Welcome to the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival
Oakville had not had its own music festival for more than 50 years. In 2015, a group of Oakville teachers decided it was time to bring the music back home. From the start, the founders wanted to create something that was focused on the joy of singing, rather than competition. Thus began the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival.
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If you love music and Oakville, consider volunteering during the 2017 Festival.
Hear from our parents, students and ajudicators.
This festival has to be one of the strongest festival I have ever adjudicated. The teaching and performing is at a very high level. Adjudicating the entire festival by just having to give a standing of bronze, silver or gold makes it so much easier for the adjudicator when you hear so many beautiful voices in one class and you don’t have to choose just one winner but you can reward many singers for their hard work and accomplishments. The participants looked extremely happy with the feedback and less preoccupied with a mark. I love it and think we should do this at all festival where music and performing is so subjective. Music needs to be fun, encouraging and educational and this festival has certainly created this environment. Congratulations OVAF.
Thank you again for inviting me. I wish you a wonderful week next week of more beautiful singing. I hope that I can return in the near future.Monette Gould, Adjudicator
I got to sing with joy from my heart instead of worrying about whether I would win or not. It was a lot less stressful.12-Year-Old Participant, 2015
I like that it wasn’t about first, second and third … the comments were more important.10-Year-Old Participant, 2015
Our children have participated in numerous festivals over the past 10 years. By far, the best experience we have ever had, was this past year in the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival. It was easy to register, the venues were great and the adjudicator was terrific. But for us, the best part was the experience for our daughter. It was a learning experience for all the participants, rather than just a competition to see who was the best. We will definitely be participating again this year.Ann, Parent
Adjudicating the first Oakville Arts Festival was an absolute delight! The focus on creating an encouraging and supportive environment with emphasis on non-competitive performance made it a joyful, educational experience. Integrating workshops into the festival helped clarify and support the feedback given to each student.
Bravo to all those who contributed to the creation of this positive, educational, inspiring Festival!Marie Baron, Adjudicator
Thank you again for a wonderful experience in Oakville. Your first festival was a big success – congratulations to all who were involved. This event was so well organized and well run and fostered an atmosphere of friendly encouragement among the singers and strong support from the wonderful teachers and accompanists too. You deserve big credit for this I know!
Good Luck to all the participants going to Provincials! I’m sure they will represent the fine calibre of singing at your festival and the fine teaching behind it.Irene Ilic, Adjudicator
It was less stressful because of no placements and I felt a positive environment in that church.14-Year-Old Participant, 2015