2019 Potashville Music Festival Announcement

The Potashville Music Festival
(March 11-15, 2019 in Langenburg)

Is accepting requests for classes NOT in the provincial syllabus.  The current syllabus can be found online at http://www.smfa.ca

Please Note: Those additional classes which were added last year will remain this on the list. You are not required to request them again. Please visit us on Facebook at Potashville Music Festival to view a copy of our most current additional class list.

Requests are to be submitted in writing by November 21, 2018 to:

Jill Faul; Corresponding Secretary
Potashville Music Festival
Box 853
Langenburg, SK, S0A 2A0
Email: jillfaul@gmail.com
Phone: 306-743-7110

Kaposvar Valley Kapers announce their April Production

Kaposvar Valley Kapers have announced their April production, and this year it really is quite a production, covering four dates and catering (literally) to several culinary tastes. The play itself is Michael Parker’s “Who’s in bed with the butler??” (and yes, there are two question mars in the title!), and attendees can pick from dinner theatres, or a brunch, or pizza and a show, with all events taking place at the Boreen Centre.

So here’s the running order of the events.

  • Saturday, April 21 is a Dinner Theatre. Cocktails are at 6pm, dinner is at 7pm, and the show is at 8pm. The cost is $35
  • Sunday, April 22 is a Brunch. Brunch itself is at 1pm, and the show is at 2pm. The cost is $25
  • Friday, April 27 brings Pizza and the show. The show is at 8pm, and pizza is served at the intermission. The cost is $20
  • Saturday, April 28 is a Dinner Theatre again. Cocktails are at 6pm, dinner is at 7pm, and the show is at 8pm. The cost is $35

 You can buy tickets at the Boreen Centre on March 24th from 10am to noon, or after March 24 you may contact Aura Lee Zack at 306-745-9085.

Potashville Music Festival Adjudicator Bios

The Potashville Music Festival is coming up in March, and the names and bios of the adjudicators have been released.

1. Sharon (Guina) Gerspacher

Sharon began studying piano with Rosalie Calver in Yorkton, Sask, and then took her ARCT in piano performance in 1987 under the direction of Jean Laube from Springside. She went on to study with Robin Harrison in Saskatoon at the University of Sask and received her LTCL under his direction. She won many scholarships and awards at the Yorkton music festival, and won the Haydn/Mozart scholarship at Provincials in 1988. Her focus of her career has been as a piano teacher and she has taught in Yorkton, Battleford, Regina and Humboldt over the years. Many of her students have competed at Provincials and even won the National composition competition, and several have gone on to pursue a career in music.

She has also been a very active accompanist in Humboldt and area for many community events, and has played piano for many concerts in the Marysburg concert series. In addition to playing for the choirs and also doing some solo piano work, she has played for Sharon Carter and Maxine Moore (voice), Terry Sturge (cello), and has been the co-director/accompanist for children’s choir camps. She is also an active voice teacher, and has been a member of St. Peter’s choir for many years. She has 3 very musical children, the youngest of whom is in a music program in university.


2. Adria McCulloch

Critically acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch began her vocal training on a hay tractor in rural Alberta, singing through a dust mask. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland Opera Studio, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Regina. She has performed the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and the title role in Gluck’s Armide. As a member of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists, Adria toured southern Alberta playing Susan in Allan Bell’s Turtle Wakes. She is also a graduate of the Opera Lafayette Young Artists in Washington DC, where she performed the Naiad in Gluck’s Armide at Kennedy Center, DC and Lincoln Center, NY, and recorded Une Bergère in Lully’s score for the NAXOS label. Other roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Anaman in Opera Erotique with Out of the Box Productions in Toronto and Pamina for Cowtown Opera’s Magic Flute.

Ms McCulloch has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and The Toronto Concert Orchestra at Casa Loma. She premiered works for the Prairie New Music Festival and in Songbook, with Tapestry New Works. She has presented recitals across North America, and toured with Opera Sesame, an interactive and educational music workshop for middle and high school students throughout the state of Kentucky.

Adria is the Musical Director and performer for My Virtual Dream, a collaboration with neuroscientists that creates stunning dreamscapes driven by brainwaves. Powered by Brain Computer Interface and The Virtual Brain technology, MVD fuses art, entertainment and research. This installation has been performed at the Ontario Science entre, Los Angeles, and Berlin.

For 9 years, Adria built a private voice studio in Toronto of professional and amateur musicians and actors, physicians, scientists, university lecturers, and TedTalk presenters. She regularly presents vocal master classes and performance workshops to various groups throughout southern Ontario. She designed a Creative Process camp for children, aged 6-10 that includes mask, mime, improvisation, and musical ensemble.


3. Dr. Aaron Wilson

Having spent his career in the Pacific Northwest and the Southern United States, Dr. Aaron Wilson is honored to be a part of the Brandon University School of Music as the Assistant Professor of Low Brass. Prior to his appointment at Brandon, Wilson performed with the Bay Street Brassworks, a brass and percussion ensemble based out of Indianapolis. His involvement with the group enabled him to perform educational and community concerts along the east coast. In addition, Wilson has performed with several professional ensembles including the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra, the Market Street Brass, and the Durham Symphony, where he served as the principal trombonist.

An energetic solo artist, Wilson presents recitals regularly across North America. His repertoire selection is highly varied, featuring standards of the trombone repertoire, chamber music selections, electroacoustic works, and off-the-wall avant-garde pieces. Additionally, Wilson has been featured as a guest artist with the North Carolina Trombone Festival, the UNCG University Band, the Whatcom Wind Ensemble, and the Indiana Junior All-State Band. Wilson also has presented several masterclasses at middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the United States. Specializing in trombone, euphonium, and tuba performance instruction, Wilson’s approach to teaching is anchored in developing healthy playing habits in an intensive, yet fun learning environment. His research into online performance instruction and low brass pedagogy has allowed him to give several presentations at the Carolina BandFestival, the North Carolina Trombone Festival, and the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Spring and Fall Forums, and the UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, where he received honorable mention.

Wilson earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with Dr. Randy Kohlenberg. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University, where he studied with Greg Cox. While at UNCG, Wilson had the opportunity to teach undergraduate low brass students, conduct the UNCG Trombone Ensemble, assist with teaching the school’s brass methods course, as well as teach several sections of freshman level music theory and ear training. Furthermore, he was active in organizing the annual North Carolina Trombone Festival, Carolina Band Festival, UNCG Summer Music Camp, and the 2013 College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Greensboro.


Esterhazy and Area Choir to perform at Telemiracle!

Submitted by Lauren Hearn

The EHS Sr. Choir, EHS Jr. Glee, PJ Gillen School Choir, Stockholm School Choir, and 3 MCS singers successfully auditioned for Telemiracle on Sat. Nov. 4 in Regina! In total, 60 singers will be performing at Telemiracle on Sun. March 4 between 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Our exact time will be determined soon. We will be performing the Cindi Lauper song, True Colors.

If you would care to donate to Telemiracle and would like us to take in your donation and have us read your name on air, please bring in or mail in a cheque to EHS front office. Our mailing address is Box 640. Please make cheques out to Kinsmen Telemiracle 42. The company Nutrien will be matching dollar for dollar any contributions that the performing groups bring in.

If you would care to contribute to the choir’s traveling costs, you could make a donation to EMBI; it would be appreciated!

Update regarding Potashville Music Festival

Here’s an update we received this week regarding the upcoming Potashville Music Festival. – Kenneth

We hope that the students that are involved with the performing arts, are having a look at narrowing down their choices for their performances at this year’s POTASHVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL😊 Entry deadline is JAN 26🎼

For information on classes, please view the online syllabus –http://smfa.ca/wp-conte…/uploads/…/05/2016-2018-Syllabus.pdf Pease also visit the SMFA website to find more information about our festival with regards to entries, entry fees, scholarships and awards: Click on “Festivals,” then “District Festivals” followed by “Potashville Music Festival.”

The image shown here needs to be filled with volunteers to work various jobs for the festival. If you are able to work a shift, please FB message, text or phone Katherine Miller at 306-745-8504 to sign up and for any questions you have about the volunteer duties.

Volunteer duties include:
1. Admissions/Cashier
– Work at the door, taking admissions & selling programs
– Keep record of cash at the door when session is over
2. Door Monitor
– Ensure no one enters during a performance (often this job can be combined with Admissions
3. Board Monitor
– Print out entries on white board during a session (class & name of competitor)
4. Adjudicator’s Secretary
– Receive music from participants & keep in order
– Give music and marking sheets to adjudicator
– Call out name of next competitor as soon as adjudicator is done writing comments
– Keep record of all marks in Secretary’s recording book
– Make out 1st and 2nd place certificates & include mark

2018 Potashville Music Festival will be held in Esterhazy

The 2018 Potashville Music Festival will be held in Esterhazy. The venues will be Esterhazy High School, and Esterhazy Baptist Church. The following announcement comes from the new facebook page for the event.

Welcome to the Potashville Music Festival Page 2018, with this year’s festival being held in Esterhazy. Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • March 5 – BAND
  • March 6 – BAND ENSEMBLES (solos, duets, trios, etc.)
  • March 7, 8 – PIANO
  • March 9 – VOICE & VERSE

If you or your child, tween or teen has a love of music and the performing arts, then this festival is for you! If your child is taking music lessons, or plays an instrument, or loves to sing or act or recite poetry, we invite you to share in conversation with your children and teachers about the festival and begin to have a look at pieces they would like to perform at this year’s festival. For information on classes, please view the syllabus in the link shown below. Also, please visit the SMFA website where you will find more information about our festival on the “Festivals” with regards to entries, entry fees, scholarships, and awards. Esterhazy High school will be the venue for the school bands on March 5, with the remainder of the festival dates being held at the Esterhazy Baptist Church.

The Potashville Music Festival facebookpage is HERE


Audio Recording:- Kenneth James Kerr on The Rock 98.5

Earlier this week, Kenneth James Kerr (owner of EsterhazyOnline and Author), was interviewed on The Rock 98.5 in Yorkton, regarding his new book, “This Book is the Perfect Gift.” He was also featured on the front page of this week’s Miner Journal newspaper.

With thanks to The Rock for making the file available, we are now able to publish a full recording of the interview. Simply use the audio player below to hear it.

On another note, Kenneth will be recording a Television Show at the Yorkton studios of Access TV next week. And, for more information on the book, please follow the link HERE.