Vocal & Choir

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.

Contents

Vocal Syllabus

Adjudicator’s Remarks in Vocal Section

The adjudicator of the vocal section will give feedback in general terms when addressing the participants before handing out certificates. To supplement this feedback, the adjudicator will give “master classes” for the classical and musical theatre sections.

  •  Age groups will be split in two: 14 years and under and 15 years and up.
  • Master classes MUST be signed-up for online during registration.
  • Registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis and will be limited to 10 participants per session of two sessions each for Classical and for Musical Theatre. (i.e. 20 performers for Classical and 20 for Musical Theatre).
  • When the sessions are filled, we will set up a “wait list”.  
  • Master classes are “free to audit” for any performer registered in the Vocal Section.
  • REGISTRATION FOR MASTER CLASSES IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A PROVINCIAL NOMINATION.

 

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 privately by the adjudicator’s secretary and adjudicator on a tabulation sheet that will, in turn, be submitted to the Mid Island Performing Arts Musical Festival Bursary Committee. A few days after the end of the Vocal section, teachers will receive their students’ marks from the section chairperson through their Teacher’s Report on the Registration site.

Vocal Rules

  1. Please read general rules carefully.
  2. Any vocal class may be entered non-competitively. Please indicate on entry form.
    1. No pianist or vocalist may perform more than once in any class except in Lieder, or Vocal Solo and Accompaniment classes.
    2. Musical Theatre selections performed in the Vocal Section may not be used in the Dance Section.
  3. A competitor must enter more than one solo class to be considered for a bursary.
  4. All vocal pieces having piano accompaniments are to be performed with piano accompaniment, with the exception of Folk Song, Original Composition, Diverse Styles and Pop Classes, which allow for piano or guitar accompaniment, or an unaccompanied performance.
  5. In ALL vocal classes, the competitor must submit the original unmarked score of his/her music (NO PHOTOCOPIES) before the class in which he/she is to perform.
    1. 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.
    2. Music must be bar-numbered at the beginning of each stanza.
    3. All music must be reclaimed following the adjudication of such classes. The Festival Committee does not accept responsibility for such music.
    4. Using photocopied music by performers or accompanists is prohibited. If original scores are not available, a letter of release is required from the publisher. Internet copies acceptable only with a valid receipt.
    5. 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.
  6. As a general rule, if a competitor is unable to perform in his/her class on the scheduled day, the Vocal Committee regrets that it cannot allow the performance to be rescheduled.
  7. To be eligible for a Provincial Nomination in Classical Voice, a competitor must enter at least TWO classes, AND:
    1. In Junior, have performed an Art Song (in the Solo, Art Song or Concert Group classes)
    2. In Intermediate, have performed an Art Song (in the Solo, Art Song or Concert Group classes)
    3. In Senior, have performed an Aria or an Oratorio selection.
  8. To be eligible for Provincial selection in Musical Theatre Vocal, the student must perform:
    1. One (1) selection in the appropriate Musical Theatre category A (Ballad) or AA (Ballad) and
    2. One (1) selection in the appropriate Musical Theatre category B (Comedy or Other) or BB (Comedy or Other)
    3. Simple costumes are permitted, as is limited stage movement.
    4. One prop only may be used (in addition to a single chair) and must be set up and struck by the performer. NOTE: Any piece of apparel, ornament or item that is part of a costume, but is removed or used during a performance, is considered an extra prop.
    5. Immediately before their performance, participants must give a verbal introduction of their selection to “set the scene”.
    6. With the exception of appropriate musical and non-verbal communication during a performance, any additional interaction between an accompanist or other individual or performer after introducing the selection is considered to be a duet.
  9. All vocal selections must be indicated on the entry form. (T.B.A. is not acceptable).
    1. Changes, if necessary, will be allowed until January 31; otherwise, the competitor may be disqualified.
    2. ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE TEACHER.
  10. Once a piece/selection has been performed in any vocal class of the vocal section, or Song and Dance class of the dance section, it may not ever be performed by that student in the vocal section of the festival in any format whatsoever. Refer to Dance section Entries rules.

Vocal Solo

Selections chosen for these classes should be similar to art songs. Refer to Conservatory Syllabus for examples. Please enter Folk songs or Sacred Songs etc., in their respective classes.

IN ALL CLASSES, THE QUALITY OF THE MUSIC AND SUITABILITY TO THE SINGER WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

Girl’s Solo – One Selection – Own Choice

Class Age Level
101 6 years and under
102 8 years and under
103 10 years and under
104 12 years and under
105 14 years and under
106 16 years and under
107 18 years and under
108 19 – 28 years

Boy’s Solo – One Selection – Own Choice

Class Age Level
120 6 years and under
121 8 years and under
122 10 years and under
123 12 years and under
124 14 years and under – unchanged voice
125 14 years and under – changing voice
126 16 years and under – changing voice
127 18 years and under – changing voice

Folk Song – One Selection – Own Choice

The term Folk Song in this syllabus refers to a folk song of any nationality whose author and composer are unknown.
Competitors may choose which one of the two categories below they wish to enter:
F – strophic piano accompaniment, guitar accompaniment, unaccompanied
AF – arranged folk song

Class Age Level
140 6 years and under
141 8 years and under
142 10 years and under
143 12 years and under
144 14 years and under
145 16 years and under
146 18 years and under
147 19 – 28 years

Sacred Song – One Selection – Own Choice (excludes Oratorio and Cantata)

Class Age Level
160 6 years and under
161 8 years and under
162 10 years and under
163 12 years and under
164 14 years and under
165 16 years and under
166 18 years and under
167 19 – 28 years

Musical Theatre – Own Choice

Selections must be from a musical stage/play production or motion picture musical. One selection from Musicals category A (Ballad) and/or AA (Ballad) and one selection from Musicals category B (Comedy or Other) and/or BB (Comedy or other). Simple costuming and one basic prop may be used. See rule #8.

  • A (Ballad) – Early Musical Theatre up to and including 1970*
  • AA (Ballad) – 1971* to current Musical Theatre
  • B (Comedy or Other) – Early Musical Theatre up to and including 1970*
  • BB (Comedy or Other) – 1971* to current Musical Theatre

* (based on the earliest year the musical was performed with the song actually used in the musical)

Up to four (4) classes in total may be entered by a participant. A minimum of two (2) classes of alternate styles (A and/or AA AND B and/or BB) are required to be eligible for a Provincial nomination.

Class Age Level
180A, 180AA, 180B, 180BB
6 years and under
181A, 181AA, 181B, 181BB 8 years and under
182A, 182AA, 182B, 182BB 10 years and under
183A, 183AA, 183B, 183BB 12 years and under
184A, 184AA, 184B, 184BB 14 years and under
185A, 185AA, 185B, 185BB 16 years and under
186A, 186AA, 186B, 186BB 18 years and under
187A, 187AA, 187B, 187BB 19 – 28 years
188 Provincial Excellence Musical Theatre Class – see explanation

Musical Theatre – Concert Group

All musical theatre rules apply, including scene sets.

Class Age Level Time Limit
189 10 years and under 20 minutes
190 12 years and under 20 minutes
191 14 years and under 20 minutes
192 16 years and under 20 minutes
193 18 years and under 20 minutes

Please refer to the Provincial Excellence Musical Theatre Rules in the Provincial Section.

Provincial Excellence Musical Theatre

Class 188 Age: 18 – 25 years
(no minimum age limit if the student has won the Senior Musical Theatre Class at Provincials)
Time limit: 35 minutes

This class (plus at least one other class) is required for a Provincial Excellence nomination, but does not guarantee a nomination, as that is strictly at the adjudicator’s discretion.

Repertoire: A well rounded program that comprises works by different composers representing various styles and periods.

NOTE: Memorization is mandatory in these classes.

Contemporary Christian Music – Own Choice

Class Age Level
201 10 years and under
202 12 years and under
203 14 years and under
204 16 years and under
205 18 years and under

Lieder – Own Choice

One selection by any recognized composer of German Lieder (Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Franz, Wolfe, R. Strauss) to be sung in German – Vocalist and accompanist adjudicated as a team. Accompanist must be within the correct age grouping. Please include his/her name on entry form. Any vocalist wishing to enter Lieder classes with an accompanist who is not within the correct age grouping may do so for adjudication only. Both the vocalist and accompanist will be adjudicated.

Class Age Level
220 12 years and under
221 14 years and under
222 16 years and under
223 18 years and under
224 19 – 28 years

Art Song – Own Choice

One selection by any recognized composer of Art Songs, except Lieder. Original language preferable.

Class Age Level
240 8 years and under
241 10 years and under
242 12 years and under
243 14 years and under
244 16 years and under
245 18 years and under
246 19 – 28 years

Oratorio – Own Choice

One selection from any standard sacred oratorio. Recitative, if any, should be sung.

Class Age Level
260 16 years and under
261 18 years and under
262 19 – 28 years

Opera – Own Choice

(Baroque and early Italian arias may be used)

Class Age Level
280 16 years and under
281 18 years and under
282 19 – 28 years

Concert Group

Three contrasting selections of various periods, styles and moods, no composer being used more than once. At least one song in a language other than English.

Class Age Level
301 12 years and under
302 14 years and under
303 16 years and under
304 18 years and under
305 19 – 28 years

Provincial Excellence Classical Voice

This class (plus at least one other class) is required for a National Classical Voice Provincial nomination, but does not guarantee a nomination, as that is strictly at the adjudicator’s discretion.

Class 306 Age: 18 – 25 years
(no minimum age limit if the student has won the Senior Musical Theatre Class at Provincials)
Time limit: 35 minutes

Repertoire: A well rounded program that comprises works by different composers representing various styles and periods.

 

Novice Section

Less than 1 year’s study and may only be entered in this category in 1 year only. These classes have been incorporated into the syllabus to accommodate late beginners. If a student enters a novice category, he/she is not eligible to enter a regular class. These classes are for adjudication only and are not eligible for a bursary.

*Refer to Classes 105, 106, 107, 108, 124, 125, 126, 127, 144, 145, 146, 147, 164, 165, 166, 167, 184A, 184B, 185A, 185B, 186A, 186B, 187A, 187B and 305 for details and description information.

Class Description
105N* Girl’s Solo – 14 years and under
106N* Girl’s Solo – 16 years and under
107N* Girl’s Solo – 18 years and under
108N* Girl’s Solo – 28 years and under
124N* Boy’s Solo – 14 years and under – unchanged voice
125N* Boy’s Solo – 14 years and under – changing voice
126N* Boy’s Solo – 16 years and under
127N* Boy’s Solo – 18 years and under
144N* Folk Song – 14 years and under
145N* Folk Song – 16 years and under
146N* Folk Song – 18 years and under
147N* Folk Song – 28 years and under
164N* Sacred Song – 14 years and under
165N* Sacred Song – 16 years and under
166N* Sacred Song – 18 years and under
167N* Sacred Song – 28 years and under
184NA* Musical Theatre – 14 years and under
184NB* Musical Theatre – 14 years and under
185NA* Musical Theatre – 16 years and under
185NB* Musical Theatre – 16 years and under
186NA* Musical Theatre – 18 years and under
186NB* Musical Theatre – 18 years and under
187NA* Musical Theatre – 28 years and under
187NB* Musical Theatre – 28 years and under

Adult Open Section (28 years and over)

These classes have been incorporated into the syllabus to accommodate adults who are over the qualifying age for Provincial Competition.

*Refer to classes 147, 167, 187A, 187B, 224, 246, 262, 282 and 305 for details and descriptive information.

Class Description
200AD* Folk Song – 28 years and over
201AD* Sacred Song – 28 years and over
202ADA* Musical Theatre (Ballad) – 28 years and over
202ADB* Musical Theatre (Comic/Other) – 28 years and over
203AD* Lieder – 28 years and over
204AD* Art Song – 28 years and over
205AD* Oratorio – 28 years and over
206AD* Opera – 28 years and over
207AD* Concert Group – 28 years and over

Vocal Duet, Trio or Quartet – One Selection – Own Choice

Classes may be subdivided as necessary.

Classical – CL

Class Age Level
220CL 10 years and under
221CL 12 years and under
222CL 14 years and under
223CL 16 years and under
224CL 18 years and under
225CL 19 – 28 years, any combination of voices
226CL Over 28 years, OPEN

Folk – FK

Class Age Level
220FK 10 years and under
221FK 12 years and under
222FK 14 years and under
223FK 16 years and under
224FK 18 years and under
225FK 19 – 28 years, any combination of voices
226FK Over 28 years, OPEN

Contemporary – CONT

Class Age Level
220CONT 10 years and under
221CONT 12 years and under
222CONT 14 years and under
223CONT 16 years and under
224CONT 18 years and under
225CONT 19 – 28 years, any combination of voices
226CONT Over 28 years, OPEN

Musical Theatre Duet / Trio – Own Choice

Classes may be subdivided as necessary. Simple costuming and one basic prop each may be used. See rule #8.

Class Age Level
240A 10 years and under
240B 10 years and under
241A 12 years and under
241B 12 years and under
242A 14 years and under
242B 14 years and under
243A 16 years and under
243B 16 years and under
244A 18 years and under
244B 18 years and under
245A 19 – 28 years, any combination of voices
245B 19 – 28 years, any combination of voices
246A Over 28 years, OPEN
246B Over 28 years, OPEN

Vocal Solo and Accompaniment – One Selection – Own Choice

Both the vocalist and the accompanist will be adjudicated.

Class Age Level
260VA 12 years and under
261VA 14 years and under
262VA 16 years and under
263VA 18 years and under

Barbershop Quartet – Two Selections – Own Choice

Class Age Level
270 19 years and over (OPEN) any combination of voices.

Family Music

This class is created to foster music in the home. Open to two or more members of a family and may include relatives not of the immediate family. Accompanist (if necessary) must be a family member. Selection(s) may not exceed 10 minutes.

Class Age Level
275 Competitors can be of any age

Original Vocal Composition

Musical Notation should be included

Class Age Level
280VC 12 years and under
281VC 14 years and under
282VC 16 years and under
283VC 18 years and under

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

Vocal Variety

One selection chosen from a light opera, operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan production, Revue or Cabaret, Classical repertoire or Musical Theatre. A small hand held prop may be used if appropriate. Costumes are not necessary but may be used.

Class Age Level
300VV Junior Vocal Variety 8 years and under
301VV Junior Vocal Variety 10 years and under
302VV Junior Vocal Variety 12 years and under
303VV Junior Vocal Variety 14 years and under
304VV Intermediate Vocal Variety 16 years and under
305VV Intermediate Vocal Variety 18 years and under
306VV Senior Vocal Variety 19 – 28 years
307VV Adult Open Over 28 years

Diverse Styles

From any of the following styles: Popular, Country, Ethnic or Gospel (excluding Rap).

Class Age Level
320 8 years and under
321 10 years and under
322 12 years and under
323 14 years and under
324 16 years and under
325 18 years and under
326 19 – 28 years
327 Over 28 years

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

Pop Class

This class allows the opportunity for additional Pop music to be performed. Live Guitar and Piano accompaniment only. Also, see Diverse Styles.

Class Age Level
328A 14 years and under
328B 18 years and under
328C 28 years and under

Master Classes

The adjudicator will give “master classes” for the Classical and Musical Theatre sections. Age groups will be split in two: 14 years and under, and 15 years and up. They MUST be signed-up for online during registration. They will be on a “first come, first served” basis and will be limited in numbers. See Adjudicator’s Remarks.

Class Age Level
310 Master Class Classical 14 years and under
311 Master Class Classical 15 years and over
312 Master Class Musical Theatre 14 years and under
313 Master Class Musical Theatre 15 years and over

Provincial Finals

General Regulations, Guidelines, and Class Structure

  1. One selection must have been performed at the local level. This applies to all levels.
  2. Art Songs and Lieder must be sung in original language.
  3. Lieder will be adjudicated for the vocalist only.
  4. Musical Theatre and pop selections are not allowed in these classes.

 

Classical Voice

Junior Voice

Class 30 Age: 14 years and under Time Limit: 10 minutes Standard: Minimum Grade 4 level.
Three contrasting selections, one of which must be an Art Song. No Oratorio or Operatic Arias of the Post-Baroque era are allowed at this level.

Intermediate Voice

Class 31 Age: 18 years and under Time Limit: 15 minutes Standard: Minimum Grade 7 level.
Three contrasting selections, one of which must be an Art Song (including German Lieder). No Oratorio or Operatic Arias of the Post-Baroque era are allowed at this level.

Senior Voice

Class 32 Age: 28 years and under Time Limit: 25 minutes Standard: Minimum Grade 9 level.
THREE contrasting selections made up of the following:

  1. An Art Song (including German Lieder)
  2. An operatic aria in the original language with recitative where applicable or an aria from a Major Sacred Work (oratorio cantata, mass) with recitative where applicable. (language optional) If performing an opera aria, the performer is required to introduce it. (ie. “set the scene”) Costumes, staging and sets are not permitted.
  3. Own choice.

Vocal Variety

The following are optional classes only for those students already recommended in Classical Voice or Musical Theatre. The selections chosen in these classes need not have been performed at the local festival. However, care should be taken in the choice of music.

One selection chosen from a light opera, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan production, Revue, Cabaret, classical repertoire or Musical Theatre. A small hand held prop may be used if appropriate. Costumes are not necessary but may be used.

Junior Vocal Variety

Class 33 Age: 14 years and under Time Limit: 7 minutes

Intermediate Vocal Variety

Class 34 Age: 18 years and under Time Limit: 7 minutes

Senior Vocal Variety

Class 35 Age: 28 years and under Time Limit: 8 minutes

National Vocal Variety

Performing Arts BC elected to withdraw from the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals after 2019. Participation in National classes is suspended until PABC develops a suitable alternative.
Class 36 Age: 25 years and under Time Limit: 8 minutes

Musical Theatre

Available for participants at the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Levels, who have entered the Classical Voice and Musical Theatre sections at the local level. Students entering these classes will be judged on their ability in Musical Theatre. This should be demonstrated in their performance of TWO contrasting selections, one of which has been performed at the local level.

The selections should be from a stage or motion picture musical. Contemporary pop, Gilbert and Sullivan, Reviews, and Cabaret pieces are not acceptable in these classes. Costuming, stage movement and / or dancing should be included. Performers are required to introduce their selections. (ie. “set the scene”)

Musical Theatre Vocal – Junior

Class 80 Age: 14 years and under Time Limit: 10 minutes
Selections from animated musical productions are allowed at this level.

Musical Theatre Vocal – Intermediate

Class 81 Age: 18 years and under Time Limit: 12 minutes

Musical Theatre Vocal – Senior

Class 82 Age: 28 years and under Time Limit: 15 minutes
For more information check the provincial web site at: www.bcprovincials.com

Choir Classes

Final Closing Date: December 31st
Late entries: May be accepted up to January 10th, at the discretion of the Chairperson, with a double entry fee.

If submitting hard copy entries, please send them to:
Vocal Section, c/o 3051 Alan A Dale Place, Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 1N7

When submitting entries, we require the names and ages of all choir members ages 10 and under. Please list them in the Comments section of the entry form.

Please note: All choirs qualifying for provincials will be recorded live, complying with the Provincial Syllabus. If a recording is done at the time of the original performance, then no later recordings shall be submitted to the Provincial office.

Before all evening choir performance sessions, only the choir members, choir directors, and their accompanists are permitted in the church hall. All audience members MUST enter the performance venue through the main sanctuary doors and pay admission.

  1. Classes 500 – 506 are intended for individual divisions. In cases where rooms combine two grades, the teacher should enter the grade in which the majority of his/her students are registered.
  2. A grading system consisting of “Excellent”, “Very Good”, “Good” and “Satisfactory” is used in all School Choir Classes. Choirs wishing to enter for adjudication only, please indicate so on the entry form.
  3. Please read #6 in Vocal Rules about “own choice” selections.
  4. Conductors who are unable to complete their “Own Choice” selections by entry closing must submit them by January 31st, or their choirs will be liable to disqualification.

 

Two Contrasting Selections

Class Grade
500 Kindergarten or Grade 1 Classroom Choir – one of the selections may be a singing game.
501 Grade 2 Classroom Choir
502 Grade 3 Classroom Choir
503 Grade 4 Classroom Choir
504 Grade 5 Classroom Choir
505 Grade 6 Classroom Choir
506 Grade 7 Classroom Choir
507 Grade 1 – 3 Primary Composite Choirs
508 Elementary Composite Choir
509 Elementary Boys Composite Choir
510 Elementary Folk Song (any traditional Folk Song)
511 Elementary Operetta Class – one or two selections including any optional solo parts with simple costumes and basic props if desired. Not to exceed 6 minutes
512 Elementary School Choir (may include students from more than one school).
513 Secondary Mixed Choir (may include students from more than one school).
514 Secondary Choir, Grades 8 – 10 (Standard or Classical Repertoire)
515 Secondary Choir, Grades 8 – 10 (Pop, Jazz, or Swing Choir – Rhythm and/or instrumental accompaniment optional)
516 Secondary Choir Grades 8 – 12 (Standard or Classical Repertoire)
517 Secondary Choir, Grades 8 – 12 (Pop, Jazz, or Swing Choir – Rhythm and/or instrumental accompaniment optional)
518 Secondary Folk Song Choir (Traditional)
519 Secondary Folk Ballad Chorus (Modern)

Vocal Ensembles

(Should consist of not less than 5 voices and not more than 12. Conductor optional. 2, 3, or 4 parts)

Class Age Level
520 12 years and under
521 14 years and under
522 16 years and under
523 18 years and under
524 Open

Madrigal or Chamber Choir

(24 voices or under)

Class Age Level
525 12 years and under
526 14 years and under
527 16 years and under
528 18 years and under
529 Open

Early Music Ensemble

Any combination of instruments and voices (maximum of six). Selection(s) may not exceed 10 minutes.

Class Age
530 Competitors can be of any age

Church and Community Choirs

Class Age Level
531 12 years and under Sunday School Primary Choir
532 18 years and under Junior Church Choir (under 35 voices)
533 18 years and under Junior Church Choir (over 35 voices)
534 Open Church Choir (S.A.T.B.)
535 18 years and under Private School Choir
536 10 years and under Junior Community Choir
537 12 years and under Junior Community Choir
538 14 years and under Intermediate Community Choir
539 14 years and under Intermediate Musical Theatre Ensemble – simple costuming and/or basic prop may be used
540 18 years and under Teen Community Choir
541 Open Community Choir (Mix Voices)
542 Open Community Womens’ Choir
543 Open Barbershop Groups

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

Provincial Excellence Choral Classes

Local Festival

Adjudicators at the local festival may choose, in each of the Choral categories, up to two choirs that are felt to be of an exceedingly high standard. The signed recommendation along with the recording of the performance and original music shall be sent to the Provincial Office.
Provincial Festival.

Mp3 files forwarded by the local Festivals will be adjudicated prior to the Provincial Festival, with winners announced during the Festival. There will be a $500 grand prize and other cash awards for winners of each class.

Note: Choirs submitting recordings to the Provincial level of competition must perform the same selections on which they were recommended by the adjudicator at the local level.

  1. Participation is limited to amateur choirs, performing in the appropriate class(es) at affiliated festivals.
  2. A choir may enter only one choral class at the Provincial level.
  3. A festival official must supervise and witness the recording of the performance of choirs recommended for Provincial competition.
  4. All choral entries must be submitted as mp3 files. These should be sent as attachments to emails to the Provincial office, with the choir name, festival and name of class in the subject line. Mp3 files must be clearly labelled with the name of the piece only and NOT the name of the choir. Please end the recording as soon as the performance is finished and do not include comments or announcements. Each piece of choral music must also be scanned, including the cover page, and sent as files with the sound files. As an aid to adjudicators, the first bar of each line in the score should be numbered and the performance key shall be indicated on the score. Please send scanned scores as PDFs and not jpegs. A pdf of the completed entry form should also be included; however the required entry fee must still be submitted by mail. In conclusion, each email should include 5 files: 2 sound files, 2 scores and 1 entry form.
  5. Recordings may be done up until May 1, with the same choir, conductor, accompanist, and accompaniment as in the original performance. The recording must be the first take. No acoustic or electronic compensation, filtering, or other enhancement is to be used while (or post) recording. When making recordings, please stop the recording as soon as the choir finishes singing.
  6. Recordings and music should contain no reference to the name of the choir or its conductor. Pieces are not to be announced.
  7. Complete choral entries must be received at the Provincial Office by Monday, May 11.

Provincial Festival

The Provincial Music Festival provides opportunities for the following types of choral groups:

  • School Choirs
  • Community Choirs
  • Other

These rules apply to all classes:

  1. Only selections performed, adjudicated and recommended from local festivals are acceptable.
  2. The competition is based on the performance of TWO CONTRASTING SELECTIONS only one of which may include brief solo or solo ensemble passages. The total number of bars of a solo or solo ensemble passage may not exceed 10% of the total score.
  3. One selection may be one or more movements of a multi movement work.
  4. Ages are determined as of December 31 preceding the festival.
  5. Total Time limit: 15 minutes

 

School Choirs

The members of a school choir must all be from the same school. Split grades should register in the higher grade category. Only one folk song is permitted. Audio recording only Class 100.

Class Grade
100 Grade 12 & Under – At least one selection sung in three or more parts
101 Grade 10 & Under – At least one selection sung in three or more parts
102 Grade 8 & Under – At least one selection sung in two or more parts
103 Grade 6 & Under – One selection sung in two parts is strongly encouraged
104 Grade 4 & Under – Unison only

Community Choirs

Only one folk song is permitted. Audio recording only.

Class Age Level
105 19 & Over

  • The majority of members must be 19 years of age and over
  • At least one selection sung in three or more parts
106 19 & Under

  • No more than 5% of the members may exceed the age limit by more than one year.
  • At least one selection sung in three or more parts
107 16 & Under

  • No more than 5% of the members may exceed the age limit by more than one year.
  • At least one selection sung in three or more parts
108 12 & Under

  • No more than 5% of the members may exceed the age limit by more than one year.
  • At least one selection sung in two or more parts

Other

Class Age Level
109 Male Voices only

  • restricted to male singers [no age limitation]
  • at least one selection sung in three or more parts
110 Female Voices only

  • restricted to female singers [no age limitation]
  • at least one selection sung in three or more parts

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