The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association is a volunteer-based organization. We are dedicated to working with performing arts educators to develop artistic skills and a love of the performing arts for all ages and skill levels in music, dance and speech arts. Our annual community festival provides reputable professionals who foster inclusion, education and performance opportunity during adjudicated sessions. We celebrate participation, achievement and excellence through a series of special concerts and an awards program.
For six weeks from March to May, over nine thousand Victoria-area performers and students of music, dance and dramatic arts are on stages throughout the city receiving adjudications from renowned experts in the arts. Performances in Brass, Classical Guitar, Choral, Composition, Dance (School and Studio), Ethnic Dance, Fiddle, Musical Theatre, Piano, School Bands, School Orchestras, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Voice and Woodwinds by talented youngsters and adults take place daily throughout Festival. Our Highlights concerts showcase the amazing talent. Dozens of significant awards and trophies are presented including the Rose Bowl (Classical Voice), the City of Victoria Medallion Tray (Piano), and the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship, the largest of its type in Canada.
The public is warmly invited to all adjudicated sessions and Highlights Concerts to enjoy the incredible talent and support our performers. Many volunteers help make the Festival a success.
Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert
This concert features a handful of musicians who excel and are recommended during the sessions by the Adjudicators. On the evening of the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert, each candidate has twenty minutes to perform. The three-member jury, consisting of highly regarded professionals in varying disciplines, then consults and returns to announce the winner of the $5,000 scholarship which must be used towards further musical education.
The Festival Association
The GVPAFA is a non-profit society incorporated in 1927. It is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act. The Festival is supported by approximately 300 volunteers.
Provincial and National Festival Relationship
Of the participants who perform at the Festival, some are chosen by the Adjudicators to represent Victoria as Provincial or National delegates at the Provincial Festival. Winners of National level classes at the Provincial Festival will represent the Province when competing in the National Music Festival. The Provincial (Performing Arts BC) and National Music Festivals are independently run and are separate associations from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.