Syllabus

Brass

Festivals may send two competitors for each level of competition.

Graded Levels Brass

  1. Definition: Graded Level Classes are for competitors studying one of the following conservatory levels: Grade/Level 6, Grade/Level 7, Grade/Level 8, Grade/Level 9 and Grade/Level 10.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus. Selections must be the same level and at the competitor’s current level of study.  For French horn, trombone, and euphonium competitors, selections not listed in the RCM or CC syllabus will still be accepted if accompanied by a verification of grade/level from either the local Adjudicator, music teacher, or conservatory of music.  Please note, unlike the RCM and CC, all selections must be the same grade/level for which they were recommended to the Provincial Competition.
    1. a) One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. b) The second selection is the competitor’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. c) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. d) Memorization is not required, but is highly recommended. Music stands are not provided.
    5. e) Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form. Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit. There is no minimum performance time. The absolute maximum total performance time is as follows:
      Level 6 & Level 7 – Fifteen (15) minutes
      Level 8 & Level 9 – Twenty (25) minutes
      Level 10 – Thirty-Five (35) minutes
      The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Accompaniment must be live and by piano only.
    2. Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
    3. Competitors must refer carefully to either the RCM or CC syllabus to determine how many and which movements of a selection are required (i.e. one mvt., two mvts., or complete).
    4. Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.
    5. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Diploma Level Brass

  1. Definition: Diploma classes are offered for competitors who are studying at the Conservatory Associate Level but have NOT completed the Associate Diploma as of December 31st of the previous year.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections at the Associate Level from the current RCM or CC Syllabus for all brass instruments except French horn, trombone, and euphonium.  French horn, trombone and euphonium selections not listed in the RCM or CC syllabus will still be accepted if accompanied by a verification of grade level from either the local Adjudicator, music teacher, or conservatory of music.
    1. a) One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. b) The second selection is the competitor’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. c) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. d) Memorization is not required, but is highly recommended. Music stands are not provided.
    5. e) Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form. Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit. Minimum performance time is twenty (20 minutes). The absolute maximum performance time is forty (40) minutes. The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. a) Accompaniment must be live and by piano only.
    2. b) Competitors must refer carefully to either the RCM or CC syllabus to determine how many and which movements of a selection are required (i.e. one mvt., two mvts., or complete).
    3. c) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only. If one selection is a sonata or concerto, at least two contrasting movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed.
    4. d) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Open Level Brass (ARCT and above)

  1. Definition: Open Level competitors do not have to have attained their Associate degree, however they must be performing at the ARCT level or above..
  2. Performance: At the Provincial level, Competitors must perform two (2) selections. 
    1. a) One selection must be at least two (2) consecutive movements from a Senior Concerto or concerted work (i.e., any composition originally written for solo instrument with orchestral or band accompaniment). One movement must have been performed at the local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. b) The second selection is the competitor’s choice, but may not be another concerto or concerted work or another movement of the same concerto or concerted work.
    3. c)Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only. If one selection is a sonata or concerto, at least two contrasting movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed.
    4. d) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    5. e) Memorization is not required, but is highly recommended. Music stands are not provided.
    6.  f) Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form. Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit. The minimum performance time is twenty (20) minutes. The absolute maximum performance time is forty (40) minutes.  The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. a) Accompaniment must be live and by piano only.
    2. b) Orchestral introductions by accompanists may be abridged.
    3. c) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.