Committed To The Development Of The Performing Arts In Our Community.

A Brief History

Music festivals are held each spring in many localities throughout Canada. We generally associate the name of Earl Grey, Canada's Governor General between 1904 and 1911, with the Grey Cup in football. However, it may not be as well known that it was under his influence in 1908 that the Alberta Music Festival Association was founded in Edmonton.

In 1976, a group of local music teachers were instrumental in starting the local music festival. These teachers were interested in allowing young people from our community to perform in front of a live audience and receive professional adjudication.  In the early years, the Festival was affiliated with the local Kiwanis Club and was known as the Sherwood Park Kiwanis Music Festival. In 1992, the affiliation with the Kiwanis Club ended and the name was changed to the Sherwood Park Music Festival.

The Rose Bowl trophy is awarded annually for the best performance of the Festival. This award was instituted in 1995 under the leadership of Sherry Nott to mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival.

As a 30th anniversary project, the Sherwood Park Music Festival Association helped procure a Petrof Concert Grand piano for the main stage of Festival Place where it is in constant use to the benefit of the whole community.

The Festival has grown steadily over the years and presently includes junior, intermediate and senior piano, junior and senior voice, strings, musical theatre, speech arts, choral, handbells, and woodwinds/brass/percussion. In April, 2011, the Sherwood Park Music Festival Association celebrated its 35th annual Music Festival and awarded more than 120 scholarships with a total value of over $10,000.

The continued growth and success of the Music Festival is due to the active involvement of many volunteers, board members, festival workers and especially the continued financial support of governments, businesses, corporations and individuals. This continued involvement of all of these sectors is what allows the Festival to sustain itself from one year to the next and makes the Sherwood Park Music Festival a truly community event.


The Board

(L - R) Back Row: Sharleen Korte, Patricia Hollman, Bud Bowthorpe, Murray Vaasjo

Middle Row: Dorothy Dawson, Barb Berndt, Esther Madsen, Judy Hoefling

Front Row: Christine Dell, Leann Deisting

Missing: Jeff Walters

Photo Courtesy of Lane Collison - Sydney Rae Photography