Shuswap Music Competition back in total swing for 2023 with more venue

Salmon Arm’s once-a-year Shuswap Music Pageant returns April 11-29 with the comprehensive assortment of disciplines.

Choirs are again on the timetable! Piano ensembles also rejoin the competition and band performances have a new venue.

With the outbreak of the pandemic, the Shuswap Audio Pageant Modern society was pressured to compromise the competition: they cancelled the 2020 festival, held a digital competition in 2021, and a significantly-decreased festival in 2022.

For the 2023 competition, the venues have also altered. Sessions for Piano, Strings, Vocal and Choral will all be held at Nexus at Initially Group United Church. Bands will complete for the first time at Music Sparrow Corridor.

Acclaimed professional musicians adjudicate all performances. They critique and coach performers and encourage excellence – a hallmark of the Shuswap Tunes Festival.

At pre-pandemic festivals, the Choir and Piano Ensemble evenings drew big crowds. This year, six choirs have entered the pageant. Three grownup choirs complete Wednesday evening, April 12, beginning at 6 p.m., and three faculty choirs conduct Friday early morning, April 14, starting at 9 a.m. Piano Ensembles, slated for Wednesday, April 19 (6 to 9 p.m.), function costumed pianists undertaking duets and “two piano-8 hands” options. It is good leisure! The adjudicated classes are open to the general public, and admission is by donation.

Don’t pass up the college band performances at Track Sparrow Corridor.

Thirteen live performance and jazz school bands from during the community university district will carry out more than 3 times from Tuesday, April 18, to Thursday, April 20. This is a possibility for students to participate in in a qualified efficiency centre, discover from adjudicators and compete for awards generously delivered by SASCU and Acorn Tunes. The substantial maximize in band entries to the pageant is attributed to the enthusiasm and guidance of Michelle Reed, Vice-Principal of Tunes, School District 83.

“The festival is a amazing opportunity for the music system,” exclaims Reed.”And Song Sparrow Hall is a take care of and a draw for bands prepared to get again to performing, article-Covid.”

A Gala concert and awards ceremony concludes the pageant on Saturday, April 29, at Nexus. This community party showcases the progress of good younger musicians and vocalists in the Shuswap. Admission to the Gala is $10 per individual or $20 for every family members. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Festival courses and a lot more info, together with the biographies of the professional musicians adjudicating this year’s pageant, are readily available online at

Volunteers to aid host the festival are wanted and can sign-up on the net.


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