Syllabus

Popular Voice Self-Accompanied – Virtual Competition 2022

General

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 Popular Voice Self-Accompanied classes will be offered through a Live Festival 

Popular Voice Self-Accompanied Levels

Definition
Age-based Popular Voice Self-Accompanied classes are offered to competitors through a Live Festival as follows:

Beginner Level: Competitors between the ages of 6-8 as of December 31, 2022
Primary Level: Competitors between the ages of 9-10 as of December 31, 2022
Elementary Level: Competitors between the ages of 11-12 as of December 31, 2022
Junior Level: Competitors between the ages of 13-14 as of December 31, 2022
Intermediate Level: Competitors between the ages of 15-16 as of December 31, 2022
Senior Level: Competitors between the ages of 17-18 as of December 31, 2022
Advanced 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 music with attached receipt for each selection must be presented at the welcome desk for use by the adjudicator. If sheet music is unavailable, please provide proof of purchase from eg. Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Performance Requirements for Popular Voice Self-Accompanied Levels:
a) Competitors must perform two (2) contrasting selections in any of the following genres: pop, pop/ folk, R & B, soul, rock, alternative, indie, jazz or country or own composition. Selections should be covers from commercial artists in these genres.

b) Competitors must accompany themselves in this class.  No accompanists permitted. Accepted accompaniment can include piano, guitar (acoustic or electric), or ukulele.

c) A sound system will be provided with a microphone at the venue.  Competitors have the option to bring their own microphone which should use a standard XLR cable. If using an electric guitar, the competitor is responsible for bringing an amplifier.

d) Selections from Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Voice and Piano lists are eligibleexcluding musical theatre and operetta.

e) NOT permitted:
• Selections from Musical Theatre (both staged and non-staged), cabaret, revues, operetta and stand-alone songs in musical theatre style.
• Rap and Hip Hop
• Songs listed in the RCM or CC classical syllabi (Lists A and B from Levels 1-6; Lists A, B, C from Levels 7-10)
• Songs from movie musicals and animated films

f) Competitors must choose selections that are age-appropriate with lyrics that are suitable for all audiences.

g) Memorization is not required but is highly recommended.

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

i)  The absolute maximum performance times are as follows:

Beginner (Ages 6-8):                     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

There is no minimum performance time.

j) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.https://omfa.ca/syllabus/