The annual Battlefords Kiwanis Music Festival provides local music students with a performance venue, an opportunity to receive constructive feedback from top quality adjudicators and a platform to be inspired artistically.
The online entry system, MusicFestivalSuite.com, or MFS, allows volunteers to maximize their efforts in scheduling and planning the festival while keeping personal information secure. The festival’s version of MFS is located at http://bkmf.musicfestivalsuite.com. The entry deadline is Jan. 30 with a late entry date of Feb. 6along with a late fee. Entry questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Saskatchewan Music Festival syllabus of classes can be found at the SMFA website.
Live entries, which include all solos as well as duet/small ensemble performances entered by participants who live in the same household, will be heard at the Dekker Centre. It is hoped those performances will be live streamed. Bands and other ensembles that are rehearsing regularly may enter the festival by making a recording in their own venue.
Provincial rxcellence classes have been added by SMFA in 2021. They are for students in 12 years and under, 14 years and under, and 24 years and under categories. Each performer will record a short program of pieces and provide a spoken introduction and brief program notes. There will be first and second place scholarships for all age categories and disciplines. In 2022, the Saskatchewan winners in each group will get to participate in the inaugural Western Canadian Festival.
The musical drawing contest is happening again! Please encourage youth with visual art interests to consider creating a musical-themed entry for consideration. The deadline is Feb. 26. Images should be on letter-sized paper in black ink, pencil, coloured pencil, marker, crayon, acrylic, pastels, watercolour or other media with a white background. All artists must print their full name, phone number, school and grade on the back of their entry. To submit, mail to Battleford Central School attn: Lindsay Charabin, Box 400, Battleford, S0M 0E0 or Light of Christ School Division Office attn: Trina Bahrey 9301- 19th Ave. N., North Battleford S9A3N5.
This year’s Battlefords Kiwanis Music Festival dates are April 19 to 28.
“If you want people to know what your message is, just sing it.“―Kenny Rogers(1938 -2020)