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Strings Program

Strings Classes will be scheduled during the week of April 22nd to 27th, 2024.

See below for more information about our strings classes including fees, class levels and descriptions.

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with class guidelines prior to registering for classes.

CLICK HERE to view Rules, Regulations & Resources for strings.

Strings Syllabus

Strings Classes & Fees

Classical Cello & Double Bass Classes

Levels Preparatory, 1-4               

  • Classical Solo / Etudes - $30                       

  • Classical Recital - $40

Levels 5-7                                    

  • Classical Solo / Etudes - $33                       

  • Classical Recital - $43

Levels 8-10                                  

  • Classical Solo / Etudes - $36                       

  • Classical Recital - $46


  • Classical Solo / Etudes - $39                       

  • Classical Recital - $49


  • Classical Solo - $30

  • Suzuki Strings - $30                       

  • Classical Recital - $40

Classical Violin & Viola Classes

Levels Preparatory, 1-4               

  • List A / List B / List C (Level 3) / Etudes - $30         

  • Recital Classes - $40

Levels 5-7                                    

  • List A / List B / List C / Etudes - $33                       

  • Recital Classes - $43

Levels 8-10                                  

  • List A / List B / List C / List D / Etudes - $36          

  • Recital Classes - $46


  • List A / List B / List C / List D - $39                        

  • Recital Classes - $49


  • Solo Classes - $30

  • Suzuki Strings Classes - $30                                                     

  • Recital Classes - $40

KWCO Concerto Competition

  • Strings: Ages 12 to18 - $36

Popular Strings

Beginner (Ages 8 & under) / Primary (Ages 9-10) 

  • Popular Solo - $30

  • Popular Recital - $40

Elementary (Ages 11-12) 

  • Popular Solo - $33

  • Popular Recital - $43

Junior (Ages 13-14) / Intermediate (Ages 15-16) 

  • Popular Solo - $36

  • Popular Recital - $46

Senior (Ages 17-18) / Advanced (Ages 19-28)

  • Popular Solo - $39

  • Popular Recital - $49


  • Popular Solo - $30

  • Popular Recital - $40

String Ensemble Classes

Beginner (Ages 8 & under) / Primary (Ages 9-10) 

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

  • Popular Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

Elementary (Ages 11-12) 

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $33

  • Popular Duet / Trio / Quartet - $33

Junior (Ages 13-14) / Intermediate (Ages 15-16) 

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

  • Popular Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

Senior (Ages 17-18) / Advanced (Ages 19-28)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39

  • Popular Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39


  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

  • Popular Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

Class Levels


Preparatory/Introductory, Levels 1-10   Participants must enter a grade level that is higher than their most recent examination as of December 31st, 2022. For example, if a student passes a level 3 exam in December, then they must enter classes at level 4 or higher.  If a student passes a level 3 exam anytime after January 1, 2023, then they may still enter level 3 classes. 


Diploma Level        Diploma classes are for participants who are 1) currently working towards their ARCT, ACCM or an equivalent diploma examination AND 2) have been studying at this level for LESS than 2 years AND 3) have not yet completed a Diploma Level examination.


Post-Diploma Level        Participants who have earned their ARCT/ACCM or equivalent Diploma, OR who have been studying at the Diploma level for more than 2 years must enter at the Post-Diploma Level.


Age Levels          For Popular classes participants must enter the level based on their age as of December 31st, 2023.  For String Ensemble classes participants must enter the age level of the oldest participant based on their age as of December 31st, 2023.

Non-Competitive        Non-Competitive classes will be organized based on registration so that participants of similar ages, levels and styles will be grouped together.  Adult amateurs (ages 29 & above) may enter any Non-Competitive class.  Adult-Child groups may enter Non-Competitive Ensemble classes.

Class Definitions


Cello/Bass Solo               Participants must perform one (1) selection from the appropriate grade level and any Repertoire list in either the RCM Cello Syllabus 2013 Edition or the RCM Double Bass Syllabus 2004 Edition. 


Violin/Viola List Classes (List A, List B, etc)          Participants must perform one (1) Selection from the appropriate grade level and list from the RCM Violin Syllabus 2021 Edition, RCM Viola Syllabus 2013 Edition or CC Classical Violin Syllabus. 


Recital Classes                 Participants must perform two contrasting (2) selections from the appropriate grade level and where applicable from different Repertoire lists in the RCM or CC Syllabus.  For example, if the grade level includes List A & List B the participant should play one (1) selection from each list.  If there is a List C or D, then the participant may choose which two (2) Lists to select from.  

Etude Classes                  Participants must perform the number of Etudes indicated in the RCM or CC Syllabi for their grade level.  Note that for most grade levels two (2) Etude selections are required with the following exceptions: Violin/Viola Preparatory to Level 2 must perform one (1) selection, and for Levels 7-10 participants may choose to play either a) two (2) Etudes OR b) one (1) Etude and one (1) Orchestral Excerpt (entire selection as indicated on the syllabus list). Etudes do not need to be memorized.


Popular Classes               Participants must perform one (1) selection for Solo classes or two (2) selections for Recital classes.  Popular selections should be covers from commercial artists in any of the following genres: Pop, Folk, R&B, Soul, Rock, Alternative, Indie, Jazz or Country.  Songs listed in the RCM or CC syllabus are not permitted.  Popular selections must be performed with either live accompaniment or an instrumental backing track


String Ensemble Classes     String Ensembles may include Duets, Trios or Quartets with any combination of stringed instruments. Participants must perform one (1) selection in the appropriate genre (Classical or Popular). Memorization is not required.


Non-Competitive Classes            Participants will receive a written and verbal adjudication, as well as a Participation Ribbon, but will not be given marks or class placements.  Non-Competitive classes will be organized based on registration so that participants of similar ages and categories will be grouped together.  Adult amateurs may enter any Non-Competitive class.  Adult-Child groups may enter Non-Competitive Ensemble classes.


Suzuki Strings    The Suzuki Strings classes are listed under “Non-Competitive” and are open to any string participants who wish to play selections from a Suzuki Method Book (Levels 1-5).  Participants may play one (1) selection or two (2) short selections (with a time limit of no more than 5 minutes performance time).  Memorization is not required.

**See below regarding OMFA Eligibility under Strings Rules & Regulations.

KWCO Concerto Competition     This class is an annual competition where three (3) winners and two (2) runners-up will be selected to perform with the KW Community Orchestra.  Participants will receive a mark and verbal and written evaluations. Winners and runners-up will be announced at the end of the class. Registrants must refer to the KWCO Concerto Competition section of the Syllabus to confirm their eligibility. *Note: Previous competition winners are not eligible to enter.

Strings 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.


Age Limits          Competitive classes are open to participants up to the age of 28 as of December 31, 2023.  Adults aged 29+ are only eligible for Non-Competitive classes.


Accompaniment             Participants must perform with live piano accompaniment for all Classical Strings repertoire classes (except where the syllabus indicates that a piece is “Unaccompanied”) and performers must make their own arrangements for an accompanist.


Backing Tracks                For Popular classes only, participants must use either live accompaniment (piano or guitar/ukuklele) or an instrumental backing track that does not have back-up vocals.  Performers are encouraged to use tracks with limited instrumental breaks (edited tracks/ reductions are allowed). Backing tracks must be provided as an MP3 file prior to the festival class (registrants will be contacted with instructions for submission).  Backing tracks may be purchased from


Duet & Trio Accompaniment       Piano accompaniment is not required but should be included if indicated in the score. The piano part is considered “accompaniment” when the piano part does not have an equal role, and the pianist is not a participant being evaluated.  Ensembles where the piano part plays an equal role, and the pianist is a class participant should enter in the “Chamber Music” division.

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


Class Levels       Participants must perform repertoire that is listed under the corresponding grade level in the RCM or CC syllabus. There are no exceptions, even when a higher-level piece has been approved by RCM or CC for examination purposes. 


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


Multi-movement Selections       One (1) selection may consist of multiple movements, where specified in the RCM or CC Syllabus (ex. Sonatas & Concertos). Participants must perform the movement(s) specified in the syllabus where applicable. For example, the syllabus may require that only one movement of a piece be played, or that two or more specific movements be played.  For Recital Classes no more than two (2) contrasting movements are permitted to be played for a selection.

Time Limit          Total performance time must not exceed twenty (20) minutes in total for any class.  In cases where multiple movements are to be performed, and the total performance time would exceed twenty (20) minutes participants may omit one (1) movement subject to the approval of the KWKMF Coordinator.  Selected movements should be contrasting and should reflect the difficulty level of the class.

Syllabus Exceptions       Participants who wish to play a piece that is not on a syllabus list can do so if 1) they provide a letter of approval from the RCM or CC for examination purposes, and/or 2) they submit a request for approval to the KWKMF Coordinator no later than January 30, 2023. Requests will be forwarded to a designated Strings Committee to determine if the piece is appropriate for a particular grade level and class.


Syllabus Conflicts           1) Where there are conflicts between newer and older editions of a syllabus students must follow the most recent syllabus 2) Where there are conflicts between the RCM and CC syllabi, participants may choose which syllabus to use.  For example, if a piece is listed in the RCM syllabus as Level 6 but is listed as Level 7 in the CC syllabus the student may choose to enter the level that generally aligns with their other class entries.


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), 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 required for all competitive Strings Repertoire classes except for Sonatas/Sonatinas (as indicated in each syllabus).  Exceptions include Cello Levels 6-7: List A (only repertoire marked with *asterisk from List A must be memorized), Cello Levels 8-ARCT: List B, Bass Levels 7-ARCT: List B, Violin/Viola Levels 5-ARCT: List B.

OMFA Eligibility            Participants who enter any competitive class are eligible for OMFA Nominations.  Participants in Non-Competitive classes (including Suzuki classes) may be eligible for OMFA nominations IF they perform selections that are included in the RCM or CC Syllabi (see Classical Strings Class Descriptions above) and receive a mark of 85% or above (marks will be recorded privately and will not be shared with the class in Non-Competitive classes).

Strings Resources


Strings R&R
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