New for the April 2016 Shuswap Music Festival is the discipline of speech arts. Richard Sim, a Shuswap Music Festival Society director, is spearheading the discipline.
The Royal Conservatory of Music describes speech arts as a study that “develops confidence and effective communication skills while training the speaking voice.”
“It is a perfect complement to the current music festival and a great opportunity, not only for school students but also for 4-H and other clubs,” says Sim.
The festival’s first adjudicator for speech arts will be Ginny-Lou Alexander from 100 Mile House. Her biography is on the festival website along with those of the other adjudicators selected for the 16th Annual Festival.
The 2016 festival is scheduled for April 15 to 29. Registration is currently open and closes Jan. 31. All registrations and entry fee payments are to be made online at the newly launched website: www.shuswapfestival.com. Launched in mid-November, the website is easy to navigate and provides the history of the festival as well as current news. Visitors can also join a cadre of volunteers and supporters.
Over the years, the Festival has been successful in helping individuals achieve musical excellence and in fostering a tradition and culture of music in the Shuswap. To learn more about the festival and to volunteer, contact the Society online or at ShuswapMusicFestival@gmail.com.