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.

CISMF 2022

Details regarding the 2022 festival are currently under review. Decisions will be made as to whether the event will offer a modified program, an online event or be held in person, if it is safe and permitted to do so. News about CISMF 2022 will be published on this page, our News feed and our social channels.


The Professional Musicians Online Youth Program (PMOYP) is a unique and special opportunity created in response to this year's missed CIS Music Festival (CISMF) — one of the CIS Ontario inter-school programs that was unfortunately cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the PMYOP, CIS Ontario students may have access to; Online Masterclasses, Online Youth Clubs, and Private Lessonsprovided by professional musicians. Please see the PMOYP webpage for more information on what is available to students through the program.

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.