NEW GLASGOW – After shining in the New Glasgow and Nova Scotia music festivals this spring, local singer Anna Bond will be representing the province at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals this summer.
Success of this scale shouldn’t be too surprising for her however because Bond has always marched to the beat of a different drum when it comes to music.
The mezzo-soprano recently received a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and will be heading to McGill University in Montreal to complete a master’s in music.
After winning the Margaret Durning Memorial Award at the New Glasgow Music Festival, Bond was recommended as a senior voice competitor at the provincial level.
At the Nova Scotia Music Festival in Liverpool, she was chosen amongst senior vocal students as the province’s representative at the national music festival in August.
“I started in the New Glasgow Music Festival when I was eight years old,” said Bond. At that age, she asked her mom for singing lessons and participated in the festival every year after that.
“It feels amazing and all the hard work has been worth it,” said Bond, but noted there are plenty of teachers and mentors who have helped her along the way. “None of this would have been possible without my voice and theory teachers, Jennifer Grout and Jane Miller.”
Amazingly, it’s not her first time competing at the national level. She represented the province at the national festival on tuba in 2009. In fact, she was torn when she arrived at Mount Allison as to whether she’d focus on tuba or voice. Her decision to pursue voice was based partly on economics and partly on passion.
“I had reached a high level on tuba but couldn’t afford to buy one,” said Bond. “So voice was the obvious choice.” Her minor in English has helped her to get into the lyrics and poetry of music.
Bond was born in Romania but was adopted by a family here in New Glasgow. “Maybe the desire to sing comes from my birth parents. I’ll never know.” Regardless, she is thankful for her adoptive mother, Maureen, and wouldn’t have been able to have the lessons, trips and music training without her support.
Bond will also be competing in the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations convention in Halifax this summer as well, representing the province of New Brunswick.
Now, she’s looking toward this upcoming challenge at the national music festival at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. “My accompanist lives in P.E.I. so we’ll be trying to schedule some practices,” said Bond.
“I’ll be doing my best to represent Nova Scotia.”
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