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Morden Festival of the Arts

Promoting the Arts in our community!  

Scholarships and Awards


The main objective of the Festival is to foster and promote continued interest, growth and development of talent within the arts.  Therefore, encouragement and recognition will be given in the following ways:

A.   A written adjudication and certificate of participation will be presented to each performer at the conclusion of the class in all performing art sections.  Visual Arts adjudication and certificates will be presented with the return of the artwork.

B.   Speech Arts, Vocal, Band and Strings: A letter grade will be used.  The grades are divided as follows:


                        Grading           Mark                Performance  

                        A+                   90-100%          Superior         

                        A                     85-89%            Distinction      

                        A-                    80-84%            Definite Merit  

                        B                     75-79%            Adequate 

                        C                     70-74%            Fair         

Marking is at the discretion of the Adjudicator and memorization may be required for A+.  Note: Memorization of your piece is required if you are competing at Provincials. 

Verbal adjudication will be given individually or as the adjudicator decides.  Grades will be recorded on the certificates but not announced.

C.  Choral and Speech Choirs will receive a letter grade on the certificate.

D.  Piano:  A percentage mark will be given and recorded on the certificate, but will not be announced.

SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee to deserving performers.  Participants must perform in two or more solo classes in a given performance area of the festival to be eligible.  Scholarships shall be restricted to participants 18 years and younger.  Scholarships can be awarded in more than one discipline to the same performer.  The Festival encourages the use of these scholarships towards tuition at music camps, entry fees to provincials, private lessons, purchase of music or musical instruments, books, art supplies or any other area which would further artistic development.

In all disciplines: Beginners and Preliminary Performers, Quick Studies, Sight-Reading, and Choirs' marks are not considered for awards.  Duets, trios, quartets and sacred selections are considered in a separate category.

Loreena McKennitt Award

Recognition of $200.00 will be given to a music student that has potential and may pursue music as a career


Sacred Music Scholarship

A Sacred Music Scholarship shall be presented to a deserving performer in a sacred music class in each of the following disciplines: 

Vocal – 12 years & under/13 years & over/Ensemble 

Piano & Strings – Beginner to Grade 4/Grade 5 and up, Ensemble

Sacred Music Scholarships are separate from all other scholarships and performers need only to have performed one piece

Scholarship for Duet, Trio or Quartet Performance

§         One award to be presented to deserving students that have performed in a duet, trio or quartet in any one of the performing arts disciplines of our festival.  To be eligible, each participant in the group must have performed at least one other solo or duet, trio or quartet in that same discipline.


To be eligible for Provincial Finals or a Morden Festival of the Arts scholarship, a performer must meet one of the following criteria:

1. Must be a resident of Morden and District

2. Must be taught be a teacher in Morden and District



§         Photocopies of copyright music will not be accepted except:


o  Where an entrant produces a letter from the publisher giving permission to photocopy, where an entrant produces correspondence form the publisher or music supplier, dated 60 days prior, stating a piece of music is backordered and payment has been received or where it is covered by the AMAF Access Canopy.

**Digitally downloaded music is accepted if it is downloaded and purchased legally.  Proof of purchase will be required.