LEWISPORTE, NL – Brother and sister Tegan and Paige Sargent let their talents shine at the Gander and Area Kiwanis Music Festival.
It was Paige’s fourth time in the festival, which ran from March 8-16. She displayed a variety of skills in piano, musical theatre, pop, gospel and opera singing.
Her younger brother Tegan had his first experience with Kiwanis this year.
Tegan says his sister provided some helpful advice as he prepared for the competition.
“In preparation for my gospel singing, my sister told me to breathe in and out,” said Tegan. “I got complimented on that by the adjudicator.”
Through practicing and attending piano/singing lessons together, the siblings say their friendship has grown thanks to their joint interest in music.
Paige placed in each category she participated in and is now preparing to represent Gander at the future provincial competition in Corner Brook. With 11 performances in total, she says there was a lot of memorization involved with her preparations.
Tegan participated in the classical, musical theatre, gospel and piano categories. He says his favorite performance was his rendition of “In Summer” from the film “Frozen.”
Getting to wear a big snowman costume for the song, Tegan says it was a fun experience.
“I found it very enjoyable and I learned a lot of things from it,” he said. “One of those things is that I’m much more musical than I thought I was.”
While Paige, now in Grade 9, has been developing her musical talents since fifth grade, her seventh-grade brother only started lessons this past year.
Paige’s interest in music started when her cousin introduced her to a musical.
“My cousin came back from London and had watched a show called ‘Matilda,’” Paige said. “She showed me the songs from it and I just fell in love with music ever since.”
Paige’s favorite performance was her rendition of a German opera song. She says she enjoyed getting to learn the language while practicing the song.
Paige won the best overall performance of the festival, a participant award in the Rose Bowl category, best concert group performance, and a musical theatre award. Tegan won a junior gospel award.
Musical talent clearly runs in the blood for the siblings. Their mother Lorna sings and plays piano, and father Chris is a percussionist.