OCM (Ontario Christian MusicFest) was initially founded in 2005 to provide an opportunity for students from faith based schools
and churches as a venue to perform music in a Christian environment, while being educated and encouraged by adjudicators who share
similar beliefs and practices.
OCM promotes the study and performance of excellent band and ensemble repertoire that provides a foundation
for developing musicality and prepares students for a life long appreciation of music. As stated in Psalm 150, "Let everything that
has breath Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!".
OCM has been a regional festival of MusicFest Canada since 2006. As an affiliate of
MusicFest Canada, OCM awards invitations for outstanding qualifying ensembles to participate at the National Finals of MusicFest Canada.
Along with concert bands, vocal groups and jazz ensembles, a new category for MusicFest Canada began in 2006 through OCM - Praise
and Worship Teams. Praise and Worship Teams are eligible to participate in the National Finals of MusicFest Canada. Praise and Worship
Teams may include members of various ages (i.e.,. youth and adults in one ensemble). Praise and Worship Teams from churches, youth
groups and schools are encouraged to participate in OCM.
It is our goal by supporting school, church and community based music programs
through this educationally focused festival, we can inspire students, parents, school officials, school supporters and volunteers
and music teachers to truly work to “Serve an Audience of One” through the wonderful gift of music.
This festival is open to all schools:
faith based, public and private schools are absolutely encouraged and welcome to participate along with church and community groups.
Evening Concerts are always a highlight with past guests including Chester Thompson, Eastview, Reddemption Road, DV2, Nuance, Clarington
Concert Band, Oshawa Civic Band and the York University Gospel Choir (under the direction of Karen Burke).
Performing ensembles will
have an opportunity to hear school concert bands, choirs, ukulele or recorder groups, bucket bands, percussion ensembles, drumlines,
wind ensembles, instrumental jazz and Praise and Worship Teams from across Ontario.
Every performing ensemble will be observed and
listened to by two highly respected and experienced adjudicators. An Educational Clinic will follow each performance with one of the
This clinic will focus on providing encouragement and recommendations for each ensemble.
CD audio recording of their performance.
ii) CD audio recordings of performance with
a voice-over by the adjudicators.
iii) Video of festival performance.
iv) Written comments and recommendations from
Each performing ensemble will receive their recordings, comments
rating (i.e., Bronze, Silver, Gold) approximately 30 minutes
after their clinic is completed. Performance ratings for the ensembles
will not be publicly announced by the festival. Please note, the video link
will be forwarded after the completion of the festival.
Special clinics and workshops are scheduled as part of the activities during the festival based on availability. In the past, clinics
have included presentations by Chester Thompson, Peter Stoll,
Michael Lyons, Paul Grecco, Carol Johnson, Barrie Hodgins and the St.
Michael’s College School
SMC Drumline were also featured as part of OCM.
Performing ensembles may be invited to participate in the
National Finals of MusicFest
Canada at the discretion of Adjudicators and the OCM Regional Co-ordinator.
A warm up room is provided,
complete with chairs, stands and standard equipment for each
performing group to use 30 minutes prior to their OCM performance. Storage
area and a student
host/hostess will be provided during each ensemble's participation in OCM.
All performing ensembles receive:
York University Gospel Choir Director, Karen Burke