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


Mei Han, Chinese ethnic instruments
Mei Han (Ph.D.): Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, and Associate Professor of School of Music at Middle Tennessee State...

Karl Stobbe, intermediate and senior violin/viola
Karl Stobbe is recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished violinists, known for his dedication to excellence on the violin and...

Campbell Ryga
Campbell Ryga was born in 1961 in Edmonton and was raised in Summerland, BC, where he lived until moving to Vancouver to pursue private and...

Charles Hobson, guitar
Charles Hobson is an active solo and chamber music musician having performed and toured throughout Canada, the US and Argentina. With the...