Instrumental/Strings Categories & Classes

 

The instrumental discipline is a catch-all of many musical instruments; the competitor must specify which instrument is being played on the registration form.

 

Guitar

Strings

Woodwinds, Brass & Recorder

SOLO CLASSES  SOLO CLASSES SOLO CLASSES

Renaissance:

Music of the period (1450 - 1600) composers such as Sanz, Leroy, Dowland.

Unaccompanied Bach:

Sonata or Partita, one movement only.

(Grade VII and up).

Baroque:

Any composition by a Baroque composer (up to 1750) i.e., Bach, Scarlatti, Weiss, Telemann.

Baroque/Classical:

Any composition by a Baroque or a Classical composer.

Classical:

Any composition by a Classical composer, (Circa 1750-1825), i.e., Sor, Catcassi and Guiliani. Mozart, Beethoven.

Romantic:

Any composition by a Romantic composer, (Circa 1825-1910), i.e., Tárrega, Paganini and Albéniz, Dvorak, Schubert.

Twentieth & Twenty-First Century:

Any composition by a twentieth century composer in contemporary idiom, except Canadian composers.

(i.e., Villa-Lobos, Brouwer and de Falla, Bartok, Copland) 

Canadian:

Any composition by a recognized and published Canadian composer. For information contact the Canadian Music Centre at Canadian Composers List.

Untitled Study/Etude:

Any untitled study or etude (or any piece with the word "etude" or "study" in its title) from the current RCM or equivalent curricula must go in this class. Memorization is not required and no additional marks will be awarded for memorization. Studies with titles (i.e., studies that do NOT include the word "study" or "etude") must be entered in the correct class as determined by the composer and style of the study (e.g., Baroque, Romantic, etc.)

Both Titled and Untitled Studies ARE acceptable pieces for scholarship application.

Sonata or Sonatina:

Two contrasting movements.

Sonata or Sonatina:

Consult the RCM Syllabus for selections and movements required in each grade listing. eg. RCM Grade 7 Violin has the Mozart Sonata requiring only one movement while the Schubert Sonatina requires 2 movements. All competitors must enter this class with the movement[s] required for examination purposes.

Concerto:

Two contrasting movements of any standard Concerto or Concertino. Orchestral part to be played on piano, accompanist not adjudicated.

Concerto:

Consult the RCM Syllabus for selections and movements required in each grade listing. eg. RCM Grade 8 Violin has the Bach A Concerto requiring one movement while the Kreisler Concerto requires 2 movements. All competitors must enter this class with the movement[s] required for examination purposes. Orchestral part to be played on piano, accompanist not adjudicated

Sight Reading:

Music of an appropriate level will be supplied by the adjudicator. Competitor can take a few minutes to study the music before playing.

Candidates wishing to be considered for a scholarship must enter this class and meet the additional scholarship criteria.

 ***Pieces entered in following categories cannot be considered as a scholarship requirement.***

Additional Repertoire:

This class is to be used ONLY for pieces that do not fit in any other category, OR for a second piece in a category already entered.

One selection, own choice. 

Concert Program:

A mini-recital of three pieces of repertoire by three different composers showing contrast in style, period, mood. (One mark for the overall performance.) Untitled Studies must be entered in the Untitled Study/Etude class. This category cannot be considered as a scholarship requirement.

Time limit 15 minutes. For ARCT and Open categories, time limit 20 minutes.

Accompanied Art Song:

(i.e., Dowland, Rosseter, Byrd) Performer to sing and play. A piece entered in this category cannot be considered as a Scholarship requirement.


Fiddle:

Includes traditional pieces for violin that are of a folk or traditional origin, usually having an anonymous or unknown composer. Includes Waltz, Jig, Reel, Air, etc. with or without accompaniment. Classes will be determined by age. A piece entered in this category ccannot be considered as a scholarship requirement.

Finger Picking:

Travis style, Cockburn, Renbourne etc. Score must be provided. A piece entered in this category cannot be considered as a Scholarship requirement.

Traditional/Folk Harp:

Includes traditional pieces for harp that are of a folk or traditional origin, usually having an anonymous or unknown composer. A piece entered in this category cannot be considered as a scholarship requirement.

Own Composition:

Bring a clear photocopy of the handwritten or computer-generated original. The entry must include: tempo markings, dynamics and other appropriate musical editing; measure numbers at the beginning of each line; a title page including composer's name, address, composition title and date. Composers are expected to perform their own works, or arrange to have their works performed by others. A piece entered in this category cannot be considered as a scholarship requirement. Time limit 5 minutes.

Quick Study:

Adjudicator will provide music of appropriate level. Competitor will have 15 minutes to practice before performing selection for the adjudicator.

 

GROUP CLASSES

Duet:
 Use one entry form per duet, with both players’ names, accompanied by full entry fee. 
If the two competitors are at a difference grade levels they shall compete at the higher grade level.

Guitar-Wind or String Duet: Please state instruments. Use one entry form per duet, with both players’ names accompanied by full entry fee. If the two competitors are at different grade levels, they shall compete at the higher grade level.

Duet with Advanced Accompaniment: For the younger player who may be encouraged by a familiar person (i.e. teacher, parent, sibling) who accompanies on guitar or other instrument. Only the lower grade participant is to register. The registrant must play the first part and will be adjudicated.
Family Duet: Two or more players from one family (lower total fee for the family). All players will be adjudicated. Time limit 15 minutes.

Family Ensemble: 3+ players from one family (lower total fee for the family).

Guitar Ensemble: 3 + players. All players will be adjudicated. Time limit 15 minutes.

String, Trio or Quartet or Ensemble: Strings only. All players will be adjudicated. Time limit 15 minutes.

Brass/Woodwinds Trio, Quartet, Small Ensemble: (3 to 8 players) time limit 15 minutes. May include piano.
Suzuki Groups: Use one entry per group and include information for all players.

Instrumental Trio, Quartet or Ensemble: Up to 8 players. Any combination of instruments but must include one string instrument (i.e., Piano Trio). All players will be adjudicated. Time limit 15 minutes.

Chamber Orchestra: Over 8 players. Any combination of instruments, but must include one string instrument. All players will be adjudicated. Time limit 15 minutes.

School Recorder Class
Bands: Groups larger than 8 players. Time limit 20 minutes.