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The Shuswap Music Festival – A Short History

The purpose of the Shuswap Music Festival is to encourage, support, challenge and celebrate music students and amateur musicians by providing opportunities for learning and performing on the road to musical excellence.

The Shuswap Music Festival is open to non-professional musicians from the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Disciplines include Piano, Strings, Vocal, Choral and Band. Top adjudicators from across Western Canada are selected to provide instructive and professional evaluations of all performances.

The Shuswap Music Festival is a regional festival has been affiliated with the Performing Arts BC Provincial Music Festival from 2001.   Top performing students at the Shuswap Music Festival may be recommended by adjudicators to compete at the provincial festival. Provincial winners then advance to compete at a Western Canada and/or the national level.

The Shuswap Music Festival is produced by a not-for-profit society managed by a volunteer board of directors. The Registered Music Teachers in the Shuswap and the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm jointly established the Shuswap Music Festival Society as a charitable organization in 2000. Thanks to the support of local organizations and businesses, the continued support of individual donors and the tremendous work of a great number of Rotarians and volunteers, the Society has successfully held annual festivals since 2001. With ingenuity and imagination, the Society continues to find ways to support and celebrate musicians at the annual music festival. 

Our goal is to provide the best possible festival experiences for all participants!

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