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Musical success
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 1:58 PM
 
Left to right: Alena Arnason, Andrea Wills, Keegan Dill, Mary Ellen Packer

Students, faculty and staff from the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music captured top prizes in the prestigious Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ 2008 National Music Festival recently.

Students, faculty and staff from the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music captured top prizes in the prestigious Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ 2008 National Music Festival recently.

Soprano Jessica Strong, a student of voice studies teacher Valdine Anderson, won first place in the voice category. In chamber music, the University of Manitoba Saxophone Quartet was awarded second place. The chamber ensemble is coached by renowned saxophonist Alan Harrington and is comprised of soprano saxophonist Mary Ellen Packer, alto saxophonist Keegan Dill, tenor saxophonist Alena Arnason and baritone saxophonist Andrea Wills.  Finally, in the guitar category, Andrew Erickson, student of guitar instructor Richard Tyborowski, received third place.

“The Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music is proud of these outstanding achievements and is pleased that our students continue to distinguish themselves on the national stage,” said Dean Edmund Dawe.

Getting to the festival is a feat in itself. To qualify musicians must receive a first-place standing in a senior class or a provincial class at one of Canada’s more than 200 local festivals. After that, and with adjudicator recommendation, musicians can then proceed to a Provincial Music Festival, where they again must win first place and receive recommendation by adjudicators. When a musician makes it to National Music Festival, they individually represent their province in their respective category.

The National Music Festival provides a showcase for Canada’s finest young classical musicians. The winners in each category are awarded $1,500, while second and third place award winners receive $1000 and $500 respectively. This year the festival was held August 14 to 15 in Edmonton.

 
For more information, contact:
Aaron Sivertson
Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
Phone: (204) 474-9408
 
Related Links (Internal):
  •Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
 
Related Links (External):
  •Canadian Music Festivals’ 2008 National Music Festival