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Alberta Music Festival Association

In 1908, with the help of musicians Vernon Barford and Howard Stutchbury, Edmonton staged the first regional musical festival in North America. One hundred musicians competed in 11 classical categories.

Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA) Mission Statement: To promote and develop music and speech arts in Alberta through performance and workshop style adjudication.

To accomplish this purpose,

  • AMFA plans and presents the annual festival for competition among local festival representatives,
  • offers assistance to the local festivals, and
  • publishes the annual Syllabus

The Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA) is made up of 37 local festivals, many of which are organized chiefly by volunteers. Meetings are held twice a year.

THE THREE PROGRESSIVE LEVELS OF THE MUSIC FESTIVAL MOVEMENT LOCAL FESTIVAL - For participation in the Local Festival enter any combination of AMFA Syllabus and Local Addendum classes.

PROVINCIAL FESTIVAL - In order to be eligible to compete at the Provincial Festival enter appropriate classes in the AMFA Syllabus or any approved Local Addendum classes to fulfill the requirements for recommendation to the Provincial Festival. In addition, an adjudicator's recommendation is necessary.

NATIONAL FESTIVAL - In order to be eligible for recommendation to compete at the National Music Festival you must enter the Provincial National class at your Local Festival. You need your adjudicator's recommendation to compete in the National class at the Provincial Festival. You must have the adjudicator there recommend you in order to proceed to National competition. Be sure to read the National Syllabus for the specific guidelines and requirements.

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