2019 Cantando International Music Festival in Whistler, BC
Mount Baker Music students in Medal Plaza, Whistler, BC
The Mount Baker Music Department has just returned from participating in the 2019 Cantando International Music Festival in Whistler B.C. Last weekend's festival involved 52 concert bands, 40 choral groups, 35 jazz bands, as well as drumlines and string orchestras, in all totaling almost 4000 students from all over Canada and the U.S. Mount Baker brought 95 students to the festival, performing in the Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, Concert Band and Vocal Jazz categories.
The Mount Baker groups have worked very hard to be at their best for this festival, collectively putting in up to 5 hours of rehearsal each day since September. The effort has paid off, with the Concert Choir receiving a Silver Medal on the International standard, the Vocal Jazz group winning a Gold, the Jazz Band earning a Silver and the combined Mount Baker Tour Concert Band, made up of grade 10, 11 and 12 students, receiving a Gold Medal.
All four of the groups also received inspiring and exciting workshops that, according to many students, proved to be the highlight of the tour. During a vocal workshop, Dorothy Dyck, Chair of the Manitoba Choral Association, said to the students: "You get so much love from your audiences! Can I take you home?" Colin Clarke, director of the Toronto Youth Orchestra, wrote: "I can tell you are having so much fun when you perform. What a great program!"
Even the 16 hour bus ride home did not dampen the student's spirits. Now they are pouring their energy into the upcoming Wild Theatre musical production of "Mamma Mia" and are looking forward to presenting their season finale and grad showcase concert at the Key City Theatre in June.
Mount Baker Jazz Band at the Rainbow Theatre in the Whistler Convention Centre
Mount Baker Concert Choir had the opportunity to become rock stars for an evening and perform with Foreigner! Congratulations on a fantastic evening!
Check out a short clip of the Concert Choir performing here