The community of musicians was generous in its assistance in establishing a list of classes for competition and selection of test pieces for performance. Professional service rendered without remuneration has always been apparent in and appreciated by our festival, and, without it in our early years, the event would not have been possible. Subsequently the Festival Executive decided that it would be helpful to have an Advisory Board of Music Teachers representing all music disciplines competing in the festival. Accordingly, in 1966, this idea, having received the enthusiastic support of the music teachers, was implemented, and the Advisory Board was appointed. The Board acts as a liaison between the Festival Association and the Music teachers, it co-ordinates the selection of music for the competitive classes, and it recommends regarding changes that could be beneficial to the festival. The Board is represented at Festival Meetings by a designated chairperson.
Support from the Community was always in evidence. Honourary Patronage was extended to the Festival Association by the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier, the Chief Justice, the Minister of Education, the Mayor, the University President and leaders in business, industry and government. The support from the business and philanthropic community by way of scholarship donations and the purchase of advertising space made the festival financially feasible. Here again, Kiwanis was the catalyst between the musical, the educational and the commercial communities. In the first Festival in 1952, over $1,200 in scholarships was awarded - the gifts of a generous commercial and civic-minded community. Over the next 50 years support continued to grow with many new donors among the patrons and friends of the Festival. Support from individual Kiwanians and Clubs added considerably to the money available for competition, and the actual amount of cash awards and scholarships which was made available totalled over $300,000 for the 50 years. In addition, supporters and friends of the Festival donated thousands of dollars worth of trophies and plaques as well as cash awards to hundreds of young musicians. The significance of this support for the Festival Association and in particular to the music students is beyond measure.
Following the policies of long established festivals, Rules and Regulations respecting the Syllabus, Program. Scholarships and other prizes and awards were adopted. Through the intervening years, changes have been made to meet developing conditions as they arose.
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