YMF Testimonials

"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.”

Alde Calongcagong - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2017

"Congratulations to the Yip’s Music Festival for another successful year! The competitors performances continue to be impressive and of a high calibre. "

Shirley Kwok - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2017

"Thank you, Yip's, for having me in the provincial finals! I feel so proud to be a provincial finalist and it was fun."

Pearly Then - Piano Best of Grade 8 Winner, YMF 2017

“...The standard of playing was high and candidates were receptive and eager to improve...”

Reginald Miller - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2016

“...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.”

Jennifer Knelman - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2016

“I was recently honoured to adjudicate the Yip's Music Festival’s first ever Vocal classes. The staff was very helpful and extremely well organized. The vocal students were well prepared and I was able to recommend a few to go to the Provincial level...”

Jill Diane Filion - Voice & Musical Theatre Adjudicator, YMF 2016

“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.”

Erika Raum - Violin Adjudicator, YMF 2016

"Volunteering at Yip’s Music Festival 2016 was one of the best things in my life. It was well organized and the adjudicators were very patient, encouraging, professional and objective. I was thrilled to see so many young talented students play their musical instruments from beginner's level to the ARCT level. What I appreciated most about working with Yip's was their ability to organize such a large scale music festival that covers different fields in music studies and to provide a platform for those young students who have a great passion for music, studying to showcase their abilities and in the meantime receive professional comments on their performance which would benefit their future studies. Best wishes to those participants in the future. Thanks to Yip's for having me at this great event."

Tommy Li - Volunteer, YMF 2016

"My experience working at the Yip’s Music Festival 2016 has been a enjoyable and educational one. I watched as many students went up on stage to show off their hard work and dedication, some of them having done it before while others for their first time. Their levels of nervousness ranged widely however all of the participants played their very best, and it was a great gathering and showing of young musical talent. Even as a seasoned pianist and someone watching from the sidelines as an assistant, I was able to learn from the participant’s successes and mistakes, just as they learned from the same and the adjudicators. YMF is a fantastic place and opportunity for students and teachers to take leaps and bounds in their educational journey to become great musicians."

Jonathan Leung - Volunteer, YMF 2016

"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...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. Thanks for a wonderful time Yips! It was a honour working with you! "

Marion Abbott - Musical Theatre Adjudicator, YMF 2016