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


Thomas Yee, senior piano
Thomas Yee from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, has won First Prizes in over 20 national and international competitions. Most recently,...

Steve Kaldestad
Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Steve Kaldestad has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman...

Valerie Muzzolini, harp
Born in Nice, France, Valerie Muzzolini Gordon began to study harp at age seven and made her first national television appearance when she...

Christine Prince, junior violin
Violist Christine Prince has enjoyed an extensive career as an orchestral musician in North America and Europe. She currently holds tenured...