Instrumental

Combining the previous Brass & Woodwind and Strings & Guitar disciplines, new and revised syllabus rules and classes for 2021 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 expected 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 bcprovincials.com.

 

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 of 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 – NOTE: SITE READING CLASSES WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN 2021!!!
    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 of 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.

 

Chamber Group

Average Age Own Choice A
Class
Own Choice B
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
14 & under (Junior) 101 102 20
17 & under (Intermediate) 103 104 25
23 & under (Senior) 105 106 30

Ensemble

Average Age Own Choice
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
8 & under 121 6
11 & under 122 6
14 & under 123 10
17 & under 124 10
23 & under 125 25
24 & over 126 25

Woodwind Solo

Grade Baroque /
Classical
Class
Romantic /
Contemporary
Class
Own Choice
Class
Jazz / Pop
Class
Adult
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
Preliminary 201 208 215 222 229 3
1 and 2 202 209 216 223 230 4
3 and 4 203 210 217 224 231 4
5 and 6 204 211 218 225 232 5
7 and 8 205 212 219 226 233 8
9 and 10 206 213 220 227 234 10
Diploma Level / Open 207 214 221 228 235 20

Brass Solo

Grade Baroque /
Classical
Class
Romantic /
Contemporary
Class
Own Choice
Class
Jazz / Pop
Class
Adult
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
Preliminary 301 308 315 322 329 3
1 and 2 302 309 316 323 330 4
3 and 4 303 310 317 324 331 4
5 and 6 304 311 318 325 332 5
7 and 8 305 312 319 326 333 8
9 and 10 306 313 320 327 334 10
Diploma Level / Open 307 314 321 328 335 20

Percussion Solo

Age Class No. Time Limit
(minutes)
14 & under 381 4
17 & under 382 6
18 & over 383 8

String Solo

Grade Renaissance / Baroque
Up to 1750
Class
Classical
1750–1825
Class
Romantic
1825–1910
Class
20/21st Century
Class
Own Choice
Class
Folk Song
Class
Sight Reading
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
1 400 420 440 460 480 500
520
4
2 401 421 441 461 481 501
521
4
3 402 422 442 462 482 502
522
4
4 403 423 443 463 483 503
523
4
5 404 424 444 464 484 504
524
5
6 405 425 445 465 485 505
525
5
7 406 426 446 466 486 506
526
8
8 407 427 447 467 487 507
527
8
9 408 428 448 468 488 508
528
10
10 409 429 449 469 489 509
529
10
Diploma Level / Open 410 430 450 470 490 510
530
25

Concertos, Sonatas, Concert Groups

Age
Concerto
Class
Sonata
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
Concert Group
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
8 & under
600 610 10 620 20
11 & under
601 611 10 621 20
14 & under
602 612 15 622 25
17 & under
603 613 15 623
25
23 & under
604 614 25 624
25
24 & over
605
615
25 625
25

Classical Guitar Solo

Grade Renaissance / Baroque
Up to 1750
Class
Classical
1750–1825
Class
Romantic
1825–1910
Class
20/21st Century
Class
Own Choice
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
1 700 720 740 760 780 4
2 701 721 741 761 781 4
3 702 722 742 762 782 4
4 703 723 743 763 783 4
5 704 724 744 764 784 5
6 705 725 745 765 785 5
7 706 726 746 766 786 8
8 707 727 747 767 787 8
9 708 728 748 768 788 10
10 709 729 749 769 789 10
Diploma Level / Open 710 730 750 770 790 25

Fiddle Solo

Age Medley
Class
Own Choice
Class
Original Composition
Class
Novelty / Trick
Class
Time Limit
(minutes)
7 & under
801 811 821 831 5
10 & under
802 812 822 832 5
14 & under 803 813 823 833 6
18 & under 804 814 824 834 6
19 & over 805 815 825 835 6

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

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