The 44 annual Classic Music Festival is taking place this August in Eisenstadt, Austria. Local music teacher and owner of the Music is Marvelous Piano Studio, Moira Buck will be making the overseas journey to perform. Buck is a Royal Conservatory of Music certified teacher and has been teaching in Fort Saskatchewan for 29 years.
The opportunity presented itself through her fellow music teachers last September at the Alberta Piano Teacher’s Conference. “I thought wow, can I do this? But it’s such an opportunity,” she said.
Working alongside the National Music Teachers’ Association, Buck has had the opportunity to travel to the United States annually but has never travelled to Austria. “Austria would be pretty exciting, but you’re nervous because you’re thinking this is a big difference from Fort Saskatchewan or Red Deer,” she said.
Buck was required to fill out extensive forms detailing her musical experience. The group, made up of participants aged 30-65, has never met before. Two other Canadians will take part as well. Each participant is solely responsible for mastering their repertoire. The post-graduate program has three parts: a chorus, an orchestra, and a group of pianists. Buck will perform as a soprano in the chorus.