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Voice Program

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

Voice categories include Classical, Musical Theatre and Popular styles.  See below for more information about our voice 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 the Rules & Regulations, and Syllabus links for voice.

Voice Syllabus

Voice: Classical Classes

Levels Prep, 1-4 

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

  • Vocal Recital $40

Levels 5-7 

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $33

  • Vocal Recital $43

Levels 8-10 

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

  • Vocal Recital $46

(Post)-Diploma 

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39

  • Vocal Recital $49

Non-Competitive & Adult Amateur

  • Vocal Solo - $30

  • Vocal Recital $40

Classical Ensemble Classes

Beginner (Ages 8 & Below)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

Primary (Ages 9-10)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

Elementary (Ages 11-12)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $33

Junior (Ages 13-14)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

Intermediate (Ages 15-16)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

Senior (Ages 17-18)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39

Advanced (Ages 19-28)

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39

Non-Competitive & Adult Amateur

  • Classical Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

Voice: Musical Theatre & Popular Syllabus

Musical Theatre Solo class options include: Golden Age / Contemporary / Sondheim / Songs from the Screen and More

Popular Solo class options include: Popular / Self-Accompanied / Singer-Songwriter (participants may select “Acoustic” or “With Mic” for all Popular class options)

 

Beginner (Ages 8 & Below)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

  • Vocal Recital - $40

Primary (Ages 9-10)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $30

  • Vocal Recital - $40

Elementary (Ages 11-12)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $33

  • Vocal Recital - $43

Junior (Ages 13-14)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

  • Vocal Recital - $46

Intermediate (Ages 15-16)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $36

  • Vocal Recital - $46

Senior (Ages 17-18)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39

  • Vocal Recital - $49

Advanced (Ages 19-28)

  • Vocal Solo / Duet / Trio / Quartet - $39

  • Vocal Recital - $49

Non-Competitive & Adult Amateur

  • Vocal Solo / Ensemble - $30

  • Vocal Recital - $40

 

Class Levels

 

Classical Class Levels      Participants must enter a grade level that is higher than their most recent examination as of December 31st, 2023. 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, 2024, then they may still enter level 3 classes.  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. 

 

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 age level classes (Classical Ensembles, all Musical Theater and Popular classes) participants must enter the level based on their age as of December 31st, 2023.  For vocal ensemble classes participants must enter the age level of the oldest participant based on their age as of December 31st, 2023.

Non-Competitive Classes             Non-Competitive classes will be organized based on registration so that participants of similar ages and levels and styles will be grouped together.  Adult-Child groups may enter Non-Competitive Ensemble classes.

 

Adult Amateur Classes                 Adults ages 29 & above must enter at this level.

 

 

Voice Class Definitions

 

Vocal Solo Classes          Participants must perform one (1) selection

 

Vocal Recital Classes      Participants must perform two (2) contrasting selections.  For Classical classes Levels 6 and higher each selection must be in a different language.

 

Classical Repertoire       Participants must select repertoire from either the RCM Voice Syllabus 2019 Edition or CC Classical Voice Syllabus 2018 Edition, excluding Vocalises, Popular or Musical Theatre Lists (RCM: Levels 1-6 List C, Levels 7-10 List D, ARCT List F & CC: Levels 1-6 List C, Level 7 List D, Level 8-10 List E).

 

Musical Theatre              For the Golden Age, Contemporary and Sondheim categories repertoire must be from a fully staged musical theatre production and participants must use versions of the songs as shown in the production book/score (Junior show versions are not allowed). Selections may be Teacher’s Choice or students may choose from the CC Contemporary Idioms Vocal Syllabus, or the Musical Theatre lists found in the RCM & CC Classical Voice Syllabi.  Songs From the Screen & More selections are not permitted in the Musical Theatre Recital class.

Songs from the Screen & More      Participants may choose songs from animated films, movies, television, revues, cabarets, stand-alone songs in musical theatre style or songs from musicals that were not fully staged or produced.  CLICK HERE for a sample song list.  Songs that are NOT PERMITTED include:

  • Songs that were originally written for live fully staged musical and then later made into movies (e.g. The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Hamilton, Wicked) – these should be entered in Musical Theatre

  • Songs that were originally released as a commercial pop song and later included in films/TV shows (e.g. Songs from Mamma Mia, Sing, &Juliet) – these should be entered in Popular Voice.

  • Songs that were originally released as a commercial pop song and are later used in jukebox musicals (e.g. Jagged Little Pill, Rock of Ages, Rocketman, Moulin Rouge) – these should be entered in Popular Voice.

 

Popular Classes        Selections should be covers from commercial artists in a popular genre including Pop, Rock, Folk, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country or Gospel.  Selections may also be from the CC Contemporary Idioms Vocal Syllabus (excluding Musical Theatre lists), or the Popular lists found in the RCM & CC Classical Voice Syllabi.  Participants may register for either Acoustic or With Mic for Popular Classes.  A sound system will be provided with a microphone at the venue.  Participants have the option to bring their own microphone which should use a standard XLR cable.  Memorization is required with the exception of Self-Accompanied classes.

Singer-Songwriter Classes         Participants must perform their own composition in a popular style and may perform with accompaniment (self-accompanied allowed) or a backing track.  Participants must provide a lyric sheet to the adjudicator. (*Classical vocal compositions should be entered in the Composition division of the festival)

 

Vocal Ensemble Classes               Ensembles classes include Duets, Trios & Quartets, and participants must perform one (1) selection either A Capella or with live piano accompaniment (instrumental backing tacks allowed for Popular Ensembles).

 

Non-Competitive Classes            Participants must perform one (1) selection for Solo and Ensemble classes, and must perform two (2) selections for Recital classes in the appropriate genre.  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 and levels will be grouped together. 

 

Adult Amateur Classes                 Participants must perform one (1) selection for Solo, Duet, Trio and Quartet classes, and must perform two (2) selections for Recital classes in the appropriate genre. Participants will receive verbal and written feedback and will be eligible for OMFA Provincials nominations if they receive a mark of 85% or above (marks will be recorded privately and will not be shared with the class).

 

Classical
MT & Pop

Voice Rules & Regulations

Failure to follow the Rules & Regulations 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 and Musical Theatre classes and performers must make their own arrangements for an accompanist (except for Ensembles which may choose to sing A Capella).

 

Backing Tracks                For Popular classes only, participants may use either live accompaniment (piano or guitar) or an instrumental backing track that does not have back-up vocals.  Backing tracks must not exceed 5 minutes in length and 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 www.karaoke-version.com

 

Sheet Music/Lyrics         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.  For Popular songs participants may provide a lyric sheet but only if there is no sheet music available.

 

Vocal Cuts          Vocals cuts are not permitted, with an exception for a repeated chorus.

 

Original Language           For Classical vocal classes, selections must be sung in their original language.

 

Mature Content/Censorship      Disclaimer: For 16+ age groups music selections may contain offensive language and/or content that may explore mature themes, viewer discretion is advised. For ages 15 and below selections should be age appropriate and participants should avoid offensive language and mature content.

 

Gender Roles    Participants should sing whatever role or gender they feel applicable to themselves and any story line they would like to portray.

 

Class Registrations         Participants may only register once per class option for all competitive classes.  Participants may register multiple times for the same Non-Competitive class, playing the appropriate number of pieces for each registration.

             

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

 

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 Vocal Committee to determine if the piece is appropriate for a particular grade level.

 

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.

 

Memorization is required for all competitive voice classes, with the exception of Popular Self-Accompanied classes.

             

 

Voice Resources

 

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