Syllabus

Deadline and Registration Procedures

    1. Video entries, online registration and payment must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the date of your local Festival’s Provincial Entry date.  No entries will be accepted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, June 1.
    2. Results will be announced to entrants via email, as well as being posted you our website (www.omfa.ca) and on facebook page (www.facebook.com/ONTMUSFEST/) before the end of June.
    3. You must follow the repertoire requirements as listed in the specific OMFA syllabus for your instrument/voice/speech arts. (www.omfa.ca/syllabus)
    4. No mixing or sound enhancement is allowed through any kind of soundboard, including a recording studio or computer. No reverb can be added to the recording. The recording must be honest and acoustic – as if the adjudicators were in the room listening to you perform live. You must perform live on the video. No audio dubbing over your video is allowed.
    5. Accompaniment may be live (as long as local government guidelines are observed) or by pre-recorded back-track.
    6. For entries in any level, your video must be titled as follows: Discipline 2021 – Grade Level – your name

For instance:
Brass 2021 – Grade 4 – Mary Smith

Musical Theatre 2021 – senior level – Idina Menzel

Incorrectly labelled entries may not be adjudicated.

  • In the official entry form, you will be asked to provide the YouTube link for your video posting. We will also be copying your posting into OMFA YouTube channels so make sure to double check the link provided. All videos must be recorded in standard definition because of bandwidth limitations. It is not necessary to send your scores.
  • The video must clearly show your face and your instrument. Piano videos should clearly show your hands. For singers and speech arts competitors, a full body view is preferred. A stationary camera position must be used throughout.  All video must have “YouTube kid” settings turned off.
  • The video should be in the spirit of a recital or an audition and therefore you should dress appropriately.
  • You are required to introduce yourself and your selections in the video, either verbally or with a title card before each piece and must be limited to the following:
    Your Name
    The Grade/Level you have entered
    The Composer and Complete Title of your selection (prior to each piece)

 

For example:

My name is John Smith. I have entered Grade 4 Piano and I will be playing Sonatina in F Major, op. 168, no. 1, 1st movement by Anton Diabelli.

My name is Idina Menzel. I have entered Junior Musical Theatre and I will be singing “My Favourite Things” from The Sound of Music. Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

  • Video editing during a piece is not allowed under any circumstances. This will be automatic grounds for disqualification. Each piece should be filmed in one continuous take. The only editing allowed is the insertion of an introduction, and the editing together of the required pieces to form one document. Please do not submit multiple videos – each competitor must submit all of the required pieces within one video entry per discipline.
  • No marks are awarded at Provincial Competitions. Adjudicators will award First, Second and Third places as well as Honourable Mentions to other deserving candidates.
  • YOUTUBE SETTINGS
    Your video must be made viewable by Public or Unlisted YouTube setting. Private YouTube entries will not be accepted. YouTube “kid” settings must be turned off.  Each entry must be via video posted to www.youtube.com. You will need to supply us with the link to your performance provided on the entry form. For information on posting videos we recommend exploring the Help section found on the YouTube homepage. Please note that you must select “Public” or “Unlisted” in the Privacy settings found under the broadcasting and Sharing Options section when uploading your video file to YouTube. If you select “Private” your submission will be invalid. Please only enter the OMFA Provincial Competition if you are comfortable posting a public or unlisted video on YouTube. It is highly recommended that all YouTube videos have the comments section turned off.
  • VIDEO AND AUDIO QUALITY
    While we do not expect professional quality video and audio, we urge you to do the best you can. Take acoustics and the placement of microphones or camera into account. Please test the recording set up before recording your video. When using a smartphone to make a recording, a better result can be achieved by holding the phone horizontally rather than vertically. Pianos used for accompaniment may be either acoustic or digital.
  • JUDGING/ADJUDICATING
    Judging/Adjudicating will be by a qualified adjudicator in each discipline and all decisions made will be final. Criteria for judging/adjudicating will be for overall artistry but other things that will be considered are musicianship, musicality and expression, choice of repertoire, communication, presentation and proper attire. In Voice, Musical Theatre and Speech Arts voice quality, diction, characterization and acting will also be taken into consideration.