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Monday, November 5, 2012

Spunky Norwegian Foundation Announces Winners of Ole Bull Music Festival/Future Plans

In 1952, her Excellency Dr. Inez Stewart Bull came to Potter County and started the Ole Bull Music Festival. For the first 20 years the festival was held at the Ole Bull State Park in Cross Fork, moving to the Galeton High School thereafter.

In 1979, Dr. Bull received her Doctorate from New York University. In 1999 the King of Norway knighted her for her support of American-Norwegian Culture in the United States. She continued this until her death in 2010. Her estate has been settled and the Spunky Norwegian Foundation was established to carry on her support of the music students in North Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The Ole Bull Music Festival was held on October 19th in Galeton.
There are four judging classes. Tyro – anyone regardless of age with 2 or less years of music training. Juniors are from age 4 to 14; seniors are from age 15 to 24. Adult performers are age 25 and up and anyone who has played professionally for payment regardless of age.
The winners of the event are: Vocal Division-Tyro-First Place-Sarah Fair, Second Place-Duet Sarah and Anna Fair, Third Place-Karinne Barshinger.

Vocal Division-Junior: First Place-Josiah Kaziska, Second Place Destiny Barshinger.

Instrumental-Senior Division: First Place-Bass Clairnet and Saxophone Duet-Hannah and Heather Greene, Second Place-Saxophone-Heather Greene, Third Place-Lauren Fair.

Piano Tyro Division: First Place-Joshua Kolesar, Second Place-Destiny Barshinger. Piano Junior Division: First Place-Rebecca Jaynes, Second Place-Trish Kline, And Third Place-Joshiah Kaziska.

Piano Senior Division: First Place-Hannah Onink, Second Place-Hannah Greene.

This year’s event had 24 entrants and two adults playing exhibition, A. J. Bashore playing the Dulcimer and Sheri’ Greene the piano.

In addition to the medal and certificate a student receives for placing in the festival, he or she is invited to play in the Summer Awards Concert to be held in New York City in July of 2013.

In the days before the event, the Board of the Spunky Norwegian Foundation met and added trustees to their Board. The additions were Victory Pasi, industrialist from St. Marys and Zachary Hoffman, Florida. Zach is a graduate of Mansfield University’s School of Music and Rollins University with an MBA in Finance. Both gentlemen are welcome additions to the Board.

Future plans included relocating the museum currently on Cherry Springs Road in Galeton to a new site, opening an expanded museum and gift shop specializing in Scandinavian products.

Current members of the Board live in New Jersey, Galeton and St. Marys, PA, Arizona, and Florida. The foundation’s main mission is to improve music education and awareness in rural Pennsylvania and New Jersey furthering Norwegian Culture as Dr. Inez Bull had done for 57 years. The 2013 Festival is scheduled for October 19 in Galeton.

Anyone wanting further information on events being planned can contact the foundations at The foundation will have two web sites up early in November www.SPUNKYNORGEWIAN.COM and
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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Summer Awards Concert in New York, huh? LOL. What does that mean? I know what it meant to other victims who thought they were performing before an audience and found out they were crowded into an empty room at their own expense.