Frequently Asked Questions 

 QUESTIONS 

GENERAL

Is the festival free to attend? 
What is the Finale Concert?


REGISTRATION

Is there a registration fee above and beyond the cost of each class?
When does registration open and close?
Do I need a teacher code?
How do I get a teacher code?
Do my students need a participant code?
Is my online log-in and password info the same from year to year?

Where do I find the RCM or CC repertoire lists?
How many selections should my students play in each class?
How do I determined the age of a solo performer?
Competitive VS Non-Competitive Classes?
What is "List A, List B, and List C"?
Can my students play pieces not on the RCM or CC repertoire lists?
Which classes should an adult participant register for?
Which method books are permitted in the Method Book classes?

How do I register an ensemble?
How do I determined the age of a solo performer, ensemble, or choir?


SCHEDULE

When will the schedule be published?
Will I be notified about the details of my Festival Classes?


SOLO AND CHAMBER PARTICIPANTS

Do performances need to be given from memory?
Can a voice participant accompany him or herself on the guitar?
What is considered performance attire?


LARGE ENSEMBLES

How do I determined the age of a choir?
How many selections should my band, orchestra, or choir perform in each class?

 


 

ANSWERS

 

Do I need a teacher code?
If you would like to be able to view all of your student's individual performance schedules from within your own online festival account, then YES - you need a teacher code. Your students will need it DURING their online registration, so be sure it give it to them in advance. If you do not wish to be privy to your students' performance schedules from within your own online account, then NO - you do not need a teacher code. 

How do I get a teacher code? 
1. Register for an account
2. Confirm your account's email
3. Once inside your account, click "View Your Student's Classes"
4. Click "Manage/Obtain Teacher ID"
5. Click "Generate Teacher ID"
6. Your teacher ID will appear. 

Do my students need a participant code?
No, you do not need a participant code. 

Is my online log-in and password info the same from year to year? 
Yes!

Can my students play pieces not on the RCM or CC repertoire lists? 
Yes, they can. In order to do so, the selection needs to be approved by the repertoire review committee for prior to the festival, and a letter of approval will need to accompany the score when presented to the festival secretary prior to performance. Please contact the festival coordinator to get a selection approved.

Where do I find the RCM or CC repertoire lists?
Royal Conservatory repertoire lists can be found on the Royal Conservatory of Music Publications Page, or purchased in store. Repertoire lists for Conservatory Canada can be purchased in store.

How many selections should my students play in each class?
Unless otherwise stated, participants are permitted to perform one selection per class. See Etude, Concert Group, or Recital class for further details on the number of pieces to be performed in these classes.

How many selections should my band, orchestra, or choir perform in each class?
Your group should play two contrasting selections. Be sure that your total performance time (including transitions) fall into the time limit requirements. See Rules and Regulations for the timing rubric.

How do I determined the age of a solo performer, ensemble, or choir?
All solo ages refer to the age of the participant as of January 1st of the year of the festival. All members of an ensemble must qualify for the class age description. Five percent of a choir's membership may exceed the age limit of a class description by no more than two years.

Is the festival free to attend?
All classes are free of charge and open to the public. Sight reading and quick study classes are not open to the public. 

Do performances need to be given from memory?
All solo instruments registered for competitive classes must memorize their repertoire, except for those instruments where the RCM or CC do not require memorization for exams. Ensembles are not required to perform from memory. 

How do I register an Ensemble?
Ensembles must submit one ensemble application per ensemble. Even if ensemble members are participating in solo classes, their ensemble application will be submitted separately from their solo application. The ensemble is required to designate a primary contact who will correspond with the festival on behalf of their ensemble. 

What is the difference between Competitive and Non-Competitive Classes?
In competitive classes, the adjudicator gives participants written or typed comments on their performance and participants are awarded a mark out of 100, placements ribbons are given to the top three marks, and/or gold, silver and bronze seals of standard are awarded according to the participants mark. In non-competitive classes, adjudicators give participants written or typed comments; marks, placements and seals of standard are not awarded. 

What is the Finale Concert?
 See the Finale Concert page for details. 

Is there a registration fee beyond the cost of each class? 
Yes - there is a processing fee of $7 for every transaction. If you are registering more than one person in your account, please bear in mind that you can process both registrations on the same transaction.   

Can a voice participant accompany him or herself on the guitar? 
Yes, they can. The accompaniment will not be adjudicated.  

Which classes should an adult participant register for?
There are two age divisions in the festival - youth and adult. For the purpose of the festival, youth is defined as 30 years of age and under. The Adult division is then for those 31 years of age and older.

Which method books are permitted in the Method Book classes?
All published method books except RCM and CC are accepted in Method Book classes.

What is considered performance attire?
Use your best judgement. The rules and regulations specify no blue jeans or running shoes. 

When does Registration Open and Close?
Festival Registration opens and closes every year on the same dates: December 1 to January 22nd. There is a late registration period from January 23-31. A late fee of $10 is applied to each late registrant. 

When will the schedule be published?
Please see the current year's festival information page for this date, as it changes slightly each year.

Will I be notified about the details of my Festival Classes?
A general email will be sent out announcing that the festival schedule has been published. If you registered for a class, you will receive this email. To view your schedule, you will be required to log into the same account you registered for classes in.

What is "List A, List B, and List C"?
These lists refer to the curriculum of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and Conservatory Canada (CC). To view the lists of repertoire that exist under List A, List B, and so on, click the link to the Royal Conservatory of Music Publications page, where you can view the Syllabus for your chosen instrument. Conservatory Canada's repertoire lists must be purchased in store.

Last updated 2016-11-18