Canadian Music Competition 2017 / 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 2021.

The Competition reserves the right to amend its rules until December 11th, 2016.

1. Registration

  1. The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (please send a copy of your permanent resident card by email).
  2. 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 email).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The registration form is available online. A paper version is available upon request.
  6. Upon registration, all candidates must send a proof of their age. Following documents are accepted: birth certificate, passport, health insurance card, driver licence, citizenship certificate and permanent resident card. A copy of one of these documents must be sent by email.

2. Deadlines

  1. The completed registration form must be submitted online no later than 11:59pm or postmarked by November 18th, 2016 if sent by mail.
  2. Registration forms sent after this date will not be accepted.

3. Registration Fees

  1. Payment must include all registration fees and must be submitted no later than (postmarked no later than that date if mailed). Payment methods accepted: 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 and the donation part is not refundable. No refund after this date, under any circumstances.
    However, if a candidate presents, prior to his first round, a doctor’s note for a serious injury preventing him/her of playing his/her instrument, the amount paid for registration will be reimbursed (an administrative fee of $50 will apply and the donation part is not refundable). The decision to accept or not the reason for cancellation depends entirely on the National Office. Following the National Audition, no refund for serious injury will be accepted, without exceptions.

4. Age Categories

  1. Candidates must not be older, as of January 1st, 2017, than the age category in which they register. Exception: In “Chamber Music” and “Piano 4 hands/Piano-Duo” categories, one of the participants may be one year older.
  2. Candidates who received a First Place at the National Final cannot register again in the same age category. For example, a 15 years old pianist registered in the 16 years old category who received a First Place in 2015 must register in 2016 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 (7 years old) 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. There are no age restrictions for the youngest categories, except for Voice. The required minimum age for the voice category is 16 years old as of January 1st, 2017.

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 (2014 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 accompaniment. A formal request for use of a harpsichord for accompaniment purposes must be submitted in advance to the National office. Access to a harpsichord cannot be guaranteed.
  4. Time Limits: the candidate’s repertoire must respect the time limits. If the time limit is exceeded anyway, the performance could be interrupted by the jury.
  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 except for the tutti sections of concertos. Cadenzas are mandatory.
  7. Memorization:
    1. Voice — Strings — Guitar* — Piano: for the National Audition (new first round), memorization of every pieces on the program is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, 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). Memorization is compulsory in the National Final.
    2. Harp* — Keyboard Percussion* — Recorder* — Winds*: for the National Audition (new first round), memorization of one of the pieces, other than the study, is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, 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). Memorization is compulsory in the National Final.
    3. Chamber Music —Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo: it is permitted to have the music at all time.
  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.

* Considering some instruments are alternating every year, refer to the Repertoire Requirements section of the Website to confirm which categories are available for the current year edition.

6. Competition Procedure

  1. There are two rounds in the competition: the National Audition and the National Final.
  2. The candidate commits to be free of any other professional activity during the National Audition (March 27th to June 3rd 2017) and the National Final (June 17th to 30th 2017) for the specific dates chosen for his/her instrumental category. In case of absence, refer to point 15 of Rules.
  3. A candidate that cannot perform at the required moment will be disqualified unless he justifies his absence to the National Organization. The National Organization will then be able to modify, at its sole discretion, the order of appearance of candidates. Any justification submitted after the release of the official schedule will be refused. The National Organization cannot guarantee a candidate that it will be able to change its order of appearance in the same age category. Therefore, a candidate heard in a different age category will not be eligible to scholarships. Furthermore, he will be judged according to the requirements of the new age category.
  4. Marks and comments from the adjudicators will be given to the candidates immediately following the National Audition (new first round). Marks and comments from the adjudicators for the National Final will be given after the announcement of the results or sent out by mail.
  5. The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators during the National Audition and during the National Final when the results are announced.

7. Punctuality

  1. Candidates must be in the hall at least fifteen minutes before the time set for their audition.
  2. No changes in the performance order of the candidates will be accepted; nor any lateness.

8. Copies of Scores

  1. Six copies are required for both steps of the Competition. For accompanied works, at least one copy must include the accompaniment part.
  2. Candidates must write down the bar numbers at the beginning of each line. The name of each selected work, movement numbers and name of the composer must all be clearly identified. If done improperly, The CMC can refuse a score.

9. Evaluation and Results

  1. In the National Audition, the candidates will be heard by five adjudicators and must receive an average mark of 87% to proceed to the National Final.
  2. 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.
  3. The results of the two rounds are not cumulative.
  4. Decisions made by judges are final and there are no revisions.

10. Scholarships

  1. Regional and Provincial Scholarships: scholarships will be awarded in response to the results of the National Audition (first round). Each province or section is completely autonomous regarding scholarships.
  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 (given to candidates 13 or older), social insurance number will be requested for the purpose of issuing a Relevé 1 and/or a T4A.

11. Expenses

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

12. Cancellation

  1. 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.

13. Photography / Audio and Video Recording

  1. Candidates are permitted to make a recording of their own performance during the National Audition. However, it is forbidden to record another candidate without his or her prior authorization. A recording service will be available at the National Final.
  2. The photographer (s) and videographer (s) appointed by the Canadian Music Competition are allowed to photograph and/or record the performances.
  3. Candidates must forfeit all recording, broadcasting and distribution rights of any kind to the CMC, together with all artists’ resale rights, for an unlimited period.

14. Piano

  1. Authorization must be received for any usage of a pedal extension.

15. Disqualification

  1. Candidates not complying with these rules will be disqualified.
  2. Providing false information 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.