Syllabus

Speech Arts

Festivals may send two competitors for each level of competition.

Speech Arts Levels

  1. Definition:
    1.  Age-based Level Classes are offered to competitors in each of the following five levels:
      1. a) Elementary Level: Competitors between the ages of 11-12 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      2. b) Junior Level: Competitors between the ages of 13-14 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      3.   Ic). Intermediate Level: Competitors between the ages of 15-16 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      4. d) Senior Level: Competitors between the ages of 17-18 as of December 31 the year prior to the Provincial Competition.
      5. e) Advanced Level: Competitors between the ages of 19-28 as of December 31 prior to the Provincial Competition.
    2. Speech Arts competitors who have won their age level at the Provincial Competition one year may still enter the same age level the following year. (i.e. if an 11 year old wins the elementary level, they can still enter the elementary level as a 12 year old the following year)
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform a minimum of three (3) or a maximum of four (4) selections.   Selections should show a contrast in mood (i.e. serious, comical, reflective)
    1. Selections can come from the following categories:
    2. Drama (a scene depicting one character from a published play or published anthology of individual monologues)
      1. Prose
      2. Lyric Poetry
      3. Mime
      4. Public Speaking
    3. b) One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    4. c) Performances must be from memory.
    5. d) 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 Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time. The absolute maximum total performance time limit is as follows:

      LevelsAllowed Costume and
      Prop Changes, if requested
      MAXIMUM
      Time Limit

      Elementary, Ages 11-12Four (4) minutesThirty (30) minutes
      Junior, Ages 13-14Four (4) minutesThirty (30) minutes
      Intermediate, Ages 15-16Four (4) minutesThirty (30) minutes
      Senior, Ages 17-18Four (4) minutesThirty (30) minutes
      Advanced, Ages 19-28Four (4) minutesThirty (30) minutes
    6. e) The performance times above must include costume and prop changes. If required AND indicated on the entry form, competitors will be allowed up to four (4) minutes total for costume and prop changes between selections. No changes can be made after the entry forms are submitted.
  • Additional Criteria:
  • a) Costumes and portable props are permitted. Items must be simple and remain the sole responsibility of the competitors
    1. b) If the selection is in a language other than English, a translation must be provided to the Adjudicator.
    2. c) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.
    3. Syllabus

      Chamber

      Festivals may send two groups of competitors for each level of competition.

      Chamber Group Rules

      • The majority of members in a chamber group must study or reside in the Province of Ontario
      • Members must list voice or instrument category for each group member on the entry form. Members can include any combination of recognized orchestral instruments including woodwinds, brass, harp, guitar, recorder, and/or percussion, with or without piano and/or one voice singer
      • Groups must have a minimum of three (3) performers up to a maximum of six (6) performers, one performer per part
      • When a piano part is included, the piano part must be original and not an orchestral reduction

      Junior Chamber Group

      1. Definition: Members of a group who are all studying at the 7 to 10 level/grade
      2. Performance: Competition group must perform two selections.
        1. One movement or movements from a selection that was performed at the originating local festival and received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
        2. The second selection is the group’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
        3. Selections should be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
        4. Memorization is not required. Music stands are not provided
        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 performance time is thirty (30) minutes. The Adjudicator will stop the competitors after the maximum time.
      3. Additional Criteria:
        1. Competitors may count one movement of a multi-movement work as one selection only.

      National Qualifying Level Chamber Group (Formerly Open)

      1. Definition: National Qualifying Chamber Groups aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Ontario in August of the same year.
      2. Performance: All members of the competition group must be playing at the Associate  level or above.
        Competition group must perform two (2) selections.
        1. At least two movements from a selection that was performed at the originating local festival and received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.   Please note:  One entire piece (all movements) must be played at Nationals.
        2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice, but may not be another movement from the recommended selection.
        3. Selections should be musically contrasting.  The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
        4. Memorization is not required. Music stands are not provided.
        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 performance time is forty (40) minutes.  The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
      3. Additional Criteria:
        1. 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). 
        2. It is required to perform a complete chamber work at the National Competition.