oba small ensemble festival


Thank you and congratulations to the teachers and participating groups of the 2022 Virtual Small Ensemble Festival. The level of performance was extremely high! Our team was so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such great young musicians. And a huge round of applause for our fabulous adjudicators - David Lum, Alexis Silver, and Dayoung Seo. Your comments, feedback, ideas, and tremendous wealth of knowledge is so appreciated - THANK YOU!


Choice and level of repertoire is completely up to the teacher and students. All genres are accepted and encouraged.


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, 2023.


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.

The targeted date for returned adjudications/feedback is May 1, 2022.


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


Registration Fee: ---------------------------$40.00 per entry

2022 Event Overview

The 2022 Small Ensemble Festival is a performance-based experience for small ensembles of all musical genres and is open to ANY combination of instruments with a minimum of two players (not including accompaniment).

This year, the festival will be offered in a virtual format. Both video (MP4/MOV/AVI) and audio (MP3/WAV) submissions will be accepted. Recordings for each piece can be uploaded and saved to Youtube as private, and the links submitted on the registration form.


The Title/Composer/Arranger/Publisher information for each performed piece will be required, but participants will NOT be required to submit copies of the music, digital/scanned/or otherwise.  Average/recommended playing time is 5-10 minutes of music. (Maximum playing time is 15 minutes.)

*Students are encouraged (where possible) to use any recording device available to them (including phones) and perform/record video as a live group. However, virtual (i.e. Soundtrap, acappella) mixes will also be accepted. It is therefore possible for a single student (covering multiple voices and mixing/editing to submit an entry).


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, Shashi Ramu at sef@onband.ca

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David Lum


David Lum

Graduate Diploma 

Wind Conducting:

University of Calgary


Mus. Bac./Ed

University of Toronto



University of Toronto


David Lum is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Mus. Bac. /Ed. 1988, B. Ed. 1990) and completed the Graduate Diploma program in Wind Conducting at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2001.


He is a past conductor of the Scarborough School’s Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. David served as the Conductor of the Northern Ontario Music Festival Honor Band from 2008-2011, and is a past conductor of the Toronto Youth Concert Winds, and Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. In June of 2016, David was featured as a Guest Conductor for TYWO’s 25th Anniversary Tour of New York City, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall.David served on the board of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) from 2000 to 2015, where he initiated the creation of the Awards and Scholarships Committee in 2004, serving as Chair of the committee until 2014.


A Past President of the Ontario Band Association (OBA), David currently serves as President of the Lambda Iota chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity. Other professional affiliations/memberships include the Canadian Band Association, and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association (CMEA).In 2009, David received an Honorary Life Membership from the Ontario Band Association, and in May of the same year, was awarded the Keith Mann Outstanding Band Director Award at MusicFest Canada’s “The Nationals”. In December 2012, he was inducted as a Laureate of the Legion of Honor for the John Philip Sousa Society.


In February of 2021, David retired from the Toronto District School Board after a 30-year career with the TDSB. Currently, he teaches the Low Brass studio at York University.David is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.

Alexis Silver

B. Mus + B. Ed

University of Manitoba

Alexis Silver holds bachelor’s degrees in Music and Education from the University of Manitoba and is pursuing post-bachelor work in counseling. She teaches Band and Drama at Sisler High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


She has played, guest conducted, presented, and/or adjudicated for: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra; Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, Manitoba Band Association; Women of Note; International Music Camp; Montreal Junior Honour Band; Comox Valley Music Festival; Vic Lewis Music Festival; University of Manitoba; Brandon University, and all school divisions across Manitoba. She has enjoyed acting and directing for the Little Opera Company, Wahanowin Theatre, Leithelle Productions, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Murder on the Menu, and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.


Alexis has served as a Regional Representative, Advocacy Chair, and Vice-President of the Manitoba Band Association, Performance Chair for the Canadian Music Educators Association Conference, and Parliamentarian of the Manitoba Drama Educators Association. She continues to organize wellness initiatives for the MBA, and her articles Self-Care for Instrumental Music Teachers 1 & 2 were published in the Canadian Winds Journal in 2015 and 2018, respectively.



The Sisler Band Program was awarded the Don Green Award at the International Optimist Band Festival in 2015 under her direction. Alexis believes in the healing power of the Arts and is an advocate for Arts Education. She may be contacted by email at asilver@wsd1.org.

Alexis silver

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