Local music students, bands, and up-and-coming musicians have been preparing for another year of the Swift Current & District Music Festival. 

The festival runs from April 7 - 11 at Zion Mennonite Church in Swift Current and will feature piano, woodwinds, voice, brass, strings, ensembles, and more, of various ages and skills

Family, friends, and anyone else in the public can attend, with the standard Saskatchewan Music Festival Association rule of no photographs during performances.  

Performance entries were closed on Feb. 15 with entry fees of $15 per all solos, $20 for a duet, $30 for ensembles of up to six people, and $40 for ensembles of seven members or more including bands and choirs. 

This year's impressive lineup of adjudicators comes with nearly a century of musical experience combined;

Nicole Wilton is the owner of Wilton Academy of Music who received her Master's degree at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and specializes in piano, violin, and guitar.

Nick Fanner is an accomplished band director, having taught band for 31 years, he teaches courses and currently directs the Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra and two other bands.

The final adjudicator is Justine Wilks, a voice instructor at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory of Music and director of several choral groups who has studied oratory worldwide.

Students may be eligible to earn a scholarship or bursary if they are performing in two or more classes of the same discipline.

Successful performers may even advance to the Provincial Finals that take place in Saskatoon from May 30 - June 2 or the Canada West Performing Arts Festival in Victoria, B.C. from July 25 - 27.

Community members who are interested in contributing to the festival in Swift Current can leave bottles at Sarcan's Drop and Go with the key phrase, 'Funds for Festival' or visit scmusicfestival.ca for more information.