Syllabus

Piano – 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, 202 for graded, diploma and open classes.
Please note that there are separate classes for amateur adults 21 and over.

Graded Levels Piano

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 material into consideration.
b) Performance must be from memory.
c) There is no minimum performance time. The absolute maximum total performance time is as follows:

Levels 1 to Level 7 – Fifteen (15) minutes
Levels 8 & Level 9 – Twenty (25) minutes
Level 10 – Thirty-Five (35) minutes
.

Additional Criteria:
a) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
b) 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).
c) Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted (this includes Inventions in Level 2).
d) Popular selections or selections from Contemporary Idioms are not permitted.
e) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Diploma Level Piano

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) There is no minimum performance time. The absolute maximum performance time is forty (40) minutes.

Additional Criteria:

a) Performance must be from memory.
b) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
c) For Sonatas, the competitor will be permitted to play only two (2) consecutive movements if they so desire, even if the RCM & CC Syllabi indicate that the complete piece is required. Complete is optional.
c) Concert Etudes are permitted at this level.
d) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Open Level Piano (ARCT & Above)

Definition: Competitors do not have to have attained their Associate degree, however they must be performing at the Associate level or higher.

Performance
:
Competitors must perform three (3) selections at the ARCT level or above.
a) 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 consecutive movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed.
b) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
c) 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) Performance must be from memory.
b) Concert Etudes are permitted at this level.
c) Selections listed in the Licentiate syllabi are permitted.
d) Concertos are not permitted in this class.  Competitors must enter a separate Piano Concerto category.
d) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.