Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals

Inspiring Musical Excellence

Welcome to the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals - dedicated to the encouragement, instruction and celebration of young musicians in Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

With an esteemed heritage dating back to the Knights of Pythias in 1923, and under the attentive stewardship of the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver since 1960, ours is now B.C.'s premier music festival, offering professional adjudication to some 8,000 students in high school bands and choirs, and in the private study of classical voice, music theatre, piano, strings, brass, woodwinds and chamber music. In recent years several solo instrument catetories have been added and include: classical guitar; harp and Chinese Ethnic instruments  making ours a truly multi-cultural event. Especially gifted students can go on to compete at the Provincial and National levels.

In 2009, with continued support from the Vancouver Kiwanis Club, we became a separate Society. We are now delighted that new benefactors, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the Robert L. Conconi Foundation, have come forward with generous sponsorship. We also greatfully "acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia" for their award of a Community Gaming Grant.

We know helping to foster an appreciation for music, hard work and commitment in one child positively impacts not just their lives but the future of our community and our world. That's why even when we hear a song sung a little off-key or a few missed notes -- it's all music to our ears.

Adjudicators


Lauren Eselson, woodwinds
Lauren Eselson is an Instructor of Flute at Mount Royal University Conservatory. She has been a regular extra musician in the flute...

Gregory Cross, classical voice and music theatre
Gregory Cross has appeared in Musicals, Theatre, Television & Opera across Canada and Great Britain. For five years he played the...

Kathy Dornian, intermediate piano
A native Calgarian, Kathy Dornian is a nationally respected pedagogue, chamber musician, adjudicator and examiner. She earned a Master of...

Hugh Parsons
Hugh Parsons holds a Bachelor of Music from the U. of Toronto as well as a Masters in Jazz Education from the U. of Victoria. He currently...