The North Shore Music Festival and Workshops, begun in 1971, has evolved into a friendly local festival, offering Competitive classes in Piano, Strings and Composition and Non-competitive classes in Piano, Winds, Strings, and Vocal.  Classes are kept small, and time is allowed for adjudicators to work with every entrant.  Three Final Concerts are held: one for the Non-competitive section, two for Competitive Trophy winners and all three are open to the public.  

Time and Place

The festival is held in early March (the last two weeks before Spring Break) in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Gladwin Drive in North Vancouver.   A syllabus is available online at under Festival Policies.  Please also consult the annual syllabus update pages, available on the festival website and on this website.


All festival classes are open to current members of the North Shore Branch of the Registered Music Teachers Association and its Student Auxiliary. 

In Competitive classes (Piano, Strings and Composition) RMT teachers of other branches may enter only their students who reside on the North Shore. 

In Non-competitive classes (Piano, Mini-lessons), and Workshops (Strings, Vocal, Winds, Adult, Older Beginner, Family, Accompanying, and Composition) non-branch RMT teachers may enter their students regardless of where the students live. 


This well-organized and well-run festival is enjoyed by everyone who attends.  Registration can be done online or by printing the master sheet from the festival website and completing and delivering it to the co-ordinator.  For further information, please contact the co-ordinator, Alice Rada, at or by phone at 604-987-1067.