The Competition is open to:
- Canadian citizens
- landed immigrants (include a copy of your permanent resident card)
Candidates must compete in the region where they reside or the region where they study. Under exceptional circumstances, a candidate may ask to compete in a different region by submitting a written request. If necessary, the National Office might ask a candidate to compete in a region other than the one he is registered.
A candidate cannot compete in two categories with the same instrument. However, a candidate may register simultaneously in solo, Chamber Music, Piano 4 hands/Duo-Piano and Sonata. A candidate may also register in more than one ensemble providing that the instrumentation is different.
A candidate cannot register, the same year, in the International Stepping Stone and the Canadian Music Competition. However, a candidate who is not selected for the In ternational Stepping Stone may participate in the Canadian Music Competition.
- The registration form is available online here. A paper version is available upon request.
The completed registration form must be submitted online no later than November 22, 2006 or postmarked by November 22, 2006 if sent by mail.
- Any registration sent after this date, will not be accepted.
3. Registration fees
- 7 to 10 years and under: $100
- 11 to 17 years and under: $110
- 18 to 30 years and under: $125
- Chamber Music: $125
- Piano 4 hands/Duo-Piano: $125
- Sonata: $125
Additional fees and/or security deposits may apply, depending on chapters:
- Calgary: $100 (security deposit refundable following the first round)
- Edmonton: $75 (security deposit refundable following the first round)
- Halifax: $100 (security deposit refundable following the first round)
- London: $100(not refundable)
- Montreal: $100 (not refundable)
- Ottawa: $150 (not refundable)
- Saskatoon: $50 (not refundable) Candidates will also be requested to contribute to fundraising activities.
- Sherbrooke: Candidates must participated in fundraising activities.
- Toronto: 100$ (not refundable)
- Vancouver: $125 plus Membership fee: candidate $100, teacher $75 (not refundable)
- Winnipeg: $50 (security deposit refundable following the first round)
The National Office will refuse any registration from a candidate that does not fulfil it’s chapter’s additional fee requirements.
Payment must include the registration fee and all the additional fees, if applicable. Payment methods accepted: Visa, MasterCard, cheque or money order. A payment by cheque must be received no later than November 29, 2006. Post-dated cheque will not be accepted. There will be a charge of $10 for NSF cheques.
- The registration fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.
4. Age categories
- Candidates must not be older than the age category in which they register on January 1st, 2007 (except for Chamber Music, Piano 4 hands/Duo-Piano and Sonata categories for which one of the candidates may be one year older. A proof of age will be requested at the first round.
- Candidates who have received a First place at the 2006 National Final cannot register in the same age category in 2007. For example: a 15 years old pianist registered in the 16 and under category who received a First Place must register (in 2007) in the 17 and under category. This rule does not apply to the categories “30 years and under”, “25 years and under” and for the youngest age category in all instruments.
5. Musical Requirements
Candidats have until Thursday, November 30, 2006 to make any modifications to the three rounds’ musical program. After this date, no changes will be allowed. Candidats enrolled in post-secondary institutions have until Friday February 9, 2007 to make any changes. After this date, no changes will be allowed. Any modifications must be send by email.
Candidates are allowed to change the performance order of the pieces at any time. On the day of the performance, candidates must present the scores in the performed order.
Candidate cannot register pieces which they have previously performed at the Canadian Music Competition.
The pieces must be different for each round. Works written in many parts or movements, such as a concerto, sonata, suite, opera, cycle etc., may be registered in one round only.
A major work for instrument and orchestra can replace a concerto or a movement of a concerto.
It is forbiden to make any cuts in the pieces or movements. Candidates are allowed to make cuts in the tutti sections of concertos, but cadenzas are mandatory.
Repeats are permitted provided that the maximum time limit is respected.
Candidates must indicate the precise timing of the works on the registration form.
Time Limits: candidates must respect the specified time limit. Performances will be interrupted if the time limit is exceeded. Please refer to the Time Limit for your own category.
Candidates must perform all registered works.
Guitar - Harpsichord - Piano - Recorder - Strings - Voice: for the first and the second rounds, memorization of every piece on the program is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, for which it is permitted to have the music. Memorization is compulsory in the National Final.
Harp - Marimba/Vibraphone - Winds: for the first and the second rounds, memorization of one of the pieces is compulsory. However, it is permitted to have the music for sonatas with accompaniment. Memorization is optional for the etude. Memorization is compulsory in the National Final.
Chamber Music - Organ - Piano 4 hands/Duo Piano - Sonata: it is permitted to have the music in the three rounds.
6. Competition Procedure
There are three rounds to the competition. First Round, Provincial Final and National Final.
At the National Final, the concerto must be accompanied on the piano or, if applicable, on the harpsichord.
Marks and comments from the adjudicators will be given to the candidate after each round.
- The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators.
Candidates must be in the hall at least fifteen minutes before the time set for their audition.
8. Copies of score
Two copies are required for the First round, three copies for the Provincial Final and five copies for the National Final.
For the first and the second rounds, it is recommended to provide at least one copy of the accompaniment part, and at least three for the National Final.
Candidates must write down the bar numbers at the beginning of each line.
- Originals and photocopies are allowed. Candidates must write down on photocopies ‘‘For adjudicating purpose at the Canadian Music Competition only’’.
In the first round, the candidates will be heard by two adjudicators and must receive an average mark of 80% to proceed to the Provincial Final.
In the Provincial Final, the candidates will be heard by three adjudicators and must receive an average of 85% in order to proceed to the National Final.
In the National Final, the candidates will be heard by five adjudicators.
The ranking will be established from the National Final marks awarded in each category, beginning with the highest mark. However, a minimum of 88% is required to obtain a First Place, 87% for a Second Place, 85% for a Third Place, 83% for a Fourth Place and 80% for a Fifth Place.
In each rounds, the marks given by a “specialist” adjudicator carries heavier weight in the average.
The results of the three rounds are not cumulative.
- Regional and Provincial Scholarships: scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Regional and Provincial committees.
- National Scholarships: scholarships will be awarded according to the marks received in the National Final. The candidates will be divided in four age groups (all instrument together), and the scholarships will be awarded from the highest mark in each of theses groups: 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 18 years, and 19 to 30 years.
- For scholarships of $500 and more, a social insurance number will be requested to issue a Relevé 1 and/or a T4A.
All travel, lodging expenses and accompanist’s fees are the candidate’s responsibility.
Should it become necessary for a candidate to cancel, the candidate must notify their chapter’s president as soon as possible and contact directly the National Office to facilitate the organization of the schedule.
13. Audio and video recording
Candidate are permitted to make a recording of their own performance during the first and second rounds only. However, it is forbidden to record another candidate without his or her authorization. A recording service will be available at the National Final.
A pedal extension cannot be added to the piano.
Candidates not complying with these rules may be disqualified.
An incomplete or inaccurate registration form may result in disqualification.
- Use of the audition hall and/or the piano without authorization is strictly forbidden.
Any questions not covered by these rules shall be referred to the Board of Directors, whose decision on such matters shall be final.