Our new Executive Director - Barbara Long

barbaralong_03_2012-colThe Federation of Canadian Music Festivals is pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Barbara Long.

Barbara has an understanding of music festivals from all perspectives - competitor, parent, teacher, local organizer, provincial administrator, donor, fund raiser, national director and host coordinator.

Barbara is an experienced arts administrator having served in different roles within the festival movement and the New Brunswick and Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Associations. In 2009, the Canadian Music Teachers’ Association honored her with the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to music education in Canada. Barbara is a member the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.

Barbara was born and raised in Toronto, then moved to Charlottetown for a few years before marrying and settling in New Brunswick. She and her husband live on the family farm near Hartland where she has operated a private piano studio for over 30 years. Wayne and Barbara are parents to three grown children and have seven grandchildren. 

Gloria Nickell Receives Life Membership 

gloriaThe Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF) is pleased to bestow Gloria Nickell with an Honorary Life membership. The presentation was made to Gloria in Edmonton during the 2016 National Music Festival.

Gloria has a long history in the music festival system in Canada. She is a Past-President of the Rosetown Music Festival, a Past-President of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (2007-2008), and served from 2010-2015 on the FCMF Executive Committee.

Gloria is appreciated for her attention to detail, proof-reading, and record-keeping. She has also worked on the FCMF Policy and Procedures Manual Committee. She has assisted as Adjudicator Liaison for the Grand Awards, as well as the follow-up of the Grand Awards, and Choral Awards.

Congratulations, Gloria, on the receiving of this distinction. Your work for the FCMF is recognized and applauded! 

Founder of the Federation Designation Awarded to Dianne Johnstone

At thedianne_founder_edited-by-hw 2016 National Music Festival, Dianne Johnstone was awarded the honour of being named as a ‘Founder of the Federation’. This is an honour given to outstanding festival leaders who have committed themselves to the Music Festival movement in Canada. By their service to the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and the National Music Festival, they have enriched the lives of countless young musicians.

Individuals worthy of this honour are recommended to Federation members by the Executive of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, and are ratified by the delegates at the Annual General meeting. Their names are forever listed annually in the Digest.

Dianne Johnstone began her involvement in the festival movement in 1987 with the Provost Music Festival. She sat on the Alberta Music Festival Board for many years and through her involvement with Alberta she became involved with the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals. It was at this time her passion grew even more for the Festival Movement in Canada and the young musicians of Canada! In 2002 she was asked to raise funds to host the National Music Festival in Lloydminster and thus began her position as Fundraiser for the National Music Festival. Over the years 2002 – 2016 she brought in over a $1,000,000. She cherished, most of all, getting to know many of the young musicians, working with donors and the friendships she built over the years.

Dianne began as Fundraiser at a time when FCMF was transitioning from corporate sponsorship and needing to find a new model of support. Her work and commitment helped shape FCMF into the organization it is today. As Dianne retires, we say a huge “Thank you!” and wish her well in the next stage of life.