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Music Class

Ensembles Program
(Bands, Orchestras & Choirs)

School & Community Classes classes will be scheduled the week of April 2nd to 9th, 2024.  Chamber Music Classes (under private instruction) will be scheduled the week of April 22nd-27th, 2024.  Click on a link below for class fees, descriptions, rules & regulations:

School & Community Classes

Chamber Music Classes

Ensembles: School & Community Syllabus

(Bands, Orchestras & Choirs)

Class Levels for Ensembles

 

  • Elementary School Grade 8 & under  

  • Secondary School Grades 9-10

  • Secondary School Grades 9-12

  • Youth Community (Majority of ensemble members must be 19 or under)

  • Adult Community (Majority of ensemble members are 19 and above)

  • Non-Competitive (Participants will receive a written and verbal adjudication, as well as a Participation Ribbon, but will not be given marks or class placements and are not eligible for financial awards or OMFA Provincials recommendations)

 

Class Definitions & Fees

 

School Chamber Ensembles - $40     Chamber ensembles may include 3-5 players, with one player per part and should not have a conductor.  School Chamber Ensembles must be registered by an elementary or secondary school teacher. (Independent chamber groups, including those with private instruction may register under the “Chamber Music” program).

Small Ensembles - $55           May include 4-15 ensemble members, may have multiple players per part, and can be either self-led or conductor led.  Small Ensemble Options include Guitar Ensemble, Ukulele Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Rock Band, & Chamber Choir.

Large Ensembles -  $110           Includes groups with 15 or more ensemble members, with multiple players per part and is conductor-led.  Large Ensemble Options include Concert Band, Stage/Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir.

 

 

Rules & Regulations

 

Small & Chamber Ensembles may perform one (1) or two (2) selections, with a recommended performance time limit of 6 minutes to allow time for the adjudicator to workshop with each group.  20 Minutes per entry will be allotted for small ensemble classes.  For example, a class that includes three (3) groups will be scheduled for 60 minutes.  **Note: groups who receive an OMFA nomination should be prepared to perform two (2) selections as per the OMFA syllabus.

Large Ensembles must play two (2) selections, with a recommended performance time limit of 10 minutes to allow time for the adjudicator to workshop with each group.  30 Minutes per entry will be allotted for large ensemble classes.  For example, a class that includes three (3) groups will be scheduled for 90 minutes. 

Multi-movement Selections       One (1) selection may consist of multiple movements.  No more than two (2) contrasting movements are permitted to be played for a selection.

Scores & Sheet Music                 Participants must provide the adjudicator with a legally purchased copy of the music for all selections (a purchase receipt or IMSLP listing must be presented for digital copies). Refer to section 7.14 of the Rules, Regulations & Guidelines for more information about Copyright.

Class Awards                     Participants in competitive ensemble classes will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze Seal of Standard based on their marks:  Gold for a mark of 90 and above, Silver for a mark of 85-89, and Bronze for a mark of 80-84.  Marks will be recorded on comment sheets but will not be shared with the class, and no class placements (I.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be announced.

 

School & Community

Ensembles: Chamber Music Syllabus

Class Fees for Chamber Music 

                                                   

Beginner (Levels 1-5

  • Solo Class - $33 / Recital Class - $43

Junior (Levels 6-9)  

  • Solo Class - $36 / Recital Class - $46

Senior (Levels 10, Diploma)

  • Solo Class -  $39 / Recital Class - $49

Non-Competitive

  • Solo Class -  $30 / Recital Class - $40

 

Class Levels for Chamber Music 

 

Competitive      Class levels include Beginner (Levels 1-5), Junior (Levels 6-9) and Senior (Levels 10, Diploma).  Participants must enter at the level of the most advanced player in the group.

Non-Competitive            Participants will receive a written and verbal adjudication, as well as a Participation Ribbon, but will not be given marks or class placements and are not eligible for financial awards or OMFA Provincials recommendations.   Non-Competitive classes will be organized based on registration so that participants of similar ages will be grouped together.  Adult amateurs may enter any Non-Competitive class.  Adult-Child groups may enter Non-Competitive Chamber Music classes.

 

Class Options 

 

Chamber Music Solo                   Participants must perform one (1) selection.

Chamber Music Recital               Participants must perform two contrasting (2) selections.

 

**Note: Duet and Trio class options are available within each instrument division (example: Piano Duets should register in the Piano division).  Trios consisting of the same instrument family (ex. 3 brass instruments) should register under their instruments’ division, whereas a Trio consisting of mixed instrumentation should register in the Chamber Music division (ex. a trio with violin, piano and flute).

 

 

Rules & Regulations

 

Failure to follow the Rules & Regulations below will disqualify participants from receiving a mark or class placement.  Participants may still receive written and verbal evaluations from the adjudicator.

Ensemble Members       Chamber Music ensembles may include 2-5 players, with one player per part, all the parts having equal importance.  Members can include any combination of recognized orchestral instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, guitar, recorder, and/or percussion, with or without piano and/or one voice singer.

Ensemble Instruction    Independent chamber groups, including those coached by a private instructor, may register in the “Ensembles: Chamber Music” program (School-based groups should register in the “Ensembles: School & Community” division).

Age Limits                        Competitive classes are open to participants up to the age of 28 as of December 31, 2022.  Adults aged 29+ are only eligible for non-competitive classes.

Class Registrations         Participants may only register once per Class Option for all competitive classes.  Classes listed as “Non-Competitive” are allowed multiple registrations.

Repertoire Selections    Participants cannot perform the same selection in different classes (for example, if a group enters both Chamber Music Solo and Chamber Music Recital then they must perform 3 different selections).

Multi-movement Selections       One (1) selection may consist of multiple movements. Participants must perform no more than two (2) contrasting movements.

Time Limit          Total performance time must not exceed twenty (20) minutes in total for any class.

 

Scores          Participants must provide the adjudicator with a legally purchased copy of the music for all selections (a purchase receipt or IMSLP listing must be presented for digital copies), even when the piece is being performed by memory. Refer to section 7.14 of the Rules, Regulations & Guidelines for more information about Copyright.

Memorization is not required for Chamber Music classes.

 

Chamber Music
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