*Began in 1998 Director Rob Hennig, Registrar Lynne Smith Festival was held at Westminster United Church, Orangeville
Gala Concerts May 9, 1998 were held in two locations: Afternoon Orangeville Opera House; Evening Westminster United Church
Gala Participants: Orangeville Interchurch Childrens Choir, Albany Tremblay, Ian Moor, Adrian Newcomb, Allison Price, Jane Lanktree, Stephanie Moore, Stephanie & Pamela Scott, Ben Darwin
*1998 to present - the Sanctuary piano tuning has been graciously donated to the Festival by Lee Tocher of Tocher Pianos, Hillsburgh
*1999 to present The Gala Concert has been held at Westminster U.C., Orangeville. For Westminster's support, the proceeds from the Gala Concert have been donated to Westminster.
*2002 Rob Hennig resigned from the Festival and a volunteer committee was formed. Members were Lynne Smith-Registrar, Shirley Jemmett, Joylyn Bell and Jill McNicol
*2006 under the direction of Martin James, Minister of Music at Westminster U.C., a decision was approved by Worship & Sacrament Action Group to support the Orangeville & District Music Festival by providing space and some administration. It was acknowledged that the Festival was an organization which opened Westminster's doors to the community as a musical outreach.
*2007 The Festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a new award for the Most Promising Musician which is presented each year to a participant chosen by the adjudicator.
ODMF Alumni, Pamela Scott (actress/singer) performed at the Gala Concert; she spoke about how the festival gave her the opportunity to perform and hone her skills.
*2008 Martin James, Minister of Music, WUC, became a committee member and through his support, Westminster United Church became a recognized supporter.
*2009 Mercedes Mabee, an ODMF Alumni, and Michelle Posteraro became a Committee Members.
*2010 - Emily Newton & Callum Boland received a certificate from Adjudicator, Debra Wanless to attend Summer Sizzle Camp. Mercedes Mabee resigned from the committee to attend university and Susan Moritz joined the ODMF Committee.
*2011 - Jill McNicol resigned from the committee due to her failing health.
At the Gala Concert, she was acknowledged for her invaluable contributions to the Festival. A Jill McNicol Scholarship was presented in honour of Jill's work, dedication and support of the festival. Debra Wanless donated a 50% discount certificate to attend the Summer Sizzle Keyboard Camp (balance paid by ODMF).
*2012 - Celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Festival. A commemorative music bag was presented to all participants and a celebratory reception was held after the Gala Concert. An ODMF Alumni, Conrad Gold, performed at the Gala Concert; he spoke about his musical journey and delighted the audience with his performances on piano and organ.
ODMF Website was created: www.odmf.ca In support of the Festival, Bill Elliott of Broadway Engraving, set up the website and helps maintain the site.
ODMF Alumni, Conrad Gold (organist/pianist), performed at the Gala Concert; he spoke about his musical journey and delighted the audience with his performances on piano and organ.
*2013 ODMF was nominated for a Creative Cultural Event Award at the Mayors Breakfast for the Arts. Michelle Posteraro resigned and Jane Lanktree, an ODMF Alumni, joined the committee.
Debra Wanless donated a 50% discount certificate to attend the Summer Sizzle Keyboard Camp (balance paid by ODMF) awarded to Jonathan Lane-Smith.
The following organizations became official Sponsors of ODMF
October 27th - The Power of Music ODMF Fundraising Music Concert held at Westminster United Church on Sunday at 7:30 pm. MC: Gary Vipond; Performers: Rhythumfoot (Chanda & Frank Leahy and family); Heather Katz; Jonathan Lane-Smith; Hannah Shelton Campbell with Heidi Allen and Stan Elliotson, accompanied by Mary Runcimann; Will Devonshire; Mark DuBois with Elizabeth DuBois & Graham Maycock; Bells of Westminster; Candescence; Nathanael Pollard; Barbara Cooper with Linda MacGregor, Flute and Shirley Jemmett, Piano; Leisa Way & Bruce Ley. Proceeds went to the ODMF Scholarship Fund.
*2014 ODMF was once again nominated for a Creative Cultural Event Award at the Mayors Breakfast for the Arts.
*2015 - Debra Wanless donated a 50% discount certificate (balance paid by ODMF) to attend the Summer Sizzle Keyboard Camp awarded to Isobella Rohner-Tensee
*2016 ODMF was awarded the Creative Cultural Event Award at the Mayors Breakfast for the Arts.
Orangeville & District Music Festival
Restructuring - 2002 ODMF Committee
Most Promising Musician Award Recipients:
2017 Registration information and forms Available January 15, 2017.
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