Syllabus

Popular Voice – 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.

Virtual Festival: Beginner & Primary Levels
Live Festival: Elementary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Advanced & Adult Levels

Popular Voice Self-Accompanied – Beginner and Primary Levels

Definition

Definition
Age-based Beginner and Primary Popular Voice classes are offered to competitors through a Virtual Festival.

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

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

All performances must be submitted using a single video YouTube link (one link containing both pieces).

 

Performance Requirements for Beginner and Primary Popular Voice Self-Accompanied Levels

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

b) Selections from Conservatory Canada (CC) Contemporary Idioms Voice lists and the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) List C (Levels 1- 6 ) and RCM List D (Levels 7 – 10) are eligible excluding musical theatre and operetta.

c) 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 & B from Levels 1-6; Lists A, B, C from levels 7-10).
• Songs from movie musicals and animated films

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

e) All selections must be sung from memory. 

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

g)  The absolute maximum performance times are as follows:
Beginner: Ages 6-8: Ten (10) Minutes.
Primary: Ages 9-10: Ten (10) minutes

There is no minimum performance time.

h) Accepted accompaniment can include live accompaniment by piano, guitar, ukulele, or backtracks without background vocals. Tracks can be purchased from www.karaoke-version.com

i) 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 your own accompaniment. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement. https://omfa.ca/accompanists/

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

Popular Voice Self-Accompanied – Elementary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Advanced & Adult Levels

Definition

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

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 receipt must be presented at the welcome desk to be given to the adjudicator.

Performance Requirements for Elementary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Advanced & Adult Popular Voice Levels:
a) Competitors must perform two (2) contrasting selections in one or both of the following genres: pop, pop/ folk, R & B, soul, rock, alternative, indie, jazz or country. Selections should be covers from commercial artists in these genres. 

b) Selections from Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Voice lists and the RCM List C (Levels 1-6)and RCM List D (Levels 7-10) are eligible excluding musical theatre and operetta.

c) Selections that are 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

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

e) All selections must be sung from memory.

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

g)  The absolute maximum performance times are as follows:
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.

h) Accepted accompaniment can include live accompaniment by piano, guitar, ukulele, or backtracks without background vocals. Tracks can be purchased from www.karaoke-version.com

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.  Details will be available on the website in May regarding how to format your backtracks.

i) The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance or could play live if you do not have your own accompaniment. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement. https://omfa.ca/accompanists/

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