The Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival was established in 1948 and has been running ever since as the largest annual music education event in Kitchener-Waterloo. Each year, approximately five hundred public school and private music student perform in solo and group classes. Many vocalists sing in classical and music theatre styles. There are a large number of violinists and cellists, as well as pianists who enter. Others enter on guitar, clarinet, flute, trumpet, or euphonium. Choirs, bands, and orchestras enter as well. There is also a chamber music division for small ensembles. Adjudicators (professional music clinicians and educators) give participants live workshops and written feedback on each performance. They also award ribbons and seals of standard. All participants are eligible to win trophies, awards, and provincial delegations. Each year, the KWKMF sends about sixty participants to the OMFA Provincial Competition to represent Kitchener-Waterloo in various instrument-level divisions. To warm up for their time at Provincials, our delegates perform each year in a professional concert venue, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Also, the KWKMF has an annual concerto competition where winners perform with a live orchestra in concert! The festival culminates in a gala Finale Concert which features an impressively diverse musical program given by festival participants. The aim is to support and inspire our youth in their musical ambitions and skill development. Get in touch to see how you can be involved today!