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oba small ensemble festival


April 9-11, 2024

University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail, Scarborough ON


Choice and level of repertoire is as inclusive as possible: any genre will be welcomed and adjudicated and is up to the preference of the teacher and students. Flex Band arrangements played in a smaller group (i.e. under 8 players) would also work well. For more ideas, please see the provided list of repertoire suggestions below!


This is an excellent opportunity for students to obtain external adjudication on their performances. All entries are eligible for an adjudication, optional rating, and a chance to qualify for MusicFest Canada - The Nationals, 2024 or 2025.


Students will receive thoughtful guidance, suggestions, and feedback offered by our adjudication team. Adjudications will focus on overall musicianship, ensemble specifics such as blend, and balance, and technical/fundamental considerations of the chosen repertoire. Each group will receive feedback from TWO adjudicators: One written, and one live adjudication in front of the group immediately following their performance.


The festival will take place on campus during the days of April 9 - 11, 2024. New for 2024: We are currently working on the staging format in order to accommodate more groups.



The Title/Composer/Arranger/Publisher information for each performed piece will be required and directors/schools will be required to submit TWO licensed/authorized copies of the music scores. If these are arranged by students, please print 2 copies from your arranging software. 

Average/recommended playing time is 5-10 minutes of music. (Maximum playing time is 15 minutes.)

Equipment/room setup info is forthcoming.


Teachers require an active OBA membership and may enter as many ensembles as they'd like.


Registration Fee: coming soon


On behalf of my team and myself, we look forward to seeing you at the festival in April. Questions?

Please feel free to contact the festival director, Jennifer Cresswell at

suggested resource list

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