Our new Treasurer - Christopher Lane

The Federation of Canadian Music Festivals is pleased to introduce our new Treasurer, Christopher Lane.

Christopher has been involved in the music festival experience from several perspectives – competitor, teacher, conductor, local treasurer, provincial treasurer, and donor.

Christopher brings over fifteen years of experience to the role of Treasurer having worked with Orchestra London from 2000-2006 in Box Office and Marketing management and as Executive Director of Opera New Brunswick from 2006-2010. Since 2012, he has served as treasurer for several not-for-profits, including the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir.  He is Director of Music and Administration at Saint David’s United Church in Rothesay, New Brunswick.  Christopher is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Christopher attended Western University in London, Ontario.  He returned to his home province in 2006 where he is active as a private voice teacher, choral director, adjudicator, administrator and clinician. 

Posted December 2017

The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On June 12, 2017 Mark Turner, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and Joy McFarlane-Burton, President of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The advancement of young, emerging Canadian Classical artists is paramount to the endeavours of both the SSO and the FCMF; the FCMF has a long history of nourishing young talent through its country-spanning festival system and its National Music Festival, while the SSO has a passion for celebrating Canadian talent and growing and encouraging the next generation of Canadian artists.

 For the 2017 National Music Festival, the SSO and the FCMF are partnering to present a prize that is the first of its kind for this competition.  Competitions  will take place in Ottawa  August 10th and 11th on the campus of the University of Ottawa. First place winners in each discipline compete for the Grand Award on Saturday evening, August 12th.  The overall First Place winner of the Grand Award Competition shall win a performance with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in an upcoming season as a featured Guest Artist.



Details of the Prize:

  • The winner of the Grand award shall be presented by the SSO in an upcoming season.
  • The SSO will dialogue with the emerging artist to determine repertoire for the performance as to best fir the artist, orchestra, and concert; the winning repertoire is not necessarily what will be chosen for the performance.
  • The SSO will assist the emerging artist to develop a media kit, including appropriate biographies and other materials as needed, as well as working with the artist to prepare for media interviews and other publicity surrounding the performance.
  • The performance should take place in 2018-2019 Season, depending on the availability of the artist/orchestra; if a suitable date for all parties cannot be found in 2018-2019, they will find a performance date in the following season.

Performance Value:

  • The in-kind value of the performance is $3600.00; this includes in-kind value of the performance fee, flights to and from the performance, ground transportation, hotel accommodation for the duration of engagement, and time developing media/marketing with the artist.

 These organizations acknowledge the uniqueness of this partnership which strives to raise the awareness and career development of an exceptional emerging Canadian artist. The two organizations are national leaders in showcasing the incredible work of young classical musicians in our country.

While this MOU stands for the Grand Award winner of the 2017 FCMF Grand Awards Competition, both organizations acknowledge that this collaboration could be of great benefit in the future. The SSO has featured such FCMF finalists including Godwin Friesen, Bryan Allen, Danika Loren, Spencer McKnight, William Boan, Gerard Weber, Nikki Chooi, Jan Lisiecki, and many more.

Posted June 2017

Our new Executive Director - Barbara Long

barbaralong_03_2012-colThe Federation of Canadian Music Festivals is pleased to introduce our new Executive Director, Barbara Long.

Barbara has an understanding of music festivals from all perspectives - competitor, parent, teacher, local organizer, provincial administrator, donor, fund raiser, national director and host coordinator.

Barbara is an experienced arts administrator having served in different roles within the festival movement and the New Brunswick and Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Associations. In 2009, the Canadian Music Teachers’ Association honored her with the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to music education in Canada. Barbara is a member the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association.

Barbara was born and raised in Toronto, then moved to Charlottetown for a few years before marrying and settling in New Brunswick. She and her husband live on the family farm near Hartland where she has operated a private piano studio for over 30 years. Wayne and Barbara are parents to three grown children and have seven grandchildren. 

Posted November 2016

Gloria Nickell Receives Life Membership 

gloriaThe Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF) is pleased to bestow Gloria Nickell with an Honorary Life membership. The presentation was made to Gloria in Edmonton during the 2016 National Music Festival.

Gloria has a long history in the music festival system in Canada. She is a Past-President of the Rosetown Music Festival, a Past-President of the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (2007-2008), and served from 2010-2015 on the FCMF Executive Committee.

Gloria is appreciated for her attention to detail, proof-reading, and record-keeping. She has also worked on the FCMF Policy and Procedures Manual Committee. She has assisted as Adjudicator Liaison for the Grand Awards, as well as the follow-up of the Grand Awards, and Choral Awards.

Congratulations, Gloria, on the receiving of this distinction. Your work for the FCMF is recognized and applauded! 

November 2016

Founder of the Federation Designation Awarded to Dianne Johnstone

At thedianne_founder_edited-by-hw 2016 National Music Festival, Dianne Johnstone was awarded the honour of being named as a ‘Founder of the Federation’. This is an honour given to outstanding festival leaders who have committed themselves to the Music Festival movement in Canada. By their service to the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and the National Music Festival, they have enriched the lives of countless young musicians.

Individuals worthy of this honour are recommended to Federation members by the Executive of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, and are ratified by the delegates at the Annual General meeting. Their names are forever listed annually in the Digest.

Dianne Johnstone began her involvement in the festival movement in 1987 with the Provost Music Festival. She sat on the Alberta Music Festival Board for many years and through her involvement with Alberta she became involved with the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals. It was at this time her passion grew even more for the Festival Movement in Canada and the young musicians of Canada! In 2002 she was asked to raise funds to host the National Music Festival in Lloydminster and thus began her position as Fundraiser for the National Music Festival. Over the years 2002 – 2016 she brought in over a $1,000,000. She cherished, most of all, getting to know many of the young musicians, working with donors and the friendships she built over the years.

Dianne began as Fundraiser at a time when FCMF was transitioning from corporate sponsorship and needing to find a new model of support. Her work and commitment helped shape FCMF into the organization it is today. As Dianne retires, we say a huge “Thank you!” and wish her well in the next stage of life.

Posted November 2016