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The third oldest competitive music festival in North America, the Truro Music Festival has been a proud tradition of Truro and surrounding communities for over 95 years!
2020 Truro Music Festival Dates & Venues

For Immediate Release - March 14, 2020: Remainder of Truro Music Festival to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

After considering the recommendations of our provincial government and health care authorities with respect to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Board of the Truro Music Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining classes and events for the 2020 festival season. This includes the piano, vocal, choir, and band classes which were scheduled to take place from April 2 through April 28, as well as the Closing Concert scheduled for May 8. The Musical Theatre classes were held on March 9 through 12, but the Awards Concert scheduled for April 5 is also cancelled. Award winners from those classes will be contacted soon.

While this is a disappointing development for all involved, the health and safety of the many people who help make the Festival a success each year is of the utmost importance. These measures are being put in place to help contain the spread of this disease and we thank you for your support and understanding.

We appreciate and acknowledge the tremendous effort that has been put forward by the participants, teachers, and volunteers in preparing for this Festival. Though we are saddened that we will not have the opportunity to showcase the talent in our community this year, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the 99th Truro Music Festival in 2021.

Registrants and teachers will be contacted directly with further details regardingregistrations. Individuals with other questions should direct them to info@TruroMusicFestival.ca.

About the Festival: A 98-Year Tradition!
The Truro Music Festival was started in 1922 by Professor Harry Wellard and his assistants Miss Margaret McLean and Miss Lois Richardson. Prof. Wellard was organist at several Truro churches, taught music at the Nova Scotia Provincial Normal College, and was supervisor of music in Colchester County schools. He was devoted to music in the community, and was particularly interested in fostering its role in childhood education and development. His many achievements are honoured nearly a century later in the annual Truro Music Festival.

In the beginning, the Festival was only for schools, and was known as the Truro Choral Society Music Competition. Initially, the competition was only for "town" schools and took place on a single Saturday in late May in the old Colchester County Academy The Festival quickly grew to include county schools and school-aged soloists, and today includes musicians of all ages from the Colchester area and neighboring counties in Nova Scotia. The tradition has continued up to the present day, and the 2017 Festival will be the 95th anniversary of this Truro institution. In fact, the Truro Music Festival is the third oldest competitive music festival in Canada, an achievement for which the community can be justifiably proud.
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