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. Grade/Level 10 brass competitors are permitted to enter the National Qualifying Brass Class.
  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. One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. Memorization is not required, but is highly recommended. Music stands are not provided.
    5. 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 and who do not wish the opportunity to proceed to the National Competition.
  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) Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.
    5. e) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

National Qualifying Level Brass (Formerly Open)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Competitors aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Ontario in August of the same year.
    1. National Qualifying Class competitors do not have to have attained their Associates degree, however they must be performing at Level/Grade 10 or higher.
    2. OMFA does not guarantee covering competitor expenses related to attending the National Competition.
    3. Please be aware that by enrolling in the National Qualifying class, the winner is expected to attend the National Competition.
  2. Performance: At the Provincial level, Competitors must perform two (2) selections.  The National Competition has additional requirements.  Please refer to the FCMF.org website for details.
    1. 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. 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. Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. Memorization is not required, but is highly recommended. Music stands are not provided.
    5.  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. Accompaniment must be live and by piano only.
    2. Orchestral introductions by accompanists may be abridged.
    3. Care should be taken in the choice of selections as all repertoire played at Provincials must also be played at the National Competition (The time limit at the National Competition is 1 hour).
    4. It is required to perform a complete concerto or concerted work at the National Competition.
    5. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.