Syllabus

Strings – Virtual Competition 2021

Open to anyone who resides or studies in the Province of Ontario or the Gatineau, Quebec area.
The maximum age is 28 years old as of December 31, 2019.

  • Upper Strings: Violin/Viola
  • Lower Strings: Cello/Double Bass.

Graded Levels Strings

Graded Levels Strings

Definition: Graded Level Classes are for competitors studying in one of the following conservatory levels: Grade/Level 1 through to Grade/Level 10.  Please note that Violin and Viola must enter Upper Strings and Cello and Double Bass must enter Lower Strings.

Performance:
Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus. Both selections must be at the same level and at the level at which the competitor is currently studying. If the competitor has taken an exam prior to December 31st, 2020, then they cannot enter that level. Please note, unlike the RCM and CC, all selections must be the same grade/level.
a) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
b) Except for sonatas, performance must be from memory.
c) 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 1 to Level 7 – Fifteen (15) minutes
Level 8 & Level 9 – Twenty (25) minutes
Level 10 – Thirty-Five (35) minutes

Additional Criteria:

a) 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. Accompaniment can be by piano only. Accepted accompaniment can include: Live, pre-recorded, back-tracks, etc. Unless a piece is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.
b) 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).
c) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
d) Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.
e) Accompaniment must be by piano only.
f) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Diploma Level Strings

Definition: Diploma classes are offered for competitors who are studying at the Conservatory Associate Level but have NOT completed the Associate Diploma as of December 31st of the previous year.

Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) ARCT selections as listed in either the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada Syllabi.
a) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
b) 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.

Additional Criteria:
a) 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. Accompaniment can be by piano only. Accepted accompaniment can include: Live, pre-recorded, back-tracks, etc. Unless a piece is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.
b) Except for sonatas, performance must be from memory.
c) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
d) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Open Level Strings (ARCT and Above)

Definition: Competitors do not have to have attained their Associate degree, however they must be performing at the Associate level or higher.

Performance
: Competitors must perform two (2) selections at the ARCT level or above.
a) Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
b) 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.

Additional Criteria:

a) 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. Accompaniment can be by piano only. Accepted accompaniment can include: Live, pre-recorded, back-tracks, etc. Unless a piece is specifically written to be unaccompanied it must have accompaniment or the submission will be for adjudication only. The accompanists listed on our website have confirmed that they are willing to record accompaniments for you to use for your performance. It is up to the competitor, however, to contact them directly and pay for this arrangement.
b) Except for Sonatas, performance must be from memory.
c) Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
d) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.