Participant sings one selection for solo and ensemble classes and two selections for recital classes. Solo classes governed by age are priced as follows: 8 & Under, 9-10 and 11-12 age groups are $30.00 per class. 13-14 and 15-16 age groups are $33.00 per class. 17-18 and 19-28 age groups are $36.00 per class. Participants 29 years of age and older should enter into the adult workshop classes. Recital classes are $50. Ensemble classes are $30 per ensemble.



Participants must use a vocal style that reflects the class description. 



Participants must perform two contrasting selections from a conservatory repertoire list. Participants who wish to be considered for nomination for the Ontario Provincial Competition ( should register in a recital class in the level they wish to be considered for. If a participant wishes to be considered for provincials but does not wish to enter a recital class, they should explicitly make their desired level known to the festival coordinator by email at the time of registration.



For non-microphone classes, the vocalist will sing acoustically. For microphone classes, a hand-held microphone will be provided and microphone technique will factor into the adjudication. Self-accompanied and singer-songwriter class participants may choose to use or not use the microphone, and microphone technique will not factor into the adjudication. Participants will be required to handle the microphone themselves. Parents are not permitted to assist in the manipulation of the microphone. If the participant needs assistance, they can ask their accompanist. 



No class will exceed eight participants. In situations where there are more than eight participants registered for a class, classes will be separated according to their further age group and then sorted randomly into classes of eight or fewer participants. 



Each ensemble should register once per selection they wish to perform. At the time of registering, each participant’s name will need to be entered and the ensemble’s average age declared. Ensembles must register in the ensemble class that reflects the ensemble’s average age.


For ensemble details, see below. Participants registering for classes that require live piano accompaniment can register for four classes for the price of three when they enter the class discount code “KWKMF”. This discount does not apply to late registrations.

Vocal Solo, Recital & Ensemble

    • 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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