Syllabus Updates and Corrections

The Syllabus for all disciplines has been published as of September 7, 2020 and we strongly urge you to work from the most recent version when applying. Most changes are only cosmetic, but from time to time we come across adjustments that must be made to the Festival Syllabus between the time it is first published and the registration deadline for ensemble entries (January 22, 2021).

Important changes before January 22, 2021 will be noted below. After that date, no further changes will be considered for the 2021 Festival.

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January 12, 2021: Adjustments to Video Submission Guidelines

The Festival has edited the video submission guidelines to reduce the burden of coordinating with accompanists:
– Performers may accompany themselves.
– Performers may submit videos without accompaniment.

These changes are made on account of:
– The increase in COVID-19 cases in the Ottawa public health unit;
– The increased public health restrictions imposed by the Province starting December 26th, 2020; and
– The likelihood of additional public health measures being introduced today (January 12th, 2021).

December 19, 2020: Minor Adjustments to Piano Syllabus

Minor update to the piano syllabus:
– Some copy/paste errors in repertoire requirements for grade 6 piano corrected.
– The Advanced/diploma class P507 has had its time limit extended from 20 to 30 minutes, due to the typical repertoire performed at that level.

December 10, 2020: Revised Solo Registration Deadline

While undertaking some required website upgrades, the Festival’s solo registration form was down for several days in early December.

As a result, the Festival has elected to extend the deadline for solo registrations to Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

A formal announcement will be made to this effect early next week. In the meantime, the Festival’s website and syllabi are being updated to reflect this change.

November 23, 2020: World Instruments Syllabus Added

Based on a community request, the Festival has added a World Instruments syllabus, currently featuring classes for a variety of Chinese instruments.

November 19, 2020: Harp Set Pieces

Harp set pieces have been added to the syllabus.

November 12, 2020: Organ Set Pieces

When the syllabus was originally published, the Organ syllabus did not include set pieces for those classes that specify them. The syllabus has now been amended to include the set pieces.

November 6, 2020: Voice Set Pieces

When the syllabus was originally published, the Voice set piece classes did not include the set pieces. The syllabus has now been amended to include the set pieces.

October 26, 2020: Video Submission Deadline

A typographical error in the video submission deadline date has been corrected. (The intended date is Friday, March 5th.)

October 26, 2020: String Orchestras

String orchestras classes have been reinstated in the Festival syllabus.

September 19, 2020: Updated Provincials Requirements

Although not formally published on the OMFA website as of this writing, it has come to the Festival’s attention that for the 2021 Provincial Festival, OMFA will once again require adjudicator recommendations.

Festival disciplines that qualify for Provincials have been lightly edited to make note of this change, and a summary of Provincials requirements and which Festival classes qualify for Provincials has been added to the Festival syllabus for this year.

September 7, 2020: Syllabus Published

The syllabus for the 2021 Festival is initially published on the website today.