Glossary of Terms

Accompaniment – A subordinate part for instruments, voices or ensembles – usually piano.


Adult – A competitor over the age of 29 as of December 31, 2022


Advanced Level  – Competitors who are performing at an ARCT/ACCM level or higher.

Amateur  – A person whose principal means of livelihood is not obtained from the performance of music in the particular discipline in which they are competing. This stipulation does not, however, preclude such a person having occasionally received remuneration for musical services rendered, even in the area in which they are competing.

 – The level directly after Level 10 in either the RCM and CC syllabi.

Class – Each discipline is divided into sub-categories by instrument, and/or by age, and/or by grade level. Each is identified by a five-digit number.

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.

CC – Refers to the Conservatory Canada Syllabus


Diploma Level – Classes that are offered for competitors who are studying at the Conservatory Associate Level but who 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 Class.

Discipline – A discipline is a particular area of musical or speech study. A discipline may be for a group such as Band and Chorus or may be for a soloist such as Piano, Vocal, Speech, and a number of different instruments.

Disqualification – Competitors who do not comply with the OMFA rules and regulations will be disqualified.

Graded Level – Applies to RCM and CC levels/grades from Grade 1 to Diploma.

Hand-Held Props – Items used onstage by the performer that can be held in their hands, eg. brush, wand, mirror scarf.

OMFA – Ontario Music Festivals Association is the umbrella body of 42 local member festivals in the province of Ontario

OPEN – Classes that are offered for competitors who are 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 (Diploma) level for 2 or more years must enter this class.

RCM – Refers to the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus