Syllabus

Voice

Festivals may send two competitors for each level of competition.

Graded Levels Voice

  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 three (3) same level selections in two or more languages at their conservatory level from the current Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) Syllabus. 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 and third selections may be own ­­choice.
    3.  Selections must be musically contrasting. The adjudicator will take choice of material into consideration.
    4. Performance must be from memory.
    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 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. Accompaniment must be live and by piano only.
    2. 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.
    3. Vocalise and stand-alone recitatives are not allowed. However, recitatives are permitted in arias where indicated in either conservatory syllabus.
    4. Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces.
    5. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

Diploma Level Voice

  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 three (3) same level selections in two or more languages at the Associate Level as listed in the current RCM or CC Syllabus.
    1. At least one selection must have been performed at the originating local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    2. The second and third selections may be own choice and may be in a language other than English.
    3. Selections must be musically contrasting. Adjudicator will take choice of repertoire into consideration.
    4. Performance must be from memory.
    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 Adjudicator will stop the competitor after the maximum time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. 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.
    2. Vocalise and recitatives are not permitted. However, recitatives are permitted in arias where indicated in either conservatory syllabus.
    3. Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces.
    4. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.

National Qualifying Level Voice (Formerly Open Level)

  1. Definition: National Qualifying Class competitors must perform at the Associate level or higher. This does not mean they have attained their ARCT – simply that they are performing at that level. National Qualifying Competitors aspire to attend the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition representing Ontario in August of the same year.
  2. Performance: Competitors must perform three (3) selections, one of which has been performed at the local festival and have received the recommendation of the local Adjudicator.
    1. One selection must be from an operatic aria, with recitative where applicable, in the original key and language, from the standard repertoire.
    2. One selection must be from a sacred aria, with recitative where applicable, in the original key, from the standard repertoire.
    3. One selection must be a multi-movement/song cycle – a minimum of four movements of the selection to be performed at the National Competition, or a complete song cycle, if less than four movements long.
    4. Selections must be musically contrasting. Adjudicator will take choice of repertoire into consideration.
    5. Performance must be from memory.
    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 time.
  3. Additional Criteria:
    1. Accompaniment must be live and is by piano only.
    2. Selections from the RCM Popular Selection List and the CC Idioms lists are not permitted, including musical theatre, popular (contemporary) and operetta pieces. 
    3. Care should be taken in the choice of selections as all repertoire performed at Provincials must also be performed at the National Competition (The time limit at the National Competition is 1 hour). 
    4. It is required to perform a total of five (5) songs at the National Competition, including three (3) songs that were performed at the Provincial Competition
    5. All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (separate document) is compulsory.