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EMSB CONCLUDES MUSIC FESTIVAL SERIES

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MONTREAL,  JUNE,16, 2008 Westmount Park Elementary School hosted the final installment of the  English Montreal School Board (EMSB)  Music Festival recently.

Lorraine Arsenault, a retired music specialist, has diligently supported the arts in schools throughout her career and for the past 12 years has expertly coordinated the Fine Arts Festival of the former Protestant School Board (PSBGM) and now the EMSB. The festival, which highlights students from both elementary and high schools, featured inspiring performances from choirs, dance troupes, instrumental ensembles, bands and orchestras.

This year the festival began on April 18 with eight elementary schools represented. These included Cedarcrest, General Vanier, Honoré Mercier, Michelangelo, Nesbitt, Our Lady of Pompei, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and St. Dorothy schools. The venue was St. Pius X Adult Centre which hosted the event at which Diane Duguay adjudicated.  On April 25 Rosemount High School welcomed musical groups from F.A.C.E., Royal West Academy, and Rosemount High School as well. Adjudicators at this event included Michel Fortin, Richard Charron, and Jennifer Bell. The final stage of the festival   at Westmount Park in June included the participation of the host school,  Dante, Gardenview, Merton, Parkdale, Sinclair Laird, St. John Bosco and  St. Raphael.  

Christina Delaney, principal of Westmount Park opened the festival with some words of welcome and thanked Ms. Arsenault for organizing this year’s  event. Region 3 Director Paola Miniaci said that she is often envious of  young people with musical talents, noting that  after retirement she hopes to discover some musical talents.

In addition to the singing and musical instruments, students from Westmount Park, Sinclair Laird, and Gardenview performed various dances such as an African step dance choreographed by Steve Blackette and Latin dances choreographed by Paul Bertrand.

After the performances, Claire Rousseau was introduced as the adjudicator. A distinguished musician, president of the Quebec Chapter of the Orff Association, music professor and composer offered some words of encouragement. Ms. Rousseau commended all of the students who participated in the festival, and emphasized how impressed she was with the different talents.  She also mentioned how important music can be and encouraged all of  the students to pursue their music gifts.

The ceremony concluded with Ms. Rousseau presenting each participating school and their choir directors and choreographers with plaques and certificates.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca