Local community festivals are the foundation of Canada’s music festival movement. They are alive and well throughout Canada, both in small towns and in urban centres. Every festival is run mostly by volunteers, who ask only that young classical musicians get the opportunity to grow musically.
OMFA is the umbrella body for all such festivals in Ontario. Member festivals share the mutual objective of providing performing and competition opportunities for young artists, with professional adjudicators offering assessment, helpful critiques, and workshops where possible. At every level in the festival movement, besides developing friendships, competitors also learn a great deal about music from each other.
Winners of member local festivals from Conservatory Grade 6 and up are eligible to proceed to comparable competitions at the annual Provincial Music Festival, organized by OMFA.
On recommendation of adjudicators, the senior winners of the Provincial Festival proceed to the National Music Festival, held annually in a different part of Canada. At the National Music Festival, Ontario competitors will meet, compete against and become friends with the best young musicians from every province.
OMFA is proud to be a member of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF), the umbrella organization for some 230 local and provincial festivals across Canada.