Glossary of Terms
Advanced Level – Competitors who are performing at an ARCT/ACCM level or higher.
ARCT/ACCM – The level directly after Level 10 in either the RCM and CC syllabi.
Competitor – A non-professional student who has been recommended to a class indicated in the OMFA Syllabus.
Conservatory – A music training institution that publishes lists of repertoire for exams.
Digital Receipt – A print-out of a receipt and proof of purchase supplied when music is downloaded from the internet.
Diploma Level – For competitors who are working at the RCM ARCT or CC ACCM level but have not completed the level and received their certification.
Discipline – Term to describe type of instrument, voice type (both classical and Musical Theatre, and Speech Arts.
Disqualification – Competitors who do not comply with the OMFA rules and regulations Will be disqualified.
FCMF – Federation of Canadian Music Festivals is the umbrella body of the Provincial (and Local) Festivals across Canada. FCMF is responsible for staging the National Music Festival each year.
Graded Level – Applies to RCM and CC levels/grades from Grade 6 to Diploma.
Hand-Held Props – Items used onstage by the performer that can be held in their hands, eg. brush, wand, mirror scarf.
Local Festival – A music festival which belongs to OMFA and from which a competitor must compete to be eligible to be recommended to the Provincial Competition.
National Qualifying Class – Formerly known as the Open level, this is a class that requires specific repertoire that must be performed in order to be eligible to be recommended to the FCMF National Competitions.
OMFA – Ontario Music Festivals Association is the umbrella body of 48 local member festivals in the province of Ontario
Original Copy – An “original” or first source of written text and/or musical material. Not a duplicate. Usually published in book format or purchased legally online.
Original Score – A published score.
Play-Offs – When class sizes are greater than can be heard in one day, classes are split. Depending on the number of “splits”, 4 to 6 competitors will be asked to compete in the play-offs. These occur on the same day of the competition, after the workshop, for the prizes.
Provincial Competition – Each local member festival is permitted to send 2 competitors for each level and discipline to compete against others of the same level and discipline. The Provincial competition dates and location are published in our syllabus on our web site.
Photocopy – A replica of a published score made through mechanical or electronic devices.
Workshop – An educational opportunity provided at the end of the competition day to work as a group and individually with the adjudicator based on the performances of the day. Attendance is mandatory.