The 2021 Kiwanis Music Festival is Going Virtual!

  • Our Syllabus is totally online.   No print version is available for 2021.

What is the Same!

  • We continue to offer solo and small ensemble classes for all our traditional instrumental groups.
  • We have hired the highest quality adjudicators possible who are comfortable working online.
  • Each entrant will receive written adjudicator’s comments and a mark if in a competitive class.
  • We will continue with First, Second and Third Awards but not offer cash prizes.
  • Each entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation if they do not receive a First, Second or Third.
  • Entrants may participate in more than one instrument group.
  • Outstanding entrants may be recommended to the Ontario Provincial Music Festival by the Adjudicators. 
  • The Board of the Kiwanis Music Festival of London encourages you to celebrate the performing arts by providing an opportunity for artistic expression and personal growth in an encouraging and supportive environment.
  • The Kiwanis Music Festival of London remains a qualifying festival for MusicFest Canada “The Nationals”.  Only entrants from the Thames Valley District School Board or the London District Catholic School Board may apply.
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What is New!
We completely redesigned the 2021 Kiwanis Music Festival of London as a virtual festival.  Our new Syllabus reflects major changes to the Festival due to COVID-19 and the Public Health Department requirements for social distancing, wearing of masks and limited gatherings with size based upon local conditions. 

  • We continue to offer solo and small ensemble classes for all our traditional instrumental groups.
  • We are giving entrants the option of playing their pieces without an accompanist, with a backing track accompaniment or a traditional live accompanist if the entrant follows social distancing guidelines.
  • Schools have suspended all bands, choirs and orchestras for the indefinite future.   We will offer classes for solos and small ensembles from schools in first, second, third or fourth year of playing following social distancing recommendations.
  • All school entries will be non-competitive.  We have suspended the school-based Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and Gold Prize money for this year. 
  • We will continue with First, Second and Third Awards but not provide trophies or prize money.
  • Our Syllabus will only be published online this year. 
  • All entries will be electronic this year with the option of entering online or with a scanned entry form.  This change was made to ensure the safety of our Festival Administrator.
  • Our fees are greatly reduced.  Each entrant may play two pieces in each class. 
  • Entry fees may be paid through PayPal, electronic bank transfer or by cheque.  No cash will be accepted this year.  
  • Submitting your video performance requires a Gmail Account and a Google Account.  You may use either a computer or laptop or a smartphone or iPad to record your performance. 
  • Music selection is “own choice” for all classes.  Original scores are not needed if the entrant is playing pieces from the current repertoire and etude books of the RCM or CC.  If the music performed is not in these books, the instructions for submitting the score is outlined in Rule 14 and under “Preparing your Title Page” in the Tips for creating a good video recording.
  • Detailed instructions, with illustrations, on how to submit your recording are provided in “Procedures for Submitting your Recording”. 
  • MusicFest Canada has made changes regarding eligibility this year.  Adjudicators at qualifying festivals may refer any group that would benefit from attending the National Festival to be held May 17-21, 2021 in Toronto.  Entrants may perform live (in person in Toronto) or virtually. A virtual performance may be a recorded performance sent to MusicFest or live streamed from the entrants’ classroom at a scheduled date and time.  Groups can be 2-6 performers, 7-11 performers or 12-25 performers.  There are four Divisions:  A) Instrumental Jazz (jazz combos, jazz ensembles, traditional jazz and world music); B) Concert Bands (bands, guitar ensembles, percussion ensembles, chamber ensembles); C) Choral/Vocal (vocal jazz, contemporary ensembles, concert chamber and combination choirs); O) Orchestra/Strings.  For further details, please go to the MusicFest website, www.musicfest.ca. 


Celebrating our 60th Year!

We were looking forward to celebrating 60 years of the Kiwanis Music Festival of London in 2020 with a Stars of the Festival Gala Concert.  This unfortunately is on hold.  In 1970, our 10th Anniversary, Labatt’s established the Rose Bowl Competition to honour the outstanding young musician in the Kiwanis Music Festival of London.  Winning this substantial prize has been an important stepping-stone launching a professional music career for London and area youth.  Past winners have attended the most prestigious music schools including the Juilliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute and the Peabody Institute. They have made Carnegie Hall debuts, won Juno Awards and one was a semi-finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  Notable winners include Arthur Rowe, Scott St. John, Kevin McMillan, Jennifer Orchard, Anita Park, Angela Park and Nathanael Bartley.   Rose Bowl winners are busy working as musicians on the world-wide stage as soloists (53%), in small ensembles (42%), in orchestras (47%), in opera (26%) and making recordings (34%).  They are teachers as university faculty (23%) and non-university teachers (23%).  They are church musicians (6%), accompanists (11%), conductors (13%), composers (8%), and administrators for music organizations (19%).  Only two do not derive their income from music – one is a medical doctor and the other is a chiropractor, but both people are still actively involved in music.

The Kiwanis Music Festival of London is proud
to have D & S Pianos
as our piano supplier. Their generosity is very much appreciated.