Music Festival has more to come

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By Kayla Fraser

Tuesday the concluding portions of the 76th annual New Glasgow Music Festival get underway.

The musical theatre portion is already completed. The remaining portions of the festival include: choral, band, violin, vocal, junior piano and senior piano.

President of the New Glasgow Music Festival Association, Sharon MacDonald, said she is excited for it.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”

She said the adjudicators are a great help to the students who are competing.

The adjudicators for the events are Monique Richard for choral & folk song, Darrin Thornton for band, Samantha Robichaud for violin, Jennifer Farrell for vocal, Carolyn Bird for junior piano and Frances McBurnie for senior piano.

She added that it’s great to see the adjudicators work with the competitors.

“We’re trying to foster the music and have them appreciate it.”

Many students pay little attention to the whole competition concept, but rather cheer each other on, she said.

MacDonald attributes that to the good teachers in the schools and adjudicators being there to teach the kids to respect each other in competition.

This year is the first time where there are two piano sectors, the junior and senior. She said it is a good way to encourage the juniors to stay positive while playing piano.

Many people enjoy the festival, she said.

“We try to make it a very pleasing event for everyone, and it is,” said MacDonald. “Everyone really enjoys it.”

The full schedule and venue information can be found at www.newglasgowmusicfestival.org. The Stars of the Festival concert will be on May 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the deCoste Entertainment Centre in Pictou.

Organizations: New Glasgow Music Festival Association

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou

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