Festival Administration and General Information

Lorne Fiedler

Telephone: 778-868-0426

Email: kiwanis@yahoo.com

Mailing address: 313 Ninth Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 3V5

History of the Festival

The KPU International Music Festival is an educational arts festival produced by the Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival Society. The organization was founded in the Spring of 1999 and became a non-profit society and registered charity in 2001. It was supported by three area Kiwanis Clubs until their recent dissolution.

The Society has always been a partner of KPU’s (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) Music Department. Their Langley Campus has been the main venue for our festival events since 2000, while the Composition Festival component has been hosted at KPU's Surrey Campus for the past few years.

When the last of the sponsoring Kiwanis Clubs folded this year, KPU graciously stepped in as the new title sponsor.

Over the past two decades, the number of entries has steadily increased. We host approximately 6,500 participants, more than 10,000 unique visitors and record more than 20,000 person visits each year. For many years, it has been one of the largest annual events in the Langleys and is one of the largest of its kind in the Province.

The Society is a member of Performing Arts BC, the Federation of National Music Festivals and MusicFest Canada.

In addition to the KPU International Music Festival, the Society produces the Vancouver Speech Arts and Drama Festival, now the largest in British Columbia.

Objectives of the Festival

Our Mission is

  • to support and foster music education through bursaries and scholarships
  • to give participants the benefit of expert criticism from an unbiased adjudicator
  • to help participants acquire self-confidence by performing before an audience
  • to provide performance opportunities for participants both at the festival and in the community throughout the year

We do our best not to turn anyone away and try to find sponsorship for those individuals and schools needing help in order to attend.


Many thanks to our volunteers who contributed so much and made the festival run smoothly:

Shirley MacWilliam, Marg Paulding, Rebecca Paulding, Althea Di Gregorio, Katherine Fiedler, Wendy Taylor, Derek Etison, Dorothy Van der Ree and Maureen Paetkau.

Thank you to our hard working board - Bob Rompre, Richard Haack, Heilwig von Koenigsloew, Tim Barrett, Elaine Lindbjerg and Bo Peng; our gracious hosts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Music Department, and our amazing staff – Dominque Bernath, Goby Catt, Kyra Esau, Austin Smith, Katherine Fiedler, Bailey Nicholson, Bryan McGovern, Anna Timoff, Linda Hayes, Kathy Bjorseth, Faith Choi and Andrea Pedro.