Central Methodist University Music Festival on February 28

More than 45 schools to be represented

The Swinney Conservatory of Central Methodist University will host its annual Music Festival on Friday, February 28, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This year more than 45 schools and more than 2,500 students, mostly from mid-Missouri, are registered to participate in the juried events, including high school, junior high, and middle school performers. A number of the district musical groups are led by CMU graduates of the Swinney Conservatory of Music.

Bands, choirs, music ensembles, and soloists will arrive in Fayette in staggered times throughout the day on Friday and will perform in the Conservatory, Classic Hall, Inman Student and Community Center, the Eagles' Nest, and Linn Memorial United Methodist Church.

Several schools will be participating on Thursday, February 27, due to the large number of choirs.

Groups do not compete again each other; rather, they vie for top ratings. The festival provides experience for individuals and groups who are trying to reach state-level competition.

Observers are welcome on a timely basis – no one is admitted after the beginning of any given performance. Parking is not allowed on Church Street on Friday to allow busses to unload and pick up student performers and their equipment.

Districts sending musicians to CMU's Musical Festival include Blair Oaks, Blue Springs, Brunswick, Columbia, Columbia Independent, Fayette, Father Tolton (Columbia), Fulton;

Hallsville, Hannibal, Harrisburg, Helias, Higbee, Keytesville, Kingsville, Laddonia, La Plata, Linn, Macon, Marshall, Mexico, Missouri Military Academy (Mexico), Moberly, New Franklin, North Shelby, Osage, Renick, Salisbury, Slater;

Smithton, South Callaway, St. Joseph (Salisbury), St. Pius X (Moberly), South Shelby, Sturgeon, Waynesville, and Westran.


Posted February 13, 2014