Arts News - *PRESS RELEASE* 16TH MUSIC FESTIVAL

**PRESS RELEASE**
RE: 16TH MUSIC FESTIVAL APRIL 16-28, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

South Simcoe Arts Council gearing up for its 16th annual Music Festival

Mark your calendars for the South Simcoe Arts Council's 15th annual Music Festival, April 16-28, 2018.

This year the festival is pleased to offer a master class in performance. The festival attracts more than 150 participants, along with a panel of accomplished adjudicators. Participants will receive their awards at the Festival's Gala Event.

"This is an exciting and wonderful opportunity for our participants," said Len MacLeod, Executive Director. "The festival encourages the artistic aspirations of our youth and, often times, provides them with their first experience sharing their talents. It is a wonderful way for the community to showcase these exceptional young people."

The South Simcoe Music Festival provides performance opportunities for youth and adults in piano, strings, voice, choral, speech, drama and musical theatre.

This year's festival is sponsored and supported by Honda of Canada Mfg., based in Alliston, ON.

A member of the Ontario Music Festival Association, last year, eight participants, who demonstrated musical excellence at the Festival, competed at the Provincial Festival in Hamilton.

The SSAC is honoured to showcase the talented performers from South Simcoe communities, Newmarket and Barrie. It is a privilege to help performers build their confidence. All are warmly invited to participate in and attend the festival performances!

Participant registration was open until February 15.
Performances & adjudication will take place from April 16 to 28.