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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 98 years!
2021 Virtual Truro Musical Festival

Our sincere thanks to all the students and teachers who participated in our 2021 Virtual Music Festival! While it was a very different experience, the student learned the value of making a self tape and did a wonderful job on their videos. The Zoom adjudications added a personal touch with the adjudicators often speaking one on one with the students – it was really great. Thank you also for the great attendance at the adjudications. Next year we are exciting to celebrate our 100th Anniversary!! While we look forward to seeing you all in person again, we are proud to be able to add the 2021 festival to our history.

About the Festival: A 99-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 2021 Festival will be the 99th 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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