Canadian Music Competition 2014 / 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 2019.

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 a Chamber Music ensemble or Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo may be a foreign student (please send a copy of your study visa, by mail, email, or fax).

  2. Candidates must compete in the region where they reside or study. If there is no CMC chapter in your region, please contact the National Office before registering; additional fees may apply.

  3. A candidate 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. A candidate may also register in more than one ensemble, provided that the instrumentation is different.

  4. 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 or postmarked by if sent by mail.

  2. Registration forms sent after this date will not be accepted.

3. Registration Fees

  1. Payment must include the registration fee and any additional fees, if applicable, and must be submitted no later than (postmarked no later than that date if mailed). Payment methods accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Paypal, cheque, or money order. Post-dated cheques will not be accepted. There will be a charge of $15 for NSF cheques. Click here for the registration rates.

  2. Cancellations received before will be reimbursed, minus a $50 administrative fee. No refund after this date, under any circumstances.

4. Age Categories

  1. Candidates must not be older, as of January 1st, 2014, than the age category in which they register. For example, to register in a 15 year old category, a candidate must be, as of January 1st, 2014, 15 years old or less. Exception: In “Chamber Music” and “Piano 4 hands/Piano-Duo” categories, one of the participants may be one year older. Proof of age will be requested at the first round.

  2. Candidates who received a First Place at the 2013 National Final cannot register in the same age category in 2014. For example, a 15 years old pianist registered in the 16 years old category who received a First Place in 2013 must register in 2014 in the 17 and under category. This rule does not apply to:

    • The categories 30 years old and 25 years old;

    • The youngest age category in all instruments;

    • 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 years old category, because the 22 years old category does not exist.)

  3. The required minimum age for the voice categories is 16 years old as of January 1st, 2014.

5. Repertoire Guidelines

  1. Candidates cannot register pieces which they have previously performed at the Canadian Music Competition. However, candidates registered in age categories 19 years and up are allowed to use repertoire performed at least three years ago (2011 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. Works with orchestra accompaniment must be performed with piano or harpsichord accompaniment.

  4. Time Limits: candidates must respect the specified time limit. Performances may be interrupted if the time limit is exceeded. Please refer to the time limit for your category.

  5. Repeats are permitted provided that the maximum time limit is respected.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 — Keyboard Percussion — 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.

  8. All pieces and movements registered must be performed. No substitution is permitted.

  9. 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.

  10. Candidates have until to submit any modifications to their repertoire list. After this date, no changes will be allowed. A $30 fee applies. Any modifications must be submitted using the Repertoire Changes form.

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 immediately following the First Round and Provincial Final. Marks and comments from the adjudicators for the National Final will be given after the announcement of the results or sent out by mail.

  3. The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators during the First Round and Provincial Final.

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 accompanied works, it is highly recommended to include the accompaniment part.

  2. Candidates must write down the bar numbers at the beginning of each line.

9. Results

    • 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 90% is required to obtain a First Place, 87% for a Second Place, 85% for a Third Place.

  1. For the first two rounds, the marks given by a specialist adjudicator carry more weight in the final mark. For the final round, the marks given by each adjudicator carry equal weight.

  2. 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 and lodging expenses, as well as 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

Advance authorization must be received for any usage of a pedal extension.

15. Disqualification

  1. Candidates not complying with these rules may be disqualified.

  2. Providing false information in the application will result in the disqualification of the candidate.

  3. Use of the audition hall and/or the piano without authorization is strictly forbidden and will result in disqualification.

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.