Chilliwack Music and Dance Festival



Chilliwack Festival is on to,
Monday, February 27, 2023
Please allow extra time for your side roads and keep your distance as the roads are a little slipery.s
Main Highway look good on the WebCams from Drive BC.


Sunday, February 26th, 12:00 pm, 1:20 pm, 2:10 pm and Provincial Tech Classes are rescheduled to Tuesday, February 28th, if you need the program changes please email [email protected]
You are free to photocopy these pages for your affected dancers.
Tuesday, February 28th, morning and early afternoon
Jazz and Lyrical Jazz Classes will be in the Rotary Hall Studio and there will be NO MARLEY FLOOR
Please note the change of order for classes and that some order has been changed within the classes to allow for access to the Intermediate Provincial Tech Class for Stage.
Stage Classes are still in the Hub Theatre and there are Classes that have a change of order, especially in the afternoon: critical for 13 to 15 Song & Dance who are attending the Intermediate Provincial Tech Class for Jazz
Also, a critical change is that Senior Tap Solos are now at an earlier Time.  
Provincial Tech Class for Stage will be held in the HUB Theatre.
Look these new REVISED Schedules over very carefully.
Keep Posted for the evening session, We will make this decision on or before 3:30 pm.
Laurie Hirschman
CMDF Registrar


                                    Through the Generosity of                                                          Evensong Chamber Singers a $200.00 Bursary                                   for the Best Performance of a sacred choral work                   or traditional classical choral composition.

Teacher/Studio Data Sheets and cheques may be mailed to 

CLCMDF, C/O 48185 Ryder Lake Road, Chilliwack, B.C.  V4Z 1E3


JANUARY 10th to 23rd, 2023


band contact:  Shane Monkman email:  [email protected]  

choir contact:  Kristoffer Werner email: [email protected] 

For Current 2023

Dance, Piano, Voice, Strings, and Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion Adjudicators please check under ADJUDICATORS.

URGENT REQUEST for Dance, Vocal and String Coordinators and other adult Volunteers who have vaccine passports as these might be required for entry into the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

A key Volunteer as Dance Registrar is now open to handle the on-line registration for the Festival.  Laurie Hirschman will remain available to help the new person taking on this position.  There is a honourarium in place for the person who takes on this position.

Also required is a Dance Coordinator.

If you know of anyone with dance competition knowledge be they parent, former parent or student or teacher who could possibly take on this position, please let me know immediately.  

The following would be ideal:

It would be best if it was 3 people as then the load is lighter all around and then there is always a backup for possible switching if required

Division would be            Ballet/Modern  7 days

Days are approx.            Jazz  8 days

                                       Stage, Tap, S & D, Acro, and Street 6 days

We currently have a couple of people who are willing to take on a couple days at a time and we would consider anyone who is willing to do the same thing.  The important thing is that we would need to make sure that everyone is working together to help each other to have every session properly covered.  I am able to help as well, but need to keep on top of my own work to keep the office running smoothly as well.

The Dance Co-ordinator(s) is(are) paid a small honourarium of $35 per festival session (ie, morning or afternoon or evening worked.  On 3 session days, lunch might be provided as lunch will depend on COVID Restrictions.

Their job would entail:

       *        getting writers

  •        getting at least one adult for each competitive session
  •        overseeing workshops on-site registration and check in of pre-                     registration 
  •        overseeing technique Class check-in of pre-registration
  •        assigning jobs to school volunteers

The Vocal Coordinator is paid a small honourarium of $35 per festival session (ie, morning or afternoon or evening worked.  On 3 session days, lunch might be provided as lunch will depend on COVID Restrictions.

Their job would entail:

     *          getting adjudicator secretaries

  •       meeting with adjudicator prior to beginning of first session
  •       being on site the majority of the competition

Also Looking for a NEW LEAD PERSON called the LEAD REGISTRAR

Their job would entail:

     *          keeping the General and Day to Day Operations of the Festival                           Going throughout the Year

The following is a rough Description of work

  •       prepare Festival Software for new Festival Year by late October
  •       organizing all the download data into the Festival Software after the Entry Deadlines on November 28 and December 1 are complete
  •       checking all entries for accuracy and following through with studio contact with their registrations
  •       setting performance schedules and preparing rough program for layout personnel to add the advertising and then follow through with this to the designated print shop.
  •      Getting schedules out to everyone involved as coordinators so that they can get their volunteers in place
  •      During the month of Festival collecting marks, placements, etc. and placing all information into festival software
  •      Organizing both Dance and Music Honours Concerts
  •      Secure dates for upcoming Festival
  •      work in conjunction with Festival Chair to make sure various committee meetings take place in April, September and November
  •      get information from adjudicators and teachers about adjudicators for upcoming year and proceed to confirm their interest for the upcoming season.  Then ask for their bio and headshot by the end of June
  •      make any syllabus changes by June 30 
  •      double check where trophies can be dropped off
  •      start to solicit program advertising for upcoming year
  •      Send out discipline syllabuses by late September along with information on on-line registration usage
  •      email trophy returns to studios and teachers by mid-October

Please give this some serious thought as we need this position(s) filled as soon as possible.

Thanks, Laurie Hirschman

[email protected] or 604-858-3147

For all disciplines, dance and music,

there are might be special Rules in Place if required to allow for any

Please read the rules carefully and look for changes as they occur closer to festival dates. 

Check out Provincial Syllabus 2023                


SEE rule #7 on page 55 of syllabus 2023


The CMDF is a self-supporting, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and empowering young dancers and musicians to excel in their chosen discipline. Our members are all volunteers.  Some are Lions members, and many others are dedicated community people who are also interested in the artistic development of young people.  We have been part of Chilliwack for 76 years and celebrating our 76th ANNUAL FESTIVAL in 2022.


Please click here for online registration for Dance.  Deadline November 28, 2022

Now open to Music.

Please click here for online registration for Music.  Deadline December 1, 2022. 

All inquires contact Laurie Hirschman at [email protected] 

For Both sites, if you are a studio with multiple teachers, please register all your participants under studio director or owner ONLY.  This is to simplify the registraion process for our office.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR THIS.

If new to on-line or first time entry to our Festival, please contact [email protected] to have instruction sheets emailed to you, so that you are aware of the whole process that is available to you or phone Laurie at 604-858-3147 to obtain them. 

The following might not available for 2023 Festival, due to COVID Restrictions, you will be advised closer to Festival time:

Delivery of programs:  For non-local studios and teachers you will be mailed a voucher for picking up your program when the festival begins at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.  You may pick them up at the Festival Desk from February 17th onward.

As per normal, All local studios and teachers will be available through the Chilliwack Academy of Music on or about January 30th.  (an email will be sent when these are ready for pickup)

Read the following CAREFULLY for 2022 Festival as Online Registration may have changed slightly, due to COVID Restrictions:

For Dance Only on-line Registrations by e-transfer when requested or by cheque dated November 28, 2022 and then mailed to CLCMDF, C/O 48185 Ryder Lake Road, Chilliwack, B.C.  V4Z 1E3 and do not forget to include your $25 Mandatory Registration Fee on site (Dance #9925A and Music #9925B) and all Teacher Data Sheets still need to be emailed by November 28, 2022 to [email protected].   This is to help make sure all your entries are entered correctly.

For Music Only on-line Registration by e-transfer when requested or by cheque dated December 1, 2022 and then mailed to CLCMDF, C/O 48185 Ryder Lake Road, Chilliwack, B.C.  V4Z 1E3 and do not forget to include your $25 Mandatory Registration Fee on site (Dance #9925A and Music #9925B) and all Teacher Data Sheets still need to be emailed by December 1, 2022 to [email protected].   This is to help make sure all your entries are entered correctly.  

All entries both Dance and Music may be paid for by e-transfer or by cheque and be dropped off Monday to Thursday at the Chilliwack Academy of Music Office (604-792-0790 for office hours) located at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 9201 Corbould Street in Chilliwack till November 28, 2022 for Dance and December 1, 2022 for Music, Festival Entry Deadline.  In this case the Envelope should be to the Attention of LAURIE HIRSCHMAN.


Very Important Volunteer Help Needed in a big way!

We Urgently need 2 Dance Co-ordinators; 1 for Acro, Tap, Stage and Song & Dance and also 1 for Ballet and Modern. Also needed for Music is 1 Vocal Co-ordinator. Small per diem honourarium is available!!!


For more Info. Contact Lesley Ward #604-799-0821 or [email protected] or Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]


We also need 1 or two people to assist with Registrations. Small honourarium also available for this assistance. For more info. Contact Laurie Hirschman @ 604-858-3147 or [email protected]

Interested in helping in other ways?

Are you interested in supporting our music & dance students? We need you! A festival this size needs lots of volunteers from selling tickets, taking tickets at the door, working backstage with organizing the dancers, writing for our adjudicators, to assisting in set-up and take down at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre! If you can help in any way, please contact Delia Davies at 604-795-4780 or [email protected]