When Vanier students head off for a well-deserved Spring break, they will be replaced by 5,798 elementary and high school students from across the province for this year’s MusicFest Québec that will be hosted by Vanier College, March 17-20, 2015.
Students from all over the province
Students from as far away as Sept-Îles, Mont-Joli, Gatineau and Mont-Tremblant will be performing in 135 ensembles featuring symphony and chamber orchestras, concert bands, choirs and classical guitar ensembles. Several of these ensembles will be representing such Anglophone schools as F.A.C.E., Laval Liberty, John Rennie, St. Thomas and Westwood high schools.
Months of preparation
“These visiting students have been preparing their performances since September,” says Nadia Turbide one of Music Fest’s facilitators and former Coordinator of the Vanier Music Department. “We encourage and applaud their dedication, discipline and team spirit, and wish them a successful festival.”
This year’s panel of twenty judges will include four Vanier teachers: Sylvie Allaire (violinist), Philippe Bourque (choir director), Christopher Smith (Concert Band director) and Zaven Zakarian (clarinetist).
During the festival, each musical group performs a maximum of three pieces in front of two adjudicators and is evaluated according to the quality of their performance and the given criteria in the evaluation form. While each group performs, the adjudicators who are equipped with microphones record comments on the performance as it takes place. Subsequently, each school receives a CD of the annotated performances of its students. As well, after the performance one of the evaluators meets with each group in a workshop and works with them on the technique and interpretation of their performance. At the end of the process the jury attributes the performing group with one of the following mentions: Gold, Silver, or Bronze, and the musical director of the group receives a certificate attesting the mention obtained.
A large exhibition room where students can gather to try out different musical instruments and buy music scores and CDs is always an interesting feature for everyone.
Check the schedule
MusicFest Québec is open to the public free of charge. Performances take place in the Vanier Auditorium (A-103) and Room (A-250) and run every day from 9 am to 5pm. Check the Music Fest schedule for daily performances.