Music Festivals

LCMS students have the opportunity to participate in our annual music festivals and win scholarships. The festivals are the main component of our scholarship program.

Festival Schedules

The general public is welcome to attend festival classes. There is no fee for admission.

2020 Festival schedule will be posted here.

LCMS Canadian
Music Festival

November 16, 2019

This festival is devoted entirely to music by contemporary Canadian composers and takes place during national Canadian music week. The festival combines workshop opportunities with student and faculty performances. A scholarship is awarded for the outstanding student Canadian music performance.

Supporting Canadian Music

LCMS is recognized nationally for supporting and presenting Canadian composers and their music. Each year, LCMS-commissioned works are presented at the annual Canadian Music Concert. Some of Canada’s most celebrated composers have created works for our students to perform with faculty and guest artists. Annual commissions are funded through the Ian Hampton Canadian Music Fund.

Scholarship Awards Festival

February 1 – February 8, 2020

The Scholarship Awards Festival was established in 1986 to encourage children to develop their artistry to the best of their ability in a supportive learning environment.  Students perform in various classes based on instrument and level.  Impartial adjudicators (well-known and respected musicians from outside the school) offer critiques at the end of each class, and determine scholarship recipients.


  • Students must prepare a concert group of three contrasting pieces.
  • Participation is by invitation of the student’s teacher.

Registration deadline:  December 14, 2019

2019 Scholarship & Awards Festival Concert

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2pm in Rose Gellert Hall

Scholarship winners

Young Composers Competition

March 18, 2020

Submission deadline: TBA

Young composers are invited to participate in the Young Composers Competition. The competition is open to students from LCMS and from the community. Composers will have the opportunity to work with professional musicians during a workshop where their pieces will be performed and critiqued by the jury. The Leonard Woods Memorial Award will be awarded to winning works in each category.

LCMS Young Composers Competition 2019 (pdf)