The Kiwanis Musical Festival


Kiwanis Music Festival – 2012

 Kingsway Humber Kiwanis Club proudly supports this year’s Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto – the 69th by providing supervision for all the choir sessions being held at Brockton High School and for two Tuesdays of the solo competitions being held at Church of the Holy Trinity.  The Festival is held at 17 sites located around the GTA for two weeks from February 21st to March 3rd.  Approximately 6000 young people compete in 11 major solo categories and 8 ensemble categories (over 2000 sessions).  Several categories such as Piano, Choirs, Orchestras and Bands are held for the full two weeks.

The Choir Program at Brockton High School includes elementary school choirs as well as youth choirs from all parts of the GTA.  The choirs vary in size from 10 to 130 members.  The adjudicators are Nancy Kidd, currently Educator in Residence for the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony as well as conductor of the Schneider Male Chorus and the 1000 voice Kodaly Choir; Dr. Marta McCarthy, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, where she has been directing the choirs and teaching pedagogy and musicianship for 16 years; Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Assistant Professor of Music at McMaster University where she directs three choirs and teaches courses in choral methods, conducting and music education; and Melvin Hurst, Director of Music for Humbercrest United Church, who has been adjudicating festivals throughout Canada for over 20 years.

At the Church of the Holy Trinity, Kiwanians from Kingsway-Humber will supervise solo competitions in Music Theatre and Junior Voice.

The President’s Trophy and School Showcase Competition will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at North Toronto Collegiate Institute.  The winners of Senior Piano, Senior Voice, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar and String Trophy Finals are eligible to compete for the President’s Trophy and the most prestigious scholarship prize of the Festival.  This prize of $1000 is donated by Bev Best, a member of Kingsway-Humber Kiwanis Club.

Kingsway Humber and its Foundation donate $12,500 in scholarships to a variety of categories.

Each year the team of adjudicators of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto recommends competitors for the Finals of the Ontario Music Festivals Association (in June 2012) and the National Festival (in August 2012) in the following categories: Voice, Music Theatre, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, Speech, Percussion and Small Ensembles.

Kingsway Humber is also very pleased to welcome the participation of Friends of the Festival, people who are not members of Kiwanis but are supporters of the Festival.   Anyone interested in joining Kingsway Humber Kiwanis Club or Friends of the Festival,  is asked to contact the Music Festival Office at 416-487-5885.