Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rotary Burlington Music Festival - Take Your Music Students On A New Musical Adventure

Dear Colleague,

As the Artistic Director and on behalf of the Rotary Burlington Fall Music Festival, I would like to express my gratitude for your participation and support in our festival in past years.  If you are a teacher who has not submitted students in the past, I wish to extend to you an invitation to have your students participate in a great musical ‘adventure’.

We all know, as music educators, the importance and benefits of music education.  In an age where music often takes second place to sports and other activities, we, as teachers, need to encourage and support our students in any way possible and provide diverse learning opportunities to help them grow and mature in their musical journey.

As a teacher, I, myself, have benefited greatly in submitting students to music festivals.  The professional feedback from highly qualified adjudicators helps me evaluate myself as a teacher as well as presenting alternative pedagogical approaches to repertoire and technical elements.  Festivals are also a vehicle for us as teachers to support and safeguard our musical communities.

For our students, festival participation can provide them with an opportunity to grow, challenge themselves, hear their peers perform, experience new repertoire, be stimulated and most of all discover themselves through the challenge of performance.  Self-confidence and self-esteem are built up in a safe and supportive environment – values that are so invaluable in our times when everything is quick paced and disposable.

Music is a mind builder.  It develops intellectual, social and creative potential in each and every student.  Music is also meant to be shared with others, and what better opportunity for many students to express themselves than in a festival.In addition to the opportunities for performance and creativity which the Rotary Burlington Fall Music Festival provides, the festival also gives out over $13,000 in scholarships each year as well as certificates, medals and ribbons of participation.  Each student leaves with something.  Some will also be selected to perform in our Grand Festival Concert/Competition at the close of the festival, and to compete for even more scholarships.

We need your support and assistance.  I invite you to sign up students for festival classes as well as to donate your time as a volunteer (if possible).  As a festival, we also need donations to our scholarship fund in order to continue recognizing the musical achievements of our festival participants.  Any donation is much appreciated.  Join your colleagues in their efforts to provide musical experiences to all students in all instruments.

The Rotary Burlington Fall Music Festival is a not-for-profit organization which relies on volunteers, teachers and students to function.  We are looking forward to another exciting year – our 17th year. This year’s festival will run from Monday November 2nd to Saturday November 14th 2015.

The deadline for registration is fast approaching (Wednesday September 30th).  You can view our festival syllabus on the website www.rotarymusicfest.org.

Click on syllabus to view the classes.We also invite you to join us for the Grand Festival Concert to be held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on November 21, 2015 at 7 pm.

Tickets are available at the box office.Thank you again for your support.  We hope to see you during the festival weeks.

Musically yours,

Jacquie Huffman-Krisza

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