Syllabus Updates and Corrections

The Syllabus for all disciplines has been published as of September 5, 2022 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 20, 2023).

Important changes before January 20, 2023 will be noted below. After that date, no further changes will be considered for the 2023 Festival.

Please check back often. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at

January 18, 2023: Multi-School Choirs

Multi-school choirs are now considered community choirs, rather than a type of school choir.

January 13, 2023: Flute Class Codes

A few flute class codes have been updated in the syllabus to match their current code numbers in the MFS system.

December 13, 2022: Voice Open Art Song Class

The repertoire requirements for Open Art Song Class 20107 have been amended. Since the general rules for voice repertoire allow combining multiple selections from a coherent larger work – such as pieces from the same song cycle – the distinct rule in that class regarding song cycles is redundant and has been removed.

December 13, 2022: Ensemble Classes

Ensemble classes have been reconfigured in assorted disciplines to create a smoother transition from our Festival to Provincials.

December 13, 2022: Popular Music Classes

The Festival has added new popular music classes in assorted disciplines.

December 13, 2022: Provincials Guide

Similar to our trophy guide, the Festival has published guides for Provincials, showing which of our classes qualify for Provincials classes.

Two guides have been posted – one for solo performers and one for ensembles.

November 28, 2022: Strings Concert Groups

In 2018 and prior years, it was possible for solo string performers to play up to one piece in a concert group from the next higher grade/level – e.g. an ARCT piece in a grade 10 class, for instance.

Based on community feedback, this rule is being reintroduced into the strings syllabus.

November 28, 2022: Trophy Guide

A trophy guide for the Festival has been added to the syllabus page. If you want to know which classes qualify for a trophy, consult the guide!

September 5, 2022: Syllabus Published

The syllabus for the 2023 Festival is initially published on the website today.