Grande Praire & District Music Festival Association



Caihla Anderson was a talented and dedicated musician, who competed at both the Grande Prairie and the Provincial Music Festivals with much success. She was a role model for younger, aspiring musicians until her untimely death at age 20. It is the family’s wish that other young musicians with the same desire to develop their talent and reach their potential, be given some financial assistance toward performance or further study opportunities. Through their passion for music a part of Caihla plays on.



Natalie Kazakoff was a well-respected piano teacher in Grande Prairie for more than 30 years and many of her students continued with musical careers. She continued to teach until she was physically unable to do so. Her family has asked that a scholarship in her name be designated for a young player whose musical abilities show promise.



Barbara had a love of music from a very young age – she played the piano, organ and had a beautiful soprano voice. She shared her musical talents in church, choirs, local theatre productions and many other occasions throughout her lifetime. She was the music and choir director at St. Paul’s United Church for many years and served on the Grande Prairie Festival board as a member and entry secretary. She was a director of the Alberta Music Festival Association. Her children and grandchildren continue her musical legacy.



Sydney was involved with the Grande Prairie Music Festival from 1972 to 2004. He filled several roles on the Board – publicity, logistics, adjudicator coordinator and served as President in 1974. His greatest love was accompanying instrumental and vocal performers at both the local and provincial levels. At the request of the family the winner will use this bursary to pay for the expenses of an accompanist at the local, provincial or national level of competition.



Clem and Muriel have been lifelong supporters of all aspects of the arts in Grande Prairie for many years. Their legacy lives on through the scholarships, contests and financial donations they have made. The Collins Recital Hall at the Grande Prairie Regional College is a well-used venue during the annual Music Festival and is a reminder to everyone of their passion for music.



An accomplished violinist and fiddler, Eric Dalen shared his love of music for over 90 years by playing for church and community functions; teaching violin, guitar and accordion; restoring and repairing stringed instruments; and, conducting the MAPA Orchestra. All the while he worked as a brick maker and mason at the Grande Prairie Brickyard which was a family owned and operated business. Highlights in Eric’s musical career included a live weekly CFGP radio broadcast of Scandinavian and old-time music with his brothers; the opportunity to play violin and viola in the Saskatoon Symphony and Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestras; and, a tour of duty overseas with the Canadian Army Show during World War II. Eric’s family is pleased to honor his lifelong commitment to music-making by celebrating the talents of young string players.



Rosemary Smith had a lasting and passionate commitment to the Grande Prairie and District Music Festival Association. As a young girl, Rosemary played the piano in the festival, and she continued her support for the Festival when she taught piano students. For years she programmed the piano entries, fine tuning the complicated process year to year. Each April she dedicated herself to many hours of volunteering at the door for the Festival, listening to her beloved piano music from outside. Rosemary also served as President of the Festival 1994-1995. As an association, we deeply miss Rosemary’s contribution to the music community of Grande Prairie.