The 2020 Concerto Competition features the Brass, Winds, Guitar & Voice Division. This competition is for persons twenty-three years of age or younger. Registration is $36 per participant. A participant may only enter this class once per festival. A participant may not play the piece they play in the concerto competition in any other festival class.



The participant must perform a single movement from a multi-movement work for solo instrument or voice and orchestra or a single-movement work for solo instrument or voice and orchestra. A selection is eligible for this competition if the orchestral parts are public domain and are available on




Concerto Competition Class Proceedings
All participants will play on a single evening. The participants must perform with live accompaniment (a pianist playing the orchestra reduction). The adjudicator will then follow standard class procedures (offering adjudication, ribbons and seals of standard). In this way, the class portion of this competition is a regular class.


Being selected to play with the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra
The names of those who are selected to perform their concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra will be posted on the festival website after all festival classes are completed. The adjudicator may but is not obligated to select up to six participants to perform with the orchestra. Concert programming and repertoire is taken into consideration in the selection of these participants. The participant must play the same concerto with the orchestra that they played in the competition round. The participant must be available to perform with the orchestra on Saturday, May 30, 2019, at 7:30 pm. Please see for details. After being selected, rehearsals will be arranged with the participant through an orchestra representative.



2020 - Winds, Brass, Guitar & Voice

2021 - Piano
2022 - Strings
2023 - Winds, Brass, Guitar & Voice

2024 - Piano

2025 - Strings

Concerto Competition - Winds Brass Guitar Voice

Age of participant on December 31, 2018
    • This festival will be known as the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival. It is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, Inc and referred to throughout the rules as "KWKMF". 
    • By registering for the KWKMF, you agree to be bound by the festival rules found in the PDF Syllabus, some of which are listed here.
    • By registering for the KWKMF, you consent to the publishing of the participant’s name, photo and video taken by official festival media persons on the KWKMF's online and printed media outlets. 
    • Registration takes place from December 1 to January 22. Late registration takes place from January 23 to January 31 with a $10 late fee.
    • In addition to the class fees, registrants will be charged a flat $5 registration fee. This will appear as a ‘shipping fee’ on your receipt.
    • The KWKMF reserves the right to refuse any entry or change the program’s schedule at any time. 
    • The KWKMF does not issue refunds.
    • Since the program is subjecdt to change, it is the participant's responsibility to ensure that their understanding of their schedule is up to date with the information on the festival website. 
    • This KWKMF is open to amateurs only. 
    • A participant's age is determined by their age on December 31st of the year prior to the year of the current festival. 
    • All participants must provide a legal copy of their music for the adjudicator. 
    • Participants must announce their name, the title of their selection, and the name of the composer.
    • By registering for the festival, you agree to accept all of the festival results as final. All decisions made by a festival adjudicator or concert organizer with respect to class outcome, awards, provincial delegation, and concert performer nominations are irrevocable. 
    • Making contact with an adjudicator to discuss festival-related matters is not permitted. Adjudicators are required to report such correspondence to the festival committee. 
    • Photography and cellphone usage is prohibited in all festival performance spaces.
    • Exemplary behaviour and consideration of other participants, volunteers and staff is expected at all times.



    To read the remainder of the Rules and Regulations, please see the PDF copy of the Syllabus, on the festival website. There, you can find more information about class procedures, awards, and much more. 

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