Syllabus

Piano

Festivals can send two competitors for each level of competition.

Graded Levels Piano

  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. 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 total 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 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. 
    3. 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).
    4. Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.
    5. Piano Concerti are not allowed. Competitors wishing to play a concerto should be recommended for the Piano Concerto Classes.
    6. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Diploma Level Piano

  1. Definition: Diploma level classes are for competitors studying at the Conservatory Associate Level but have NOT completed an Associate Diploma as of December 31st of the previous year and do not wish the opportunity to proceed to the National Competition.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Associate Level Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus.
    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. 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 total performance time is forty (40) minutes.  The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1.  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 are considered one movement) must be performed. 
    2. 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).
    3. Piano Concerti are permitted at this level.
    4. Concert Etudes are permitted at this level.
    5. Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted.
    6. Selections listed in the Licentiate syllabi are not permitted.
    7. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

National Qualifying Level Piano (Formerly Open Level)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Competitors aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Team 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 selections.
    1. One selection must be at least two (2) consecutive movements from a senior sonata, concerto or concerted work (i.e., any composition originally written for solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment). One movement must have been performed at the local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice, but may not be another concerto or another movement of the same concerto or sonata.
    3.  Performance must be from memory.
    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 total performance time is forty (40) minutes.  The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Accompaniment for Concerti must be live and is by piano only.
    2. Concert Etudes are permitted at this level.
    3. Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces. 
    4. Selections listed in the Licentiate syllabi are permitted.
    5. Orchestral introductions by accompanists may be abridged.
    6. 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).  
    7. It is required to perform a complete concerto or sonata at the National Competition.
    8. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.