Canadian Music Competition 2008 / 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 2020.

1. Registration

  1. The Competition is open to:

    • Canadian citizens
    • Permanent residents (please send a copy of your permanent resident card, by mail, email, or fax)

    Exceptionally, one member of an ensemble of Chamber Music or Piano 4 hands/Piano Duo could be a foreign student (please send a copy of your study permit, by mail, email, or fax)

  2. Candidates must compete in the region where they reside or study. Under exceptional circumstances, a candidate may ask to compete in a different region by submitting a written request. If necessary, the National Office could ask a candidate to compete in a region other than the one where he or she is registered.
  3. A candidate cannot compete in two categories with the same instrument. However, a candidate may register simultaneously in solo, Chamber Music and Piano 4 hands/Piano Duo. A candidate may also register in more than one ensemble, provided that the instrumentation is different.
  4. A candidate cannot register, within the same year, for both the International Stepping Stone and the Canadian Music Competition. However, a candidate who is not selected for the International Stepping Stone may participate in the Canadian Music Competition.
  5. The registration form is available online. A paper version is available upon request.

2. Deadlines

  1. The completed registration form must be submitted online no later than November 22, 2007 or postmarked by November 22, 2007 if sent by mail.
  2. Any registration form sent after this date will not be accepted.

3. Registration Fees

    • 7 to 10 years and under: $100
    • 11 to 17 years and under: $110
    • 18 to 30 years and under: $125
    • Chamber Music: $125
    • Piano 4 Hands / Piano Duo: $125
    • Junior Program: $30
  1. Additional fees and/or security deposits may apply, depending on regional chapters. These fees don’t apply to the Junior Program.
    • Calgary: $100 (security deposit; refundable following the first round)
    • Edmonton: $150 (security deposit; refundable following the first round)
    • Halifax: $100 (security deposit; refundable following the first round)
    • London: $100 (non-refundable)
    • Montreal: $100 (non-refundable)
    • Ottawa: $150 (non-refundable)
    • Sherbrooke: Candidates must participate in fundraising activities.
    • Toronto: $100 (non-refundable)
    • Vancouver: $300 (non-refundable). Membership fee of $250 to the BC Society applies. Please visit the Vancouver chapter’s web site for information and to register as a member of the BC Society.
    • Winnipeg: $100 (security deposit; refundable following the first round)
  2. The National Office will refuse any registration from a candidate that does not fulfil his or her chapter’s additional fee requirements.
  3. Payment must include the registration fee and all the additional fees, if applicable. Payment methods accepted: Visa, MasterCard, cheque, or money order. Cheques and money orders must be mailed and postmarked no later than November 22, 2007. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted. There will be a charge of $10 for NSF cheques.
  4. Cancellations received before December 14, 2007 will be reimbursed, minus a 25$ administrative fee. No refund after this date, under any circumstances.

4. Age Categories

  1. Candidates must not be older than the age category in which they register on January 1st, 2008 (except for Chamber Music and Piano 4 Hands/Piano Duo categories for which one of the candidates may be one year older). A proof of age will be requested at the first round.
  2. Candidates who received a First Place at the 2007 National Final cannot register in the same age category in 2008. For example, a 15 years old pianist registered in the 16 and under category who received a First Place in 2007 must register (in 2008) in the 17 and under category. This rule does not apply to the categories “30 years and under”, “25 years and under” and for the youngest age category in all instruments.

5. Repertoire Guidelines

  1. Candidates cannot register pieces which they have previously performed at the Canadian Music Competition, except for candidates registered in age categories 19 years and up, who are allowed to use repertoire performed at least three years ago (2005 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. A major work for instrument and orchestra can replace a concerto or a movement of a concerto.
  4. Works with orchestra accompaniment must be performed with piano or harpsichord accompaniment.
  5. Time Limits: candidates must respect the specified time limit. Performances will be interrupted if the time limit is exceeded. Please refer to the time limit for your category.
  6. Repeats are permitted provided that the maximum time limit is respected.
  7. It is forbidden to make any cuts in the pieces or movements. However, candidates are allowed to make cuts in the tutti sections of concertos, but cadenzas are mandatory.
  8. Candidates must indicate the precise timing of all works on the registration form.
  9. Memorization
    • Guitar - Harpsichord - Piano - Recorder - Strings - Voice: for the first and second rounds, memorization of every piece on the program is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, for which it is permitted to have the music. Memorization is compulsory in the National Final.
    • Harp - Marimba/Vibraphone - Winds: for the first and second rounds, memorization of one of the pieces is compulsory. However, when there are three pieces performed in one round, the etude can not count as the memorized piece. However, it is permitted to have the music for sonatas with accompaniment. Memorization is compulsory in the National Final.
    • Chamber Music - Organ - Piano 4 Hands/Piano Duo: it is permitted to have the music in all three rounds.
  10. Candidates are allowed to change the performance order of the pieces at any time. On the day of the performance, candidates must present the scores in the performance order.
  11. Candidates have until Thursday, November 29, 2007 to make any modifications to the three rounds’ musical programs. After this date, no changes will be allowed. Candidates registered in age categories 16 years and up, have until Friday February 1st, 2008 to make any changes. After this date, no changes will be allowed. Any modifications must be sent by email at

6. Competition Procedure

  1. There are three rounds in the competition: First Round, Provincial Final and National Final.
  2. Marks and comments from the adjudicators will be given to the candidates after each round.
  3. The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators.

7. Punctuality

Candidates must be in the hall at least fifteen minutes before the time set for their audition.

8. Copies of Scores

  1. Two copies are required for the First Round, three copies for the Provincial Final and five copies for the National Final.

    For the First Round and Provincial Final, it is recommended to provide at least one copy of the accompaniment part, and at least three for the National Final.

  2. Candidates must write down the bar numbers at the beginning of each line.
  3. Originals and photocopies are allowed. Candidates must write down the following on all photocopies: “For the purpose of adjudication at the Canadian Music Competition only’’.

9. Results

  1. In the First Round, the candidates will be heard by two adjudicators and must receive an average mark of 80% to proceed to the Provincial Final.

    In the Provincial Final, the candidates will be heard by three adjudicators and must receive an average of 85% in order to proceed to the National Final.

    In the National Final, the candidates will be heard by five adjudicators.

    The ranking will be established from the National Final marks awarded in each category, beginning with the highest mark. However, a minimum of 88% is required to obtain a First Place, 87% for a Second Place, 85% for a Third Place, 83% for a Fourth Place and 80% for a Fifth Place.

  2. In each round, the marks given by a specialist adjudicator carries heavier weight in the average.
  3. The results of the three rounds are not cumulative.

10. Scholarships

  1. Regional and Provincial Scholarships: scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Regional chapters and Provincial committees.
  2. National Scholarships: scholarships will be awarded according to the marks received in the National Final. The candidates will be divided into four age groups (all instruments combined), and scholarships will be awarded from the highest mark in each of theses groups: 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 18 years, and 19 to 30 years.
  3. For scholarships of $500 or more, a social insurance number will be requested for the purpose of issuing a Relevé 1 and/or a T4A.

11. Expenses

All travel, lodging expenses and accompanist’s fees are the candidate’s responsibility.

12. Cancellation

Should it become necessary for a candidate to cancel, the candidate must notify his or her chapter’s president as soon as possible and contact the National Office to facilitate the organization of the schedule.

13. Audio and Video Recording

Candidates are permitted to make a recording of their own performance during the First Round and Provincial Final only. However, it is forbidden to record another candidate without his or her prior authorization. A recording service will be available at the National Final.

14. Piano

A pedal extension may not be added to the piano.

15. Disqualification

  1. Candidates not complying with these rules may be disqualified.
  2. An incomplete or inaccurate registration form may result in disqualification.
  3. Use of the audition hall and/or the piano without authorization is strictly forbidden.

16. Other

Any situation not covered by these rules shall be referred to the Board of Directors, whose decision on such matters shall be final.