SUMMERSIDE – Music students from in and around eastern Prince County will be gathering at two Summerside venues for the East Prince Music Festival April 30 to May 5.
Performances will take place at the Summerside Baptist Church and Summerside Trinity United Church.
Mark Ramsay will be returning to his hometown of Summerside to act as adjudicator for this year’s festival. He is currently the assistant conductor and pianist of Toronto’s award-winning Exultate Chamber Singers and has been named the group’s next artistic director for the upcoming 2018–2019 season. He is also the director of both the University of Toronto Men’s Chorus and the MNjcc Community Choir, and a member of the Choirs Ontario board of directors as the editor of its publication, “Dynamic.”
Ramsay has been a student conductor with the Elmer Iseler Singers, conducting fellow with the Canadian Chamber Choir, apprentice conductor with the Ontario Youth Choir, and tour manager for the National Youth Choir of Canada. Before moving to Toronto, he worked for 10 years as a high school instrumental music teacher and curriculum specialist in Summerside where he was also the music director at Trinity United Church and conductor of the Summerside Community Choir.
He holds a master of music (choral conducting) from University of Toronto as well as a bachelor of music education (piano) from UPEI. He currently teaches an undergraduate course in choral music education at U of T and is in the final stages of completing his research as a doctoral candidate in the doctor of musical arts (choral conducting) program at the university.
He is a three-time recipient of an Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting as well as several U of T fellowships.
The public is invited to attend sessions of the East Prince Music Festival for an admission of $2.
The awards concert, featuring performances from the festival, will take place at Trinity United Church on Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. where admission is also $2.