very excited to go to provincials because it is very difficult to get to this level. It is a real honour to be selected to showcase her excellence at the provincial level,” says Bev Harland, proud mother of Bri Harland.

The Provincial Finals Competition is an event, held in June of each year, during which the district winners compete provincially for scholarships, awards and the honour of representing Saskatchewan at the National level of competition. The 2015 SMFA Provincial Finals will be held in Saskatoon from June 5-7, 2015.

Lakeland’s performing arts program offers lessons at the Lloydminster campus in brass, bass guitar, voice, guitar, percussion, saxophone, flute, piano, drums, violin and cello. Beginner guitar and drum lessons are available at the Vermilion campus.

Photos: Above, Josh Sandercock will compete at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association Provincial Finals Competition. He will play pieces for both the national class and the provincial class. Bri Harland will compete in three voice categories at the competition. 

June 3, 2015