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2017 Awards Criteria & Festival Rules:
Available Awards:
Festival Awards Criteria
Musical Theatre Awards
Cups for Novice and Junior performers will be presented to the participant with the highest mark in the categories, provided that the mark is 85 or more for Junior performers, 80 or more for Novice performers. Cups or shields for Intermediate or Senior performers will be presented to the participant who performed both uptempo and ballad solos, and received the highest average, provided the average is 85 and above.
Home Hardware Building Centre Cup is presented to an outstanding Novice performer who demonstrates exceptional performance ability in a solo class.
E. C. Irving Musical Theatre Cup and Festival Award is presented to an outstanding Junior performer who demonstrates exceptional performance ability in a solo class.
Caldwell‐Roach Shield and Festival Award is presented to an outstanding Intermediate performer who demonstrates exceptional performance ability in a solo class
Rob Bruce Cup and Festival Award is presented to an outstanding Senior performer who demonstrates exceptional performance ability in a solo class
Adjudicator's Choice Awards and Provincial Recommendations - See below.
Awards in Piano and Vocal Solo Performances
Novice
In order to receive an award a performer must have competed in a minimum of two separate classes and the average of the top two marks must be 80 or greater. Student/peer duets may count as one of these classes. Sight reading classes are not counted in the average.
Junior
In order to receive an award a performer must have competed in a minimum of three separate classes and the average of the top three marks must be 85 or greater. Student/peer duets may count as one of these classes. Sight reading classes are not counted in the average.
Intermediate/Senior
In order to receive an award a performer must have competed in a minimum of three separate classes and the average of the top three marks must be 85 or greater. Student/peer duets may count as one of these classes. Sight reading classes are not counted in the average.
Open
In order to receive an award a performer must have competed in a minimum of three separate classes and the average of the top three marks must be 85 or greater.
Dr. Jane Norman Achievement Awards
A maximum of 10 awards valued at $25 each, presented to Novice and/or Junior performers in piano or voice, who have performed at least once, and achieved a mark of 80% or higher.
Big Brothers - Big Sisters Achievement Awards
A maximum of 10 awards valued at $50 each, presented to Intermediate and/or Senior performers in piano or voice, who have performed in a minimum of two classes. The average of the top two marks must be 85% or higher.
Awards in Band and Instrumental Categories
Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit Standards of Performance will be awarded.
- A Gold Standard signifies the performer(s) achieved excellence in all facets of the performance.
- A Silver Standard signifies that the performer(s )demonstrated an exceedingly high standard of musical performance.
- A Bronze Standard signifies an above average quality of performance with latitude for improvement.
- A Merit Standard acknowledges an average quality of performance.
These determinations will be made by the adjudicator.
Please see the Band and Instrumental Awards section for specific awards.
Awards in Choral Categories
Please see the Choral Awards section for specific awards.
Provincial Festival Recommendations
Recommendations for the Provincial Music Festival are strictly the prerogative of the Adjudicators and may be made in the following categories. Local festival entrants who are interested in competing in the Provincial Music Festival should consult the Provincial and National Regulations section of this Syllabus.
Musical Theatre, Junior & Senior
String Solo, Junior & Senior
Brass Solo, Junior & Senior
Vocal Solo, Junior & Senior
Classical Guitar, Junior & Senior
Chamber Group, Junior & Senior
Piano Solo, Junior & Senior
Woodwind Solo, Junior & Senior
Choral, Junior & Senior
General Rules
1.Where there is an age requirement, age will be reckoned as of the first day of January.
2. Entry fees must accompany entry forms or applications cannot be processed. No refunds once class has been entered.
3.Individuals are responsible for obtaining their own music.
4. The Festival will provide adjudicators with copies of test pieces.
5. Canada has a very stringent copyright law. Please do not mimeograph, photocopy, Xerox or otherwise copy any part or portion of music without authorization from the copyright owner. The Adjudicators will not adjudicate a contestant who provides a reproduction of a piece of copyrighted music. Downloaded music will be accepted only if accompanied by a proof of payment or other written authorization.
6. Participants in non‐competitive classes are eligible to enter competitive classes in the same category. Non‐competitive participants will be given adjudication only, no marks. Only participants in competitive classes will be eligible for an award.
7.Following are the school grade/age/RCM grade classifications unless otherwise noted:
Where not indicated by RCM classifications, the following age groupings are implied:
  Piano & Voice: Schools, Choirs, Bands (unless otherwise specified):
Novice Age 8 and under Grade 4 and under
Junior Age 12 and under Grade 6 and under
Intermediate Age 15 and under Grade 9 and under
Senior Age 16 and over Grade 12 and under
Open University/College University/College
Adult Non‐School/University Non‐School/University
NOTE: Please note that most school band classes will use the Canadian Band Association National Voluntary Curriculum and Standards for Instrumental Music (Band), whereby the selections chosen will determine the level of entry. For School Choirs and other School Band classes, no more than 10% of the participants in the group may exceed the specified level by 2 grades/age.
8. An ENSEMBLE is defined as a group of from 5 to 15.
9. A SCHOOL CHOIR is defined as a selected group from one or several classes.
10. A SCHOOL CHORUS is defined as all children from several classes.
11. CLASSROOM SINGING is defined as all children from one class. If a Choir or a Chorus contains children from different grades, then the Choir or Chorus must compete at the level of the highest grade represented in the group.
12. Participants must perform the specified edition of the test piece in the syllabus.
13. All selections are to be performed in the key stated in the test piece with the following exceptions:
a) Choruses, Choirs & Classroom Singing Groups may raise or lower the key one full tone.
b) School Instrumental Groups may raise or lower the key one full tone.
c) Choruses, Choirs & Classroom Singing Groups may transpose “Own Choice” music to a suitable key.
14. All School Choruses, Choirs & Classroom Singing Groups may be accompanied by no more than two instruments, with the exception of Jazz/Blues, Choirs and Choruses.
15. Amplification is permitted only in Stage Band Classes and in Jazz/Blues (including Jazz Choirs).
16. All classes will be judged on tone, technique, dynamics, phrasing and interpretation. Choral and Vocal classes will be judged on diction as well.
17. Performers are expected to present themselves with customary stage deportment. This will be a factor in the adjudicator’s assessment of the performers.
18. In test pieces, solo participants must perform their age group selection. If desired, participants may also play or sing one class up from their age groups.
19. Solo and duet participants in voice and piano classes, excepting oratorio, are expected to memorize their music. Adjudicators will deduct two points for the use of music. In the event of a tie for first place, the participant performing from memory will be preferred. If not performing from memory, original music is required.
20. Conductors are not permitted to participate with their groups during a performance. Participants will be disqualified, or marks deducted if the conductor participates with her/his group during performance.
21. Sight singing/reading classes will be held in private.
22. Unless otherwise indicated in the Syllabus, “Own Choice” refers to a single selection.
23. Each participant (or conductor/teacher) is responsible for passing in “Own Choice” music together with the information required on the “Own Choice” Form, to the music desk at least 15 minutes prior to his/her class. Failure to provide this music on time may result in disqualification.
24. All participants must be present at the correct location 15 minutes before their class time. If this is not possible, then the Venue Co‐ordinator must be informed.
25. Participants who are not going to perform in their chosen class are to provide the Festival with at least twenty‐four (24) hour notification if at all possible.
26. Participants are to quietly remain in their seats during each performance.
27. No flash photography or electronic recording in any form is permitted during a performance.
28. THE ADJUDICATOR'S DECISION SHALL BE FINAL
29. Participants, teachers and parents of participants must refrain from socializing with adjudicators. Comments regarding the adjudication must be made in writing directly to the Music Festival.
30. Awards/ trophies presented according to the awards criteria of the Music Festival.
31. Recommendations made for the Provincial Music Festival are made by the adjudicator(s) involved, using the provincial guidelines with all session performances being considered. The Festival Society will provide $200 towards the expenses of the designated participants in the Provincial Festival.
32. The Truro Music Festival Society may withhold an award or trophy in the case of a mark below 85.
33. All award cheques must be cashed within one month of receipt.
34. Because of increased numbers of classes in recent years, it is not possible for all first place winners to perform in the Festival Concerts. Participants in the Final Concert are chosen by representatives of the Awards Committee with representatives of the Festival Committee as a whole.
35. Once the program is printed and distributed, changes in scheduling of classes cannot be guaranteed.
36. University students are required to enter Open classes and/or Senior Concert groups, regardless of age.
37. All instrumental and vocal soloists are advised that they may be accompanied by one instrument (usually piano). Each soloist is responsible for getting his/her accompanist.
38. To assist the adjudicators, entrants may be asked to supply the title and composer of their "Own Choice" selection.