Main Festival

April 10, to April 29, 2017



2017 Registration is closed.

Click here to view your personalized 2017 Main Festival schedule.


How the Main Festival operates:

The participants are scheduled according to the class or classes they register in. Each class will take the form of a recital. Once all the participants have performed the adjudicator will speak to the participants and give them constructive written and verbal feedback regarding their performance. All participants will receive a certificate of participation as well as a mark for their performance. Placement stickers will indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class. In the case of large classes there may be more than one section and there will be placements in each section but only one overall winner of that class.

  • Participants are responsible for their own accompanists.
  • No photography or audio/video recording is allowed during any Festival classes or adjudications.

Admission: please see the Ticket page for full details.

Accepted age for all classes is the competitor's age as of December 31, 2016.


The Main Festival welcomes solo and ensemble performers in the following disciplines.  Please refer to specific dIscipline syllabus for information regarding classes and requirements.

HARP: April 22-23

  • Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Open classes
  • Duets and Ensembles


  • Age and Grade level classes
  • Guitar Ensemble class

PIANO: Junior April 20-29; Intermediate April 10-18; Senior April 10-21

  • Junior for Grade levels 1 to 6
  • Intermediate for Grade levels 7 to 9
  • Senior for Grade level 10 and up
  • Concerto classes
  • Ensemble classes

STRINGS: Junior Violin April 10-16; Intermediate and Senior Violin April 24-28; Viola April 9-30; Cello and Bass April 23-29

  • Junior for ages 12 and under 
  • Intermediate for ages 18 and under
  • Senior Open classes
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
  • String Duets and Chamber Ensembles


  • Junior Classical Voice for ages 14 and under
  • Intermediate Classical Voice for ages 18 and under
  • Senior Classical voice Open classes
  • Musical Theatre and Vocal Ensemble for all age categories

WOODWINDS / BRASS: April 13-19

  • Woodwind classes arranged by Age, Grade of study or Years of study.
  • Woodwind and Brass Ensembles
  • Brass classes arranged by Age

*Dates subject to change.



Additional info


  • Canadian Memorial United Church & Centre for Peace: 1825 W. 16th Ave. (Jr. Piano)
  • Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church: 2733 W. 41st Ave. (Int. Piano / Int. & Sr. Violin and Viola / Ensembles)
  • Spirit of Life Lutheran Church: 375 W. 10th Avenue (Classical Guitar)
  • St. Helen's Anglican Church: 4405 W 8th Ave (Cello / Ensembles)
  • St. James Community Square: 3214 W 10th Ave (Woodwinds / Brass)
  • St. Matthias and St. Luke Anglican Church: 680 W 49th Ave (Classical Voice / Music Theatre)
  • Unitarian Church of Vancouver: 949 W. 49th Ave. (Jr. Violins / Classical Voice / Music Theatre)
  • Vancouver Academy of Music: 1270 Chestnut Street (Harp)
  • Vancouver Symphony School of Music: 843 Seymour Street (Sr. Piano)

*Venues subject to change.