This year, in compliance with Covid restrictions, OVAF will be going online!
We will operate in a virtual-but-live format, where students will meet with the adjudicator online at an assigned time, so that all participants can observe the performances and the adjudication. In this manner, we hope to continue to cultivate the experience of performing live.
Some important notes for this year's Festival:
- Accompaniment should be piano-only tracks (no orchestral tracks or tracks with backing vocals) or live, if the accompanist lives in-house.
- Students will be given a specific day/time and Zoom link in advance. They will perform in real time for the adjudicator and the other members of their class.
- Registration closes on October 15, 2020.
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.
Registration for the 2020 Oakville Vocal Arts Festival is now open!
Register before October 15.
We are a not-for-profit organization that is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Donations help keep the Festival running smoothly.
Meet the Team
Meet the dedicated team behind the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival and the Instant Choir.
Hear from our parents, students and ajudicators.
The Oakville Vocal Arts Festival is one of my favourite festivals to participate in. I really enjoy getting the opportunity to perform and to get feedback from an adjudicator without feeling pressure to get first, second, or third. Having a non-competitive festival really changes the overall atmosphere of the performance room. I find that everyone who is performing is much friendlier and supportive of one another, when they don’t have the thoughts of whether or not they will place over their heads.
This festival is one of the best because it promotes the sharing of music, for the love of music, and not for the need of competition. It is inclusive of everyone and provides a safe and welcoming environment for people to grow as musicians.Natasha, Festival Participant
Since its inception, the Oakville Vocal Arts Festival (OVAF) has been dedicated to celebrating the joy of singing. The festival is unique in that participants have their performances adjudicated by world-class professionals; however the focus is on the growth of the individual, not on awards. In this non-competitive environment, I have seen young singers cheered on by other participants when they hit all of their notes and comforted by other participants when their voice cracks or they forget their lyrics. By design, they are inspired to be passionate about their gifts, and to share those gifts with their community.
Perhaps the best testament to the value that OVAF brings to our community is the finale concert and the massed voice choir, made up of all of the festival participants – it is this beautiful opportunity for coming together that embodies the true spirit of community. The organizing committee of OVAF truly represents the best of what our community is, in action and in spirit, and are deserving of this recognition.Parent’s Community Spirit Awards Nomination
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