South Delta Secondary Grade 8 student Monica Tamm won first place in the two voice competitions she entered last week at the 2014 Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver.
For the Junior Division -Musical Theatre/Comedy, she performed My Party Dress from the off-Broadway musical Henry & Mudge. Singing with a British accent that delighted the adjudicator, opera tenor Lary Benson, she performed Quiet from the British musical Matilda for the Junior Division -Musical Theatre/Ballad.
In his adjudication, Benson said, "Your vocal control is amazing; you have a beautiful bright, young voice. Bravo for picking this... unusual musical and song. It was a perfect vehicle for your talent." The Kiwanis Music Festival is Vancouver's premier music festival, offering professional adjudication to some 8,000 students in high school bands and choirs, and in private study.
This is Tamm's second year in competition and her first time taking part in the Kiwanis Music Festival. In 2013, she received two second place awards and one third place at the CDMF Performing Arts Festival in Port Coquitlam.
Tamm studies voice under Tracy Neff, who is well known around Delta for her singing and performing talent. Locally, Tamm has performed in a number of venues, including at Canada Day celebrations and at the Spirit of the Games Ice Show recently presented by the Sun God Skating Club. She has also performed in drama productions at South Delta Baptist Church and in the Extravaganza Program at SDSS last December.