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Jane McLaren, registrar
1602 Walton Street
Cornwall, ON, K6H 1W2
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 Welcome to our 67th year, the 2021 Virtual Kinsmen Music Festival!

Due to ongoing concerns with Covid-19, the 2021 Kinsmen Music Festival will be a virtual event.

  • Performers record their entries between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 9, 2021. Recordings are posted to the student (or their teacher’s) YouTube channel (or you can use Dropbox or Google share if you do not have a YouTube channel).
  • Submit your registration form using the form linked below to your performance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 5 PM on Friday, April 9th. You will provide a link to the recording of the performance with your registration.

Registration:  Private ⇒

Click HERE    School ⇒ Click HERE 

    • Note: The above will take you to a Google Form for you to fill out. We are providing this link to make it easier for people to register using tablets and/or phones (as compared to laptops or desktop computers)
  • Submit payment by check at the same time as your registration.
  • The adjudicator will review your video and make notes about your performance.
    • Comments will be emailed to your teacher in the last week of April.
  • You will be invited to a Zoom session with the adjudicator. Our adjudicator will share general comments and may ask some performers to perform excerpts from their entries during these sessions (note: if you will be performing during the zoom session you will be notified ahead of time so that you can be prepared).

Things to note:

  • Special video equipment is not required. You can use a tablet or phone to do your recording.
  • Please put your tablet/phone/camera on a solid platform to do the recording (a tripod, a music stand, a shelf) so that it is stable when recording.
  • Take a minute to do a short video before you do your full recording. This will let you check that the picture is showing what is needed and the sound is a good volume. Do not include this with your entry.
  • Actual recordings MUST BE ONE TAKE ONLY. No edits are permitted. If edits are noted in the video the entry will be forfeited.

In order to accommodate the virtual festival, we are implementing a revised and simplified syllabus this year.  Classes not included this year will return in future years. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Our adjudicators that were scheduled for the 2020 festival will be returning for the 2021 virtual festival. Click HERE for more information on the adjudicators

 The deadline to register is Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 5 PM


Due to the logistics of a virtual festival, trophies will not be presented. However, in lieu of this, the Kinsmen Club will be presenting 10 recognition awards of $50 each.  These will be presented to performers identified by the adjudicators as exhibiting outstanding performance and future potential in the arts and will be open to all performers regardless if they are a private student or a school student. In addition, the Kinsmen will present three one-time arts enhancement scholarships of up to $1000 to 3 schools. The school may use the scholarship towards a new incentive not otherwise funded for arts enhancement in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year. Full information will be sent to schools directly.


The Concert of the Stars IS RETURNING as a virtual production thanks to Your TV Cogeco.


Performers selected for this concert will have the opportunity to re-record their entry following Your TV Cogeco guidelines (which will be provided to those selected for the Concert). The Concert will be broadcast by Your TV Cogeco Cornwall. 

Finally, the Kinsmen Music Festival will continue our tradition of recommendations to OMFA provincial competition.  OMFA is also revising its syllabus this year to allow for increased grades to participate and will be hosting a virtual festival.

Please refer to the syllabus for additional information.  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 2021 Kinsmen Music Festival – workshop format!

  Musically yours,

Jane McLaren on behalf of THE KINSMEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Festival Syllabus

Private and School

Click HERE


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