Canadian Music Competition 2020 / Rules

Historical Information

The information contained on this page is related to an older edition of the competition. It is made available for archival purposes only. For the most current information, please go to Canadian Music Competition 2021.

The CMC reserves the right to amend its rules until .

1. Registration

  1. The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Permanent residents must provide valid proof upon registration (scan or clear picture of the permanent resident card and/or certificate).
  2. Exceptionally, one member of a Chamber Music ensemble or Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo may be a foreign student. Foreign students must provide valid proof upon registration (scan or clear picture of study permit).
  3. Candidates must compete in the region where they reside, which means the main residence or where they reside for the duration of their studies. If there is no CMC chapter in your region, contact the National Office before registering (additional charges may apply). A valid proof of address of residence may be required by the CMC.
  4. Candidates cannot compete in two categories with the same instrument. However, a candidate may register simultaneously in solo, Chamber Music ensemble and Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo. Candidates may also register in more than one ensemble, if the instruments are different.
  5. Proof of age is required upon registration. The following documents are accepted: birth certificate, passport, health insurance card, driver’s licence, citizenship certificate and permanent resident card.
  6. Upon registration, candidates must be aware of the Competition Code of Ethics and abide by its rules. Read the Code of Ethics by following this link: Code of Ethics (pdf).

2. Deadlines

  1. The completed registration form, payment and all required documents must be received by the CMC by , 11:59 p.m., local time.
  2. All registration forms received after , 11:59 p.m., local time will be rejected.

3. Registration Fees (registration terms)

  1. Registration fees must be paid in a single payment. Payment methods accepted: Square, cheque, or money order. Payment must be completed by , 11:59 p.m., local time (postmark is taken as date of submission). Post-dated cheques are not accepted. There are fees for NSF cheques.
  2. Registration fees can be reimbursed, less the applicable administrative fees, for cancellations made before . No refunds after this date.
  3. Exceptionally, if a candidate is unable to participate in the National Audition due to a serious injury, the CMC may reimburse the registration fees, less the applicable administrative fees, upon receipt of a doctor’s note. Supporting documents should be sent to the National Office within a reasonable time following the announcement of the injury. The decision to accept the reason for cancellation or not is at the entire discretion of the National Office. Following the National Audition, no refunds for serious injury will be accepted.
  4. Donations made at the time of registration, or at any other time, are not refundable.

4. Age Categories

  1. Candidates must not be older, as of January 1, 2020, than the age category in which they register. Exception: in the Chamber Music and Piano 4 hands/Piano-Duo categories, one of the participants may be up to one year older.
  2. Candidates who received a First Place cannot register again in the same age category. For example, a 15 year old pianist registered in the 16 year old category who received a First Place cannot register again in the 16 year old category. This rule does not apply to:
    1. The 30 year old and 25 year old categories;
    2. The 7 year old category (or the youngest age category for each instrument);
    3. Participants registered in an older age category when the category corresponding to their current age does not exist. (For example, a 22 year old violinist can register twice in the Strings 23 year old category, because the 22 year old category does not exist.)
  3. There are no age restrictions for the youngest categories, except for Voice. The required minimum age for the voice category is 16 years old as of January 1, 2020.

5. Repertoire Guidelines

  1. Applicants must comply with the repertoire requirements of their age category and instrument.
  2. Candidates cannot register repertoire that has been previously performed during the Competition. However, candidates registered in age categories 19 year old and above are allowed to register repertoire performed at least three years ago (2017 or before).
  3. Repertoire selection must be different in each round. Multi-movement works such as a concerto, sonata, suite, opera, cycle, etc., cannot be split within a round or over multiple rounds.
  4. 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.
  5. Time limit: candidates’ repertoire must respect the time limit. If the time limit is exceeded anyway, the performance may be interrupted by the jury.
  6. Repeats are permitted if the maximum time limit is respected.
  7. It is forbidden to make any cuts in the pieces or movements except for the tutti sections of concertos. Cadenzas are mandatory. Alternative cadenzas that are not officially published must be approved by the National Office before .
  8. Memorization:
    1. Voice — Strings — Guitar* — Piano: During the National Audition, memorization of every piece on the programme is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, for which it is permitted to use the score. If a candidate intends to play a sonata with the score but there is no mention of the word “sonata” in the title, approval must be obtained 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 etude, is compulsory. However, it is permitted to use the score for accompanied sonatas. If a candidate intends to play a sonata with the score but there is no mention of the word “sonata” in the title, approval must be obtained 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 times.
  9. All pieces and movements registered must be performed. No substitution is permitted.
  10. Candidates may change the performance order of their registered pieces. On the day of the performance, candidates must present their scores in performance order.
  11. Candidates have until , to submit any modifications to their repertoire list. After this date, no changes are allowed. Any modifications must be submitted using the Repertoire Changes form. Fees apply.

* CMC reserves the right to alternate instruments. Refer to the Repertoire Requirements section of the website to confirm which categories are open for the current year.

6. Competition procedure

  1. There are two rounds in the Competition: the National Audition and the National Final.
  2. Candidates commit to be free of any other activities during the National Audition (March 23 to May 30, 2020) and the National Final (June 11 to 30, 2020) for the specific dates chosen for his or her instrumental category. In case of absence, refer to rule 15.
  3. Candidates who cannot perform at the required time are disqualified. Any request for a schedule change received after the official schedule has been published will be automatically rejected. If a candidate notices a schedule conflict, he or she must inform the CMC before the official schedule is published. The CMC may then offer, at its sole discretion, a new time slot to the candidate. However, the CMC cannot guarantee that the candidate will be heard in the same age category. Therefore, candidates heard in a different age category will not be eligible for scholarships, and they are evaluated according to the requirements of the new age category.
  4. During the National Audition, marks and comments from the adjudicators are given to the candidates immediately following the end of the session. During the National Final, marks and comments from the adjudicators are given after the results announcement of each grand categories, or sent by mail if a candidate is absent.
  5. The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators for the National Audition and the National Final during the results announcement.

7. Punctuality

  1. Candidates must notify their presence at least fifteen minutes before the time set for their audition.
  2. No changes in the performance order of the candidates are accepted; nor is any lateness.

8. Copies of Scores

  1. Six copies, one original and five photocopies, of each score are required for both steps of the Competition. For accompanied works, at least one copy must include the accompaniment part.
  2. Candidates must write the bar numbers at the beginning of each line. The name of each selected work, the movement number, the name of the composer and the candidate’s name must all be clearly identified on the score. Sheets must be printed on both sides and should be bound to facilitate handling. Paper clips and staples are not allowed. If done improperly, the CMC may refuse a score.

9. Evaluation and Results

  1. During the National Audition, each candidate is evaluated by five adjudicators. Each adjudicator assigns an individual score for each work. The average of each adjudicator is then carried over to 20 points. The cumulative score gives the final mark out of 100. A minimum mark of 87% is required to proceed to the National Final.
  2. During the National Final, candidates are evaluated by five adjudicators. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are given based on the marks awarded during this round. However, a minimum of 90% is required to obtain a 1st place, 87% for a 2nd place and 85% for a 3rd place.
  3. The results of the two rounds are not cumulative.
  4. Decisions of the jury are final and there are no appeals or reviews.
  5. In case of a tie, the Competition reserves the right to consult the jury members in order to assign only one Grand Prize per Grand Category of age.

10. Scholarships and Scholarships

  1. Regional and Provincial Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on the results obtained during the National Audition. Each province or chapter is completely autonomous regarding scholarships.
  2. National Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on the results obtained during the National Final. Candidates are divided into four age groups (all instruments combined), and scholarships are awarded from the highest mark in each of these groups: 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 18 years, and 19 to 25 years (30 for voice).
  3. Candidates who are over the age of 12 (13 and above) who receive a scholarship of $ 500 or more, are responsible for paying all taxes and duties in accordance to the laws regarding taxes from the federal and provincial governments. Social insurance number will be requested for the purpose of issuing a Relevé 1 and/or a T4A.
  4. At the discretion of the CMC, the Grand Prize winners in the Grand Categories 11-14 years old, 15-18 years old and 19-25 years old may be invited to perform with orchestra at the Gala Concert. All travel and accommodation expenses are at their expense. The repertoire is selected by the CMC and the conductor, in collaboration with the winners.

11. Expenses

  1. All traveling and lodging expenses, as well as accompanist’s fees, are the candidate’s responsibility.

12. Cancellation

  1. Candidates who wish to withdraw from the Competition must notify the National Office.

13. Photography / Audio and Video Recording

  1. During the National Audition, candidates are permitted to record their own performance. However, it is forbidden to record another candidate without his or her prior authorization.
  2. During the National Final, a recording service is available; it is forbidden to take any picture or recording during this step of the Competition.
  3. The photographer(s) and videographer(s) appointed by the Competition are allowed to photograph and/or record the performances.
  4. Candidates must forfeit all recording, broadcasting and distribution rights of any kind to the CMC, together with all artists’ resale rights, for an unlimited period. Candidates agree to sign and respect the terms included in the consent form submitted upon registration. The CMC may use these images for promotional purposes and for its records.
  5. Candidates commit to be available to meet with the Competition sponsors, partners or administrators. Candidates may be asked to give interviews with media selected by the CMC to promote the Competition. The code of conduct defined in the CMC Code of Ethics applies. Any promotional material may be used by the CMC through its various promotional tools (newsletter, website, social networks, etc.)

14. Piano

  1. Authorization must be obtained from the national office for any use of a pedal extension.

15. Disqualification

  1. Candidates who do not comply with these rules are disqualified.
  2. Providing false information will result in the disqualification of the candidate.
  3. Use of the audition hall and/or the piano without authorization is strictly forbidden and results in disqualification.

16. Other

  1. Any situations not covered by these rules are referred to the Board of Directors, whose decisions on such matters are final.