Felicity Tomkins : Bachelor of Music/ Bachelor of Science (BMus/BSc)
Music - Voice
Former Tauranga Girls’ College student Felicity Tomkins, has been involved in vocal performance for 14 years. Exposed to music from a young age through the influence of her brother, who also took singing lessons, Felicity is now in her fourth year at the University of Waikato studying towards a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science conjoint degree, majoring in performance for music and biochemistry for science. This year, she aims to complete both degrees, along with beginning her Honours in Music. In January 2018, she attended the prestigious New Zealand Opera School held in Wanganui, as one of 21 young New Zealand singers to attend. During the two week programme, the singers worked with world-renowned opera singing teacher, César Ulloa, and Welsh mezzo-soprano Della Jones, along with many other internationally renowned tutors and coaches, with Felicity participating in a public masterclass with Della Jones, and also performing in various concerts including 'Café Nights,' and the 'Great Opera Moments' Final Gala Concert at the Royal Wanganui Opera House. Her most recent achievements in 2017, have been winning the University of Waikato Aria Competition, and gaining her ATCL Trinity College of London Diploma in Classical Singing (Performance), with Distinction. In 2014, she passed her ATCL Trinity College Diploma in Performing (Speech and Drama) with Distinction, and in 2016 Felicity obtained her ATCL Trinity College Diploma in Communication Skills (Public Speaking) with Distinction. In 2017, Felicity attended the IFAC Handa New Zealand Singing School, having previously attended in 2013 and 2015, and was chosen to perform in concerts including the Waiapu Cathedral Service of Sacred Music and Readings, and the Advanced Classics Concert held at the MTG Century Theatre in Napier. In 2014, she was one of 24 students to have been selected as a member of the 2014 SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company where she attended a three-week intensive workshop in London, with the company performing the play ‘Julius Caesar’ at the Globe Theatre. At the Regional SGCNZ Festival in 2014, she was awarded the most outstanding performer award for the festival. Felicity 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. In the same year, she attained her Trinity College Grade 8 in Singing and Grade 8 in Piano. She was awarded the Tauranga Girls’ College Performing Arts Supreme award along with the Boyle Cup for Excellence in Shakespeare, as well as being a prefect at Tauranga Girls’ College and a member of the Arts Council and the Communications Committee. 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.
- 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.