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The PEI registered Music Teachers' Association celebrates Canada Music Week

by Annette Campbell

Mary MacDonaldMark it on your calendars now-this year Canada Music Week™ is November 19-26. Why should you remember? Because if Canadians won't support Canadian music, who will?

That's what the founders of Canada Music Week™ thought in 1961, when they began the annual tradition. They wanted to introduce contemporary music to Canadian students, to encourage music teachers to widen their knowledge of Canadian music, to support composers and performers of Canadian music, to bring Canadian music to the attention of the general public, and to emphasize not only Canadian works, but also the significance of music generally.

So now you know why you should celebrate, but how to celebrate? Well, the PEI Registered Music Teachers' Association has three events up its sleeve for just such an occasion: a Compositions, Artwork and Essays Competition; a Young Musicians Recital featuring Canadian works exclusively; and the Contemporary Showcase, a concert put on in conjunction with the Canadian Alliance for Canadian New Music projects.

The Compositions, Artwork and Essay Competition is open to all students of association members. The aim of the competition is to stimulate an interest in and appreciation of Canadian music, as well as giving students an opportunity to use their other creative abilities, with music as an impetus. Prize winners will be chosen from four age categories in each medium. Art work will be displayed at the Canada Music week™ Young Musicians Recital. The deadline for all entries is November 1.

The Canada Music week™ Young Musicians Recital will be held Saturday, November 18 at the Steel Recital Hall at UPEI. The PEIRMTA typically hosts one Young Musicians Recital a month to promote the performing skills of music students in a non-competitive environment. This concert will be dedicated to Canadian music in any form, as well as the winning compositions of Island students entered in the Association's competition. Anyone may perform in this concert, but you must contact series coordinator Jaymin Baird (368-3702) at least two weeks in advance.

Finally, the association will host the Contemporary Showcase on November 24. In 1997, the PEIRMTA joined the Canadian Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, and became the first group in the Maritimes to do so. One of its first initiatives was to plan such a showcase. Here musicians have the opportunity to perform contemporary Canadian works and be adjudicated by Alasdair MacLean, composer-in-residence with Symphony Nova Scotia. Again, all music disciplines are encouraged to participate and there will be some scholarships awarded. The result should be a superb concert of provocative Canadian works. For more information, call Jacqueline Sorensen at 892-1809.

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