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The St. Vincent Music Festival, founded in 1956 by the St. Vincent Music Council, has been an integral part of Vincentian life for several years. Unfortunately it has been dormant for the last seven years, leaving a void in the promotion and display of the many varied musical talents of our people, especially the youth. Now the Festival is back! The National Lotteries Authority Music Festival 2005 runs from 13th – 20th March with entries in a wide variety of categories. {{more}}This augurs well for the future.

Over the years, the Festival has always been blessed with highly qualified adjudicators and this year is no exception. This year we are fortunate to have with us Mrs. Joslynne Sealey of Trinidad and Tobago.

Joslynne Sealey is a Government Scholar, a graduate of McGill University, Montreal where she attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with General High Distinction and a Diploma in Music Education.

A vocal coach and teacher by profession, she was also a principal singer in the Trinidad and Tobago Opera Company. She performed as guest artiste with Catelli Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra and traveled with them on tour to Toronto and to the Commonwealth Arts Festival in Scotland, England and Wales. She has been a Calypso judge for all levels of the National Monarch competitions in Trinidad (1976-1996), and has also adjudicated the National Panorama Steelband competitions from 1976 to the present time. She has also served as adjudicator in several other major festivals and competitions, not only in her native Trinidad, but also in Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada and was Chief Judge for the Caribana celebrations in Toronto on many occasions, most recently in 2003 and 2004.

Mrs. Sealey is now the Secretary/Manager of the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival Association, and is responsible for the selection of the choral and vocal syllabus for the Festival. She is the recipient of the following awards: The Humming Bird Medal (Gold) in 1990 – Culture

The Norma Callendar Award – Women in Pan Award – 1999

The NWAC Award ̱ Outstanding Achievement in Music/Development of the Arts Р2003.

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