Instrumental

Combining the previous Brass & Woodwind and Strings & Guitar disciplines, new and revised syllabus rules and classes for 2020 are highlighted in yellow.

THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE DOES NOT WISH TO DISQUALIFY ANY PERFORMER.

  • All competitors, parents, teachers, and choreographers are sincerely advised to carefully review and abide by the regulations and spirit of the festival so that infractions do not occur.
  • We streamlined the fees for all classes this year as detailed in the General Rules.

 

Please review the main Syllabus page and the General Rules & Regulations as well as this syllabus for more information.

Instrumental Syllabus

Class Certificates

A Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate is issued to all participants of each competitive class.

  • Gold: 85 and above
  • Silver: 80 to 84
  • Bronze: 80 and under

The Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates do not indicate a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place standing in a class. Each colour represents a level of performance achievement.

There will be no set number of Gold, Silver, or Bronze certificates allotted for each class.

Marks will neither be announced nor written on the adjudication sheets. They will be kept private by the adjudicator’s secretary and adjudicator on a tabulation sheet that will, in turn, be submitted to the Mid Island Performing Arts Festival Bursary Committee. A few days after the end of each section, teachers will receive their students’ marks from the section chair.

Rules

  1. Please read the General Rules and Regulations governing the Mid Island Performing Arts Festival, as well as the Provincial competition requirements, before completing the entry form.
  2. It is the responsibility of the student and teacher to select the correct grade level, class, and piece. The Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus and/or the Conservatory Canada syllabus are recommended guides. The Committee trusts in the integrity of students to enter at the grade level at which they are working.
  3. If students are taking Toronto Conservatory Examinations (or equivalent), the following rules apply:
    1. A student who has passed an examination before entering the festival must enter at a higher grade level
    2. A student planning to take a winter examination may enter at the same level in the festival
  4. Time limits must be observed, or the competitor may be disqualified.
  5. To be considered for a bursary, a competitor must enter at least two solo classes. Jazz/Pop and Adult classes are ineligible for bursaries.
  6. A piano is provided to accompany pieces having piano or orchestral accompaniment. Exceptions can be made in Fiddle, Jazz/Pop and Adult classes which may, if preferred, be accompanied by guitar or similar instrument. Performers must provide their own accompanists. Jazz/Pop performances may be accompanied with recordings. Playback equipment will NOT be provided; performers must supply all necessary extension cords, cables, and adaptors. 
  7. Bar numbers are required along the left side on the adjudicator’s music.
  8. Original music is to be submitted to the adjudicator’s secretary before the start of the class.
    1. Label with name, class, number, and page
    2. Bar numbers must be marked at the beginning of each line
    3. Accompanists must use original music (not copies)
    4. A second original is required if the music is not memorized
    5. If original scores are unavailable, photocopies may be used only with written permission from the copyright owner
    6. Internet copies require a valid receipt.
    7. Exceptions can be made in Folk Fiddle classes and for genuine folk selections where necessary. The Festival recognizes that folk music is an aural tradition and many tunes are never written down. Where written music is available, please provide it as above.
    8. All music must be reclaimed following adjudication; the Festival Committee accepts no responsibility for unclaimed music.
  9. Performers are expectged to introduce themselves and their selections from the stage.
  10. The adjudicator may choose exceptional students to represent the Mid Island Performing Arts Musical Festival in the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival.  Please read General Rule 1a through 1e, and also read the list of Provincial classes at the end of this Instrumental syllabus.

Definitions and Specifications:

  1. Brass: includes trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba and similar instruments
  2. Chamber Group: 3 to 9 players each having their own part, as per Provincial festival rules
  3. Classical Guitar: acoustic guitar playing classical music
  4. Concerto Class: minimum two movements from 9 years old and up
  5. Concert Group: own selection of two or three pieces from contrasting eras
  6. Ensemble: any Duet, Trio, Quartet (etc.), Orchestra, Band, Fiddle Group, Mixed Ensemble, or any combination of instrumental performers
  7. Fiddle: bowed-string instrument (usually violin) used to play traditional folk music
  8. Preliminary Level: students who have not yet reached Grade 1 level.  Entrants in this class must not play pieces from Grade 1. Jazz/Pop and Adult entries may enter with any piece.
  9. Sight Reading
    1. In Grades 3 through 7, the Sight Reading test selections will conform to the guidelines set out in the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus
    2. In Grades 8 and up, the material may be less predictable
  10. Sonata Class: minimum two movements from 9 years old and up
  11. Strings: classical bowed-string instruments such as violin, viola, cello and double bass
  12. Woodwinds:  includes recorders, flutes, and other wind instruments with single or double reeds

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PHOTOCOPYING MUSIC IS A VIOLATION OF THE CANADIAN COPYRIGHT ACT. THE USE OF PHOTOCOPIED MUSIC BY PERFORMERS OR ACCOMPANISTS IS NOT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Brass & Woodwinds

Flute/Recorder

Class No. Class No. Class No. Class No. Class No. Minutes
Grade Baroque /
Classical
Romantic /
Contemporary
Own Choice Jazz/Pop Adult Time Limit
Preliminary 1 8 15 15J 15A 3
1 and 2 2 9 16 16J 16A 4
3 and 4 3 10 17 17J 17A 4
5 and 6 4 11 18 18J 18A 5
7 and 8 5 12 19 19J 19A 8
9 and 10 6 13 20 20J 20A 10
Diploma Level / Open 7 14 21 21J 21A 20

Reed (Clarinet / Saxophone / Bassoon / Oboe)

Class No. Class No. Class No. Class No. Class No. Minutes
Grade Baroque /
Classical
Romantic /
Contemporary
Own Choice Jazz/Pop Adult Time Limit
Preliminary 22 29 36 36J 36A 3
1 and 2 23 30 37 37J 37A 4
3 and 4 24 31 38 38J 38A 4
5 and 6 25 32 39 39J 39A 5
7 and 8 26 33 40 40J 40A 8
9 and 10 27 34 41 41J 41A 10
Open 28 35 42 42J 42A 20

Brass Solo

Class No. Class No. Class No. Class No. Class No. Minutes
Grade Baroque /
Classical
Romantic /
Contemporary
Own Choice Jazz/Pop Adult Time Limit
Preliminary 43 50 57 57J 57A 3
1 and 2 44 51 58 58J 58A 4
3 and 4 45 52 59 59J 59A 4
5 and 6 46 53 60 60J 60A 5
7 and 8 47 54 61 61J 61A 8
9 and 10 48 55 62 62J 62A 10
Open 49 56 63 63J 63A 20

Brass and Woodwind Duets, Trios, Quartets, Quintets

Grade Class No. Time Limit (Minutes)
10 and under 64 3
13 and under 65 4
16 and under 66 5
17 and over 67 8

Brass and Woodwind Ensembles

Grade Class No. Time Limit (Minutes)
16 and under 68 6
17 and over 69 8

Percussion Classes

Class No. Minutes Class No. Minutes Class No. Minutes
Grade Drum Solo Time Limit Drum Duets Time Limit Percussion
Ensemble
Time Limit
14 and under 70 4 73 5
17 and under 71 6 74 6
Senior Open (over 17) 72 8 75 8
Open 76 10

Additional classes may be added upon request if the Committee feels they are warranted.

Strings & Guitar

Graded Classes: Cello, Guitar, Viola, Violin

Class Class Class Class Class Class Minutes
Grade Sight Reading Ren/Baroque
Up to 1750
Classical
1750–1825
Romantic
1825–1910
20/21st Century Own Choice Time Limit
1 100 200 300 400 500 4
2 101 201 301 401 501 4
3 82 102 202 302 402 502 4
4 83 103 203 303 403 503 4
5 84 104 204 304 404 504 5
6 85 105 205 305 405 505 5
7 86 106 206 306 406 506 8
8 87 107 207 307 407 507 8
9 88 108 208 308 408 508 10
10 89 109 209 309 409 509 10
Open 90 110 210 310 410 510 25

Age Classes: Cello, Guitar, Viola, Violin

Age Concerto Class Time
8 years and under 600 10 minutes
11 years and under 601 10 minutes
14 years and under 602 15 minutes
17 years and under 603 15 minutes
Open 604 25 minutes
Age Sonata Class Time
8 years and under 620 10 minutes
11 years and under 621 10 minutes
14 years and under 622 15 minutes
17 years and under 623 15 minutes
Open 624 25 minutes
Age Concert Group Time
8 years and under 700 20 minutes
11 years and under 701 20 minutes
14 years and under 702 25 minutes
17 years and under 703 25 minutes
Open 704 25 minutes
Age Ensembles Time
8 years and under 800 6 minutes
11 years and under 801 6 minutes
14 years and under 802 10 minutes
17 years and under 803 10 minutes
Open 804 25 minutes

Classes: Folk Fiddle

Fiddle Solo Classes

Class 901 Fiddle Tunes Medley 6 years and under 5 min.
Class 902 Fiddle Tunes Medley 10 years and under 5 min.
Class 903 Fiddle Tunes Medley 14 years and under 6 min.
Class 904 Fiddle Tunes Medley 18 years and under 6 min.
Class 905 Fiddle Tunes Medley Open 6 min.
Class 911 Own Choice (one selection) 6 years and under 3. min.
Class 912 Own Choice (one selection) 10 years and under 3. min.
Class 913 Own Choice (one selection) 14 years and under 4 min.
Class 914 Own Choice (one selection) 18 years and under 4 min.
Class 915 Own Choice (one selection) Open 4 min.
Class 921 Original Composition 6 years and under 5 min.
Class 922 Original Composition 10 years and under 5 min.
Class 923 Original Composition 14 years and under 6 min.
Class 924 Original Composition 18 years and under 6 min.
Class 925 Original Composition Open 6 min.
Class 931 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 6 years and under 3 min.
Class 932 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 10 years and under 3 min.
Class 933 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 14 years and under 4 min.
Class 934 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 18 years and under 4 min.
Class 935 Novelty / Trick Fiddle Open 4 min.

 Fiddle Twin & Ensemble Classes

Class 961 Fiddle Twin 14 years and under 6 min. max.
Class 962 Fiddle Twin 17 years and under 6 min. max.
Class 963 Fiddle Twin Open 6 min. medley
Class 971 Fiddle Ensemble 14 years and under 10 min. max.
Class 972 Fiddle Ensemble 17 years and under 12 min. max.
Class 973 Fiddle Ensemble Open 15 min. max.

(Note: Ensembles may play one or two selections.)

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