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Repertoire guidelines

  1. To know the specific repertoire required for each instrument, please refer to the repertoire section of the Stepping Stone
  2. Works must be different in each round. Multi-movement works such as a concerto, sonata, suite, opera, etc., cannot be split over multiple rounds.
  3. The program may include one or more works included in the preselection audition.
  4. Selected works performed on a previous edition of the CMC can be played as part of the Stepping Stone. However, a candidate who won first place in the CMC cannot replay the same selected works for the Stepping Stone.
  5. A major work for solo instrument and orchestra can replace a concerto or a movement of a concerto.
  6. 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.
  7. Time limit:
    1. During the preselection, maximum time allowed is 45 minutes but candidates will be heard for about 15 minutes by the jury. Specific parts will be chosen by a jury and this jury can interrupt a candidate at any time.
    2. During the Stepping Stone, selected candidate must make sure that their performance does not exceed the time limit (40 minutes for the first round and 60 minutes for the semi-final). Candidates may be interrupted by the jury when they reach the time limit. There is no time limit for the final round.
  8. Repeats are permitted providing that the maximum time limit is respected.
  9. It is forbidden to make any cuts in the pieces or movements except for the tutti sections of concertos. Cadenzas are mandatory.
  10. Candidates must indicate the precise timing of all works on the registration form.
  11. Memorization:
    1. During the preselection, the first round and the semi-final, memorization of every pieces is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment and compositions written after 1950, 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).
    2. Memorization is compulsory in the Final.
  12. Compulsory Canadian work in the semi-final (conditional on the obtainment of the Canadian Council for the Arts grant) . Conditional on the obtainment of the Canadian Council for the Arts grant in regard of the Stepping Stone, a compulsory new Canadian work will be sent to each of the candidates approximately six weeks before the competition. Based on rule 7.11.1 concerning music composed after 1950, memorization is optional. The timing for each of the instruments will be provided during the registration period.
  13. For each round, 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.
  14. For each round, all pieces and movements registered must be performed. No substitution is permitted.
  15. Candidates have until January 25, 2018 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. A $30 fee applies.