Non-Western Instruments – Virtual Competition 2023

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, 2022 for all levels except Adult.
Please note that there are separate classes for amateur adults 29 years and over.

All Non-Western Instrument classes will be offered through a Virtual Festival 




Non-Western Instruments – All Levels

Grade-based classes are offered to competitors through a Virtual Festival.
Performer grades refer to the overseas examination syllabi of organizations such as the Central Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and so on.

Performers will need to specify the instrument they are playing (in English) – i.e. erhu, guzheng, ruan, yaneqin, dizi, suona, etc.)

Grades 1-2: Competitors between the ages of 6-8 as of December 31, 2022 
Grades 3-4: Competitors between the ages of 9-10 as of December 31, 2022
Grades 5-6: Competitors between the ages of 11-12 as of December 31, 2022
Grades 7-8: Competitors between the ages of 13-14 as of December 31, 2022
Grades 9-10: Competitors between the ages of 15-16 as of December 31, 2022
Advanced Level (ARCT level): Competitors between the ages of 19-28 as of December 31, 2022
Adult Level: Competitors must be 29 and older as of December 31, 2022

One original score of the music or purchased digital receipt must be shown on camera prior to beginning the performance.

OMFA reserves the right to split the classes between bowed, plucked, hammered and instrumental depending on the number of entries.

Performance Requirements for Non-Western Instruments:
a) Competitors must perform two (2) contrasting selections. 

b) 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, 2022, then they cannot enter that level. 

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

d) Competitors will be judged on their choice of selections, interpretation, contrasting tempi, style, vocal quality and age appropriateness.

e)  The absolute maximum performance times are as follows:

Grades 1-2: Fifteen (15) minutes
Grades 3-4: Fifteen (15) minutes
Grades 5-6: Fifteen (15) minutes
Grades 7-8: Twenty (20) minutes
Grades 9-10: Twenty-Five (25) minutes
Advanced (ARCT): Thirty (30) minutes
Adult (Ages 29+): Twenty (20) minutes

There is no minimum performance time.

f) All selections must be performed from memory.

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

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