Chamber Groups – 2023

The majority of members in a chamber group must study or reside in the Province of Ontario.  Groups must have a minimum of three (3) performers up to a maximum of five (5) performers, one performer per part.

The maximum age is 28 years old as of December 31, 2022 for all levels.

Festivals may send three different chamber groups for each level of competition.

Chamber Groups will be LIVE at the 2023 Provincial 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.

Chamber Group Rules

Chamber Music refers to music written for three, four, or five instruments played with one instrument to a “part”, all the parts having equal importance.  Members can include any combination of recognized orchestral instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, guitar, recorder, and/or percussion, with or without piano and/or one voice singer.

To determine which level to enter, competitors should go by the highest grade/level of the competitors.  For example: For players with three in grade 5 and one in grade 8 – they must enter the intermediate level.

Beginner Level: Competitors studying at levels/grades 1 to 4 for their specific instrument.
Junior Level: Competitors studying at levels/grades 5 to 7 for their specific instrument.
Intermediate Level: Competitors studying at levels/grades 8-10 for their specific instrument.
Senior Level: Competitors studying at levels/grades 10 and above for their specific instrument.

Performance Requirements for Chamber Groups

a) Competition group must perform two (2) selections.

b) When a piano part is included, the piano part must be original and not an orchestral reduction.

c) One movement or multiple movements from a selection that was performed at the originating local festival and received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.

d) The second selection is the group’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.

e) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will consider choice of repertoire in their adjudication.

f) Memorization is not required.

g) Music stands are not provided

h) The absolute maximum performance time is as follows:

Beginner: Thirty (30) minutes
Junior:             Thirty (30) minutes
Intermediate:   Forty (40) minutes
Senior:            Forty-Five (45) 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. There is no minimum performance time.

i) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.