CISMF: Music Festival

A standing ovation is always in order for the 1,400 students and educators who take to the Roy Thomson Hall stage each spring for this non-competitive celebration of music.

The annual festival, running for almost four decades, features choirs and bands — jazz, symphonic, concert and more — all culminating in a mass finale with a well-known guest conductor. Schools pick the choristers, while musicians audition and then collaborate in advance, over the course of several rigorous rehearsal days.

It’s no wonder close friendships are built over the course of an intense, inclusive and joyous musical experience. This unique program sets the standard Canada-wide, with music coordinators from across the country visiting to take notes about the beautiful music that’s created.


CIS Ontario has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully with respect to the CISMF annual concert scheduled for April 5, 2020 and we have determined that the best course of action is to cancel the event at Roy Thomson Hall, as well as the preceding rehearsals. Concerns about the COVID-19 global pandemic are increasing and although mandatory 'social distancing' measures have not been implemented by public health at this time, we feel it necessary to take a proactive approach and do what we can in order to help 'flatten the curve' of COVID-19. It is our responsibility as an association to do our part to keep our community healthy.

For those of you who have already purchased tickets to the event, please note that Roy Thompson Hall will be issuing an automatic refund to the credit card you used to purchase your tickets. Refunds issued usually take 10-14 business days to appear on your statement. There is no other action required from you unless the expiry date on your credit card has changed since you purchased your tickets. In that event, Roy Thompson Hall will contact you directly. 

CISMF YouTube Playlist

Music Festival 2018

CISMF - Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Music Festival


Sandi Chasson
Department Head, Music
St. Andrew's College

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

This magnificent, one-of-a-kind celebration is the pinnacle of music education. The common goal is to make music.