Syllabus Updates and Corrections

The Syllabus for all disciplines has been published as of September 6, 2021 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 21, 2022).

Important changes before January 21, 2022 will be noted below. After that date, no further changes will be considered for the 2022 Festival.

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December 13, 2021: Bands, Choirs, Orchestras - Registration Deadline and Fees

The registration deadline for bands, choirs, and orchestras has been moved to Friday, February 4th, 2022, and registration fees for classes in those disciplines have been reduced for this year.

December 13, 2021: Adult Voice Concert Recital Classes

As of this writing, concert recital classes in the adult voice category now permit performance of up to one aria selection from an opera, oratorio, or similar work.

December 13, 2021: By-Age Piano Classes at Different Levels

In the Voice discipline, a participant is permitted to register in up to one competitive class in another age level provided they are registered in at least one competitive class matching their own age level. This allows performers whose declared grade may not match Provincials classes they could qualify for to perform for an adjudicator who will make recommendations for their declared grade.

The Festival has a similar procedure in place for by-age Piano, which previously permitted performers in the by-age piano stream to register in a graded class matching their declared grade. As of this writing, this has been revised such that they may enter into up to one competitive class for a different age cohort.

November 29, 2021: Piano and Voice Provincials Adjustments

The following adjustments have been made to the Piano and Voice disciplines with respect to Provincials:
– OMFA requires that at least one piece that performers choose for Provincials be performed at the local Festival. Our general requirements for Provincials in each of these disciplines were more stringent than this requirement, and have been amended to reflect it.
– Since the junior piano adjudicator, who makes recommendations for Provincials graded piano up to grade 6, oversees both the elementary and junior piano classes in this Festival, by-age classes in both categories now qualify for grade 1 through 6 graded piano at Provincials.

November 4, 2021: Adult Piano Concerto Class

Based on a request from the community, the Festival has added a piano concerto class to adult piano classes.

November 4, 2021: Clarification on Current Conservatory Syllabus

In past years, the Festival has explicitly specified that Conservatory selections must be drawn from the most recent exam syllabus from an Ontario Conservatory, with an exception made for when a Conservatory has very recently updated its syllabus for any given instrument.

This explicit rule has not appeared in the Festival Rules & Regulations over the past few years, instead being treated as an implicit rule (since each Conservatory by default accepts its most recent exam syllabus as a source of exam repertoire).

Based on community feedback and an internal review of previous Festivals, the Festival has reinstated this rule as an explicit part of the Festival Rules & Regulations: Conservatory selections must be drawn from the most recent Conservatory exam syllabus for any given instrument, except in years when a Conservatory has updated its exam syllabus in the same year as the current Festival year, in which case the previous syllabus may be used.

(Note that popular music classes in select disciplines may have broad exceptions to this rule.)

October 27, 2021: Changes to Piano Classes

Based on community feedback, the following changes have been made to the Festival’s piano classes:

(1) New Preparatory Concert Class
This year, the Festival removed the distinction between preparatory classes for Canadian composers and non-Canadian composers. In recognition of the desire of some preparatory-level performers to perform multiple works at the Festival, the Festival has added a Preparatory Concert class.

Note that class numbers of elementary-level classes have been adjusted as required to accommodate this change.

(2) Repertoire for Intermediate Ensemble Classes
A single Own Choice selection in an intermediate ensemble class may consist of an entire single-movement work, or of one or two movements of a multi-movement work.

October 25, 2021: Set Pieces

Disciplines with set piece classes – Harp, Organ, and Voice – were not initially published with the set pieces included.

Set pieces have now been included in these disciplines.

October 25, 2021: Skills Class Updates

As regular classes in the Festival are being offered virtually, solo skills classes will not be offered this year. Each affected discipline’s class list has been updated to reflect this change.

The affected disciplines are Brass, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds.

September 6, 2021: Syllabus Published

The syllabus for the 2022 Festival is initially published on the website today.