Affiliated Organizations

Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival is pleased to be affiliated with several respected Music Organizations in Ontario. It is through these special relationship that we ensure a strong and vital music community for future generations.


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Local community festivals are the foundation of Canada's music festival movement. 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.  And at every level in the festival movement, besides developing friendships, competitors also learn a great deal from each other.





ORMTA is a not-for-profit professional organization managed by a volunteer council and comprised of more than 1,300 Registered Music Teachers and related members across Ontario. Their mission is to encourage and provide the highest calibre of music education possible and promote high standards of music throughout Ontario.


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The Ontario Philharmonic (formerly the Oshawa Durham Symphony Orchestra) has established itself as the leading performing arts organization of Durham Region and of the Greater Toronto Area. It was founded in the City of Oshawa in 1957. In the course of its history it has evolved into one of the most exciting and respected regional orchestras in Ontario and in Canada. Since 2007 the OP has been inviting Kiwanis Music Festival Finalists to play as a prelude to their concerts, and in April 2012 will feature two young pianists in the family Series Zoological Fantasy Program.

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The Durham Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1993, with about forty choristers, under the direction of Robert Phillips. The DPC is an auditioned choir which has grown to consist of 70 choristers who come from across Durham Region. Choristers bring experiences from church, school, community and university choirs. The choir strives for excellence through a wide variety of musical styles. The Choir has achieved recognition throughout the province as a fine community choir, having won awards at both the local and provincial levels of music competitions.


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Established in 1993 by Oshawa violinist John Beaton, the Durham Youth Orchestra provides young musicians aged 21 years and under with the enriching educational experience of performing the music of such composers as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Dvorak and Elgar. The goal of the DYO is to foster the artistic and personal growth of young musicians through the experience of playing as a large ensemble. The DYO provides the wonderful opportunity to meet other musicians with the same passion for music, to acquire teamwork skills in an orchestral setting, and to become familiar with a wide range of classical music from the 17th to the 21st century.