New and revised syllabus rules and classes for 2020 are highlighted in yellow.
- 1 Vocal Syllabus
- 2 Vocal Solo
- 2.1 Girl’s Solo – One Selection – Own Choice
- 2.2 Boy’s Solo – One Selection – Own Choice
- 2.3 Folk Song – One Selection – Own Choice
- 2.4 Sacred Song – One Selection – Own Choice (excludes Oratorio and Cantata)
- 2.5 Musical Theatre – Own Choice
- 2.6 Musical Theatre – Concert Group
- 2.7 Provincial Excellence Musical Theatre
- 2.8 Contemporary Christian Music – Own Choice
- 2.9 Lieder – Own Choice
- 2.10 Art Song – Own Choice
- 2.11 Oratorio – Own Choice
- 2.12 Opera – Own Choice
- 2.13 Concert Group
- 2.14 Provincial Excellence Classical Voice
- 2.15 Novice Section
- 2.16 Adult Open Section (28 years and over)
- 2.17 Vocal Duet, Trio or Quartet – One Selection – Own Choice
- 2.18 Musical Theatre Duet / Trio – Own Choice
- 2.19 Vocal Solo and Accompaniment – One Selection – Own Choice
- 2.20 Barbershop Quartet – Two Selections – Own Choice
- 2.21 Family Music
- 2.22 Original Vocal Composition
- 2.23 Vocal Variety
- 2.24 Diverse Styles
- 2.25 Pop Class
- 3 Master Classes
- 4 Provincial Finals
- 4.1 General Regulations, Guidelines, and Class Structure
- 4.2 Classical Voice
- 4.3 Vocal Variety
- 4.4 Musical Theatre
- 5 Choir Classes
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.
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.
- Please read general rules carefully.
- Any vocal class may be entered non-competitively. Please indicate on entry form.
- No pianist or vocalist may perform more than once in any class except in Lieder, or Vocal Solo and Accompaniment classes.
- Musical Theatre selections performed in the Vocal Section may not be used in the Dance Section.
- A competitor must enter more than one solo class to be considered for a bursary.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Music must be bar-numbered at the beginning of each stanza.
- All music must be reclaimed following the adjudication of such classes. The Festival Committee does not accept responsibility for such music.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To be eligible for a Provincial Nomination in Classical Voice, a competitor must enter at least TWO classes, AND:
- In Junior, have performed an Art Song (in the Solo, Art Song or Concert Group classes)
- In Intermediate, have performed an Art Song (in the Solo, Art Song or Concert Group classes)
- In Senior, have performed an Aria or an Oratorio selection.
- To be eligible for Provincial selection in Musical Theatre Vocal, the student must perform:
- One (1) selection in the appropriate Musical Theatre category A (Ballad) or AA (Ballad) and
- One (1) selection in the appropriate Musical Theatre category B (Comedy or Other) or BB (Comedy or Other)
- Simple costumes are permitted, as is limited stage movement.
- Hand-held props only may be used if integral to the performance (in addition to a single chair that will be provided) and must be set up and struck by the performer.
- Immediately before their performance, participants must give a verbal introduction of their selection to “set the scene”. These remarks are not included in the timing of the selection.
- 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.
- All vocal selections must be indicated on the entry form. (T.B.A. is not acceptable).
- Changes, if necessary, will be allowed until January 31; otherwise, the competitor may be disqualified.
- ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE TEACHER.
- 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
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
|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|
|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|
A Musical Theatre work is defined as a musical stage-play/production or motion-picture musical. The “Broadway Musical” is representative of this genre. Selections from revues, light opera, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, cabarets, ‘encore’ pieces and similar works are not permitted in this class. Pop songs are not allowed, defined as any songs listed on the Billboard Magazine Pop Songs Top 40 chart within the 12-month period ending December 31 preceding the festival.
Performers are required to make 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 hand-held props (integral to the performance) 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.
|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|
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.
|Class 188||Age: 18 – 28 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. General Musical Theatre rules apply to this class.
Contemporary Christian Music – Own Choice
|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|
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.
|220||12 years and under|
|221||14 years and under|
|222||16 years and under|
|223||18 years and under|
|224||19 – 28 years|
One selection by any recognized composer of Art Songs, except Lieder. Original language preferable.
|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|
One selection from any standard sacred oratorio. Recitative, if any, should be sung.
|260||16 years and under|
|261||18 years and under|
|262||19 – 28 years|
(Baroque and early Italian arias may be used)
|280||16 years and under|
|281||18 years and under|
|282||19 – 28 years|
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.
|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 – 28 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. Individual movements of multi-movement works may be included.
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
Classes may be subdivided as necessary.
Classical – CL
|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
|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
|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|
Classes may be subdivided as necessary. Simple costuming and one basic prop each may be used. See rule #8.
|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|
Both the vocalist and the accompanist will be adjudicated.
|260VA||12 years and under|
|261VA||14 years and under|
|262VA||16 years and under|
|263VA||18 years and under|
|270||19 years and over (OPEN) any combination of voices.|
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.
|275||Competitors can be of any age|
Musical Notation should be included
|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.
One selection chosen from a light opera, operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan production, Revue or Cabaret, Classical repertoire or Musical Theatre. Pop songs are not allowed, defined as any songs listed on the Billboard Magazine Pop Songs Top 40 chart within the 12-month period ending December 31 preceding the festival.
A small hand held prop may be used if appropriate. Costumes are not necessary but may be used.
|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|
From any of the following styles: Popular, Country, Ethnic or Gospel (excluding Rap).
|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.
This class allows the opportunity for additional Pop music to be performed. Live Guitar and Piano accompaniment only. Also, see Diverse Styles.
|328A||14 years and under|
|328B||18 years and under|
|328C||28 years and under|
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.
|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|
- One selection must have been performed at the local level. This applies to all levels.
- Art Songs and Lieder must be sung in original language.
- Lieder will be adjudicated for the vocalist only.
- Musical Theatre and pop selections are not allowed in these classes.
|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.|
|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.|
|Class 32||Age: 28 years and under||Time Limit: 25 minutes||Standard: Minimum Grade 9 level.|
|THREE contrasting selections made up of the following:
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.
|Class 33||Age: 14 years and under||Time Limit: 7 minutes|
|Class 34||Age: 18 years and under||Time Limit: 7 minutes|
|Class 35||Age: 28 years and under||Time Limit: 8 minutes|
Provincial Excellence Vocal Variety
|Class 36||Age: 25 years and under||Time Limit: 8 minutes|
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.
For the purpose of the Provincial Festival, a Musical Theatre work is defined as a musical stage-play/production or motion-picture musical. The “Broadway Musical” is representative of this genre. Selections from revues, light opera, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, cabarets, ‘encore’ pieces and similar works are not permitted in this class. Pieces to be performed must be listed on the entry form as follows: name of song and name of show in which it is used. (ie. Circle of Life from The Lion King).
Contemporary pop, Gilbert and Sullivan, Reviews, and Cabaret pieces are not acceptable in these classes. Pop songs are defined as any songs listed on the Billboard Magazine Pop Songs Top 40 chart within the 12-month period ending December 31 preceding the festival. Costuming, stage movement and / or dancing should be included. Performers are required to introduce their selections. (ie. “set the scene”).
|Class 80||Age: 14 years and under||Time Limit: 10 minutes|
|Selections from animated musical productions are allowed at this level.|
|Class 81||Age: 18 years and under||Time Limit: 12 minutes|
|Class 82||Age: 28 years and under||Time Limit: 15 minutes|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please read #6 in Vocal Rules about “own choice” selections.
- 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
|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)|
(Should consist of not less than 5 voices and not more than 12. Conductor optional. 2, 3, or 4 parts)
|520||12 years and under|
|521||14 years and under|
|522||16 years and under|
|523||18 years and under|
(24 voices or under)
|525||12 years and under|
|526||14 years and under|
|527||16 years and under|
|528||18 years and under|
Any combination of instruments and voices (maximum of six). Selection(s) may not exceed 10 minutes.
|530||Competitors can be of any age|
|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|
Additional classes will be added upon request if the Committee feels they are warranted.
Provincial Excellence Choral Classes
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.
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.
- Participation is limited to amateur choirs, performing in the appropriate class(es) at affiliated festivals.
- A choir may enter only one choral class at the Provincial level.
- A festival official must supervise and witness the recording of the performance of choirs recommended for Provincial competition.
- 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.
- 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.
- Recordings and music should contain no reference to the name of the choir or its conductor. Pieces are not to be announced.
- Complete choral entries must be received at the Provincial Office by Monday, May 11.
The Provincial Music Festival provides opportunities for the following types of choral groups:
- School Choirs
- Community Choirs
These rules apply to all classes:
- Only selections performed, adjudicated and recommended from local festivals are acceptable.
- 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.
- One selection may be one or more movements of a multi movement work.
- Ages are determined as of December 31 preceding the festival.
- Total Time limit: 15 minutes
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.
|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|
Only one folk song is permitted. Audio recording only.
|105||19 & Over
|106||19 & Under
|107||16 & Under
|108||12 & Under
|109||Male Voices only
|110||Female Voices only