Canadian Music Competition 2013 / Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Competition procedure

When will I be contacted by the Competition?

Right after you register, you will receive an email confirmation that you have to keep. This email contains, among other information, the submitted repertoire that you will have to perform at each round. If there are any problems with your registration, we will contact you. We will contact you again by email once the official schedule is online. Since most communications are sent by email, make sure to provide us with a valid email address.

This is my first time participating in the CMC. How does it work?

The Competition takes place over three rounds: the Regional Round, the Provincial Final and the National Final. On your audition day, you will be welcomed by CMC volunteers to whom you must provide your music scores. If you wish, you can buy the program, which contains the detailed schedule of the competition, the names of the participants and their repertoire. The volunteers will guide you to the practice studios or the music hall. You need to be in the hall and ready to play when it is your turn. The CMC coordinator will call your name and invite you onto the stage. This is your moment! After your performance, the judges will be given a few minutes to write their comments. We will then introduce the next participant. During the Regional Round and Provincial Final, the results are announced at the end of each session (a session usually lasts 2 to 3 hours). We announce the names of the participants who have made it through to the next round and we provide the marking and comment sheets. You then have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators. At the National Final, the process is slightly different: the results are announced only once, at the end of the National Final, during the results announcement ceremony. It’s then and there that we give candidates their marking and comment sheets and announce the scholarship winners. Participants also have the opportunity to meet the judges at the end of the results announcement. If you are not present, the documents will be sent by mail.

Copies of scores

How many copies of the music do I have to bring to each round?

To the First Round: 2 copies; to the Provincial Final: 3 copies; to the National Final: 5 copies. Please refer to rule 8.1 for additional information.

Why do I have to write down the bar numbers?

Candidates must write down the bar numbers at the beginning of each line to facilitate the judges’ work and to enable them to be more specific in their comments (rule 8.2).

Junior program

I’m registering for the CMC for the first time. Do I have to register for the Junior Program?

No, the Junior Program is not compulsory. It allows young musicians from 7 to 15 years old who would prefer to register solely for the First Round to discover the Canadian Music Competition.


Do I have to play my pieces by memory?

Memorization rules vary according to the instrument, the piece and the round. Please refer to rule 5.7 for additional information.


Does the CMC provide piano-accompanists?

No. Each participant has to bring his own accompanist. For the National Final, we provide a list of suggested pianists on our web site.


Can I make changes to my repertoire after the registration deadline?

Yes, you can submit changes to your repertoire until the repertoire change deadline, i.e. . Please refer to rule 5.10 for additional information.

Can I change the performance order of my pieces?

Yes, simply present your scores in performance order. However, it is not permitted to switch pieces in between rounds (rule 5.9).

I did not have the opportunity to play all my pieces last year. Can I use the same repertoire this year?

Pieces that weren’t played can be submitted again. Please refer to rule 5.1 for additional information.

Can I register two movements of the same work in two different rounds?

No. It is not permitted to play a movement of a piece in one round and then another movement of the same piece in another round. The same principle applies to opera arias. Please refer to rule 5.2 for additional information.

Is there a minimum timing for each round?

No, there is no minimum timing. Moreover, it is not mandatory to reach the maximum time limit.

If I exceed the maximum time limit, will I be disqualified?

No. However, participants who exceed the maximum time limit may be interrupted.

Do I have to play the repeats?

No, repeats are not mandatory. Repeats are permitted, provided that the maximum time limit is respected (rule 5.5).

Do I have to play the cadenzas?

Yes, cadenzas are mandatory (rule 5.6).


How is my mark calculated?

In the First Round, each participant is heard by two adjudicators. Each adjudicator gives an individual mark for each piece. The average given by each judge is transferred to 50, to give a final score out of 100. When there is a specialist judge, his mark will be transferred to 60, and the other judge’s mark to 40. Candidates must receive an average mark of at least 80% to proceed to the Provincial Final.

In the Provincial Final, each participant is heard by three adjudicators. Each adjudicator gives an individual mark for each piece. The average given by each judge is transferred to 33.3, to give a final score out of 100. When there is a specialist judge, his mark will be transferred to 46, and the other two judges’ marks to 27. When there are two specialist judges, their marks will be transferred to 36.5 each, and the other judge’s mark to 27. Candidates must receive an average mark of at least 85% to proceed to the National Final.

At the National Final, each participant is heard by five adjudicators. The average mark given by each judge counts for 20% of the final mark.

Can I meet the adjudicators?

As long as time permits, we encourage participants to meet the judges at the First Round and Provincial Final, after the results are announced, so that they can receive additional comments and enrich their CMC experience.

What is the difference between a winner and a Grand Prize Winner of the CMC?

Participants register to compete in the CMC in categories reflecting both their age and instrument category (for example, piano 13 years old category). At the National Final, first, second and third places are awarded to the top scorers in each of these categories. The first, second and third place recipients are considered the winners of their respective categories. The marks from all of the National Finalists in all of the categories are then pooled, and the musician with the highest score in each of four age groups — 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 18 years and 19 to 30 years — is named the Grand Prize Winner for that age group.


When will the national tour schedule be official?

The tentative detailed schedule will be online in mid-January. The official schedule will be online around mid-February. Participants and their parents will receive an email when the official schedule is posted on our web site.


I got a very high mark at the Provincial Final. Will I receive a scholarship?

It’s possible. For the regional and provincial rounds, scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Regional chapters and Provincial committees (rule 10.1).

Why wasn’t I awarded a National Final scholarship even if I came in 1st place in my category?

For National Final scholarships, candidates are divided into four age groups (all instruments combined): 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 18 years, and 19 to 30 years. Scholarships are awarded from the highest mark in each of these groups. Candidates do not receive scholarships based on their rank in their category (rule 10.2).


Who do I have to notify if I have to cancel my registration?

Please notify the National Office by email ( or by phone 514-284-5398 / 1-877-879-1959) as well as your chapter’s president (rule 12).