YMF Testimonials

“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

"I have adjudicated at Yip’s Music Festival several times over past years. I always appreciate the high caliber of performances, as well as the respectful attitude of parents and students alike. The staff are well organized, and provide lots of support for all adjudicators involved. Thank you very much!""I have adjudicated at Yip’s Music Festival several times over past years. I always appreciate the high caliber of performances, as well as the respectful attitude of parents and students alike. The staff are well organized, and provide lots of support for all adjudicators involved. Thank you very much!"

Wendy Potter - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2015

“It was an absolute pleasure to adjudicate senior piano at the Yip’s Music Festival 2015...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.”

Fiona Jane Wood - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2015

“The Yip’s Music Festival is a wonderful example of strong community ethic combined with an evolved educational mission. I heard not only some very fine playing, but also the results of excellent teaching over many years. Bravo to the students and their teachers! Bravo to Yip’s Canada!”

Professor Thomas Plaunt - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2015

"It was a pleasure working as piano adjudicator for the YIP's Music Festival, 2015. The festival is very well-organized. The students prepared well for the classes and performed well. The calibre of musicianship was very good. The class sizes were manageable, there was time allotted for written comments to be provided to each student as well as time to speak to each student about their performances. The festival organizers provided delicious food and snacks to the adjudicators, they made every effort to make the adjudicators feel comfortable and at home. I will be happy to visit again to adjudicate for the YIP's Music Festival in the future and will recommend the YIP's Music Festival to my fellow colleagues."

Ian Green - Piano Adjudicator, YMF 2015

"Thank you so much for everything! I really enjoyed playing at the Yip's Music Festival. Please extend my thanks to all the adjudicators for their very helpful comments and tips. Many thanks also go to the amazing staff at Yip's for the hard work and dedication!"

Raymond Chang - Piano ARCT Winner, YMF 2015