2024 Virtual Syllabus - Original Composition for Ensemble

Composition refers to creating an original piece or work of music, either vocal or instrumental and refers to the structure of a musical piece or to the process of creating or writing a new piece of music.

General Rules
a) All competitors must be an amateur which shall be defined as a music student, performer, or any person who does not earn significant income from performance or teaching in the discipline in which they are participating or, is a member of a professional union. (Please click here for the full definition of Amateur vs Professional: omfa.ca/glossary).
b) All criteria listed in the OMFA General Rules (omfa.ca/virtual-festival/rules-regulations) must be strictly adhered to.

Composition Requirementsl
c) Only one composition is permitted.
d) Original music for ensemble.
e) Compositions are not performed in this category.
f) Pop compositions are not permitted in this category.
g) Scores must be clear and legible. The beginning of each line must have a bar number. Scores must be received via email to mail@omfa.ca by the competitor's deadline. Entrants are advised to keep a copy.
h) Please note: Teacher assistance in scoring is not permitted.
i) A competitor's composition will be adjudicated on originality and competence in handling form, harmony, melody and rhythm.

Original Composition - Ensemble


Compositions are not performed in this category.

The maximum time limit for Original Composition for Ensembles are listed below:

Ages 13 and Under: Five (5) minutes.
Ages 14-18: Seven (7) minutes.
Ages 19 and Above: Ten (10) minutes.

There is no minimum performance time.

If you do not provide all information required (the PDF of your music and payment) by your Festival's Provincial deadline, it will result in disqualification. "To Be Decided" in any field will not be accepted and will also result in disqualification.

Class:42010 - Original Composition for Ensemble - Ages 13 and UnderLive:closedVirtual:closed
Class:42011 - Original Composition for Ensemble - Ages 14-18Live:closedVirtual:closed
Class:42012 - Original Composition for Ensemble - Ages 19 and AboveLive:closedVirtual:closed