Syllabus

Popular 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, 2021 for Graded, Diploma and Open classes.
Please note that there are separate classes for Adults 29 and over.

Popular Piano Levels

Age-based Level Classes are offered to competitors in each of the following seven levels:
a) Beginner Level: Competitors between the ages of 6-8 as of December 31, 2021.
b) Primary Level: Competitors between the ages of 9-10 as of December 31, 2021.
c) Elementary Level: Competitors between the ages of 11-12 as of December 31, 2021.
d) Junior Level: Competitors between the ages of 13-14 as of December 31, 2021.
e) Intermediate Level: Competitors between the ages of 15-16 as of December 31, 2021.
f) Senior Level: Competitors between the ages of 17-18 as of December 31, 2021.
g) Advanced Level: Competitors between the ages of 19-28 as of December 31, 2021.
h) Adult Level: Competitors must be 29 and older as of December 31, 2021.

PERFORMANCE 

a) Competitors must perform two (2) contrasting popular piano selections.
b) Own compositions are permitted.
c) Classical piano pieces are not permitted.
d) Competitors will be judged on the whole performance package, including selection choices, interpretation, and program arrangement as well as contrasting tempi, style, age appropriateness and suitability.
e) Performances must be from memory.
f) There is no minimum performance time. The absolute maximum performance times are as follows:

Beginner: Ages 6 to 8: Ten (10) Minutes
Primary: Ages 9-10: Ten (10) minutes
Elementary: Ages 11-12: Ten (10) minutes
Junior: Ages 13-14: Ten (10) minutes
Intermediate: Ages 15-16: Fifteen (15) minutes
Senior: Ages 17-18: Fifteen (15) minutes
Advanced: Ages 19-28: Fifteen (15) minutes
Adult: Ages 29+: Fifteen (15) minutes

Additional Criteria:

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 if you do not have an accompanist already lined up. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.

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