A DRAFT schedule of 2017 sessions and concerts is here.
Festival office hours during the summer are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 to 4:30.
The office will be closed for holidays from July 11 to August 2, 2016.
It is with sadness we share news of the passing of Mrs. Barbara Mae Norton on May 30, 2016. Barbara was an Honorary Life Member of Festival. Barbara participated in the Speech and Dramatic Arts section as a child, and later volunteered countless hours over many years. From 1987 to 2002 she served as Awards Chair and to this day her legacy lives on in our robust awards offering. We offer our condolences to her family and friends.
Former Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship winner (2008) Philip Manning has recently accepted an offer to join the Victoria Symphony as First Violinist. For more information read the full article here.
Congratulations to Rachel Allen, winner of this year's Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship. It was an outstanding concert with exceptional performances by all competitors.
A list of all Festival 2016 award winners can be found here. Our Provincial candidates had 28 placements in Provincials. Way to go!
The Festival Program ($25) serves as a season pass to all adjudicated sessions and includes membership to the GVPAFA. It provides a detailed schedule of the entire Festival and is available for sale at all sessions and concerts and at:
Festival Office - 21-21 Dallas Road (250-386-9223250-386-9223)
Ellswear Dance & Activewear - 3180 Harriet Rd. (250-721-5356250-721-5356)
Ivy's Book Store - 2188 Oak Bay Avenue (250-598-2713250-598-2713)
Larsen Music - 1833 Cook Street (250-389-1988250-389-1988)
Long & McQuade - 756 Hillside Avenue (250-384-3622250-384-3622)
Peninsula Academy of Music Arts - 1662 Mills Road W. North Saanich
Tanner's Books - 2436 Beacon Ave, Sidney (250-656-2345250-656-2345)
Toes 'N' Taps Dance Shoppe - 1733 Cook Street (250-480-0017250-480-0017)
Tom Lee Music - 2401 Millstream Road, Langford (250-383-5222250-383-5222)
Victoria Conservatory of Music - 900 Johnson Street (250-386-5311250-386-5311)
University of Victoria School of Music (250-721-7903250-721-7903) (desk copy only)
Would you like two free admissions to any Highlights Concert? If you can volunteer as a cashier/receptionist for one session (a morning, afternoon or evening) that's what you'll get! Please contact us and let us know what discipline you prefer and we'll put you in touch with the section head.
The Annual General Meeting of GVPAFA was held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. We welcomed six new members to our Board, including President John Sterk pictured below. Please read the bios of our Board on the "About" tab.
Congratulations to Ben Parker (1st place - Brass) and Simon Farintosh (2nd place - Classical Guitar) for their recent wins in the 2015 National Festival held in Edmonton.
The Festival office is located at 21-21 Dallas Road in James Bay. It is situated at the back of the Shoal Point complex, (water side of the building) on the second floor, overlooking Fisherman's Wharf. The stairwell is a short distance to the right of the Moka House coffee shop as you look at the building. During office hours there is an elevator through the glass door to the left of the stairs. Free one hour
parking is available in Shoal Point customer marked spots.