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This year's Kiwanis Music Festival will be a virtual event

Plans are underway to create a virtual event; 'We believe this is the best way to honour the preparation and practice the students and teachers have put in'
2018-12-20 Blair Bailey and Amanda Stanton
Blair Bailey is stepping down as artistic director of the Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival. Amanda Stanton is taking on the role. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters File Photo

After careful consideration and discussion with the Orillia Kiwanis Club, we have decided to cancel the Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival in its traditional form. 

However, we are happy to let you know that the Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival will continue on this year as a virtual festival. More details will be provided to teachers and parents shortly.

Participants will be asked to record their performance(s) using a smart phone or other device, and then upload it to our festival collection site. Performances will be watched and assessed by an adjudicator, and a written adjudication sheet will be completed with a mark (if applicable).

When the committee receives the completed adjudications, we will create certificates for each performer. A distribution plan for these will be communicated shortly.

We will award scholarships and trophies at the conclusion of the Festival. If we are able, we will do this in-person at our annual Encores concert closer to the summer. If not, we will work out an alternate distribution plan. We will also honour our current commitment to providing grants to those that applied successfully.

The only piece missing with a virtual option is the live performance, which is unfortunate. However, we believe this is the best way to honour the preparation and practice the students and teachers have put in so far, and still give everyone an opportunity for some feedback and well deserved recognition for their dedication to their music.

For those in larger ensembles and school groups that cannot coordinate a recording, sit tight for now. We will communicate an alternate plan for these entries. Much of this will rely on whether or not the schools return to a regular schedule on April 6th.

As stated above, more information will be circulated shortly. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued support of the Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival during this difficult time.