The CMC reserves the right to amend its rules until January 27, 2022.


  1. The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Permanent residents must provide valid proof upon registration (scan or clear picture of the permanent resident card and/or certificate).
  2. Exceptionally, one member of a Chamber Music ensemble or Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo may be a foreign student. Foreign students must provide valid proof upon registration (scan or clear picture of study permit).
  3. Candidates must compete in the region where they reside, which means the main residence or where they reside for the duration of their studies. If there is no CMC chapter in your region, contact the National Office before registering (additional charges may apply). A valid proof of address of residence may be required by the CMC.
  4. Candidates 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. Candidates may also register in more than one ensemble, if the instruments are different.
  5. Proof of age is required upon registration. The following documents are accepted: birth certificate, passport, health insurance card, driver’s licence, citizenship certificate and permanent resident card.
  6. Upon registration, candidates must be aware of the Competition Code of Ethics and abide by its rules. Read the Code of Ethics by following this link: Code of Ethics.
  7. Candidates participating in CMC activities do so knowing the risks involved and accept that the CMC may not be held liable for any loss or damages caused by any virus, bacteria, or microorganism. Candidates must comply with the CMC Health and Safety Protocol regarding public health standards.
  8. If access to performance halls—a key criteria in ensuring fairness for all of our participants—is compromised, the 2021 competitive edition will be transformed into a non-competitive edition. This replacement solution may be applied to an instrument category, a region, or to all candidates, depending on how the pandemic progresses.


  1. The completed registration form (via Acceptd) and all required documents must be received by the CMC by November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m., local time.
  2. All registration forms received after November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m., local time will be rejected


(see the registration terms)

  1. Registration fees must be paid in a single payment. Payment methods accepted: Square or cheque. Payment must be completed upon reception of the bill. Post-dated cheques are not accepted. There are fees for NSF cheques.
  2. Registration fees can be reimbursed, less the applicable administrative fees, for cancellations made before January 27, 2022. No refunds will be given after this date. Candidates registered for the Competition who have not confirmed their intention to step down before the deadline accept that the 2021 edition may potentially be transformed into a non-competitive edition if sanitary conditions warrant it and they will not be reimbursed.
  3. Exceptionally, if a candidate is unable to participate in the National Audition due to a serious injury/illness (a positive COVID-19 test may be considered as a serious illness), the CMC may reimburse the registration fees, less the applicable administrative fees, upon receipt of a doctor’s note. Supporting documents should be sent to the National Office within a reasonable time following the announcement of the injury. The decision to accept the reason for cancellation or not is at the entire discretion of the National Office. Following the National Audition, no refunds for serious injury will be accepted.
  4. Donations made at the time of registration, or at any other time, are not refundable.


  1. Candidates must not be older, as of January 1, 2022, than the age category in which they register. Exception: in the Chamber Music and Piano 4 hands/Piano-Duo categories, one of the participants may be up to one year older. Candidates who were registered in 2020 having attained the age limit to participate (25 years old — 30 for voice) may exceptionally register in 2021. They must register in the category 25 years or 30 for voice.
  2. Candidates who received a First Place cannot register again in the same age category. For example, a 15 year old pianist registered in the 16 year old category who received a First Place cannot register again in the 16 year old category. This rule does not apply to:
    1. the 25-year-old category (30-year-old for Voice);
    2. The 7 year old category (or the youngest age category for each instrument);
    3. 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 year old category, because the 22 year 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 1, 2022.


  1. Applicants must comply with the repertoire requirements of their age category and instrument.
  2. Candidates cannot register repertoire that has been previously performed during the Competition, except for repertoire performed during the non-competitive component. However, candidates registered in age categories 19 year old and above are allowed to register repertoire performed at least three years ago (2018 or before). Candidates registered in the 2021 edition who participated in the 2020 Non-competitive edition are allowed to reuse their repertoire from 2020.
  3. Works must be different in each round. Works consisting of several movements, such as concertos, sonatas, suites, operas, cycles, etc. cannot be divided within a round or between rounds.
  4. 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. The availability of a harpsichord cannot be guaranteed.
  5. Time limit: candidates’ repertoire must respect the time limit. If the time limit is exceeded anyway, the performance may be interrupted by the jury.
  6. Repeats are permitted if the maximum time limit is respected.
  7. It is forbidden to make any cuts in the pieces or movements except for the tutti sections of concertos. Cadenzas are mandatory. Alternative cadenzas that are not officially published must be approved by the National Office before January 27, 2022.
  8. Memorization:
    1. Voice — Strings — Guitar* — Piano: During the National Audition, memorization of every piece on the programme is compulsory, except for sonatas with accompaniment, for which it is permitted to use the score. If a candidate intends to play a sonata with the score but there is no mention of the word “sonata” in the title, approval must be obtained from National Office first. For the National Final, memorization is compulsory.
    2. Harp* — Keyboard Percussion* — Recorder* — Winds*: During the National Audition, memorization of one of the pieces, other than the etude, is compulsory. However, it is permitted to use the score for accompanied sonatas. If a candidate intends to play a sonata with the score but there is no mention of the word “sonata” in the title, approval must be obtained from National Office first. For the National Final, memorization is compulsory.
    3. Chamber Music —Piano 4 hands/Piano-duo: It is permitted to have the music at all times.
  9. All pieces and movements registered must be performed. No substitution is permitted.
  10. To facilitate the judges’ duties, the order in which works are to be performed must be specified upon registration. Candidates must list their works and upload their scores in their planned order of performance. However, the performance order may be modified. Upon arrival on audition day, candidates must provide volunteers with a list of their selected works in their finalized order of performance.
  11. Candidates have until January 27, 2022, to submit any modifications to their repertoire list. After this date, no changes are allowed. All requests must be submitted using the repertoire modification form. Fees apply.

CMC reserves the right to alternate instruments. Refer to the Repertoire Requirements section of the website to confirm which categories are open for the current year.


  1. There are two rounds in the Competition: the National Audition and the National Final. In the event of a change in public health regulations, Rule 16.2 and the scenarios provided for in the health and safety protocol may be applied to a region, province, or the entire country.
  2. Candidates commit to be free of any other activities during the National Audition (April 19th and to May 31st) and the National Final (June 11th to July 3rd, 2022) for the specific dates chosen for their instrumental category. In case of absence, refer to rule 15.
  3. Candidates who cannot perform at the required time are disqualified. Any request for a schedule change received after the official schedule has been published will be automatically rejected. If a candidate notices a schedule conflict, he or she must inform the CMC before the official schedule is published. The CMC may then offer, at its sole discretion, a new time slot to the candidate. However, the CMC cannot guarantee that the candidate will be heard in the same age category. Therefore, candidates heard in a different age category will not be eligible for scholarships, and they are evaluated according to the requirements of the new age category.
  4. During the National Audition, the jury members’ scores and comments will be provided to candidates when results are announced at the end of a session. At the National Final, they will be provided at the results announcement ceremony for each of the four major age categories or sent by mail in the event of absence.
  5. The candidates will have the opportunity to meet the adjudicators virtually following the National Audition and the National Final. The format of these meetings is at the discretion of the CMC.
  6. Candidates must not communicate with the judges between the day of their audition and the results announcements, on penalty of disqualification.


  1. Candidates must arrive and announce their presence at least fifteen minutes before their scheduled starting time for each of the rounds.
  2. No changes in the performance order of the candidates are accepted; nor is any lateness.
  3. The scheduled start times for each of the rounds may be modified depending on evolving public health directives. Candidates may be convened to arrive at a specific time; candidates who do not comply with this directive may be disqualified.
  4. The availability of a warm-up/practice room is not guaranteed.


  1. A digital copy of each score is required upon registration and must be uploaded on the candidate’s Acceptd account. For accompanied works, the copy must include the accompaniment part.
  2. Candidates must write the bar numbers at the beginning of each line. The name of each selected work, the movement number, and the name of the composer must all be clearly identified on the score.


  1. During the National Audition, each candidate is evaluated by five adjudicators. Each adjudicator assigns an individual score for each work. The average of each adjudicator is then carried over to 20 points. The cumulative score gives the final mark out of 100. A minimum score of 87% is required to proceed to the National Final.
  2. At the National Final, candidates are heard by five judges. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are given based on the marks awarded during this round. However, a minimum of 90% is required to obtain a 1st place, 87% for a 2nd place and 85% for a 3rd place.
  3. Results of the two rounds are not cumulative.
  4. Decisions of the jury are final and there are no appeals or reviews.
  5. In case of a tie, the Competition reserves the right to consult the jury members in order to assign only one Grand Prize per grand age categories.
  6. If the National Final is cancelled, prizes and scholarships will be awarded based on scores obtained in the National Audition. Should the 2022 edition be switched to a non-competitive edition, no individual scores or rankings will be given.


  1. Regional and Provincial Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on the results obtained during the National Audition. Each province or chapter is completely autonomous regarding scholarships.
  2. National Scholarships: The awarding of prizes and scholarships will be determined at the sole discretion of the Competition, based on the unfolding of events, with or without a National Final, and with or without a non-competitive component. Candidates are divided into four age groups, all instruments combined, and scholarships are awarded from the highest mark in each of these groups: 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years, 15 to 18 years, and 19 to 25 years (30 for voice). See the FAQ for more information.
  3. Candidates who are over the age of 12 (13 and above) who receive a scholarship of $ 500 or more, are responsible for paying all taxes and duties in accordance to the laws regarding taxes from the federal and provincial governments. Social insurance number will be requested for the purpose of issuing a Relevé 1 and/or a T4A.
  4. At the Competition’s discretion, the Grand Prize winners in the major 11-14-year-old, 15-18-year-old, and 19-25-year-old categories may be invited to perform with orchestra at the Gala Concert. All travel and lodging costs shall be borne by the winners. The repertoire is selected by the Competition organizers and the conductor, in collaboration with the winners.
  5. In the event that the 2021 edition is transformed into a non-competitive edition, no Prizes nor scholarships will be awarded.
  6. In the context of a non-competitive edition, the 5 members of the evaluation committee will be asked to vote for their favourites in the major age categories and major regions represented. The naming of favourites is done so at the CMC’s discretion and will reflect the extent of the application of the non-competitive format (limited to one or more instrument categories, to a region, or to all candidates); terms and conditions will be specified in due course.


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


  1. Candidates who wish to withdraw from the Competition must notify the National Office.


  1. During the rounds , a recording service is available; it is forbidden to take any picture or recording during this step of the Competition.
  2. The photographer(s) and videographer(s) appointed by the 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. Candidates agree to sign and respect the terms included in the consent form submitted upon registration. The CMC may use these images for promotional purposes and for its records.
  4. Candidates commit to be available to meet with the Competition sponsors, partners or administrators. Candidates may be asked to give interviews with media selected by the CMC to promote the Competition. The code of conduct defined in the CMC Code of Ethics applies. Any promotional material may be used by the CMC through its various promotional tools (newsletter, website, social networks, etc.)
  5. All collaborative pianists must sign the Consent form(pdf) before the audition date and send it to


  1. Authorization must be obtained from the national office for any use of a pedal extension.


  1. Candidates who do not comply with these rules are 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 results in disqualification.

16. COVID-19

  1. The Competition reserves the right to modify the nature of its activities and its rules, based on the evolution of the pandemic, to comply with public health measures in each region and to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in these activities.
  2. Depending on how the pandemic evolves and on public health directives, the National Audition, National Final, and Gala Concert may be modified or cancelled. The planning of the rounds and the awarding of prizes and scholarships will, in that case, be determined according to the procedures provided for in the health and safety protocol, which forms an integral part of the rules.
  3. No reimbursements will be made for changes required due to health and safety regulations set forth by governments, which are beyond the Competition’s control. Each registered candidate must carefully read the health and safety protocol and accept that, if the situation so requires, the 2022 edition may be modified. The Competition is committed to providing the best possible pedagogical experience for its candidates, under all circumstances.
  4. According to the norms established by various levels of government and/or by procedures in effect in the venues in which rounds are held, the Competition may require a proof of vaccination to allow candidates to proceed with their auditions. Candidates understand that the Competition is dependent on the decisions of governments and venues. Candidates that are unable to present a proof of vaccination may be refused access to a venue and consequently be disqualified.


  1. Any situations not covered by these rules are referred to the Board of Directors, whose decisions on such matters are final.