Vancouver Area Youth Arts Society

Update on COVID-19 and Festival Events (March 18, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VAYA Youth Arts Society is confirming the postponement of the April-May 2020 KPU International Music Festival and the 2020 Vancouver Speech Arts and Drama Festival.

We are hoping to reschedule as many sessions as possible in the coming months and will have more details soon.

Thank you for your patience with us as we work through this significant challenge.


  • The 2020 KPU International Choir, Band and Orchestra Festival is CANCELLED
  • The 2020 KPU Composition Festival WILL PROCEED. We will not have an in-person session. Instead, in-depth written adjudications will be sent via email by May 2 and we’ll happily post everyone’s mp3’s or videos on the website and Facebook page.
Photo: Spencer Imbrock, Unsplash


KPU International Music Festival
April 2 - May 22, 2020
Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Langley Campus
KPU International Composition Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Langley Campus
KPU Choir, Band & Orchestra Festival
April 27 - May 22, 2020
Kwantlen Polytechnic University - Langley Campus
Vancouver Speech Arts + Drama Festival
April 20 - May 1, 2020
St. James Community Square, Vancouver
The 2020 KPU International Music Festival Honours Performance will take place on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Info and reservations:

Objectives of VAYA

Our Mission is

  • to support and foster performing and literary arts education through bursaries and scholarships
  • to give participants the benefit of expert criticism from unbiased adjudicators
  • to help participants acquire self-confidence by performing before an audience
  • to provide performance and education 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 core volunteers who contributed so much and made the 2019 festival run smoothly: Siong Chan, Wendy Chan, Donard MacKenzie, Maureen Paetkau, and Claudia Trigo.

Thank you to our hard working board: Bob Rompre, Richard Haack, Heilwig von Koenigsloew, Elaine Lindbjerg and Sandi Siemens; our gracious hosts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Music Department, and our amazing staff – Dominque Bernath, Kyra Esau, Jon Erzinger, Aniela Erzinger, Billy Muir and the staff of Tom Lee Music.

Contact us

Vancouver Area Youth Arts Society
313 Ninth Street
New Westminster BC V3M 3V5
Tel: 778-868-0426

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