2022 FCMF National Music Festival
August 6-13, 2022
    Competition Program    Grand Award Competition Program
Photos    Press Release - Results of National Music Festival

The $5,000 NRS Foundation Grand Award will be chosen from the first-place Emerging Artist Stream winners in each of eight disciplines - vocal, piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and musical theatre.

Emerging Artist Stream - 1st and 2nd Place awards in vocal, piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and musical theatre - $2,000 and $1,500, respectively.

Developing Artist Stream - 1st and 2nd Place awards in vocal, piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and musical theatre - $500 and $250, respectively.

Recorded Stream – 1st Place Chamber awards in junior, intermediate, and advanced classes - $500

Please note: Choir, Band, and Orchestra classes were not offered in 2022 due to the impact of COVID-19 health restrictions on the ability of groups to meet and prepare.

Professional Performance and/or Study Opportunities
for Emerging Artist Stream Winners

Thank you to these organizations that are partnering with us to provide each First Place Emerging Artist winner with a professional performance and/or study opportunity in an upcoming season.

Debut Atlantic
Festival of the Sound, ON
The Jeffrey Concerts, ON
Under the Spire, PE
Victoria Summer Music Festival, BC 
Barachois Summer Music, NB [tuition and lodging, valued at $1,500, for a spot in their Song Academy to the Emerging Artist voice winner]
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, NS
[$500 study bursary, to be used attending LAMP programs, to each of the vocal, piano, and strings Emerging Artist winners]

Professional Development Webinars

Sponsored in part by Wade Wealth Management Group of RBC Dominion Securities

HOW I LEARNED TO THINK & TRAIN LIKE AN OLYMPIAN: The Importance of Mental Skills for Musicians

General Summary:

Like athletes who spend a lifetime training for an Olympic race, musicians spend years practicing for auditions which sometimes last only minutes. However, most of us focus completely on musical preparation for these opportunities, even though the ability to perform at our best in high-stakes situations is largely a result of mental strength. In this 60- minute presentation, I share how I’ve learned to optimize my performance from my work with renowned Olympic mental coach, Jean-François Ménard. This work has been life-changing for me and, as such, I am a passionate advocate for mental skills coaching in conjunction with all performing arts training.

Topics Covered:

  • The subconscious impact of language on our self-talk
  • Optimizing preparation
  • Pre-performance routines

The Creative Life: Getting Down to Business

There is a belief amongst up-and-coming musicians that if they just study with the right teacher, practice really, REALLY hard, be accepted to a reputable music school, obtain an advanced degree, and win one or more major competitions, their dream job/career will automatically fall into their lap. Unfortunately, this illusion causes young artists to be complacent about—if not ignorant of—the practicalities and realities of a professional music career. This workshop/webinar will explore how important the development of the business side of your music career is in supporting your artistic endeavours.


Federation of Canadian Music Festivals [FCMF] offers Local Music Festivals in non-affiliated provinces to affiliate directly with FCMF!

Affiliation through this Local Stream membership level provides an opportunity for currently ineligible students to participate in our new Local Stream Qualifying Round for the FCMF National Music Festival!

This virtual competition will be hosted by FCMF.  Students, if recommended by a local adjudicator, are eligible for participation to seek recommendation to the FCMF National Music Festival.

This membership category and Qualifying Round ensures that Canada’s young amateur musicians, from coast to coast, are able to compete on a national stage.

For more information on how to become an affiliated local music festival, contact Barbara at info@fcmf.org

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