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25 schools signed up for Ontario Christian Musicfest

Written on February 11th, 2008

Registration is open until Feb. 22

A music festival that started with a handful of schools five years ago now has 25 schools already signed up for the April event. Registration for the Ontario Christian Musicfest (OCM) is open until Feb. 22.

OCM was the brainchild of Dennis Ullman, band instructor for Knox Christian School and Durham Christian High School in Bowmanville.

His dream was to support Christian school music programs and inspire young musicians as well as the community in developing the gift of music through a festival anchored in a Christian worldview.

The adjudicators, who are highly respected in their field and include Carol Johnston of Nashville and Chester Thompson, drummer for Phil Collins and Genesis, share the Christian outlook.

The festival theme is Serving an Audience of One.

“It is our goal by supporting Christian school music programs through this educationally focused festival, that we can inspire parents, school officials, school supporters and volunteers, staff, music teachers and students to truly work to ‘Serve an Audience of One’ through the wonderful gift of music,” states an OCM document.

This year’s event, which is run by a committee, is to take place April 2 to 5 at the Knox school. The school had a major building expansion several years ago and is able to host the festival in its gymnasium.

“We at Knox are excited about this celebration of music and look forward to another great year,” says vice principal Jane Hoogendam, noting that the school’s junior band, two senior bands and a jazz band will be participating.

A new element to the festival is the inclusion of praise and worship ensembles.

OCM is a regional festival of MusicFest Canada. Performing ensembles will have an opportunity to be invited to attend and participate in the national finals of Musicfest Canada, which will be held in Ottawa in May.

For information on OCM, including registration, e-mail drums@sympatico.ca, or visit the website.