Felicity Tomkins : Master of Music (MMUS)
Sir Edmund Hillary Senior Leader Scholarship
Felicity Tomkins (soprano) graduated from the University of Waikato, as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar and Adastra Foundation Scholar, with conjoint Bachelor of Music (voice) and Bachelor of Science (biochemistry) degrees. Currently under the tutelage of Gina Sanders, she is completing her Masters of Music. She joined the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus (Auckland) in 2019, and is a Dame Malvina Major Foundation Studio Artist with New Zealand Opera for 2020. As a former Tauranga Girls’ College student, Felicity has been involved in vocal performance for 15 years, originally exposed to music from a young age through the influence of her older brother, who also took singing lessons. Felicity holds ATCL Diplomas with Distinction in Classical Singing Performance (2017), Public Speaking (2016), and Speech and Drama (2014). She has also attained her Grade 8 in Piano, and was awarded the Trinity College of London NZ Highest Mark and Recognition of Excellence (2014) for the Highest Mark for Grade 5 Theory of Music. Felicity has also had past involvement in dance with jazz up to Grade 6 and tap to Grade 10 with the NZ Tap and Jazz Associations. In 2014, she was selected to be a member of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company, participating in a three-week workshop in London and performing in the play 'Julius Caesar' at The Globe Theatre. At the 2014 Regional SGCNZ Festival, she was awarded the most outstanding performer award. Felicity was awarded the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal for the Arts (2018), the University of Waikato Dr Beverley Pullon Vocal Prize (2019), and in 2017, won the University of Waikato Aria Competition. In 2019, she was one of ten finalists in the Rotorua Lockwood NZ Aria Competition. As a semi-finalist in the 2018 PACANZ National Young Performer of the Year, she won the award for the singer with the most potential. Felicity has appeared as a soloist with several choirs, including Rossini’s 'Petite Messe Solenelle' with Cantando Choir, and Bach’s 'B Minor Mass' with the Hamilton Civic Choir. Most recently, she attended the 2020 NZ Opera School, and following this, was involved with Festival Opera in Napier as a cover (understudy) for Nedda (I Pagliacci) as part of their 2020 production season of 'Cavalleria rusticana & I Pagliacci.'
- Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions - 07/07/2015
- From the 7th-9th July 2015 I competed in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions.
In the Richard Carey Major Award Performance Class for 18 & under 25 years, I was awarded 2nd place winning the Jack Peddle award. This was my first experience of entering a programme class singing alongside talented older students who were in their third & fourth years at university.
For the 18 years and over Scholarship Class, I placed 2nd place in the 20th Century song, Oratorio, Folk, Own Selection, & Musical Theatre songs, and gained 3rd place for the Lied class 18 years & over.
- Golden Key International Honour Society - 23/02/2016
- I was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society, which recognises students in the top 15% of their academic studies within the University.
- 2015 Dean's List of Academic High Achievers - 14/04/2016
Academic High Achievement Award for 2015.
- Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions - 13/07/2016
From the 11th-13th July 2016, I competed in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions.
In the Richard Carey Major Award Senior Programme Class, (18 and under 25 years) I was awarded first place, receiving the Evans Family Cup.
I was also awarded Tauranga’s Vocal Nomination for PACANZ National Young Performer Award for 2016.
In the Scholarship Classes 18 years and over, I was awarded the Acorn Foundation Christine Tustain Award for the Highest Aggregate mark over the classes. I placed first in the Own Selection, (Coreen Gray Prize) 20th/21st Century Art Song, (Betty Miller Prize) and in the Oratorio/Sacred Song (Harbour City Lions Prize) classes. I was also presented with the Oratorio Cup for 18 years and over, and the Combined Churches Cup for the Highest mark in the Sacred Song Classes.
- University of Waikato Aria Competition - 20/05/2017
Awarded first place in this competition. See article: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/news-events/media/2017/students-in-fine-voice
- Hamilton Vocal Competitions - 15/07/2018
- I was awarded 2nd place/Runner-Up for the major Norah Howell Award Class. Was also awarded a National Young Performer Nomination for 18 and under 25 years for the PACANZ Competition held in October 2018.
- For the Own Selection 18 years & over class, I was awarded the Lillian Boulton Cup for 1st place.
- PACANZ National Young Performer Awards - 18/10/2018
Competition held from the 18-21 October 2018:
From gaining my nomination for this competition from the Hamilton Vocal Competitions in July, I went on to compete in this National Competition held in Palmerston North.
I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of six semi-finalists (from the original heats consisting of 17 competitors from around the country), and was also awarded the Potential Prize.