Participants may perform selections from a past or current syllabus edition from the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada. In classes for list A, B, C, D, E, Chopin, Concerto, Canadian, or Popular Classes, the participant must play one selection that corresponds to the level and list letter or class description. Memorization is required, except when the selection is not required to be memorized in an examination. Popular selections must be from a popular syllabus list. In Etude classes, the participant must closely follow their instrument’s conservatory syllabus and perform the correct quantity of etudes from the correct lists to a maximum of two etudes. If two selections are being played, they should be played back to back with a brief pause between. For participants who have exceeded level 10, Diploma classes are for participants who have not completed their practical diploma conservatory exam but are working towards it and Post-Diploma classes are for participants who have successfully completed their practical diploma conservatory exam. For any senior sonata class that requires three or more movements, the participant must play a fast movement or two contrasting movements maximum. If you and your music teacher are unsure about which classes to register for or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the coordinator (Heidi - in advance to completing your registration.



Because these pieces are quite short, the participant may play one or two solo selection. The adjudicator will consider only quality of performance rather than quantity of pieces played, so that those who play two pieces will not be at a competitive advantage. If two selections are being played, they should be played back to back with a brief pause between. Selections may be from any published method book and the selection must feature at least one place where the hands play together. Selections found in the current RCM syllabus are not valid. Memorization is required. As this is a solo class, teacher duets are not permitted.


Participants perform a repertoire selection that is or is not found on a conservatory syllabus list. Participants must enter the recital class that reflects the level they are generally enrolled in. The difficulty of the repertoire selection may be at their enrolled level or higher. Memorization is required.


Participant plays one movement of a piano concerto. The level of a concerto is determined by the music teacher. Participants in piano concerto classes will be considered for nomination for the OMFA Piano Concerto class if their age and repertoire suits the OMFA class requirements, which can be reviewed on the OMFA website: Piano concertos are held in the senior piano venue and adjudicated by the senior piano adjudicator, where there are two pianos. Memorization is required.



When you register for a class, you will be asked to declare the participant’s age (their age is calculated according to how old they were on December 31st of the year prior to the festival year). After registration closes, the festival schedule’s construction begins. Schedule protocol is that no class will exceed eight participants or ninety minutes in length. In situations where there are more than eight participants registered for a class or a class exceeds ninety minutes in length, participants will be separated according to their age group and then sorted randomly into classes of eight or fewer participants.



  • Classes that are level five and below are $30.00 each.
  • Classes that are level 6-8 are $33.00 each.
  • Classes that are level 9 and above are $36.00 each.



  • Registration is open annually from December 1 until January 22, with late registration ending on January 31


  • By registering for the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival, you agree to be bound by its rules and regulations. They are available in the Syllabus and online at

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