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Local musicians competing at provincial festival


Local talented musicians are moving on to the next level of competition – the Provincial Music Festival.

Luke Henderson and Jesse Hemmings, who won the Rose Bowl and Junior Cup awards at the New Glasgow Music Festival, are among the locals heading to the provincial music festival on June 3 and 4 in Wolfville.

Representing the New Glasgow Music Festival will be Lucas March in Junior Woodwinds; Emery van de Wiel in Senior Woodwinds; Annette Diao in Junior Brass and Junior Piano; Luke Henderson in Senior Brass; Jesse Hemmings in Junior Voice; Sarah English in Senior Voice; Noel Fougere in Junior Musical Theatre; Josee Champoux in Senior Musical Theatre; and the NNEC Jazz Choir in 19 years and under School Choir Class.

“These young people are the finest emerging musicians that Nova Scotia is producing – a great tribute to their dedication and hard work, the support of their parents, and some truly great music teaching. They deserve both our admiration and support,” Provincial Federation president Gerry Punke said in a press release about the festival.

This year’s Provincial Music Festival is being hosted by the Annapolis Valley Music Festival in Wolfville, June 3 and 4 with events taking place at Denton and University Halls at Acadia University and the Wolfville Baptist Church.

Competitions in Junior and Senior Brass, Musical Theatre, Piano, Strings, Voice and Woodwind will be held on Friday evening – June 3 – and during the morning and afternoon of Saturday, June 4. 

These are open to the public and the full schedule of competitions can be found on the website of the Federation of Nova Scotia Music Festivals www.musicfestivalsnovascotia.ca

A gala concert brings the competitions to a close, held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Denton Hall.

At the concert, junior and senior level winners of classes in all the competitive disciplines will perform, and awards and scholarships distributed.

The winners of previously adjudicated choral competitions will be announced.

Nova Scotia’s team to this year’s national competitions at McEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta will also be announced.

Tickets for the competitions ($5) and the gala concert (Adults: $10/Students $5) may be purchased at the venue door.

Buying an official program ($10) acts as admission to all competitions.

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