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The Morden Festival of the Arts Strings sessiions will run March 11-13 as part of the 43rd season of the festival.
This year the entire festival boasts 566 entries, up 20 from last year.
The strings sessions take place Sunday, March 11th – 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday, March 12 at 9:15 a.m., 1:15pm and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
All seassions take place at the Morden Church of God, located at 141 6th St.
Adjudicator Marena Smith will review the 147 entries from beginner to Grade 10.
Entrants will be performing on violin, cello, multi-discipline in solos and duets as part of classes including Canadian Composers, Baroque, Sonata, Romantic Composer, 20th/21st Century Composer, Concerto, Classical Composer
All festival sessions are open to the public with a small admission of $2 per adult. There is no charge for children
Programs are available in Morden at Pharmasave, South Central Regional Library, Thornview Grocery and at all festival venues.
To support the festival mail your donations to: Morden Festival of the Arts, Box 493, Morden, MB, R6M 1A5. Donations can also be made at any festival venue.
Two free passes to all the 2018 festival sessions including the Hi-Lites Concert will be given for donations of $20 or more.
For more information visit www.mordenfestivalofthearts.cfsites.org. or contact Erika Dyck at 204-822-6825.
About the adjudicator
Marena Smith, a native of Calgary, Alberta, began studying music at the age of five on the violin. Her teachers have included Lisa Elson in Calgary, Lorand Fenyves at the Banff Centre, and Francis Chaplin of Brandon.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary and an ARCT Performance Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music (First Class Honors). She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and for several seasons, toured with them throughout Canada and the United States.
Smith began her professional orchestral career at the age of seventeen with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and later in her violin career played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She was a music specialist with the Winnipeg School Division and she has been a faculty member of the Preparatory Studies at the University of Manitoba as well as teaching at Canadian Mennonite University and in her home.
For six seasons Smith was conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra. She has been a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1984 and travels extensively on their behalf.