Syllabus

Classical Brass – 2023

Open to anyone who resides or studies in the Province of Ontario or the Gatineau, Quebec area and has been recommended by their local festival.

The maximum age is 28 years old as of December 31, 2022 for graded, diploma and open classes.

Please note that there are separate competitive classes for adults 28 and over.

Virtual Festival: Levels 1-5
Live Festival: Levels 6-10, Diploma, Open, Adults

CLASSICAL BRASS – Graded Levels 1-5 (Virtual Festival)

Definition
Graded Level Classes (Levels 1-5) are for competitors studying in either the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus will participate through a Virtual Festival.

One original score of the music or purchased digital music with attached receipt for each selection must be shown on camera prior to the beginning of the performance.

All performances must be submitted using a single video YouTube link (one link containing both pieces).

Performance Requirements for Grades/Levels 1-5
a) Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus for their particular instrument.

b) Both selections must be at the same level and at the level at which the competitor is currently studying. If the competitor has taken an exam prior to December 31st, 2022, then they cannot enter that level.  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 a local music teacher or conservatory of music.

c) Memorization is not required but is highly recommended.

d) Please note that unlike RCM and CC exam requirements,both selections must be the same grade/levelfor the Provincial Competition.

e) “Teacher’s Choice” choice pieces are not permitted with the exception of: French Horn, Trombone and Euphonium.

f) The maximum performance time for levels 1-5 is ten (10 minutes).  There is no minimum performance time.
Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form.  Do not guess timings.

g) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take the choice of repertoire into consideration.

h) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.

i) 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).  Failure to play the required movements could result in disqualification.

j) Studies/Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, will be permitted.  However, only 1 of the pieces selected may be a Study/Etude.

k) For Levels 1 to 5 Classical Brass, it is the competitor’s responsibility to abide by any and all government guidelines regarding physical distancing as of the date you submit your video.

l) Accompaniment must be by acoustic piano only (live or back-tracks). Unless a piece is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only.

m) The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance if you do not have an accompanist already lined up. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.https://omfa.ca/accompanists/

n) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.https://omfa.ca/syllabus/

 

CLASSICAL BRASS – Graded Levels 6-10 (Live Festival)

Definition
Graded Level Classes (Levels 1-5) are for competitors studying in either the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus will participate through a Virtual Festival.

One original score of the music or purchased digital music with attached receipt for each selection must be presented at the welcome desk for use by the adjudicator. Measure numbers should be clearly marked on the score.

Performance Requirements for Grades/Levels 6-10 (Live)
a) Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus for their particular instrument.

b) Both selections must be at thesame leveland at the level at which the competitor is currently studying. If the competitor has taken an exam prior to December 31st, 2022, then they cannot enter that level.

c) Please note that unlike RCM and CC exam requirements, both selections must be the same grade/level for the Provincial Competition.

d)“Teacher’s Choice” choice pieces are not permitted with the exception of French Horn, Trombone and Euphonium.

e) The maximum performance time for levels 6-10 are listed below.  
Levels 6 & 7:             Fifteen (15) minutes
Levels 8 & 9:             Twenty (20) minutes
Level 10:                    Thirty (30) minutes

There is no minimum performance time.
Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form.  Do not guess timings

f) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will consider choice of repertoire and balance of program in their adjudication.

g) Memorization is not required but is highly recommended.

h) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.

i) 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).  Failure to play the required movements could result in disqualification.

j) Studies/Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, will be permitted.  However, only 1 of the pieces selected may be a Study/Etude.

k) Accompaniment must be by acoustic piano only. Unless a selection is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only.

l) The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to play for your performance if you do not have an accompanist already booked. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement. 
https://omfa.ca/accompanists/

m) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.https://omfa.ca/syllabus/

 

DIPLOMA LEVEL BRASS (ARCT) – Live Festival

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, 2022.  Competitors entering the diploma section can only have been studying at the ARCT/A.Mus. level for 2 years or less.  If the competitor has been studying at this level longer than 2 years they must enter the Open Classical Brass Class.

One original score of the music or purchased digital music with attached receipt for each selection must be presented at the welcome desk for use by the adjudicator. Measure numbers should be clearly marked on the score.

Performance Requirements for Diploma Level
a) Competitors must perform two (2) selections at the Associate Level from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) Syllabus for all brass instruments. For 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 a local music teacher or conservatory of music. Level 10 pieces and below are not permitted in this category.

b) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will consider choice of repertoire and balance of program in their adjudication.

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 consecutive movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed, even if the RCM & CC Syllabi indicate that the complete piece is required.  Playing the complete is optional as long as it fits into the set time limit.

d)“Teacher’s Choice” pieces are not permittedwith the except of French Horn, Trombone and Euphonium.

e) Memorization is not required but is highly recommended.

f)The absolute maximum performance time is forty (40) minutes. There is no minimum performance time.
Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form.
Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit

g) Accompaniment must be by acoustic piano only. Unless a selection is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only.

h) The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to play for your performance if you do not have an accompanist already booked. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.
https://omfa.ca/accompanists/

i) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to. https://omfa.ca/syllabus/

 

OPEN LEVEL CLASSICAL BRASS (ARCT and above) – Live Festival

Definition
Open Level Brass competitors must be performing at the ARCT/A.Mus. level or above but do not have to have attained their associate degree.  Competitors who have been studying at the Associate level for 2 or more years must enter this class.

One original score of the music or purchased digital music with attached receipt for each selection must be presented at the welcome desk for use by the adjudicator. Measure numbers should be clearly marked in the score.

Performance:
In the Classical Brass Open class, competitors will be given the opportunity to present a recital program which shows virtuosity, a high standard of performance ability and should include different genres/eras/styles etc. in Classical Brass.

a) The absolute maximum performance time is sixty (60) minutes. The absolute minimum performance time is fifteen (15) minutes). 

Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form. Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit.

b) Competitors may play any number of selections that fit into the designated time limit.

c) Competitors will present a varied program with all selections at the ARCT level or above.  They do not need to be listed in either the RCM or CC syllabi but should be equal in difficulty.

d) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of repertoire into consideration.

e) Memorization is not required but is highly recommended.

f) Pieces listed in lower levels (Levels 1-10) in the RCM or CC Syllabus are not permitted.

g) 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 consecutive movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed, even if the RCM & CC Syllabi indicate that the complete piece is required.  Playing the complete is optional as long as it fits into the set time limit.

h) Accompaniment must be by acoustic piano only. Unless a piece is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only.

i) The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to play for your performance if you do not have an accompanist already booked. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement. https://omfa.ca/accompanists/

j) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to. https://omfa.ca/syllabus/