Piano

New and revised syllabus rules and classes for 2018 are highlighted in yellow.

THE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE DOES NOT WISH TO DISQUALIFY ANY PERFORMER, AND SINCERELY ADVISES ALL COMPETITORS, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS TO CAREFULLY REVIEW AND ABIDE BY THE REGULATIONS AND SPIRIT OF THE FESTIVAL SO THAT INFRACTIONS DO NOT OCCUR.

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

Piano 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 not be announced, though they will be written on the adjudication sheets. 

Adjudicator’s Remarks in Piano Section

The adjudicator will give feedback in general terms when addressing the participants before handing out certificates.

For Provincial and National Competition requirements, see the Provincial General Rules in this Syllabus. The adjudicator’s decision is final in matters of adjudication, selection of winners and Provincial and National Representatives. Communication with the adjudicator by teachers, parents or competitors, except through the committee is strictly forbidden.

Scheduling

Each year, the Piano Section of the festival is scheduled during the last week of February and the first week of March. If you plan to compete please realize that your time of competition is not flexible and that classes must be held as per the festival schedule.

Rules & Regulations

  1. The syllabi of the various examining boards differ in grading standards. When choosing pieces, please conform to the grade levels set by the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Toronto, Ontario or Conservatory Canada (CC).
  2. It is the responsibility of the student and teacher to select the correct grade level, class and piece. The piano chairperson will not be responsible for any errors. If you are not sure of the correct class or grade level, please choose another selection. Students entered in the wrong class or grade level will receive an adjudication only. For more information on grade levels, please see General Rules. ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE TEACHER.
  3. Competitors wishing to be considered for bursaries must:
    • Enter a minimum of three solo classes OR a Concert Group / Recital Class plus one solo class. A Baroque or Classical piece must be in either the solo class or the Concert Group / Recital Class.
    • We encourage students to compete in a number of classes as their average for consideration for a bursary will be taken from their top three marks, not the entire selection of classes.
  4. The competitor must give an original copy (NOT PHOTOCOPY) of the music for the adjudicator.Teachers should instruct their students to observe the following:
    • Bars should be numbered at the beginning of each line.
    • Students must supply his/her music for each class. It is not acceptable to share music books with others in the same class.
  5. General Rule ‘4’ (RE sharing) does not apply to students entering Recital, Piano Duets, Two-piano Duos or Concerto classes.
  6. One selection in each Class only unless otherwise specified. Students may perform a set of short pieces by one composer if this set appears in an examination syllabus.
  7. No simplified arrangements of solo piano works are acceptable.
  8. Repeats other than Da Capo are not to be observed unless specified in the syllabus.
  9. Please note general rules about entry forms etc.
  10. For each Class performance, the competitor must present the original unmarked score of his/her music (NO PHOTOCOPIES) which he/she is to perform to the adjudicator at the desk when their name and competitor number is called. Such music must be plainly marked with the competitor’s name, number, and class and page number of the selection, to be given to the adjudicator’s secretary on proceeding to the platform. All music must be reclaimed following the adjudication of such classes. The Festival Committee accepts no responsibility for such music. Using photocopied music by performers or accompanist is prohibited. If original scores are not available, a letter of release is required from the publisher. Internet copies are acceptable only with a valid receipt/cover page.
The Federation of Canadian Music Festivals has now deemed it permissible to use photocopies for page turns etc. as long as the original copy is present at the performance. This does not mean that the adjudicator has the original and the performer the photocopy. There must be 2 original copies present in the competition hall. PHOTOCOPIES OF COPYRIGHTED MUSIC ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE.

Fees

FEES FOR THE FOLLOWING GRADE LEVELS – Other classes as specified individually

Preparatory A & B $11.00
Grades I to IV $11.00
Grades V to VIII $13.00
Grades IX and X $15.00
ARCT and Open $17.00

Open Classes

COMPETITIVE OPEN CLASS entries will be accepted from UIMF Alumni and adult students performing ARCT level repertoire. Participants may qualify for bursaries, but will not be eligible for Provincial or National representation.

Baroque Composers

Any selection from any composers of the Baroque period (1600-1750) Handel, Scarlatti, Telemann etc., including J.S. Bach.

Class Grade
1 I Own Choice
2 II Own Choice
3 III Own Choice
4 IV Own Choice
5 V Own Choice
6 VI Own Choice
7 VII Own Choice
8 VIII Own Choice
9 IX Own Choice, As per examination syllabus
10 IX J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue
11 X Own Choice, As per examination syllabus
12 X J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue
13 ARCT Own Choice, As per examination syllabus
14 ARCT J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue
15 OPEN Own Choice

Classical Composers

Includes Classical style as listed in the new RCM syllabus. No repeats other than Da Capo are to be observed.

Class Grade
16 I Own Choice
17 II Own Choice
18 III Own Choice
19 IV Own Choice
20 V Own Choice
21 VI Own Choice
22 VII Own Choice
23 VIII Own Choice
24 IX Own Choice, As per examination syllabus
25 X Own Choice, As per examination syllabus
26 ARCT Own Choice, As per examination syllabus
27 OPEN Own Choice

Romantic and Character Composers

Type of piece found in Examination Syllabi “List C”, excluding categories already offered.

Class Grade
28 I Own Choice
29 II Own Choice
30 III Own Choice
31 IV Own Choice
32 V Own Choice
33 VI Own Choice
34 VII Own Choice
35 VIII Own Choice
36 IX Own Choice
37 X Own Choice
38 ARCT Own Choice
39 OPEN Own Choice

Post-Romantic and Impressionist Composers

Class Grade
40 VII Own Choice
41 VIII Own Choice
42 IX Own Choice
43 X Own Choice
44 ARCT Own Choice
45 OPEN Own Choice

Canadian Composers

Class Grade
46 I Own Choice
47 II Own Choice
48 III Own Choice
49 IV Own Choice
50 V Own Choice
51 VI Own Choice
52 VII Own Choice
53 VIII Own Choice
54 IX Own Choice
55 X Own Choice
56 ARCT Own Choice
57 OPEN Own Choice

20th and 21st Century Composers

Excluding categories already offered.

Class Grade
58 I Own Choice
59 II Own Choice
60 III Own Choice
61 IV Own Choice
62 V Own Choice
63 VI Own Choice
64 VII Own Choice
65 VIII Own Choice
66 IX Own Choice
67 X Own Choice
68 ARCT Own Choice
69 OPEN Own Choice

Popular Selections

RCM Popular Selection List is the guide for this category.

Class Grade
70 III Own Choice
71 IV Own Choice
72 V Own Choice
73 VI Own Choice
74 VII Own Choice
75 VIII Own Choice
76 IX Own Choice

Norton Class

Any selection by Christopher Norton.

Class Grade
77 I Own Choice
78 II Own Choice
79 III Own Choice
80 IV Own Choice
81 V Own Choice
82 VI Own Choice
83 VII Own Choice
84 VIII Own Choice

Broadway, Jazz and Contemporary Selections

Reference Hal Leonard, Alfred, Lee Evans, Martha Mier, and CC Contemporary Syllabus publications for this category.

Class Grade Fee
85 I Own Choice $11.00
86 II Own Choice $11.00
87 III Own Choice $11.00
88 IV Own Choice $11.00
89 V Own Choice $13.00
90 VI Own Choice $13.00
91 VII Own Choice $13.00
92 VIII Own Choice $17.00

Ensemble Class

Ensemble selections.

Class Age Fee
93 8 and under Own Choice $12.00
94 10 and under Own Choice $12.00
95 12 and under Own Choice $12.00
96 14 and under Own Choice $14.00
97 16 and under Own Choice $14.00
98 18 and under Own Choice $14.00
99 OPEN Own Choice $16.00

Concerto

Orchestra part played on second piano.

Class Age Fee
100 12 and under Own Choice $12.00
101 15 and under Own Choice $14.00
102 18 and under Own Choice $14.00
103 OPEN Own Choice $16.00

Recital Class

Two or three contrasting movements of the same piece will be accepted. A high standard of performance is expected. A mixing of grade levels in the recital group class is allowed as this is an Own Choice class categorized by age.

Class Age Fee
104 8 and under Own Choice $23.00
105 10 and under Own Choice $23.00
106 12 and under Own Choice $25.00
107 14 and under Own Choice $25.00
108 16 and under Own Choice $27.00
109 18 and under Own Choice $27.00
110 OPEN Own Choice $29.00

Concert Group

Three contrasting selections of various periods and styles. A high standard of performance and a carefully chosen program are expected.

Class Grade Fee
111 I Own Choice $19.00
112 II Own Choice $19.00
113 III Own Choice $21.00
114 IV Own Choice $21.00
115 V Own Choice $23.00
116 VI Own Choice $23.00
117 VII Own Choice $25.00
118 VIII Own Choice $25.00
119 IX Own Choice $27.00
120 X Own Choice $27.00
121 ARCT Own Choice $29.00
122 OPEN Own Choice $29.00

Preparatory A and B

RCM Syllabus is the guide for this category.

Class Grade
123 Preparatory A Baroque / Classical
124 Preparatory A Contemporary
125 Preparatory A Canadian
126 Preparatory B Baroque / Classical
127 Preparatory B Contemporary
128 Preparatory B Canadian

Non-Competitive Piano Classes

Non-Competitive Piano Classes will follow the general festival rules but there will be no marks awarded. This class is adjudication only. Memory is not compulsory. Selections chosen should be from RCM, RCM Popular, or equivalent syllabi, and appropriate method books. The level should be above Preparatory.

Class Age Fee
129 8 years and under Own Choice $11.00
130 12 years and under Own Choice $13.00
131 15 years and under Own Choice $13.00
132 18 years and under Own Choice $15.00
133 19 years and over Own Choice $17.00

National Anthem Accompanying (Non-Competitive)

Open to all grade level students. Each student will be asked to open a session with the playing of “O Canada” (without music, please). A short written adjudication will be given. One student may be invited to play the National Anthem at the Honours Performance. No awards or certificates will be given for this class. Standard of playing is expected to be equal to the competitive classes.
Class 134 All Grades $11.00

Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying (Non-Competitive)

The registrant will supply the vocal or instrumental collaborator. Only the piano part will be adjudicated. Duos only. All ages category. Selection(s) may not exceed 10 minutes. A short written adjudication will be given.
Class 135 All Grades $15.00

Family Music Ensembles (Non-Competitive)

This class is created to foster music in the home. Open to three or more members of a family. Accompanist (if necessary) must be a family member. Competitors can be of any age and may include relatives not of the immediate family. Selection(s) may not exceed 10 minutes. A short written adjudication will be given.
Class 136 All Grades $15.00

Piano Classes – Provincial Finals

General Regulations, Guidelines and Class Structure

Please check the current Provincial syllabus at – www.bcprovincials.com
  1. Competitors will be selected from their festival in the same way as in earlier years, plus recommended competitors may choose to enter the Canadian classes.
    Note: No Participants May be Selected for the Canadian Class Only. (Please refer to Regulation #6)
  2. Provincial Junior, Intermediate, Senior and National class winners will be determined by their recommended class participation only – i.e. optional participation in Canadian class is not considered.
  3. Concertos or movements from concertos are NOT PERMITTED in Intermediate or Junior classes. Concerti in the Canadian classes are not permitted as the Association cannot guarantee the provision of two pianos for these classes.
    A Concerto or Concerted Work is a composition written for solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment.
  4. Two contrasting selections: must be from different periods showing contrast in style and mood.
  5. Two or more movements of a sonata, suite etc. are permissible provided another contrasting work can be performed within the time limit.
  6. Canadian Classes
    These are optional classes for pianists and will be judged on this category’s merits alone. Participants may not enter Canadian classes only, but MUST first be recommended in Provincial Classes 20, 22, 24 or National Class 2; such recommended competitors may enter the Canadian class at the same level if they so choose, i.e. Canadian class recommendation from the local adjudicator is not required. Competitors may perform Canadian selections in their recommended class as well as in the optional Canadian class, however, they may not perform the same selection in both classes.
  7. Syllabi from the Royal Conservatory (Toronto), Conservatory Canada or other major institutions may be used as reference for grade levels.
  8. Competitors must be of accepted ages as of December 31.
  9. Please read the General Rules for further information.

Junior Piano

Class 20 Age: 14 and under Time Limit: 15 minutes Recommended Minimum Level: Grade 7
Two contrasting selections, one of which has been performed at the local level.
The Provincial Junior Piano Winner shall be selected from this class. Please note that UIMF may send ONE Junior Piano Winner to Provincials, designated as EITHER Level A OR Level B, depending on their grade level. Level A includes Grade 9 and under. Level B includes Grade 10 and above.

Junior Piano – Canadian Music

Class 21 Age: 14 and under Time Limit: 7 minutes
One selection of Canadian music of about minimum Grade 7 level – if a multi-movement work is selected, one or more movements may be performed providing the time limit is observed. A concerted work is not permitted.

Intermediate Piano

Class 22 Age: 17 and under Time Limit: 20 minutes Recommended Minimum Level: Grade 8
Two contrasting selections, one of which has been performed at the local level.
The Provincial Intermediate Piano Winner shall be selected from this class.

Intermediate Piano – Canadian Music

Class 23 Age: 17 and under Time Limit: 10 minutes
One selection of Canadian music of about Grade 8 level – if a multi-movement work is selected, one or more movements may be performed providing the time limit is observed. A concerted work is not permitted.

Senior Piano

Class 24 Age: 28 and under Time Limit: 25 minutes Recommended Minimum Level: Grade 9
Two contrasting selections, one of which has been performed at the local level.
The Provincial Senior Piano Winner shall be selected from this class.

Senior Piano – Canadian Music

Class 25 Age: 28 and under Time Limit: 12 minutes Recommended Minimum Level: Grade 9
One selection of Canadian music of about Grade 9 level – if a multi-movement work is selected, one or more movements may be performed providing the time limit is observed. A concerted work is not permitted.

Piano Classes – National Finals

National Piano

Class 2 Age: 28 and under Time Limit: 40 minutes
Two selections consisting of:

  1. Two consecutive movements of a senior Sonata or Concerto, or a complete Concerted work.
  2. One own choice selection. This may NOT be another movement of the above.

The National Piano Winner shall be selected from this class.

NOTE: Memorization is mandatory for this National level class at both the Provincial and National levels.

National Level Piano – Canadian Music

Class 26 Age: 28 and under Time Limit: 15 minutes
One selection of Canadian Music of an advanced level – if a multi-movement work is selected, one or more movements may be performed providing the time limit is observed. A concerted work is not permitted. Please Note: This class is provided to the recommended National performer at the Provincial Festival to encourage the performance of Canadian music and to give further performance opportunities for this advanced level of performer – participation in this class at the Provincial Festival is strictly optional, and is not necessary nor considered when selecting the candidate who will then advance to the National Festival. This Class, therefore, forms no part of the National Festival of Music.

ATTENTION NATIONAL CLASS COMPETITORS: PLEASE REFER TO THE CURRENT NATIONAL SYLLABUS.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH COMPETITOR TO READ AND COMPLY WITH THE GENERAL RULES GOVERNING THE PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL FESTIVALS.

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