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Crowsnest Pass Music Festival: education first, competition second
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
A medley of voices, instruments, ages and genres took to the stages of the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, Isabelle Sellon School, Horace Allen School and the Crowsnest Community Christian Centre for the Crowsnest Pass Music Festival, an annual talent showcase that celebrates the musical talent in the community.

Four adjudicators were flown in from all over Alberta to listen to the performances and offer critiques and professional input on the piece. All adjudicators came highly recommended by the Alberta Music Festival Association.

Adjudicators also scored each performance, determining whether the act moves on to Provincial Festival taking place in May and June.

While the CNP Music Festival certainly has that competitive aspect, President Tynan Groves says the mandate is focused on education more so than simply winning.
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“Provincials are awesome, but our focus is on education, not on competition. The purpose is to give an opportunity to educate them with a professional musician or educator that is not their teacher,” says Groves. “We’re stuck in this valley together for years and you have one or two teachers. Especially here, this is important because then you get people like Maria Medlow, who is from Argentina. That’s what the festival is all about, steel sharpening steel.”

This was Groves’ first year as president of the festival, replacing Deb Goldstein, who formerly held the position for two years. With the talented Board of Directors and Groves at the helm, the week of music performances went off without a hitch.

The names of performers and groups who will be progressing to Provincials will be announced at the Grand Concert on March 23 at 7 p.m. at Isabelle Sellon School, where those who missed last week’s festival can see a summary of the week.
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“The purpose of that night is to showcase not just the best of what happened, but things that might have been unique,” says Groves. “If you didn’t get to go, you get to see a really interesting summary.”

Tickets for the Grand Concert are $5 and can be purchased at Isabelle Sellon School in advance and at the door.
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