Ensembles: School & Community Syllabus
(Bands, Orchestras & Choirs)
Class Levels for Ensembles
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 must be presented for digital copies)
Ensembles: Chamber Music Syllabus
Class Fees for Chamber Music
Beginner (Levels 1-4)
Solo Class - $30 / Recital Class - $40
Junior (Levels 5-7)
Solo Class - $33 / Recital Class - $43
Intermediate (Levels 8-10)
Solo Class - $36 / Recital Class - $46
Solo Class - $39 / Recital Class - $49
Solo Class - $30 / Recital Class - $40
Class Levels for Chamber Music
Competitive Class levels include Beginner (Levels 1-4), Junior (Levels 5-7), Intermediate (Levels 8-10) and Senior (Diploma). Participants must enter the category that matches the grade level of the most advanced player in the ensemble. For example, if a quartet includes some members who play at a grade 4 level and some who play at a grade 5 level, then they should register for Junior (Levels 5-7).
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.
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 3-5 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.
Scores Participants must provide the adjudicator with a legally purchased copy of the music for all selections (a purchase receipt must be presented for digital copies).
Memorization is not required for Chamber Music classes.