The East York Music Festival began in 2009 primarily as a performance opportunity for students enrolled at Lippert Music Centre Inc. and has since blossomed into a local music festival open to musicians of any age and level with a wide variety of instrument and voice classes. Our mandate is to provide a comfortable and educational performance experience for the student with professional adjudication from qualified and respected musicians. 

Our approach to rewarding all performers with ribbons based on their achievement by mark has been extremely beneficial in establishing that their performance on the day of the festival has been valuable. We downplay the idea of "Competition" as we feel this is something within ourselves to do better. Music, and therefore adjudication is, by nature, subjective. Even though we may perform to the best of our ability, it is important to remember that, regardless of the outcome, the adjudicator's opinion is final. We feel that everyone who enters into a festival and performance opportunity wins because of the lasting benefit of live performance. In each category, we do recognize the top 3 marks further. Also, If performers wish to be eligible for scholarships, they need to enter at least two classes in the same category. Each year, we strive to offer more prizes by building our sponsor network and to date, continue to grow this part of the festival to further music education.

The 2016 East York Music Festival features a selection of brand new classes in guitar, piano, woodwinds, voice and more, as well as the introduction of our new non-competitive workshop classes for those looking for performance experience and catered instruction. We are always hard at work to bring more scholarships and prizes to the festival and are happy to note that last year was the most succesful year in the festival's history in that regard. Also new this year is the Gala concert to be held in Spring 2016. This concert will showcase some of the best performers over the course of the festival as well as some notable local talent in a concert/award ceremony to celebrate our music makers! Thank you for supporting the arts and for your help in making the festival what it is today and we look forward to seeing you in March, 2016!




Charleen holds a Masters Degree in Music Education, Bachelor Degrees in both Music and Education, an ARCT in piano, and a Grade 9 Vocal Performance Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is the also the Director at Lippert Music Centre, established in 1957 and has had extensive experience teaching in both private and group settings, including teaching with the TDSB. As a teacher, Charleen has a keen understanding of, and enjoys working with, all levels of musicians. Her philosophy is that every person has the potential to learn and develop musicianship to its fullest, while having fun. As an administrator, her hard work and dedication has brought Lippert's to the high level of teaching and performance that it maintains today, seeing hundreds of students per week with professional, specialist teachers an integral part of the school. The School of Hard Rock Summer Camp continues to work with budding rock and teaching them what it is like to be part of a band, complete with a live performance in a local venue at the end of each week. That commitment spawned the East York Music Festival in order to further inspire local performance opportunities for budding musicians. Charleen is very community minded and is a Board Member of the Pape Village Business Improvement Area.


NEVEN PROSTRAN – Events Coordinator


Neven Prostran holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Musicology at Dalhousie University. He holds a Grade 8 Honours with Distinction certificate in classical guitar from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is a two-time silver medal winner in guitar at the provincial level. Neven has been teaching music for more than 4 years at Lippert Music Centre and has helped coordinate the East York Music Festival for the past three years. His contributions to the festival have lead to increased scholarship funding as well as the creation of the annual fundraiser and gala concerts. He continues to push for more sponsorship and and scholarship funding as a way to reward performers for their hard work and dedication to perfecting their crafts.


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Contact Us

Director: Charleen Beard
Events Coordinator: Neven Prostran


970 Pape Ave.
Toronto, ON. M4K 3V7