The Ghana National Music Festival
This year saw the addition of our first youth orchestra, conducted by the Director of the Ghana National Symphony, and the implementation of two awards: The Student Spotlight and the Student Fellowship. The SS award was given to Mr Samuel Quayson, of the Acacia Woods Youth Orchestra, by unanimous decision as Mr Quayson showed a level of dedication, skill, and leadership that was unmatched by his peers. As a result, Mr Quayson was invited to join the GNMF Team as our Ghanaian Liaison and will teach and perform at the 2019 Edition. The SF was given to Mr Wesley Philips, from Columbus State University, as Mr Philips showed a level of academic and performance achievement unparalleled by other applications. Mr Philips join us for the 2017 festival and was crucial to the success of the 2017 edition. Congratulations to both Mr Philips and Mr Quayson on their achievements!
The coming weeks will bring more information regarding ways you can get involved and exciting new additions to future programs. I hope you will be a part of this great adventure. As always, you can contact me at any time with any questions you may have.
Jordan Taylor, Director
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear Friends of Music,
I am so happy to say that the 2017 Ghana National Music Festival was a great success. The 2017 edition saw an incredible group of students participate in an intense week of study, practice, and performance with some of Ghana and America's top musicians.
We had of over 40 students (up from 30 in 2016) from Accra and the surrounding areas who took part in daily lessons, lectures, ensembles, impromptu guest lectures, and performances, and attended concerts from our outstanding guest faculty. Our faculty included some of Ghana's highest ranking musicians from the University of Ghana and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as our international American guest artists from various institutions in the USA. Their lectures were informative, educational, and entertaining; their performances eclectic, creative, and virtuosic; their inspiration to the students unending. I could not have asked for a more influential group faculty and administrators for our inaugural year.