Syllabus

Strings

Festivals may send two competitors for all graded and Diploma levels for the following divisions:

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

There is no division in the Open Classes.

Graded Levels Strings

  1. Definition: Graded Level Classes are for competitors studying one of the following conservatory levels: Grade/Level 6, Grade/Level 7, Grade/Level 8, Grade/Level 9 and Grade/Level 10
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus. Selections must be the same level and at the competitor’s current level of study.  Please note, unlike the RCM and CC, all selections must be the same grade/level for which they were recommended to the Provincial Competition.
    1. One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. 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).
    4. Selections must be musically contrasting. Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    5.  Except for sonatas, performance must be from memory. Music Stands are not provided.
    6. 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 6 & Level 7 – Fifteen (15) minutes
      Level 8 & Level 9 – Twenty (25) minutes
      Level 10 – Thirty-Five (35) minutes
      The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. 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).
    2. Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only.
    3. Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.
    4. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Diploma Level Strings

  1. 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 and who do not wish the opportunity to proceed to the National Competition.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections from the current Associate Level Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) syllabus.
    1. One selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice but must not be another movement from the first selection.
    3. 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).
    4. Selections must be musically contrasting. The Adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    5. Except for sonatas, performance must be from memory. Music Stands are not provided.
    6. 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 performance time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. 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).
    2. Competitors may count one or more movements of a multi-movement work as one selection only. If one selection is a sonata, at least two contrasting movements (a minuet and trio is considered one movement) must be performed. 
    3. Studies or Etudes, as listed in the CC or RCM syllabi, are not permitted.
    4. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

National Qualifying Level Strings (Formerly Open)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Competitors aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Team Ontario in August of the same year.
    1. Competitors do not have to have attained their Associate degree, however they must be performing at the Associate level or higher.
    2. OMFA does not guarantee coverage of any or all of competitor’s expenses related to attending the National Competition.
    3. Please be aware that by enrolling in the National Qualifying class, the winner is expected to attend the National Competition.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform two (2) selections.
    1. One selection must be at least two (2) consecutive movements from a concerto or concerted work (i.e., any composition originally written for solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment). One movement must have been performed at the local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second selection is the competitor’s choice, but may not be another concerto or concerted work or movement of the same concerto or concerted work.
    3. Performance must be from memory. Music Stands are not provided.
    4. 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 performance time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Accompaniment must be live and is by piano only.
    2. Orchestral introductions by accompanists may be abridged.
    3. 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). 
    4. It is required to perform a complete concerto or concerted work at the National Competition.
    5. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.