Class Details for Piano

Age: Participants in Pre-Grade 1 to Diploma must be under 20 years of age as of May 1st, 2017. Participants who are 20 years old and above as of May 1st, 2017 must enter the Adult class.

Repertoire: Memorization is required for all Repertoire.  Repertoire that is not memorized will be critiqued however, the competitor is not eligible to win their class nor will the score awarded be used for calculation for a bursary.

Study: Studies for grade 1 to 10 do not need to be memorized. Diploma level etudes must be memorized. Etudes that are not memorized will be critiqued however, the competitor is not eligible to win their class nor will the score awarded be used for calculation for a bursary.


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Closing Date for Entries: March 11, 2017

Classes and Fees   –   Start Here

Preliminary: Pre Grade 1

Preliminary Class Number Performance Time Limit Fee
Pre grade 1 P-100A 5 minutes 20.00

In Preliminary Class: Pre Grade 1, performers will play a minimum of three, to a maximum of five pieces. The pieces chosen may represent any combination from List A, B, C or Etudes listed in any recognized syllabus available in the province or, from any beginner level (pre grade 1) repertoire book. In some preliminary repertoire books, compositions are groups by “Lists” and in others there is no “List” designation. It is not necessary to choose selections from different Lists. i.e. a performer may play 3 selections, all from List B. For pieces not found in any standard syllabus, the degree of difficulty is solely at the discretion of the teacher.

Performers will be critiqued on all pieces played and given ONE overall performance mark and will be awarded ONE certificate.

The following publications are examples frequently used for this class.

Alfred Basic Library – Alfred Publications
Bastien Piano Basics – James Bastien
Beanstalk Basics – Hal Leonard
Music Lessons Have Begun – Leila Fletcher
Melody Adventures – Gayle MacAulay Dunsmoor
Preliminary Book Examination Repertoire – BCCM
Prep A or B Examination Repertoire – RCM
Piano Adventures – Nancy and Randall Faber
Teaching Little Fingers to Play – John Thompson

Students are not limited to the above mentioned resources.
Other sources of repertoire may be used.

Junior: Grades 1 – 4

  Class Number Limit Fee     Class Number Limit Fee

1

Class: P-101A
Grade 1 List A
3 mins 23.00  

3

Class: P-103A
Grade 3 List A
3 mins 23.00
  Class: P-101B
Grade 1 List B
3 mins 23.00     Class: P-103B
Grade 3  List B
3 mins 23.00
  Class: P-101C
Grade 1 List C
3 mins 23.00     Class: P-103C
Grade 3 List C
3 mins 23.00
  Class: P-101S
Grade 1 Study
3 mins 23.00     Class: P-103S
Grade 3 Study
3 mins 23.00

2

Class: P-102A
Grade 2 List A
3 mins 23.00  

4

Class: P-104A
Grade 4 List A
3 mins 23.00
  Class: P-102B
Grade 2 List B
3 mins 23.00     Class: P-104B
Grade 4 List B
3 mins 23.00
  Class: P-102C
Grade 2 List C
3 mins 23.00     Class: P-104C
Grade 4 List C
3 mins 23.00
  Class: P-102S
Grade 2 Study
3 mins 23.00     Class: P-104S
Grade 4 Study
3 mins 23.00

Intermediate: Grades 5 – 8

5

Class: P-105A
Grade 5 List A
4 mins 24.00  

7

Class: P-107A
Grade 7 List A
5 mins 26.00
  Class: P-105B
Grade 5 List B
4 mins 24.00     Class: P-107B
Grade 7 List B
5 mins 26.00
  Class: P-105C
Grade 5 List C
4 mins 24.00     Class: P-107C
Grade 7 List C
5 mins 26.00
  Class: P-105S
Grade 5 Study
4 mins 24.00     Class: P-107S
Grade 7 Study
5 mins 26.00

6

Class: P-106A
Grade 6 List A
4 mins 24.00  

8

Class: P-108A
Grade 8 List A
5 mins 26.00
  Class: P-106B
Grade 6 List B
4 mins 24.00     Class: P-108B
Grade 8 List B
5 mins 26.00
  Class: P-106C
Grade 6 List C
4 mins 24.00     Class: P-108C
Grade 8 List C
5 mins 26.00
  Class: P-106S
Grade 6 Study
4 mins 24.00     Class: P-108D
Grade 8 List D
5 mins 26.00
            Class: P-108S
Grade 8 Study
5 mins 26.00

Advanced: Grades 9 – Diploma

Class Number Limit Fee     Class Number    Limit Fee

9

Class: P-109A 
Grade 9 List A
*see note
6 mins 28.00  

Diploma

Class: P-111A
Diploma List A

*see note
12 mins 34.00
  Class: P-109B
Grade 9 List B
12 mins 28.00     Class: P-111B
Diploma List B

**see note
22 mins 34.00
  Class: P-109C
Grade 9 List C
10 mins 28.00     Class: P-111C
Diploma List C
12 mins 34.00
  Class: P-109D
Grade 9 List D
10 mins 28.00     Class: P-111D
Diploma List D
12 mins 34.00
  Class: P-109S
Grade 9 Study
10 mins 28.00     Class: P-111E
Diploma List E
12 mins 34.00
            Class: P-111S
Diploma Etude
12 mins 34.00

10

Class: P-110A
Grade 10 List A

*see note 1
10 mins 32.00
Class: P-110B
Grade 10 List B
**see note 2
18 mins 32.00
Class: P-110C
Grade 10 List C
12 mins 32.00
Class: P-110D
Grade 10 List D
12 mins 32.00
Class: P-110E
Grade 10 List E
12 mins 32.00
Class: P-110S
Grade 10 Study
12 mins 32.00

*note 1: Bach Prelude and Fugue
If a performer has chosen a selection from the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach for this class, both the Prelude and the Fugue must be played to qualify to “win” the class or to qualify for a bursary. A student may enter this class and play only the Prelude or the Fugue and receive a full critique of their performances like all of the other performers; however, the candidate will not qualify to “win” the class nor will the mark received be eligible for inclusion in the tabulation of marks for a bursary.

**note 2: Sonatas
The combination and number of movements to be played in ANY Sonata class are the same as those listed in the BCCM or RCM Piano Syllabus and must be adhered to in order for the student to be eligible to “win” the class or qualify for a bursary. A student may enter this class and play only one movement and receive a full critique of their performance like all of the other performers; however, the candidate will not qualify to “win” the class nor will the mark received (in this class) be eligible for inclusion in the tabulation of marks for a bursary.

Canadian Composers

  Grade Class Number
Time Limit Fee
  1 – 2 CC-701 3 mins 24.00
  3 – 4 CC-702 3 mins 24.00
  5 – 6 CC-703 4 mins 26.00
  7 – 8 CC-704 6 mins 28.00
  9 – 10 CC-705 8 mins 30.00
  Diploma CC-706 10 mins 32.00

Concert Groups for Grade 1 to 8

THREE compositions are required for Grades 1 to 8.

Studies are NOT accepted for Grades 1 to 8 Concert Group.

  Grade Class Number Time Limit Fee
  1 101CG 8 mins 40.00
  2 102CG 8 mins 40.00
  3 103CG 8 mins 40.00
  4 104CG 8 mins 40.00
  5 105CG 10 mins 42.00
  6 106CG 10 mins 42.00
  7 107CG 12 mins 42.00
  8 108CG 12 mins 42.00

Concert Groups for Grade 9 to Diploma

TWO compositions are required for Grades 9 to Diploma Concert Group.

Studies are NOT accepted for Grades 9 to 10 Concert Group.

  Grade Class Number Time Limit Fee
  9 109CG 14 mins 44.00
  10 110CG 18 mins 48.00
  Diploma***see note 111CG 20 mins 52.00

***Diploma Level
Studies (Etudes) are accepted for the Diploma level Concert Group.

Concert Group Sonatas: For Grade 10 and Diploma Level Group Classes, one or more movements of a sonata or multi-movement works may be omitted in order to remain within the time limits of the class.

Concert Group marks: Each composition played in the Concert Group will be given a separate mark. The marks will be averaged resulting in an “overall mark”. The “overall mark” is the mark used in the calculation for the bursary score.

Piano Ensemble – (Duets, Duos & Trios)

(2 to 4 Performers at One or Two Pianos) ++ see notes below.

Since most ensemble repertoire is not clearly graded, careful consideration is advised when choosing the class level. Pieces chosen should be originally written for either piano duets or trios. Arrangements are not to be used.

Level Grade Class Number Time Limit Fee
Junior Grade 1-2 PE-120 7 mins 40.00
Grade 3-4 PE-340 7 mins 40.00
Intermediate  Grade 5-6 PE-560 9 mins 42.00
Grade 7-8 PE-780 9 mins 42.00
Advanced Grade 9- Diploma PE-900 11 mins 44.00

Adult Class  

This class is open to students who:
1) are grade 6 piano and higher
2) are 20 years old and above as of May 1st, 2017
3) have not yet obtained a diploma in piano. Students working at the diploma level or those who have not yet received their diploma, may participate in this class.

Grade Class Number
Time Limit Fee
6 – 7 AD-301 14 mins 38.00
8 – 9 AD-302 18 mins 42.00
10 – Diploma AD-303 24 mins 46.00

The performer who receives the highest mark for any single composition will be deemed the class winner (a Gold Certificate Standard of 88 and higher is required).

If a candidate enters ONE selection only: They will be awarded a certificate for their performance and are eligible to “win” the class for the highest performance mark, but do not qualify for a bursary. (To qualify for a bursary, two or three selections must be entered and performed).

If a candidate enters TWO or MORE selections: They will be awarded a certificate for their performance and they are eligible to “win” the class and, qualify for a bursary.

There is ONE bursary awarded for all three classes, AD-301, AD-302, AD-303. (There are not three bursaries awarded).


Post Diploma Class – Open

Age Restriction: None

Level Class Number Time Limit Fee
Post-Diploma PDC 400 30 mins 54.00

The post-diploma class is open to:
1) candidates who have completed a piano diploma or,
2) candidates who are currently working on, or have completed a degree, at any level.

Except for the Concerto Class, participants in this class may not compete in any other class in the festival.

This class will take the form of a concert group consisting of selections from at least two different eras. Performance pieces may be extracted from a single multi-movement work such as a Sonata or they may be stand alone works. The only restriction is the 30-minute time limit, which must be respected.

There is a monetary award for this class however, the disbursement of such is contingent upon a minimum gold standing of 88 marks being awarded by the adjudicator.

Bursaries :
1st place: $350
2nd place: $200

Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (Second Piano)

Age Class Time Limit Fee
10 & Under PC-501 15 mins 36.00
11 – 12 PC-502 15 mins 36.00
13 – 14 PC-503 20 mins 40.00
15 – 16 PC-504 20 mins 40.00
17 – 18 PC-505 20 mins 40.00
19 & Above PC-506 25 mins 44.00
  • The determining date of the candidates’ age for these classes will be May 1st 2017.
  • Participants may play one movement or a complete miniature work but must stay within the allotted time.
  • A medallion will be awarded to the player who receives the highest mark in each of classes PC-501, PC-502, PC-503, PC-504, PC-505, PC-506.
  • A scholarship of $50 plus a personal trophy will be awarded to the performer who achieves the highest mark of all classes.

Popular Music: Piano Class

Popular Repertoire may be chosen from the Conservatory Canada or RCM Popular List.  Arrangements are accepted but must be placed in the appropriate grade/class.

Grade Class Time Limit Fee
3 and 4 Pop 134 3 mins 24.00
5 and 6 Pop 156 4 mins 26.00
7 and 8 Pop 178 6 mins 28.00
9 Pop 109 8 mins 30.00