About Us

Festival Mandate To cultivate the growth of the arts in the community by providing each participant with the opportunity to perform in a friendly atmosphere, to strive for excellence, to learn from others and to enhance their musical studies.

The Rotary Burlington Music Festival was founded in 1999 by the late Robert Elstone and Sandra Brewer. Bob and Sandy realized a mutual dream of bringing classical music to the attention of the community. Bob, a past-president of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central and Sandy, a member
of ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association) were able to bring the four Rotary Clubs of Burlington and the Hamilton/Halton branch of ORMTA together in this joint venture. Bob and Sandy served as president and vice-president respectively for the first two years. The current president of RBMF is Janet Canavan, a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central.

The festival provides an opportunity for amateur musicians through competition, to achieve excellence in their art, and assists the participants in developing character, discipline, logical thinking and perception through music.