Music Students Set for Final Showcase Concerts

Seven Great Nights of Music Put Graduating Students in Shambhala Spotlight


Students in the Selkirk College Music & Technology Program will take the stage starting Friday at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson. On the line is more than just a great show as the annual showcase concerts count towards final marks.

“These are important performances for the students,” says Voice and Songwriting Instructor Melody Diachun. “This is the culmination of months of hard work and practice. Add in the fact the students will be performing not only for their peers, but for their families, friends and the Nelson community, there are likely a few more butterflies.”

Music Showcase 2014

The March 21 concert is a double-bill featuring two second year music students.

The music students at Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus have been putting together their final set of the season for several months. The showcase concerts will shine the spotlight on all the different instruments. Also important in the final shows are skills learned in sound, recording and lighting.

“We both agreed on creating a show that will keep the audience entertained and dancing in their seats,” says vocalist Charlie Pears Smith, who kicks off the performances with Hilary Whelan this Friday night.

The students who will be critiqued for their performance are in their second and final year of the program.

“This is something we have been looking forward to since last September and I can’t wait to show my friends and family where the music program has brought me,” Whelan says.

There are seven showcases in total (see list below) and all of the students are accompanied by a full band. The showcases take place at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on the Tenth Street Campus starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation.

  • March 21: Charlie Pears Smith (voice/rock) and Hilary Whelan (voice/pop)
  • March 24: Thea Loberg (voice/pop) and Rachelle Mathieu (voice/pop)
  • March 25: Nate Stilwell (drums/progressive)
  • March 26: Noel Taylor (guitar/rock)
  • March 27: Reg Eddy (drums/progressive) and Ryder Sharpe (bass/hard rock)
  • March 28: Nikita Afonso (voice/songwriting/country-pop-folk) and Andrew Parkhouse (voice/pop-rock)
  • April 1: Aline Daigle (violin/original) and Adrian Emond (guitar/original progressive rock)


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