BCCM Festival Tips

“Festival tips” is important information about how the BCCM Festival works. To qualify for a trophy and bursary/financial award, students must enter a sufficient number of classes. Please read below.

Entering only one (1) single-performance class, the student:

  • will receive ONE mark for the single-performance class
  • will receive a critique and a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate
  • is eligible to be deemed the class winner and will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievement provided they have received the highest mark in the class and provided it is a gold standard performance of 88 marks and above
  • will not qualify for a trophy and bursary

Entering two (2) single-performance classes, the student:

  • will receive ONE mark for EACH single-performance class
  • will receive a critique and a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate
  • is eligible to be deemed the class winner and will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievement provided they have received the highest mark in the class and provided it is a gold standard performance of 88 marks and above
  • will not qualify for a trophy and bursary

Entering three (3) single-performance classes, the student:

  • will receive ONE mark for EACH single-performance class
  • will receive a critique and a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate
  • is eligible to be deemed the class winner and will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievement provided they have received the highest mark in the class and provided it is a gold standard performance of 88 marks and above
  • will qualify for a trophy and bursary

Entering only the concert group class the student:

  • will receive a mark and a critique for each piece played. The three marks will be averaged establishing ONE overall mark for the class
  • will receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate
  • is eligible to be deemed the class winner and will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievement provided they have received the highest overall mark in the class and provided it is a Gold standard average of 88 marks and above
  • will not qualify for a trophy and bursary – to qualify they must enter at least one additional single-performance class

How to Qualify for a trophy and Bursary/Financial Award

To qualify for a trophy and bursary :

  • a student must enter at least three (3) single-performance classes, OR
    a concert group class PLUS at least one (1) single-performance class

Calculating the bursary score:

The trophy and bursary score is calculated by averaging the two highest marks received for all pieces played; this includes each concert group class piece and/or single-performance class pieces.  The student with the highest average score receives the trophy and bursary.

EXAMPLE: if a student has entered four (4) single-performance classes and the resultant marks are 89, 92, 93 and 87, the two highest marks being 92 and 93 are averaged, resulting in a trophy and bursary score of 92.5.

NOTE: no mark below 88 (Gold mark standard) will be considered for trophy and bursary.

Avoid administrative oversights!   Enter at least three classes:

Please Read….

Many, many times in past years a student has played very well in the single-performance class they have entered and in many instances WON the class. They have also received high marks in a second single-performance class OR have often won that class as well. Unfortunately, the student did not enter a sufficient number of classes to qualify for a trophy and bursary. If you feel your student has an opportunity to win their class (and, they may win all of them) be sure to enter a sufficient number of classes in order to give them an opportunity to possibly win the trophy and bursary for their grade.