Syllabus

Guitar

Festivals may send two competitors for each level of competition.

Graded Levels Guitar

  1. Definition: Graded Level Classes are for competitors studying one of the following conservatory levels: Grade/Level 6, Grade/Level 7, Grade/Level 8, Grade/Level 9 and Grade/Level 10
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus. Selections must be the same level and at the competitor’s current level of study.  Please note, unlike the RCM and CC, all selections must be the same grade/level for which they were recommended to the Provincial Competition.
    1. One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator. 
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. Selections must be musically contrasting.  Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. Performance must be from memory.
    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 as follows:
      Level 6 & Level 7 – Fifteen (15) minutes
      Level 8 & Level 9 – Twenty (25) minutes
      Level 10 – Thirty-Five (35) minutes
      The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum performance time. 
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Competitors must refer carefully to either the RCM or CC syllabus to determine how many and which movements of a selection are required (i.e. one mvt., two mvts., or complete).
    2. Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.  If one selection is a sonata, at least two contrasting movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed. 
    3. Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted. 
    4. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Diploma Level Guitar

  1. Definition: Diploma classes are offered for competitors who are studying at the Conservatory Associate Level but have NOT completed the Associate Diploma as of December 31st of the previous year and who do not wish the opportunity to proceed to the National Competition.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) senior or advanced work selections, one of which must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    1. One selection is the competitor’s choice of a multi-movement work or at least two consecutive movements of a concerto or sonata.
    2. The second selection is another competitor’s choice, but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. Selections must be musically contrasting.  The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. 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 performance time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Performance must be from memory.
    2. Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.  If one selection is a sonata, at least two contrasting movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed. 
    3. Concert Etudes are permitted at this level.
    4. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

National Qualifying Level Guitar (Formerly Open)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Competitors aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Ontario in August of the same year.
    1.  Competitors do not have to have attained their Associate degree, however they must be performing at the Associate level or higher.
    2. OMFA does not guarantee coverage of any or all of competitor’s expenses related to attending the National Competition.
    3. Please be aware that by enrolling in the National Qualifying class, the winner is expected to attend the National Competition.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) advanced work selections, one of which must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    1. One selection is the competitor’s choice that may be a multi-movement work, or at least two consecutive movements of a concerto or sonata.
    2. The second selection is another competitor’s choice, but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4.  Performance must be from memory.
    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 performance time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Accompaniment is by piano only, if playing a concerto.
    2. 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).
    3. The advancing competitor will be required to perform three (3) selections at National Competition.
    4. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.