Poetry Contest Winners Announced!


PEI Symphony Selects Winners of Island-Wide Poetry Contest

The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) & Mark Shapiro, Music Director, in cooperation with the PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture are pleased to announce the winners of their Island-wide poetry contest for students! The winning poets are: Madelyn Iwankow (East Wiltshire Intermediate) for her poem “As I Walk”, Chloe Dockendorff (homeschooled) for her poem “Haven on the Waves”, Madison Lockman (Colonel Gray High School) for her poem “Ode to Plant Life”, and Nicolas Dickieson (Immanuel Christian School) for his poem “My Canada”.

The PEISO is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada with a very special concert in November, 2017. These winning poems will be work-shopped with PEI poets, and will serve as the lyrical basis for a new musical work (a “Cantata”) for chorus and orchestra that will be performed at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The work will mark and celebrate our nation’s diversity in inclusive ways, and provides an opportunity for Island youth to participate in PEI’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. PEISO Music Director Mark Shapiro said, “It’s thrilling to imagine that we will all have a part in creating a spectacular, high-caliber musical composition that will be so richly and deeply expressive of the voices of Islanders, in every sense.  Our Island’s beautiful soul will surely be singing on November 19.”

A juried panel selected the four winners, and their submissions will be set to music in a four-movement, forty-minute Cantata for soloists, chorus, children’s chorus, and a Symphony Orchestra. Composers of the Cantata include Richard Covey, Leo Marchildon, Andrew Staniland and Kevin Morse. The four student winners will receive a cash prize, tickets to the event in which the Cantata will be performed, as well as a special musical performance by select members of the PEISO at their school.  

The poetry submissions were encouraged to celebrate national pride with reference to Canada’s past, present or future. The works were required touch on one or more of the following themes: Inclusion/Diversity, Reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-indigenous Peoples or Environmental Conservation. The winning poems were selected based on their lyrical artistic merit, thematic relevance, and potential to individually contribute to the Cantata’s unified whole.

The PEISO Symphony staff, Board of Directors, musicians and volunteers would like to congratulate our winning poets on crafting four fantastic poems that pay homage to our great nation!
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.