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What is the Highwood Lions Music Festival?


We are a non-profit annual festival for all students of music. The festival runs for three weeks every spring, and offers professionally adjudicated classes for all ages and levels of study. We also offer a small range of non-musical expressions such as speech & poetry. Click HERE for a list of all categories offered in our festival!


Mission, Activities and Bylaws


The mission of the High River and District Music Festival Association is to promote music and speech art performance by students and enthusiasts within our district. We do so by producing the Highwood Lions Music Festival.  Our festival is a high-quality festival, providing entrants with valuable performance experience, and employing highly qualified musician teachers as our adjudicators. We focus on adjudicators with experience in teaching, as we feel that not only are they skilled musicians, but they are best adept at providing supportive guidance to our entrants.

Our festival is supported by local associations. Businesses, teachers, residents, and grants from the Province of Alberta are the key financial ways our festival is supported. Our festival would not be possible without the generous support provided by the Highwood Lions Club.

We are a volunteer organization.  Every member of the Board volunteers their time, and the people you meet at the festival venues are all volunteer as well. Our festival would not happen without the generous donation of time by these community-minded people.

Our Bylaws, adopted at our June 8, 2013 Annual General Meeting indicate our mandate and how we conduct our activities. For more information about the bylaws, please contact the HLMF President.

High River & District Music Festival Association Board of Directors

Chelsea Bustin, President

Jessica Koch, Treasurer
Sasha Penchuk, Adjudicator Liaison

Sheena Johnston, Director at Large

Naomi Koch, Director at Large

Pat Shorrock, Director at Large

Carla Humphreys, Director at Large

Eric Bustin, Technical Assistant

Open Positions: Secretary, Sponsorship Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator

Our District

Our District includes:

  • Towns of High River, Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Nanton, Vulcan, Stavely and Strathmore

  • The Villages of Carseland, Champion, Cheadle, Gleichen, Longview

  • The Hamlets of Aldersyde, Arrowwood, Blackie, Brant, Cayley, Cluny, De Winton, Kirkcaldy, Millarville, Milo, Mossleigh and Priddis

  • The Municipal District of Foothills 31

  • All schools in the Foothills School District #38

  • Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Division #3 schools in those communities listed above

  • Livingstone Range School Division #68 schools in those communities listed above

  • Palliser School Division #26 schools in those communities listed above

To see a map of the boundaries, please click here.

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