WOLFVILLE, NS – The Deep Roots Music Festival is very pleased to present this year’s Valley Arts Award to Marlene Jackson. The official presentation will take place at our finale concert on September 30th, 2018.

We welcome past recipients of the award to celebrate with us as we honour Marlene.

The Valley Arts Award is presented to someone who has made a significant, long-term contribution to the Arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

One of two founders of the Annapolis Valley Music Festival, Marlene has long been a force in the local music education scene and her students continue to win gold.

While teaching at Horton District High School (1982 – 93), she received an award for Innovative Curriculum Development in the classroom from the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union.

In 1990, Marlene won the Presidential Service Award from the Canadian Registered Music Teachers Association in recognition of, and appreciation for, her voluntary service and contribution to the musical culture of Canada.

Eight years later Marlene was granted an honourary life membership with the Nova Scotia Music Educators’ Association in recognition of her Outstanding Contribution to Music Education in Nova Scotia.

In 2002, the Annapolis Valley Music Festival created an award to recognize Marlene, and fellow music teacher, Hetty Jackson (no relation), for their sincere inspiration and dedication. The Jackson Bowl is presented provincially.

The Nova Scotia Band Association also gave Marlene a life membership in 2003 for outstanding service to the Nova Scotia Band Association.

Marlene was included in a 2005 book titled “Notes from a Musical Garden”, written by former student Brenda Porter, for the Nova Scotia Music Educators Association. The book lists Marlene as one of ten pioneers in music in Nova Scotia. She taught in Berwick and West Kings, where she formed their first band, as well as Horton.

Marlene continues to teach piano, brass, saxophone, and music rudiments privately in Berwick.

The Deep Roots Music Festival congratulates Marlene Jackson on her extensive achievements in music education, and recognizes her lifelong commitment to inspiring future generations of musicians here in the Annapolis Valley.



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