An adjudicator at the Boissevain Festival of the Arts appreciates what festivals mean to Manitoba towns and cities and how they show case the cultural fabric of the community.

The Boissevain Festival is into its second and final week of competitions. Piano classes were on stage last week and this week its vocal and choral competitions.

Sarah Hall is a voice teacher at Brandon University and has been adjudicating in Manitoba for the past eight year. This is her second time working at the Boissevain Festival of the Arts. “You know I’m actually from the U-S and when I moved up here I wasn’t actually familiar with this festival system and I just love the idea that local communities are supporting young musicians making music in their communities.”BOISSEVAIN BOOKLET 2018

Hall has been adjudicating in Manitoba as well as Saskatchewan and Ontario.

“Adjudicating is an extension of what I do with both teaching voice and performing. So if I didn’t have people back then encouraging me and like I’m doing know for the younger generation I wouldn’t be here today and we are a part of a larger community of music makers” said Hall.

Hall loves seeing people perform and the look of pride on their faces and those in the crowd. She adds it’s about overcoming the nerves and it models what we have to do to overcome struggles in other parts of life.

‘We as adjudicators are looking for people to perform. We practice and practice and practice and work hard at getting everything right but once you get up on stage all of those things have to be well integrated and you have to perform and tell a story.”

The visual art works through the festival will be on display at the Boissevain Library March 15-30.

The Awards Concert will be held March 18th at 3:00 p.m. at the Whitewater Church.

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