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- Source of title proper: 1947-1996
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- Fredericton Music Festival Committee
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Prior to 1947, it was customary for choirs and individual music students to travel to Saint John, N.B. to compete in the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music. In the fall of 1947, with impetus from James Manchip and a financial commitment from the Fredericton Rotary Club, an organizational meeting was held for the first Fredericton Competitive Festival of Music. Members of the Rotary Club formed the nucleus of the first executive. Dr. A.S. MacFarlane became president; Justice W. J. West, vice-president; and James Manchip, executive-director.
The first festival, held April 21-24, 1948, in the auditorium of the Provincial Normal School attracted 448 entries. Organizers were able to cover all the expenses with entry and admission fees, leaving the Rotary donation intact. The long tradition of scholarships given in conjunction with the festival began with a $100 scholarship donated by the Knights of Pythias for the outstanding performer of the first festival
By 1952 there was such an increase in entrants that it was necessary to hire two full-time adjudicators. By 1954 there were 624 entries; in 1966, 725 entries; in 1981, 780 entries; in 1988, 1524 entries. By 1996, 1735 entries dictated the need for the services of seven adjudicators with sessions being held in six venues and lasting almost three weeks, including Saturdays and Sundays.
From its inception, the Fredericton Music Festival Committee, composed solely of volunteers, has been responsible for all aspects of the organization and operation of the festival.
On Feb. 15, 1997, the Fredericton Music Festival celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a gala evening of entertainment and dinner. Many former stars of the festival returned to perform for this occasion. The evening also paid tribute to James Manchip as founder and long time organizer of the music festival.
Fredericton Music Festival Committee
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Committee Minutes and Financial Records in Series 1 and Series 7 respectively are accessible only with permission of the Music Festival Committee President or Archivist.
The scrapbooks contain many inserts and the paper is generally fragile. Reproduction of material from the scrapbooks is very limited to prevent damage.
The Fredericton Music Festival Committee retains the right to temporarily borrow one or more scrapbooks for display purposes, with permission of the Music Festival Committee President or Archivist.