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A week of speech, song and music in Stephenville

O'Brien - Frank Gale

Despite a bit of a decline in piano entries, there are other areas of the Stephenville Rotary Music Festival that have picked up.

That’s according to Christine O’Brien, chair of the Stephenville Rotary Community Steering Committee which is putting off the 43rd Annual Stephenville Rotary Music Festival that gets underway Monday and runs through the week to the Rose Bowl competition at 2 p.m. on Friday and finishes with the Festival Concert staring at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

O’Brien said they have a lot of entrants this year for choral speech and several entrants for instrumental, which should make up their numbers for what they lack in piano.

She said something new this year is some family involvement and they have several families taking part. Voice is still very strong and they have choirs coming in from as far as Burgeo.

Last year they had an adjudicator doing a workshop and this year the festival is expanding on that with adjudicators Jacinta Mackey Graham and Miranda MacDonald both doing workshops. MacDonald will be doing her workshop in Stephenville Elementary School for elementary and primary school children.

This year Lindy Whitt will be handling the adjudication of instrumental and bands.

“I feel the festival is growing and that the decline in piano locally was probably due to a loss of music teachers but that should change. I’m confident the piano numbers will pick up again in future festivals,” she said.

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