Syllabus

Harp – Virtual Competition 2022

Open to anyone who resides or studies in the Province of Ontario or the Gatineau, Quebec area and has been recommended by their local festival.
The maximum age is 28 years old as of December 31, 2021 for graded, diploma and open classes.
Please note that there are separate non-competitive classes for adults 21 and over.

Graded Levels Harp

Definition: Graded Level Classes are for competitors studying in one of the following conservatory levels: Grade/Level 1 through to Grade/Level 10.

Performance:
Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus. Both selections must be at the same level and at the level at which the competitor is currently studying. If the competitor has taken an exam prior to December 31st, 2021, then they cannot enter that level. Please note, unlike the RCM and CC, all selections must be the same grade/level.

a) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of repertoire into consideration.

b) Performance must be from memory.

c) 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 total performance time is as follows:
Level 1 to Level 7 – Fifteen (15) minutes
Level 8 & Level 9 – Twenty (25) minutes
Level 10 – Thirty-Five (35) minutes

Additional Criteria
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a) It is the competitor’s responsibility to abide by any and all government guidelines regarding physical distancing as of the date you submit your video. Accepted accompaniment can include: Live, pre-recorded, back-tracks, etc. Accompaniment can be by piano only. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.

b) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.

c) 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).

d) Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.

e) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Diploma Level Harp

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, 2021.

Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) ARCT selections as listed in either the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada Syllabi.

a) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
b) 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.
c) For concertos and sonatas, the competitor will be permitted to play only two consecutive movements if they so desire – even if the RCM & CC Syllabi indicate that the complete piece is required.  Complete is optional.

Additional Criteria:
a) It is the competitor’s responsibility to abide by any and all government guidelines regarding physical distancing as of the date you submit your video. Accepted accompaniment can include: Live, pre-recorded, back-tracks, etc. Accompaniment can be by piano only. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement
b) Performance must be from memory.
c) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
d) Concert Etudes are permitted at this level.
e) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Open Level Harp (ARCT)

Definition:
Open Level competitors do not have to have attained their Associate degree, however they must be performing at the ARCT level or above.

Performance:
At the Provincial level, Competitors must perform three (3) selections.

a) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only. If one selection is a sonata or concerto, at least two consecutive movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed even if the RCM & CC Syllabi indicate that the complete piece is required. Complete is optional.

b) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.

c) Memorization is required..

Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form.

Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit.

The absolute maximum performance time is sixty (60) minutes.

Additional Criteria:

a) If physical distancing is still mandatory as of the date you submit your video, then live accompaniment can only be with a family member or someone who lives in your residence. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement..

b) Orchestral introductions by accompanists may be abridged.

c) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Adult Harp (Amateur)

Definition: 
Adult Harp (must be amateurs) is open to any adult over the age of 21 as of December 31, 2021.
There are three levels of adult harp
• Ages 21 and up – 5 Years of Training or Less 
• Ages 21 and up – 6 to 9 Years of Training 
• Ages 21 and up – 10 Years of Training or More 

Performance:
At the Provincial level, Competitors must perform two (2) selections.

a) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only. If one selection is a sonata or concerto, at least two consecutive movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed even if the RCM & CC Syllabi indicate that the complete piece is required.  Complete is optional.

b) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.

Accurate performance times must be included on the entry form.

Do not guess timings or simply apply the specified time limit.

The absolute maximum performance time is sixty (60) minutes.

Additional Criteria:

a) It is the competitor’s responsibility to abide by any and all government guidelines regarding physical distancing as of the date you submit your video. Accepted accompaniment can include: Live, pre-recorded, back-tracks, etc. Accompaniment can be by piano only. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.
b) Performance must be from memory.
c) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only. 
d) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.