Piano

Additional Rules Regarding Piano Classes:

  1. There are two Pre-Grade 1 classes, Canadian class and Non-Canadian class. Students may enter either one or both classes. There is no limit to the length of time of study. Pre-Grade 1 classes will be for adjudication only.
  2. Eligibility:
    1. Students who have passed the Practical examination of the Royal Conservatory (or equivalent) by the summer of the year immediately preceding the Festival must enter a higher grade in the Festival.
    2. Students who have just completed the Practical Examination in the mid-winter session of the same year as the Festival may enter the same grade that year.
    3. There are no limits to the number of entries a piano participant may enter, however, all entries are averaged for Provincial and Award eligibility in all other classes.
    4. In all classes, students must select one grade level/age level for entry, and then enter ALL classes at the same level. In the next year of entry, students MUST PROCEED TO THE NEXT LEVEL OR HIGHER, with the following exceptions:
      1. Members of an ensemble group may be at different grad levels (including Pre-Grade1) and entered based on the Average grade of the group.
      2. Grades 9 and 10 students may enter the same grade for two years only provided they have not passed the Practical Exam by the preceding summer. Students who choose to enter the same grade and class for the second year must not repeat the selection.
  3. The following criteria must be met in order to be considered eligible for an award or provincial consideration:
    • entry in a competitive performance group class (marks given for each selection in the group), or
    • entry in three separate solo competitive classes

    For Provincial recommendation and/or Festival awards, only marks received in the concert group or eligible solo classes will be averaged. The Ensemble, Own Composition, Player’s Choice and Accompanying classes are not eligible classes for Provincials or Awards.

  4. Selections:
    1. We follow the RCM repertoire at all grade levels.
    2. Title of selections must be listed on the entry form.
    3. Time Limits (per selection) will be strictly enforced.
      • Pre-Grade 1 Classes: Pre-Grade 1  (2 minutes)
      • Junior Classes: Grades 1 – 5 (3 Minutes)
      • Intermediate Classes: Grades 6 – 8 (5 Minutes)
      • Senior Classes: Grades 9 & 10 (15 Minutes)
      • Open Class (20 Minutes)

      Performance Groups (3 pieces of contrasting style from different musical eras)

      • Grades 1 – 5 (9 Minutes)
      • Grades 6 – 8 (15 Minutes)
      • Grades 9 & 10 (45 Minutes)
      • Open (50 minutes)
    4. Time limits must be strictly adhered to. Should a competitor exceed the time limit, a bell will ring and the competitor must stop immediately. No penalty will occur if the competitor stops when the bell rings.
  5. Classes are defined as follows:
    Baroque: Music in the style of the Baroque Period (up to 1750) as represented by the music of J. S. Bach, Telemann, Scarlatti, Handel, Couperin, etc., or pieces written in a DEFINITE BAROQUE STYLE by later composers.
    Classical: Music in the style of the Classical Period (about 1750 – 1825), including Sonatinas or Sonatas and other forms as represented by the music of Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, Beethoven, etc. Pieces written in a DEFINITE CLASSICAL STYLE by later composers may also be included.
    Romantic: Music in the style of the Romantic composers (1800 – 1900), for example, Schumann, Greig, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, etc.
    Post Romantic: Music in the romantic style written after 1900, including Kabalevsky, Sibelius, Turina, Rachmaninoff, Grechaninov, Khachaturian, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Ibert, etc.
    20th/21st Century: Music written specifically for piano, during the twentieth or twenty-first centuries, in a style other than those listed in the preceding categories. The piece must be played as it was originally written. Any alternate arrangements would fall under the popular category.
    Canadian: Music of Canadian composers such as Coulthard, Archer, Kenins, Fleming, Poole, etc., regardless of period or style. Music by any Canadian composer MUST be in this class.
    Popular: A piece which was not specifically written for piano, or is a simplified arrangement of a piece written for piano. RCM Popular Selection List music would be appropriate for thi class, as would most other pieces found in collections of “songs”, movie themes, etc.
    Performance Group: Three pieces of contrasting style from different musical eras. This class gives competitors an opportunity to perform their solos back to back. Each solo will be adjudicated and marked separately.

 


PRE-GRADE 1 CLASSES – ADJUDICATION ONLY

6 years and under – Canadian
6 years and under – Non-Canadian
7 years – Canadian
7 years – Non-Canadian
8 years – Canadian
8 years – Non-Canadian
9 years – Canadian
9 years – Canadian
10 years – Non-Canadian
10 years – Canadian
11 years and over – Canadian
11 years and over – Non-Canadian


JUNIOR CLASSES (Grades 1-5)

Baroque
Classical
Romantic
Post-Romantic
20th/21st Century
Canadian
Popular
Performance Group: Own choice of three pieces of contrasting styles – Time limit: 9 minutes


INTERMEDIATE CLASSES (Grades 6-8)

Baroque
Classical
Romantic
Post-Romantic
20th/21st Century
Canadian
Popular
Performance Group: Own choice of three pieces of contrasting styles. Time limit: 15 minutes


SENIOR CLASSES (Grades 9 and 10)

Grade 9

Grade 10

OPEN CLASSES – Students must perform at a Diploma Level or above as an Amateur only. Any professional competitor must enter the adult adjudication only category. Open Class competitors will be given adjudication, marks and certificates if eligible.
Baroque
Classical: Any Sonata – minimum of two consecutive movements or whole Sonata
Romantic
Post-Romantic
20th/21st Century
Canadian
Performance Group: Own choice of three pieces of contrasting style –Time limit: 50 minutes


PLAYER’S CHOICE (NEW CLASS)

This class will be programmed in the last session of Piano.
Entries in this class will be excluded from meeting any eligibility requirements for Provincial Representation or receiving Awards. Adjudicator feedback, written and oral, with be given along with a mark. However, NO placements will be awarded. This class is for students who are working on a piece that does not fall into their grade level or classes – but participants would still like to put them through the festival process.
AGAIN, these entries in this class will NOT be included in any way with eligibility.
There are no limits to the number of entries a piano participant may enter, however, all entries are averaged for Provincial and Award eligibility in all other classes.


ENSEMBLE CLASSES (Duets)

Pre-Grade 1
Junior Classes Grades 1-5
Intermediate Classes Grades 6 – 8
Senior Classes Grades 9 – 10
Open


ACCOMPANYING CLASS

entrants to provide soloist, any instruments or voice
The adjudicator will be discussing the accompanist not the solo.
Pre-Grade 1
Junior Grades 1-5
Intermediate Grades 6-8
Senior Grades 9- Open


OWN COMPOSITION CLASS

Each entry must be composed by, written out or computer-generated by the entrant. The work may be performed by the composer or by a performer of his/her choice who is within the appropriate grade(s). The composer must be present for the adjudication.
Entries must be neat and legible in ink, computer print, or photocopy. The measure number starting each line, tempo and dynamic markings and other appropriate details should be included.
A copy of the composition MUST be in the hands of the Piano Chairperson by February 1st. It is advisable to retain your original copy of the submitted work.
Pre-Grade 1
Junior Grades 1-5
Intermediate Grades 6-8
Senior Grades 9 – Open


ADULT CLASS – 18 YEARS AND OVER – ADJUDICATION ONLY

Junior Grades 1-5
Intermediate Grades 6-8
Senior Grades 9- Open


ADULT CLASS – CONCERT GROUP – ADJUDICATION ONLY

Junior Grades 1-5
Intermediate Grades 6-8
Senior Grades 9- Open

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