East Prince Music Festival has all ages performing

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SUMMERSIDE - The East Prince Music Festival will host its 68th year of performances from May 5 to 8.

The festival will take place at the Summerside Baptist Church for the piano sessions, and the vocal and instrumental performances will be at the Trinity United Church.

Carol MacLean is the co-ordinator of the festival, and she said the performers have the opportunity to receive feedback from professional adjudicators.

MacLean thinks the festival is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to perform and feel comfortable doing it.

“It’s always an exciting time.”

She said it’s important for there to be a venue for the more classical and musical theatre type of music that is popular in the festival.

“We hope the public will take advantage of it and see what we have to offer.”

Wendy Murray is a committee member for the festival.

Murray said she loves how it gives people the chance to showcase and improve their talents. As well, the ages vary from the very young to adults.

“It’s really well-organized and respected in the community. I think this year will be great.”

MacLean said the judges are helpful and aim to encourage with their comments.

This year has Tara Scott adjudicating for the piano. Scott’s work includes a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance and she has played in Europe and across Canada.

Pamela Campbell will be adjudicating the vocal sessions. Campbell has been a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing for more than 55 years, and is an instructor at the Holland College School of Performing Arts.

Adjudicating for the instrumental performances is Dale Sorenson. Sorenson is a former music festival participant and he won many awards, including at the National Music Festival finals. Also, this will be his 25th year performing with the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra.

She said the festival is $2 per day for admission and the Gold Standard Performances will take place at the Trinity United Church on May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

However, not everyone has to compete in the festival and they will still receive feedback, she said.

Murray thinks it’s important for individuals with a love of music to perform.

“It’s a wonderful festival.”




Organizations: Holland College School of Performing Arts, Trinity United Church, Summerside Baptist Church National Association of Teachers of Singing Charlottetown Festival Orchestra

Geographic location: Europe, Canada

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