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Cancellation of the 2020 National Audition

Montréal, Monday, March 16, 2020 — Governments have recently announced several preventive measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The management of the Canadian Music Competition would like to contribute to this unprecedented public health effort and act in accordance with the guidelines issued by our civilian authorities. Consequently, the 2020 National Audition is being cancelled in all of the Competition’s chapters, without exception.

All candidates currently registered will be invited to take part in the National Final, which will take place from June 2 to July 3 in Salle Henri-Gagnon at Université Laval’s Faculty of Music, in Quebec City. Details regarding the scheduling of this “special edition” of the Competition will be announced at a later date. The winners’ Gala Concert will also take place as scheduled on July 4 at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec.

All pre-selections before the jury for the Stepping Stone are also cancelled in all cities where originally scheduled; this initial selection process will instead be conducted by video, based on registrations received; the Competition will soon announce the details of the pre-selection process, as well as the schedule for the Stepping Stone, which will also take place in Quebec City.

Please note that the Competition’s management is closely monitoring the developing situation and that additional instructions may be issued in due course.

The Competition’s management and staff, with the close support of all of the chapters, are acting in solidarity with the Canadian cultural milieu; we also have a special place in our thoughts for all individuals affected by this virus, as well as for those who are worrying about it, and for our dedicated and professional medical personnel.

Thank you to all of the Competition’s volunteers, partners, parents, teachers, and candidates for their invaluable collaboration during this exceptional situation.

In brief:

  • The 2020 National Audition is cancelled for all chapters of the Competition
  • All registered candidates will be invited to the National Final, from June 2 to July 3 in Quebec City
  • The pre-selection before a jury for the Stepping Stone is cancelled and will instead take place via video
News posted Monday, March 16, 2020