Tuesday, March 22, 2011  
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Quote of the Week
“The municipality provides the rate payers an excellent cleanup program”
- Myron Thompson  
- Director of   
Operational Services   


The Blairmore Lions revitalized the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival in 1957. There here has been a local festival every year since then, but the Festival also operated from 1926 to the beginning of World War II.
During that time the Festival has used a number of venues. The Opera House in Blairmore, on the site of the current Elk’s Hall, was home for many years. For a long time Isabelle Sellon School was the home of the festival. Upon leaving Isabelle Sellon School, the Festival used multiple venues. For a couple of years, piano classes were in the Lions Pride Hall. Horace Allen School hosted the choral portion of the festival and bands performed at Crowsnest Consolidate High School. Except for band performances, the festival operated for several years in Crowsnest Centre.
Venues this year are Grace Anglican United Church for strings and piano. Band and instrumental classes are at Isabelle Sellon School. Vocal and choral classes, and the Orchestra are again at Horace Allen School.
Joanne Collier from the University of Lethbridge will adjudicate vocal and choral classes. Ms. Collier has had a significant career as a choral director and adjudicator. All other disciplines will be adjudicated by Kirk Muspratt. Mr. Muspratt was raised in Crowsnest Pass and began his musical training here.
He is currently the
Conductor and Musical Director for Indiana Northwest Symphony.
The Crowsnest Pass Music Festival continues to be a member of the Alberta Music Festival Association as it has been since 1957. Students from this Festival who competed in the Provincial Festival in Edmonton last year were Rachel Park, (vocal and musical theatre); Jordyn Appleby, (musical theatre); Ryann Groat (piano) and Nathan Sydora, who placed first in grade 5-6 piano.
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Pass Herald staff photos
Rachel Park
The Festival is dependent upon the generosity of local businesses, organizations, and individuals for continuing financial support. It acknowledges and appreciates their contributions to the success of the project. Entry fees, although raised this year, do not generate sufficient funds to cover the costs of the festival.
The Awards Concert is scheduled for Friday evening, March 25 beginning at 7:00pm at Crowsnest Consolidated High School.
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