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Alde Calongcagong

"The YMF is one of the finest music festivals in Canada. Students will benefit from the opportunity to perform on a Steinway grand piano and receive commentary from two adjudicators. I was thoroughly impressed by the high standard of piano playing and it was a treat to hear so many wonderful performances.”

Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2017

Allison Cecilia Arends

“...I had heard wonderful things about Yips Music Festival already from my colleagues, and I cannot speak highly enough of my own experiences. The organization was wonderfully organized, warm, and welcoming. All things were extremely well thought-out, from the certification process, the scheduling, the scholarships, all providing a stress-free experience for the adjudicator and a calm and supportive environment for the children...”

Voice & Musical Theatre Adjudicator, YMF 2018

Erika Raum

“I have always believed that competitive music festivals are an indispensable ingredient to a young performer’s development.... [Yip’s Music Festival] demands high standards from participants, but also creates the kind of encouraging experience that allows the kids to walk away enriched regardless of the outcome.”

Violin Adjudicator, YMF 2016

Fiona Jane Wood

"It was an absolute pleasure to adjudicate senior piano at the YIPS Music Festival 2015. The teaching and level of students was nothing short of remarkable.  The festival is exceptionally well organized and provides an invaluable opportunity to developing musicians and minds.  The experience of performing for both their peers and adjudicators in such an environment will undoubtedly enhance the musical achievement of all who participate and it is an essential element of becoming not only a well rounded musician but more importantly- a person with a a profound connection to the arts."

James Lawless

“Thank you for inviting me to adjudicate the 16th annual Yip’s Music Festival 2014. I appreciated the exemplary organization of the Festival, the fine work of the students, the patience and understanding of the parents and teachers...”

Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2014

Jennifer Knelman

"It was a privilege to adjudicate at the Yip's Music Festival. I was impressed by the standard of playing, but also by the professionalism exhibited by the organizers. Yip's students are lucky to have people who dedicate their time to ensure students have a successful event, and gain invaluable experience."

2016 Piano Adjudicator

Lisa Iwasaki

Congratulations to the Yip's Music Festival on another successful season. It was a great pleasure to hear the fine performances from the students once again.  The administrative team and volunteers were supportive of both performers and adjudicators, keeping things moving smoothly throughout the festival. My thanks to all involved.

Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2019

Marion Abbott

My time spent adjudicating the Musical Theatre Classes of the Yips Music Festival was simply a joy. I found the organization to be caring and super organized. They were super efficient and had the competitor's best interests as their top priority at all times. The competitors, their parents and the accompanists and teachers were extremely respectful of the process and my adjudication. It truly felt like a time of learning and growing, not just competition. I would highly recommend the Yips Team and their organization to parents, students and my fellow adjudicators.

Marion Miller

“...Passion and excellence are found in abundance with careful attention paid to all details - the pianos are lovely, the organization just terrific...; many classes have co-adjudicators which means that students get two appraisals, the helpers and parents are supportive and the students are truly exceptional.”

Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2018

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