Seven new vocal classes at Annapolis Valley music festival

Wendy Elliott
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Northeast Kings Education Centre senior jazz ensemble performs under the direction of teacher Maggie Helms on April 25, earning a gold certificate in the Jazz (Stage) Band Class.

The Annapolis Valley Music Festival will feature seven new vocal music classes this spring.

The Wolfville-based festival will run from April 22 to May 2. The Stars of the Festival concerts are both set for May 4, with the first at Festival Theatre at 1:30 p.m. and the second in Denton Hall at 7 p.m.

Various bands will compete at Festival Theatre on the evening of April 21 and from April 22-25. Piano classes take place in Denton Hall, while the strings classes take place at Wolfville Baptist Church.

Musical theatre classes are scheduled for Denton Hall on April 28, while the choirs and vocal classes will take place the following three days.

One of the festival organizers, Lana Churchill, says local firm Dogface Records will once again be taping the choirs to represent the Annapolis Valley Music Festival at the Nova Scotia Provincial Festival.

Adjudicators this year include Ken Foote for bands and instruments, Allie Bennett for fiddle, Acadia music graduate Shawn Pickup for guitar, Nancy Beck for musical theatre, Barb Long and Richard Boulanger for piano, Peter Dunn for string and Ross Thompson for vocal and choral classes.

The festival program will be available on April 11 at the following outlets: Moe’s Place, Windsor, The Box of Delights and Acadia School of Music, Wolfville,

Long & McQuade, New Minas, Chisholm’s, Kentville, Pharmasave, Berwick, Chisholm’s, Aylesford and The Inside Story, Greenwood.

Organizations: Festival Theatre, Wolfville Baptist Church, The Box Delights and Acadia School of Music

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

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