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. No class will exceed eight participants. When there are more than eight participants registered for a class, they will be separated into sub-classes according to age.



Participant plays one (or two solo selection if the combined performance length of both selection is less than two minutes) from any published method book which features at least one place where the hands play together. Selections found in the current RCM syllabus are not valid. Memorization is required. Duets are not permitted.



Participants may perform selections from a past or current syllabus edition from the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada.


Preparatory A / Preparatory B

Participant plays one or two selections back to back with a brief pause. Memorization is required.


List A, B, C, D, E, Chopin and Canadian Classes

Participant plays one selection that corresponds to the level and list letter or class description. For higher level sonatas where multiple movements are required according to the syllabus, two movements. Memorization is required.


Etude Classes

For levels 1, 2, Diploma and Post-Diploma, participants must perform one etude. For levels 3-10, participants must perform two etudes back to back with a brief pause. Memorization is not required for levels 1-10. 


Popular Classes

Participants must perform a selection from a conservatory popular list. Memorization is not required.


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 Recorded 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.



For non-competitive youth and adult workshops, please see the table of contents. 

Piano Solo

    • 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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