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.