The 46th Annual Potashville Music Festival will run this year from March 17 to March 29. Events include:-
- March 17 Band sessions run all day and evening at the Esterhazy High School Sr. Gym
- March 18 Band sessions run all morning at the Esterhazy Baptist Church
- March 23 Piano sessions run all day and evening at the the Esterhazy Baptist Church
- March 24 Piano sessions run all morning at the Esterhazy Baptist Church
- March 25 Voice and Verse sessions run all day at the Esterhazy Baptist Church
- March 29 Final Concert and Awards Gala – 3:00pm Esterhazy High School Senior Gym
Programs are available for purchase at Esterhazy Pharmasave, Sapara’s Drug Mart, Langenburg Pharmasave, and Churchbridge Variety Store.
The three adjudicators are David Dick (band), Eleanor Epp (piano) and Naomi Forman (voice and verse). Here are their biographies.
BAND ADJUDICATOR – Dr. David Dick
Dr. Dave Dick is the Principal Trombone player of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. As an active freelance musician performing on trombone, bass trombone, alto trombone, sackbut, and euphonium, Dave regularly performs in a wide variety of settings including orchestras, chamber groups, early music ensembles, wind ensembles, and jazz ensembles.
Before returning to Regina, Dave was Principal Trombone of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Symphony Brass Quintet, where he made appearances throughout the state of Mississippi in performance and educational settings with the orchestra, chamber ensemble, and brass quintet. He was also adjunct professor of music theory and trombone for Belhaven University and adjunct professor of graduate music theory at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.
While in the Southern United States, Dave received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance with a minor in music theory from the University of Memphis where he was awarded the Graduate Performance Award for music. Dave received the Master of Music degree in Performance from McGill University in Montreal as a part of McGill’s Orchestral Training Program where he was selected as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and a fellow at the Aspen Summer Music Festival.
He received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from the University of Regina, where he received awards for Outstanding Orchestral Performance Major and Most Distinguished Graduate in Fine Arts. Dave was the bass trombone player for the Regina Symphony Orchestra and low brass instructor for the University of Regina Conservatory of Music while working on his undergraduate degree.
Dave teaches for the University of Regina and the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts.
PIANO ADJUDICATOR – Ms. Eleanor Epp
After graduating as a Registered Nurse in Winnipeg, she moved to Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. As a mother of four young children who needed a piano teacher, Eleanor completed her ARCT in Piano Performance and the ARCT Teacher’s diploma, studying under Carol Riediger, Marilyn Harrison, and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable. Her professional development includes organ lessons and participation in various workshops including the E-Gré Piano Summer Session at Brandon University.
Eleanor has been associated with music festivals for many years, first as a competitor herself, then entering many of her own students. She has held the position of entry secretary and program co-ordinator for her local festival, was a Director on the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association board for two 3-year terms, and is presently a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association and the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals.
Mrs. Epp and her husband moved to an acreage near Brandon/Minnedosa, Manitoba four years ago. She teaches all levels of piano and theory, currently teaching at the E-Gré Conservatory of Brandon University as well as maintaining a studio from her home and in the Minnedosa area. She serves as pianist in her church, accompanies local choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists, and cheers for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.
VOICE & VERSE ADJUDICATOR – Naomi Forman, soprano
A cross-over artist who has embraced everything from Mozart to Musical Theatre, memorable moments for this versatile singing actor include sharing the stage with Broadway Legend Len Cariou and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Send in the Clowns: An Evening of Stephen Sondheim) Franca in Light in the Piazza (Dry Cold Productions) and Mad Margaret in Ruddigore (The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg).
Forman is the creator of StarBach’s: The Coffee Cantata, a fresh take on Bach’s classic for the triple-soy-venti set that premiered at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. The one-hour show has since appeared with Best of Fest, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Saskatoon Proms and the Brandon Chamber Players.
Naomi Forman Productions (NFP) continues to explore and develop new shows by re-thinking old operas. A big fan of New Music, Forman recently commissioned a set of songs for soprano, piano and electronics from Canadian composer T. Patrick Carrabré whose song cycle, Crazy, reveals the thin line between creativity and madness. A sneak peek of Crazy was first heard at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Calgary with the official world premiere held during the Brandon Chamber Players 2013-14 season.
A member of the voice faculty at Brandon University since 2006, Forman adjudicates at music and speech arts festivals across Canada including the 2014 Ontario Provincial Music Finals (Voice). She holds a BMus from the University of Manitoba and an MMus from Boston University, with additional training at Opera NUOVA and the Banff Centre.
For more information about Naomi, go to http://www.naomiforman.com
We congratulate and encourage the young musicians competing in the Festival this year.