Syllabus

Chamber

Festivals may send two groups of competitors for each level of competition.

Chamber Group Rules

  • The majority of members in a chamber group must study or reside in the Province of Ontario
  • Members must list voice or instrument category for each group member on the entry form. Members can include any combination of recognized orchestral instruments including woodwinds, brass, harp, guitar, recorder, and/or percussion, with or without piano and/or one voice singer
  • Groups must have a minimum of three (3) performers up to a maximum of six (6) performers, one performer per part
  • When a piano part is included, the piano part must be original and not an orchestral reduction

Junior Chamber Group

  1. Definition: Members of a group who are all studying at the 7 to 10 level/grade
  2. Performance: Competition group must perform two selections.
    1. One movement or movements from a selection that was performed at the originating local festival and received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection is the group’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. Selections should be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. Memorization is not required. 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 performance time is thirty (30) minutes. The Adjudicator will stop the competitors after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Competitors may count one movement of a multi-movement work as one selection only.

National Qualifying Level Chamber Group (Formerly Open)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Chamber Groups aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Ontario in August of the same year.
  2. Performance: All members of the competition group must be playing at the Associate  level or above.
    Competition group must perform two (2) selections.
    1. At least two movements from a selection that was performed at the originating local festival and received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.   Please note:  One entire piece (all movements) must be played at Nationals.
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice, but may not be another movement from the recommended selection.
    3. Selections should be musically contrasting.  The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. Memorization is not required. 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 performance time is forty (40) minutes.  The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. 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). 
    2. It is required to perform a complete chamber work at the National Competition.