Canadian Kiwanians keep the music playing

Julie Saetre | Mar 19, 2020

Boy plays trombone

For the past 61 years, the Orillia Kiwanis Club in Ontario, Canada, has sponsored the Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival for student and community musicians and vocal artists. More than a dozen solo and group categories range from piano, brass, woodwinds and strings to solo vocalists, group choirs and drama and speech arts.

Participants compete for grants, scholarships and trophies while providing memorable performances for the community. The Kiwanis club hoped to continue its tradition with the 62nd festival set for April 14-27, but as the world scrambles to contain the new coronavirus, COVID-19, members knew safety and health come first.

Still, they weren’t ready to disappoint the young artists who depend on the festival for college opportunities and professional exposure. So the club got creative and turned to technology. The 2020 festival will take place using a virtual format. Performances can be recorded on smart phones and reviewed remotely by judges. Special arrangements will be made for group entries.

The live-performance aspect might be missing in 2020, but thanks to the Orillia Kiwanians’ adaptability, the music will play on.

Read the news release the club issued.


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