Benefits of Participating in the Rotary Music Festival
Through the generous support of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest as well as key partners within the local community, our goal is to keep participation registration costs at a minimum. Our registration fee of $225 (for your first ensemble) is one of the lowest registration fees in Canada. For a group of 50 performers, the cost per performer to participate in our festival is $4.50. We also offer reduced registration fees to schools/community groups that have multiple ensembles. Accessibility is key to the success of our festival. We generally have 100 groups per year participate. Here is what we offer:
- A forty-minute clinic with two or three, internationally acclaimed music educators
- Performance opportunities at the MUN School of Music and Holy Heart Theatre
- A written commentary on the group’s performance
- Three audio files that are provided for each performing ensemble, two of which include “on the fly” commentary from our clinician’s as well as a “clean” recording of the group’s performance.
- Clinic sessions that focus on the notable performance characteristics of the ensemble with the intent of offering positive feedback to assist in the continued development of the ensemble.
- An option to perform to a standard (Gold, Silver or Bronze) or as a “clinic only” ensemble.
- Rotary Honours Awards which are presented at the clinic to a deserving member of the ensemble for their contribution. This award is discretionary and the recipient is nominated by the ensemble director.
- Pictures of the ensemble (formal and informal) which are distributed exclusively to the ensemble director.
- A Participation Certificate for each performance ensemble
We also provide enrichment opportunities for both students and ensemble directors:
Rotary Festival Jazz Band
This auditioned group offers festival jazz musicians the opportunity to play music at a heightened musical performance level. Directed by one of our clinicians, the group rehearses twice over three days and is featured as a headline ensemble at an evening concert focused on jazz.
Coaching for Conductors
The Rotary Music Festival endeavours to provide support, not only to young musicians but also, for ensemble directors through video analysis by one of our festival clinicians. At each clinic session, we capture a video segment of the ensemble director “in action”, conducting her/his ensemble. The clinician offers constructive analysis on an accompanying audio track during the recording process. The file is then privately shared with each director to assist in their professional development and their personal enrichment. This program occurs once during a three festival cycle period.
Where the Festival Takes Place
Rotary Music Festival is held in the oldest city in North America – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. St. John’s is an extremely vibrant city full of culture and life.
St. John’s is the capital city of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is host to a number of world-renowned festivals and events. Events include the St. John’s Jazz Festival, Festival 500, Sharing the Voices, and Sound Symposium. The city played host to the 2002 and 2009 Juno Awards where the best artists in Canada came together to celebrate the arts.