Syllabus

Piano Classes

NOTE: No special references to rules are included in this Section of Classes. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH COMPETITOR TO READ THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND TO ENTER THE CORRECT CLASS.

** The Board of the Music Festival reserves the right to cancel any classes if the number of entries in these classes are insufficient. Applicant fees will be returned in full.

In Piano Classes where the selection is to be Competitor's own choice, selections must be chosen from the CURRENT Grade level of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) or Conservatory Canada (CC) OR EQUIVALENT as indicated in the class.

When choosing an OWN CHOICE piece use the CURRENT Royal Conservatory or Conservatory Canada Syllabus as the standard for grading the piece. If your selection does not appear in either Syllabus, grade the piece according to those standards and then submit a copy of the music with your application so that the Festival Committee may approve the class chosen or re-assign the piece to a more appropriate class.

Abbreviations used in this section are to be interpreted as:
J - Junior Level - designed for piano students studying at the Grade 4 level and lower.
I - Intermediate level - designed for piano students studying at the Grade 5 to 7 level.
S - Senior Level - designed for piano students studying at the Grade 8 and 9 level.
A - Advanced Level - designed for piano students studying at the Grade 10and Associate level.

Pre-Diploma Classes are for students who have not taken the exam for their ARCT.

Those who have completed their ARCT MUST enter the Open Classes (See Rule 4.10).

Please note there is an alumnus class (rule 4.11).

 

 

Alumnus Class

Please see Rule 4.10.

Beginner Piano Solos - Pre-grade One

Competitors in this category may enter ONLY ONE piano solo class in this FESTIVAL. These classes are competitor's own choice and will be non-competitive. An adjudication and participation certificate will be given, but no marks or placement. Classes will be divided, if numbers warrant, at the discretion of the committee.

Complete Sonatina And Sonata Classes

Own choice of any complete Sonata or Sonatina. NOTE: For the purpose of choosing a level for the complete Sonata or Sonatina, choose the grade level of the most advanced movement. If any movement does not have a grade level in either the CURRENT RCM or CC, please submit the movement or complete Sonata with your application so that the Festival Committee may approve the class chosen or re-assign the Sonata or Sonatina to a more appropriate class.

Piano Accompaniment

NOTE: Piano accompanists will supply their own vocal or instrumental soloists. Only the accompanist will be marked. The soloist may be amateur or professional and any age. Participants in this section will be divided into classes at the discretion of the Piano Syllabus Committee. The committee will take into consideration the age, grade level and type of accompaniment for each entrant. Be sure to include this information on the application form.

Piano Concerto

Please perform only 1 movement, either the 1st or 3rd movement, from your choice of any Piano Concerto. NOTE: Competitor must supply own accompanist. The accompanist may be amateur or professional and any age. Participants in this section will be divided into classes at the discretion of the Piano Syllabus Committee. The committee will take into consideration age, grade level, and the selection of each entrant. Be sure to include this information on the application form.

Piano Ensembles

Participants in the next four classes will be divided into classes at the discretion of the Piano Syllabus Committee. The committee will take into consideration age, grade level, and the selection of each entrant. Be sure to include this information on the application form. Duet partners do not have to be at the same level.

Piano Quick Study

NOTE: In all Quick Study Classes the test piece will be available 72 hours prior to competition. The competitors must purchase their own copies. Competitors will be notified where to pick up their copies of the music. Memorization is optional.

Piano Sight Reading

NOTE: Test pieces will be chosen by the adjudicator.

Piano Solos - Any Two Contrasting Studies

Own choice of two contrasting studies from the CURRENT RCM or CC. For popular selections (RCM) please see classes at end of piano section.

Piano Solos - Adult

Own choice from RCM, CC or equivalent. For students 21 years and over. An adjudication will be given but no marks or placement. These classes are designed to encourage our older students. Classes will be scheduled in the evening.

Piano Solos - Any One Study

Own choice of one Study from the CURRENT RCM or CC. For Popular Selections (RCM) please see classes at end of Piano section.

Piano Solos - Canadian Composers

Own choice of any work from the CURRENT RCM or CC written by a Canadian composer. If work chosen is in manuscript, it must be readable.

Email the festival office for the list of Canadian Composers                                                       info@oshawawhitbykifest.ca

Piano Solos - Concert Group

Own choice of any two contrasting selections from the CURRENT RCM, CC or equivalent.

Piano Solos - List A

Own choice of any List A selection from the CURRENT RCM, CC or equivalent.

Piano Solos - List B

Own choice of any List B selection from the CURRENT RCM, CC or equivalent. In grades 1 to 9, one movement of a Sonatina or Sonata as per the Syllabus should be played in this category. In grades 10 and ARCT, only the 1st or last movement from a Sonata listed in the Syllabus should be played in this category. To perform the complete Sonatina or Sonata enter the appropriate class in the Complete Sonatina and Sonata Classes.

Piano Solos - List C

Own choice of any List C selection from the CURRENT RCM, CC or equivalent, EXCLUDING COMPOSITIONS BY CANADIAN COMPOSERS.

 

Piano Solos - List D

Own choice of any list D selection from the CURRENT RCM, CC or equivalent, EXCLUDING COMPOSITIONS BY CANADIAN COMPOSERS.

Piano Solos - List E

Own choice of any List E selection from the CURRENT RCM, CC or equivalent, EXCLUDING COMPOSITION BY CANADIAN COMPOSERS.

Popular Selection Classes

Music for these classes must be chosen from the CURRENT RCM Popular Selection Syllabus only. Participants should ensure the publication and version are as specified in the syllabus to prevent disqualification.

Student/Adult Ensemble

The adult may be amateur or professional. The adult may enter each class as many times as required. The grade level of the student should be the determining factor for class selection. The student may enter a class only once.