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Registration open for C.N.P. Music Festival

Thursday, 25 January 2018. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Registration open for C.N.P. Music Festival
Edison Wilmot performs at the grand concert of the 2017 Crowsnest Pass Music Festival.   Photo by Shannon Robison

Registration open for C.N.P. Music Festival

The Crowsnest Pass Music Festival returns March 12 to 16, followed by the grand concert on March 23.

Since 1957, the festival has offered students in Crowsnest Pass and neighbouring communities a chance to perform in front of an audience and receive valuable feedback and encouragement from qualified adjudicators.

It is also a wonderful opportunity for families and community members to hear fine performances of a wide range of music and to support young people in their musical pursuits.

To adjudicate piano classes, we welcome Eric Nyland. A pianist and actor, Eric is the musical director for the long-form theatre improvisation duo One Lions (winner, best show at Vancouver International Improv Festival).

This past July and August he participated in the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition in Italy, where he studied solo piano with the renowned Irena Kofman, and chamber and piano ensemble with Ansel Gerber and Derek Chiu.

In addition to running a private teaching studio, Eric works as a piano adjudicator for student festivals and has developed two courses for the conservatory at Mount Royal University. He was the winner of the 2013 Jack Friedenberg Memorial Scholarship for pianists and in 2015 was nominated for outstanding actor in a play by the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards.

To adjudicate vocal, musical theatre, speech and school choral classes, we welcome Bill Hamm. Bill grew up in southern Ontario and was known (musically) as a trumpeter. He studied music at the University of Winnipeg and at a Mennonite college, followed by the University of Illinois, where he majored in choral conducting.

Bill currently lives in the hamlet of Rosebud, Alta., where he has been Rosebud School of the Arts and Rosebud Theatre’s music director since 1989. He conducts choirs, teaches voice and speech classes and has directed music on many shows, including Cotton Patch Gospel, Quilters, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell and Fiddler on the Roof.

Bill is the composer and music director of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play and sings with the Canadian Chamber Choir.

Adjudicator Brad Mahon will be here from Calgary to offer advice to our fretted-strings classes. A past prize winner in the Pacific Northwest Guitar Competition, Brad regularly appears nationally and internationally as an acclaimed guitarist, teacher, adjudicator, clinician and lecturer.

In January 2017 Brad moved back to Calgary to assume the role of director at Mount Royal University Conservatory. Formerly, he was manager of visual and performing arts at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory and, before that, head of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at the University of Regina.

Brad also maintains a long-standing affiliation with the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.

We welcome Theresa Plotnick to adjudicate our bowed-strings classes. Theresa combines an array of performance experiences with a dedication to young students. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she earned a music degree at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Theresa played professionally in orchestras in the United States and Venezuela before moving to Calgary.

She has performed frequently as a freelance violinist with such groups as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Bach Society, Calgary Festival Chorus, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra and Red Deer Symphony.

Theresa spent over a decade as a faculty member of the Suzuki Talent Education Society of Calgary and then served as co-ordinator of the junior academy program at Mount Royal College. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator at workshops, summer programs and festivals.

Ten years ago she co-founded the Amici String Program, where she coaches and teaches. She also maintains a large private studio of violin and viola students.

We are very excited about the 2018 Crowsnest Pass Music Festival and invite all music students to enter, regardless of instrument or style of music. Although it is mainly for school-age children, adults and families are also welcome to register.

The festival has the ability to create new classes based on interest and is open to new ideas and new members.For more information and to register, please visit www.crowsnestpassmusicfestival.com. Registration deadline is Jan. 31.

Crowsnest Pass Music Festival