​​​The Inez S. Bull Foundation


The Inez S. Bull Foundation proudly continues this annual tradition.  Now in its 65th year, the Festival is open to participants in the following Categories, Subcategories and Divisions:

CATEGORIES: Piano, Vocal, Dance, or Instrumental (any traditional orchestral instrument or guitar/banjo)

SUBCATEGORIES:   Solo, Duet/Trio/Quartet, Ensemble

DIVISIONS: Tyro- 2 years or less of formal study regardless of age   Junior- past their 2nd year of study & ages up to age 14  Senior- past their 2nd year of formal study & ages 15-22   Exhibition- over the age of 22 

Information on how to participate will be available in late September. 

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Aurora Stewart Bull and her daughter Inez organized the first Ole Bull Music Festival at Ole Bull State Park in  Pennsylvania in the fall of 1952.  For several years the event was held outdoors at the park. In later years, the Festival was moved to an indoor venue at the Galeton Area School.   It included a parade with Norwegian and American flags, the crowning of a king and queen of the festival as well as performances by both young people and adults.  

Winners of the competition and special guests were selected ​to participate in The Summer Awards Concert in New York City. Early New York concerts were held at Town Hall, where Inez had debuted as a singer in her teens, and at Carnegie Hall. Since the late 1990s the concert has been held in Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufmann Music Center.  Despite her failing hearing. and diminished sight, Inez still performed beautifully at the New York concert in her 89th year!​