By Jenn Watt
The purpose of the Haliburton Highlands Music Festival is to celebrate performance and to reaffirm the importance of making music for its own sake said longtime sponsor Len Pizzey as he opened the Highlights Concert on May 2.
Each year for more than 20 years the music festival has provided an opportunity for vocalists and instrumentalists to receive feedback from adjudicators in an environment focused on learning and personal growth.
This year’s adjudicators were John Kraus Maureen Ferguson and Amy Boyes.
The Highlights Concert features many of the participants in the festival and on Thursday evening they braved the stage to entertain the supportive audience.
Following the concert scholarships were given out. Winners included: Anabel Acero Kurtis Adams Graeme Armstrong Duncan Evans-Fockler Sadie Evans-Fockler Annika Gervais Linus Gervais Highlands Concert Band Highlands Youth Ensemble Isabel Hill Aiden Hill Alexandra Humphrey Grace Judge Kip Kelly Sadie Kelly Julie Moffatt Charlotte Paton Campbell Smith Tate Smith Anika Suke Carson Winmill and Sydney Winmill.