It’s never too early to make plans surrounding the Estevan and District Music Festival since the program involves more than a week of adjudication plus special events that surround the musical proceedings.
The festival organizers announced that Pam Dechief is returning as president of the organization for another year and the festival dates have been established.
The deadline for registration is Jan. 27 and the registration form is found online at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association’s website.
The registration can be submitted online or can also be mailed directly to Leanna Carlson, the entry secretary.
The local association is encouraging students to use the online entry system, since it is user friendly. Other files and information such as the provincial syllabus and local addendum can also be found online at http://snifa.ca/district-festivals/.
The actual performances begin with piano entries on March 19 and they will continue through to March 24. Band entries will be heard next, starting on March 27 and continuing through to the next day. The vocal and speech arts entries will be heard from March 29 to April 1.
The Awards Night celebrations are filled with excellent samples of what takes place during the previous two weeks.
“Even if you are not a part of the festival, it is a great evening of entertainment,” said Margaret Duncan, the festival’s communication volunteer.
“The dates noted are subject to change based on adjudicator availability, but it’s most unlikely they will change,” she said.
In the meantime, the festival committee will be seeking the assistance of a volunteer base and financial support to enable them to complete another successful year.
“Music really does make things better,” said Duncan, while delivering the festival’s early information package .
The names of the adjudicators will be released closer to the festival dates.