Rules

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Repertoire Guidelines

  1. Candidates cannot register repertoire that has been previously performed during the Canadian Music Competition. However, candidates registered in age categories 19 years and above are allowed to register repertoire performed at least three years ago (2015 or before).
  2. The pieces must be different for each round. Multi-movement works such as a concerto, sonata, suite, opera, etc., cannot be split over multiple rounds.
  3. Works with orchestra accompaniment must be performed with piano accompaniment. A formal request for use of a harpsichord for accompaniment purposes must be submitted in advance to the National office. Availability of a harpsichord cannot be guaranteed.
  4. Time Limit: candidates’ repertoire must respect the time limit. Repeats are permitted if the maximum time limit is respected.
  5. It is forbidden to make any cuts in the pieces or movements except for the tutti sections of concertos. Cadenzas are mandatory.
  6. Memorization:
    1. Voice — Strings — Guitar* — Piano: during the National Audition, memorization of every pieces on the program is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, for which it is permitted to have the music (if a candidate intends to play a sonata with parts but there is no mention of the word “sonata” in the title, he must obtain approval from National Office first). During the National Final, memorization is compulsory.
    2. Harp* — Keyboard Percussion* — Recorder* — Winds*: during the National Audition, memorization of one of the pieces, other than the study, is compulsory. However, it is permitted to have the music for sonatas with accompaniment (if a candidate intends to play a sonata with parts but there is no mention of the word “sonata” in the title, he must obtain approval from National Office first). During the National Final, memorization is compulsory.
    3. Chamber Music —Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo: it is permitted to have the music at all time.
  7. All pieces and movements registered must be performed. No substitution is permitted.
  8. Candidates may change the performance order of their registered pieces at any time. On the day of the performance, candidates must present their scores in performance order.
  9. Candidates have until to submit any modifications to their repertoire list. After this date, no changes will be allowed. Any modifications must be submitted using the Repertoire Changes form (Supprimer l’hyperlien). A $30 fee applies.

    * Considering some instruments are alternating every year, refer to the Repertoire Requirements section of the Website to confirm which categories are available for the current year edition.