The Shuswap Music Festival is back! The Festival, cancelled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to Covid-19, returns for 2022. Youth from the Shuswap and North Okanagan will perform live and in-person for adjudicators and the public in sessions that begin April 11 and conclude with a Gala Concert at Nexus on April 29. Sessions and dates for this competitive event include Jr. Piano (April 11), Vocal (April 13-14), Sr. Piano (April 20), Strings (April 25), and School Bands (April 19,20 & 21). School band sessions will be held at the respective schools. All other sessions
will be held at Nexus-First Community, Salmon Arm.
At this festival young musicians not only perform for peers and the community but also are afforded a valuable learning experience. Students of piano, strings, vocal and band perform in sessions according to grade level and genre, from classical to jazz. Acclaimed professional musicians adjudicate each performance: critiquing, coaching and inspiring each performer. Each session becomes a mini-master class. Awards and scholarships available total near $5000.00.
Adjudicators select the winners–a recognition of the many long hours and hard work required to perfect musical skills. Scholarships support further study. Funds for these awards and the Festival are generously supplied by the Festival sponsors and donors including Rotary, The
Shuswap Community Foundation, Shuswap Arts Council, SASCU, The City of Salmon Arm and private donors.
This year the adjudicators include Rob Goddard (Band), renown as principal trumpet with a number of symphonies; Cynthia Goddard (Sr. Piano) who conducts teacher workshops and student master classes throughout BC; Nina Horvath (Jr. Piano), a pianist and coach at the Vancouver Academy of Music; Melissa Braun (Vocal), founder and CEO of the Squamish Academy of Music; and Denis Letourneau (Strings), the Concertmaster for the Okanagan
Symphony Orchestra for 39 years. Full biographies of these acclaimed musicians and detailed schedules of the sessions are posted online at www.ShuswapFestival.com.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Festival celebrating the Shuswap's talented amateur musicians. The Gala Concert showcases the Best of the Festival at Nexus, 7 pm, Friday April 29. Admission: $10/person and $20/family. Covid-19 protocols will be followed as required. Follow
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Prepared by Susan Wolff
Shuswap Music Festival Society
March 29, 2022