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Jane McLaren, registrar
1602 Walton Street
Cornwall, ON, K6H 1W2
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Welcome to our 63rd year!

The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall wish to invite you to celebrate 63 years of supporting and encouraging music and the arts in the Cornwall area! This is our 63rd year of the Kinsmen Music Festival and we are celebrating by offering you some great opportunities at this year’s festival, March 28 – April 2, 2017.  

The Kinsmen Music Festival promotes a workshop style festival and performance experience in which the talents of each participant are celebrated and enhanced. The family, the music teacher(s) and adjudicator(s) act in unison in supporting the participant’s positive growth in musical skills, enjoyment of, and appreciation for music. It is not about winning, but rather it’s about the nurturing of a life-long appreciation for the value of music as the universal language of humanity. 

Again this year, the request of our adjudicators, there will be no written notes presented for piano or voice classes. In lieu of this the adjudicator will have increased time to workshop with the participants increasing opportunity for experiential learning. Parents and/or teachers will be permitted to videotape the workshop segment so that they can review the learning and work on the skills shared at the festival. This is a departure from the ‘no recording of the adjudicator’s comments’ of previous years and we encourage teachers to share this information with participants so that they can take advantage of this learning opportunity! In order to better facilitate the workshop style memorization will is optional but encouraged.

This year the Kinsmen Music Festival is pleased to bring back The Piano Challenge Class. This conservatory concert class offering $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. We are also pleased to continue our bursary classes. These include four (4) piano bursaries and two (2) voice bursaries of $50 each to young musicians displaying outstanding potential at the festival across a variety of musical genre. Please note, in keeping with the non-competitive nature of the festival, the bursaries will be awarded for outstanding potential in music and not for the ‘best performance.’ For more information please see our trophy listing . 

If you are interested in being a first time participant in our music festival we’d love to help you with the various classes, and let you know about our music festival. We are excited to have you and you’ll be glad you came! If you are one of our hundreds of returning participants, welcome to another year of music, community spirit and renewed friendships. We’re looking forward to seeing you again and are glad you are taking part.  

We are pleased to welcome John Avey as our vocal adjudicator and Kimberley Sundell as our piano adjudicator.

Kimberley received her Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy degree from the University of Ottawa through the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory. Her thesis focused on beginner piano method books and the inclusion of elements of a comprehensive musicianship education. Kimberley also holds a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in early years music education from Brandon University, Manitoba, and ARCT Piano Pedagogy/Performer diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Kimberley taught for the Eckhardt- Gramatté Conservatory at Brandon University.

John Avey has enjoyed a 30 year career as an operatic bass-baritone on both the national and international stage. His accomplishments include principal artist/soloist with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, concert engagements with CBC TV/Radio and the title role of the Mikado at both the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre. His repertoire comprises 45 major operatic roles and over 30 concert works as well as musical theatre. As a voice teacher, he has taught singing to university students and young professionals at McGill, Queens and, presently, at the University of Ottawa. In our correspondence John shared these thoughts: As a young boy, I was a music festival competitor and appreciate their value. Not only do they encourage budding musical talent but, win or lose, help instill in our young performers, invaluable lessons in discipline, courage, a healthy sense of competitiveness and fair play. These young people are the future and life blood of the arts and competitions like yours help develop the next generation of performers and audience members. I would love to contribute to this legacy at your festival.

At this time we anticipate piano classes held in the afternoon and evenings of Tuesday March 28 through to Thursday March 30th. Voice classes will be held in the afternoon / evening of Friday March 31st completing on Saturday April 1st. The Concert of the Stars will be 2PM on Sunday April 2nd. This COULD CHANGE depending on registration numbers and adjudicator availability. In order to confirm the final schedule to all teachers as soon as possible we require all registration to be submitted on time.  

Deadline to register is Friday February 24th. All events for the festival will be held at Aultsville Theatre at St. Lawrence College. (Note: schedule is open to changes pending registration numbers)  

The Festival of the Stars will be held the afternoon of Sunday April 2nd. All trophies, bursaries, and cash prizes will be announced and presented at the Festival of the Stars concert. This concert will hopefully be broadcast on Cogeco Cable 11. Participants will be notified throughout the festival of their recommendation to perform in this concert. This concert will feature outstanding performances by participants from both the private and school participants who have performed during the festival week. We look forward to continuing the Festival of the Stars in its new format as the Kinsmen Music Festival celebrates young artists in the area!  

Please refer to the registration form and festival rules for additional information. All documents are available on the website at, just look under the music festival tab. You may also contact the registrar with any questions or clarifications needed. We hope you are as excited by this year’s festival as we are. Plan to join us in gaining new knowledge and skills at the 2017 Kinsmen Music Festival – workshop format!  

Musically yours,

Jane McLaren on behalf of THE KINSMEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Music Festival Photos

Music Festival Rules & Regulations



Click here to download the Kinsmen Music Festival Rules and Regulation



Music Festival School Division



Click here to download the syllabus school division for our Kinsmen Music Festival 63rd anniversary year



Click here to download the school divison resistration form



Music Festival Private Division



Click here to download the syllabus private division for our Kinsmen Music Festival 63rd anniversary year



Click here to download the private division registration form



Music Festival Trophy List



Click here to download the festival troyphy list for our 63rd anniversary year

























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