Syllabus

Voice – Virtual Competition 2020

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.

Graded Levels Voice

Definition: Graded Level Classes are for competitors studying in one of the following conservatory levels: Grade/Level 1 through to Grade/Level 10.
Performance: Competitors must perform three (3) selections in two or more languages 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, 2019, 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) 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
The Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
Additional Criteria:
a) If physical distancing is still mandatory as of the date you submit your video, then live accompaniment can only be with a family member or someone who lives in your residence. 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 may use one song from a song cycle as one selection, but may not use another song from the same cycle as an additional selection.
c) Vocalise and stand-alone recitatives are not allowed. However, recitatives are permitted in arias where indicated in either conservatory syllabus.
d) Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces.
e) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Diploma Level Voice

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

Performance: Competitors must perform three (3) same level selections in two or more languages at the Associate Level as listed in the current RCM or CC Syllabus.
a) Selections must be musically contrasting. Adjudicator will take choice of repertoire into consideration.
b) 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. The absolute maximum performance time is as forty (40) minutes. There is no minimum performance time.
Additional Criteria:
a) If physical distancing is still mandatory as of the date you submit your video, then live accompaniment can only be with a family member or someone who lives in your residence. 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 may use one or more songs from a song cycle as one selection, but may not use another song from the same cycle as an additional selection.
c) Vocalise and recitatives are not permitted. However, recitatives are permitted in arias where indicated in either conservatory syllabus.
d) Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces.
e) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.

Open Level Voice (ARCT and above)

Definition:Open Level voice competitors must perform at the Associate level (ARCT) or higher in two or more languages.. This does not mean they have attained their ARCT – simply that they are performing at that level.

Performance: Competitors must perform three (3) selections:
a) Selections must be musically contrasting. Adjudicator will take choice of repertoire into consideration.
b) 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 performance time is forty (40) minutes. 

Additional Criteria:
a) If physical distancing is still mandatory as of the date you submit your video, then live accompaniment can only be with a family member or someone who lives in your residence. 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) Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces.
c) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) must be strictly adhered to.