TO ALL TEACHERS, PERFORMERS AND PARENTS:
- The Festival is under the working Management of the Calgary Performing Arts Festival committee. Any question not dealt with in these rules shall be referred to the Committee through the Executive Director and the decision of the Committee shall be final.
- If you are entering classes at the Calgary Festival and maintain an active teaching studio or receive remuneration for solo performances, please contact the office before registering.
- All competitions, unless otherwise stated, will be open to amateurs only. See Glossary for a definition of “Amateur”.
- To be eligible to compete and receive awards, a performer must:
- Live or study music or speech in the Calgary area (Calgary includes an 80 kilometer radius) for at least six consecutive months of the twelve months immediately preceding the Festival (some exceptions may apply).
- If studying at a recognized post-secondary institution outside the Calgary area, they must:
- Be receiving financial support from parents who have resided in the Calgary area for at least six of the twelve months immediately preceding the Festival.
- Have performed in at least two local Festivals (formerly known as Kiwanis Music Festival).
- Guest solo performers from outside the Calgary area are welcome to enter however they will receive “adjudication only” and will not be eligible to receive awards.
- The date of birth for each soloist and each member of a duet, trio or ensemble must appear on the entry form.
- For classes with age limits, the age of a performer is established as of December 31 preceding the festival year.
- Entry fees are listed beside each class. No entry form will be accepted without the appropriate fee. Once an entry form has been processed, no fees will be refunded unless a duplicate payment has been made.
- The Calgary Festival reserves the right to refuse any entry.
COMPLAINTS / PROTESTS
- A protest cannot be considered unless it is made in writing directly to the Festival within three days of the close of the Festival accompanied by a fee of $25.00. At no time may anyone other than a festival official discuss the matter with the adjudicator. Telephone calls will not be considered.
RULES & REGULATIONS
CLASS / REPERTOIRE / SELECTION CHOICE
- It is the responsibility of the teachers, performers and parents to ensure that the correct class number(s), repertoire and all other required information have been entered. Entries with errors may be returned, so please take your time as you complete the online or printed form and be as accurate as possible.
- Performers choose which class / level / grade to enter by referring to the Calgary Performing Arts Festival syllabus for their discipline.
- The Festival reserves the right to delete classes or to add classes as required.
- No one is permitted to replace any selection listed in the Syllabus without the approval of the Registration Coordinator.
- Names of publishers are included for guidance only. Any standard edition of a selection may be used.
- In classes with “own choice” selections, the quality of material chosen and its suitability to the class will be considered by the adjudicator.
- In piano classes, concerti may be played only in the concerto classes. Exception: Provincial National Class.
- Accompaniments must be played as written.
Exceptions: Folk Song and Musical Theatre classes.
- Taped accompaniments will not be allowed. Exception: School Choral.
- No person off-stage or in the audience may augment or coach a performance.
- Any transposition is permitted except in the following classes:
Vocal Solo – Bach Aria, Opera and Oratorio
- During a given Festival a participant may perform a selection only once using the same solo instrument.
- Definition of selection:
- A stand alone piece of music.
- One, and only one, portion of a song cycle.
NOTE: exception allowed in Provincial National Vocal class.
- One, and only one, piece from a collection of pieces, or as prescribed as a requirement in either the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada, or other recognized syllabus. In some cases more than one movement is required to satisfy grade requirement.
- One or more movements of a multi-movement composition: e.g. sonata, concerto, or concerted work. A single movement of a sonata or concerto may be repeated if the complete work is performed in a subsequent year.
- Piano Plan I – one or more movement(s) of a multi-movement piano selection may be used as ONE selection as long as they keep within the allotted time limit.
- Piano Plan II – one or more movement(s) of a multi-movement piano selection may be used as ONE selection, but MUST keep to the grade standards as put forth by any of the recognized Conservatory Syllabi and be within the allotted time.
- A member of a duet or ensemble may enter more than once in a class provided that he or she performs a different part or plays a different instrument.
- If a solo performer is unable to perform, no one may take his or her place.
- The winner of a solo class may not enter the same class in any subsequent year unless he or she was the only entrant in the class, was in an Associate Standard class, a 19 years and over class or was in a Provincial National class.
- For solo and duet classes, a performer may not perform the same selection in the same festival for the following two Exception: Provincial National class.
- A change of selection cannot be made or announced as a change on the stage at performance time. Performer will receive adjudication only. No marks will be awarded.
- NO PHOTOCOPIES ARE Stringent laws with respect to copyright were passed as law through Bill C-60. Therefore, the Festival cannot accept the use of any photocopied music for the adjudicator, performer(s) or accompanist except as noted:
- In every class other than Composition a photocopy may be used ONLY if the publisher’s written approval has been given.
- A photocopy of an accompaniment may be used to ease page turning provided the accompanist has, at the accompanying instrument, a published edition of the selection.
- In every Composition class a photocopy or computer printout must be provided for the adjudicator.
- Selections cannot be photocopied from anthologies which are themselves under copyright, unless written approval has been given by the publisher or copyright holder.
- Any “own choice” selection which is used and is published, regardless of the fact that the author has been dead for 50 years, may NOT be photocopied. A published copy must be available for the adjudicator.
GENERAL CHORAL CLASSES
- Every choir member must be a bona fide
In Provincial classes TEN percent of the choir membership may exceed a specified age limit by no more than two years. The National regulation stipulates FIVE percent.
NOTE: Professional vocalists and teachers of singing may sing in a choir of which they are bona fide members.
- Singers must be bona fide members of the choir but a professional or amateur conductor may be engaged.
- A school choir must consist of at least 13 members unless the actual class size is less than 13. Choirs with fewer members should notify the local festival contact person.
- Individuals in school classes must be students of the school from which the entry comes.
- When a school entry contains combined grades, the grade having the largest number of students determines the class to be entered.
- A choral, band or orchestra entry with members from two or more schools, and trained as a unit, may compete as a school entry only if the members have not been selected on the basis of performing ability. Otherwise, it must compete as a non-school general choir or as a community band or orchestra.
MEMORIZATION / TIMING
- To qualify for placement in a class, or for scholarships at the local level, participants must perform from memory. Those performing with music will receive adjudication only. Exceptions: Sonatas (String, Woodwind and Brass only) Band, Choral, Composition, Ensembles, Chamber and duets.
- Time limits will be strictly adhered to and enforced. In classes with “own choice” selections, the total performance must not exceed 20 minutes unless stated otherwise. Exception: Provincial National classes, where the time limit is 60 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE: No changes to repertoire or classes will be accepted after Friday, March 17, 2017.
- Changes will be subject to a change fee of $25.00. See Registration page on the Festival website for a change form with instructions cpafestival.ca.
NO phoned-in changes will be accepted.
- No scheduling requests please. In fairness to all participants, we will not accommodate individual requests.
- Classes may take place at any time during the Festival – this includes school hours. Other festivals, music lessons, school and extracurricular activities do not qualify as scheduling conflicts.
- The order of performances is determined by the Festival and it reserves the right to alter the performance order, if necessary, or to subdivide the class should entries warrant.
- Performers who intend to withdraw from any class are requested, as a courtesy, to notify the Festival office in advance.
- There are NO REFUNDS for withdrawal from the Festival.
COMPETITION / VENUE PROTOCOL
- Please mark bar numbers at the beginning of each line of music for the convenience of the adjudicator.
- All performers must be present and ready to perform 15 minutes prior to the beginning of their scheduled class.
- Performers will not commence before they are called to do so.
- A change of selection cannot be made or announced on the stage at performance time. A performer will receive adjudication only and no marks will be awarded.
- At no time may a teacher, performer or parent engage the adjudicator in conversation prior to, during or after any performance. Doing so may result in the performer’s disqualification.
- A complete published score, including solo and accompaniment (if applicable), must be provided for the adjudicator. Each selection should be clearly marked with the performer’s name. Exception: Fiddle
- The adjudicator shall have discretionary power to stop any performance at any time and/or to instruct the omission of repeats. As a general rule no repeats are permitted except in Baroque music.
- Performance times as submitted on entry forms will be enforced.
- No warm up or rehearsals will be allowed in any Festival venue at any time.
- Audience members may not enter or leave while a performance is in progress.
- You are able to record the person you came to support, provided you remain stationary and unobtrusive. Adjudicators’ comments may not be recorded. Please turn off flash. The Festival reserves the right to restrict the amount and type of recording equipment.
- Adjudicators’ decisions are final. Please note: When recommending Provincial candidates, adjudicators consider a variety of factors.
- Taped accompaniment is not allowed. Some exceptions may apply.
RATING / PLACEMENT
- Generally, ratings are given as follows
90% or over Superior
80-84% Very Good
- A mark of at least 85% must be achieved to receive a Gold Certificate. Ratings are based on the participants’ total performance in the class.
PROVINCIALS / NATIONALS
- In order to be considered for recommendation to the Provincial Festival, a performer must have performed in at least two solo classes in the same discipline at the local Festival. Exceptions: Composition and Musical Theatre.
Performer must receive a mark of 85% or higher.
- The adjudicator is not required to recommend a candidate to a Provincial or Provincial National class.
- To be considered for nomination to the National Class at the Provincial Festival a performer must have performed in at least two solo classes AND the Provincial National Class for their discipline. Exception: Chamber.
Performers must receive marks of 85% or higher in all classes.
- The winner of a solo class at the National Music Festival may compete in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival using the same instrument after sitting out three Festival years. The National Music Festival Grand Award winner may not compete in a subsequent local festival using the same instrument.
- To receive a scholarship, performers must have won their class and received a minimum mark of 88%.
- Performers who qualify to receive one of the Principal Scholarships will be required to sign an agreement showing their commitment to proceed to the Provincial Music Festival and subsequently the National Music Festival. These scholarships were established to support and give special recognition to the performers representing Calgary at the Provincial and National level. In the event that the winner of a Provincial National class is unable to compete at the Provincial Music Festival and subsequently the National Music Festival, the scholarship will be awarded to the alternate.
- The total amount of scholarship money awarded to any one performer shall not exceed $7,000.
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