Wednesday, 16 May 2012 16:51

Swift Current Music Festival a success

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The Swift Current and District Music Festival wrapped up it’s three week competition, with an awards and performance night May 4. Award winners for Piano are posing here with their Trophies, Scholarships and Sponsors: Swift Current Kiwanis- Craig Menzies, The Kiwanis Prairie Pioneers -Bob Resech, Innovation Credit Union- Don Johnson, Music Teacher- Diana Martens, Vicky Gray Memorial Sponsor- Marilyn Lautsch.  Congratulations to all music performers. The Swift Current and District Music Festival wrapped up it’s three week competition, with an awards and performance night May 4. Award winners for Piano are posing here with their Trophies, Scholarships and Sponsors: Swift Current Kiwanis- Craig Menzies, The Kiwanis Prairie Pioneers -Bob Resech, Innovation Credit Union- Don Johnson, Music Teacher- Diana Martens, Vicky Gray Memorial Sponsor- Marilyn Lautsch. Congratulations to all music performers.

After three weeks of performances, the Swift Current and District Music Festival hosted their 2012 X-Travaganza Awards Ceremony on May 4. The evening was an opportunity for the community to enjoy some of the incredible musical talent right here in the Southwest.


“It's really neat to see the students progress through the years,” explained Andrea Neustaeter, Treasurer on the Music Festival Committee and a participant, as well. “I've been with the festival for three or four years now, and it's great to see where kids start and where they end up. And seeing the top performers move on to provincials, that's very encouraging.”
This year's festival was another year of great participation from the talented artists in the Southwest. Neustaeter noted that many areas of the festival are expanding year after year, with more entries in areas such as musical theatre, guitar, and violin.
“It's such a broad variety, and that's really nice to see,” she said. “We have teachers within the community who are supporting the festival, and that's huge for us when it comes to broadening it out a bit. We are also starting to see a number of local composers of all ages, young people as well as adults. We are seeing that more as the years go on.”
Participation was slightly down this year, due to a large number of participants who graduated and moved on. The committee was expecting their numbers to take a bit of a dip, but there were many young performers this year and Neustaeter is expecting the program to continue to build.
“One of the things that was especially exciting this year was the calibre of adjudicators that we got in,” she added. “Every year it's good, but this year, everyone was really encouraging to the students and offered so many different ideas. It was very beneficial, even just to sit as an observer. That was really neat to see.”
The festival is organized each year by a committee of approximately ten people, who put in quite a bit of work to make the event a success. They also rely on the support of dedicated sponsors, using that support to offer a top-notch festival for participants in the area.
“There's really no other opportunity to take a piece and polish it up, and get it as good as you can, and then perform it, and get that adjudication,” admitted Neustaeter. “It's such an encouragement, and so valuable to get those ideas and ways to improve it yet. Even if it doesn't go well as they'd hoped, students still go through it and walk away knowing they finished and it wasn't the end of the world. It's just a positive experience either way, and it's really a confidence booster for all of the participants.”

 

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