Strings & Guitar

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.

Rules and Definitions

Class Certificates

A Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate is issued to all participants of each competitive class. This system is put in place for a 2-year trial.

  • 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 privately by the adjudicator’s secretary and adjudicator on a tabulation sheet that will, in turn, be submitted to the Upper Island Musical Festival Bursary Committee. A few days after the end of each section, teachers will receive their students’ marks from the section chair.

  1. Please read the General Rules and Regulations governing the Upper Island Musical Festival, as well as the Provincial/National competition requirements, before completing the entry form.
  2. Please note that UIMF may send up to two participants to Provincials for Junior Strings (14 and under), one each in Level A and Level B, depending on their grade level. Level A includes Grades 6 to 8. Level B includes Grade 9 and above.
  3. It is the responsibility of the student and teacher to select the correct grade level, class and piece using the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus. The Committee trusts in the integrity of students to enter at the grade level at which they are working.
  4. Time limits must be observed, or the competitor could be disqualified.
  5. Piano is used to accompany the string selections. Fiddle may also use guitar.
  6. To be considered for a bursary, a competitor must enter at least two solo classes, one solo class and a concert group, or one solo class and a concerto. Competitors entered in only one solo class may be eligible for a Rose Bursary.
  7. Bar numbers are required along the left side on the adjudicator’s music.
  8. Original music is to be submitted to the adjudicator before the start of the class. Label with name, class, number and page. A second original is required if the music is not memorized. Internet copies require a valid receipt.
    Exceptions can be made in Folk Fiddle classes 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.
  9. Song title and composer are to be announced from the stage.
  10. Definitions:
    Sight Reading
    In Grades 3 through 7, the Sight Reading test selections will conform to the guidelines set out in the Royal Conservatory of Music syllabus. In Grades 8 and up, the material may be less predictable.
    Concerto Class
    Minimum two movements from 9 years old and up.
    Sonata Class
    Minimum two movements from 9 years old and up.
    Concert Group
    Own selection of two or three pieces, from contrasting eras.
    Ensembles
    Duets, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Chamber, String Orchestras.
    Small Groups
    3 to 6 players
    Large Groups
    more than 6 players, may be used by the section chairperson when needed.

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 Fees
1 100 200 300 400 500 4 $11.00
2 101 201 301 401 501 4 $11.00
3 022 102 202 302 402 502 4 $13.00
4 023 103 203 303 403 503 4 $13.00
5 024 104 204 304 404 504 5 $15.00
6 025 105 205 305 405 505 5 $15.00
7 026 106 206 306 406 506 8 $17.00
8 027 107 207 307 407 507 8 $17.00
9 028 108 208 308 408 508 10 $19.00
10 029 109 209 309 409 509 10 $19.00
Open 030 110 210 310 410 510 25 $21.00

 

Age Classes: Cello, Guitar, Viola, Violin

Age Concerto Class Time Fees
8 years and under 600 10 minutes $14.00
11 years and under 601 10 minutes $16.00
14 years and under 602 15 minutes $18.00
17 years and under 603 15 minutes $20.00
Open 604 25 minutes $22.00

 

Age Sonata Class Time Fees
8 years and under 620 10 minutes $14.00
11 years and under 621 10 minutes $16.00
14 years and under 622 15 minutes $18.00
17 years and under 623 15 minutes $20.00
Open 624 25 minutes $22.00

 

Age Concert Group Time Fees
8 years and under 700 20 minutes $21.00
11 years and under 701 20 minutes $23.00
14 years and under 702 25 minutes $25.00
17 years and under 703 25 minutes $27.00
Open 704 25 minutes $29.00

 

Age Ensembles Time Fees
8 years and under 800 6 minutes $7.00
11 years and under 801 6 minutes $7.00
14 years and under 802 10 minutes $8.00
17 years and under 803 10 minutes $8.00
Open 804 25 minutes $8.00

Classes: Folk Fiddle

Fiddle Solo Classes:

Class 901 Fiddle Tunes Medley 6 years and under 5 min. $11.00
Class 902 Fiddle Tunes Medley 10 years and under 5 min. $11.00
Class 903 Fiddle Tunes Medley 14 years and under 6 min. $13.00
Class 904 Fiddle Tunes Medley 18 years and under 6 min. $15.00
Class 905 Fiddle Tunes Medley Open 6 min.
$16.00
Class 911 Own Choice (one selection) 6 years and under 3. min. $11.00
Class 912 Own Choice (one selection) 10 years and under 3. min. $11.00
Class 913 Own Choice (one selection) 14 years and under 4 min. $13.00
Class 914 Own Choice (one selection) 18 years and under 4 min. $15.00
Class 915 Own Choice (one selection) Open 4 min. $16.00
Class 921 Original Composition 6 years and under 5 min. $11.00
Class 922 Original Composition 10 years and under 5 min. $11.00
Class 923 Original Composition 14 years and under 6 min. $13.00
Class 924 Original Composition 18 years and under 6 min. $15.00
Class 925 Original Composition Open 6 min. $16.00
Class 931 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 6 years and under 3 min. $11.00
Class 932 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 10 years and under 3 min. $11.00
Class 933 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 14 years and under 4 min. $13.00
Class 934 Novelty / Trick Fiddle 18 years and under 4 min. $15.00
Class 935 Novelty / Trick Fiddle Open 4 min. $16.00

 Fiddle Twin & Ensemble Classes:

Class 961 Fiddle Twin 14 years and under 6 min. max. $8.00 per performer
Class 962 Fiddle Twin 17 years and under 6 min. max. $8.00 per performer
Class 963 Fiddle Twin Open 6 min. medley $8.00 per performer
Class 971 Fiddle Ensemble 14 years and under 10 min. max. $8.00 per performer
Class 972 Fiddle Ensemble 17 years and under 12 min. max. $8.00 per performer
Class 973 Fiddle Ensemble Open 15 min. max. $8.00 per performer

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

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