Montreal Classical Music Festival

YOUNG MUSICIANS WHOSE TALENT WILL AMAZE

more than 50 years of history

Formerly part of the NDG Arts and Letters Festival, the Montreal Classical Music Festival draws each year an increasing number of participants as well as attracting a greater public audience.

After being cared for by Mrs. Milda Ruffo for many years, the directorship of the Festival was taken over in 2000 by the QMTA, in partnership with the Borough of Verdun. 

Since 2019, the event is presented and hosted by the prestigious École de musique Vincent-d'Indy. In 2021, the MCMF is an all-virtual event.

  • The QMTA is delighted to present a special all-virtual edition of the Montreal Classical Music Festival.

    The Montreal Classical Music Festival is a prestigious competition open to young musicians aged 5 to 23 (30 for voice) who are currently studying music with members of the Quebec Music Teachers' Association.  

COMPETITOR INFO

2021 MCMF Winners' List

View the first-prize winners on YouTube
Junior Classes (5-13 yrs)
Senior Classes (14-23 yrs)

View the 2021 Gala Concert

2021 Gala Concert Program

 

TEACHER INFO

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OUR ADJUDICATORS

Claudine Lapointe − piano solo junior

Richard Raymond − piano solo senior, concerto and ensembles

Samuel Bonnet − guitar

Éric Champagne − winds et music writing

Line Deneault − strings

Isabelle Leclerc − voice

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2021 MCMF Official Rules and Guidelines

Please read carefully and keep for future reference


Time-Table Outline
  • Phase 1 – March 1 to April 30: Online registration. Competitors may submit their video clips until May 15.

  • Phase 2 – May 16–30: Adjudicators view and evaluate the video clips in closed sessions.

  • Phase 3 – June  1-15: Prizewinners are notified. Results are published.

  • Phase 4 – June 20: Gala concert featuring the grand winners is presented.

    All first-prize winners videos will be published on the MCMF YouTube channel from June 20 to September 30, 2021.

 

SOLO Categories

This section applies to SOLO categories

Get a printable PDF version here


Preliminary Notes

  • The Montreal Classical Music Festival is organized and hosted by the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association.

  • The 2021 edition of the MCMF is an online version. It is conducted in one round (no semi-finals or finals).

  • In the text, the participant is referred to as “the competitor”.

  • When their entry is submitted, the competitor must be:
    • aged 23 years or younger (30 for voice).
    • residing or studying music in the Province of Quebec.
    • currently studying music with an active or provisional member[1] in good standing (2020-21) of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association (see List of certified QMTA members).

  • In submitting an entry to the Festival, the competitor and their teacher acknowledge that they have read and understood the present rules and agree to abide by them in good faith. Any infringement may result in disqualification.


[1] Non-member teachers may join the QMTA within seven (7) days of their students’ entries, provided they meet the membership criteria and obligations and pay the dues for the current year (see How to Become a Member).


Categories

  • Competitors are classified by category and age group, regardless of level.

  • A competitor may enter multiple categories.

  • Solo participation is open in the following categories:
    • Piano solo
    • Violin solo[2]
    • Violoncello
    • Guitar
    • Winds (all instruments combined)
    • Voice (all voice types combined)

[2] Violin categories include the viola.


Registration

  • Online registration runs from March 1 to April 30, 2021. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all their students’ entry forms are duly completed and submitted by the deadline of April 30, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m.

  • The competitor wishing to submit an entry to the Festival must complete the online MCMF Official Entry Form. There is no paper version of the form. Entry forms may be filled by the competitor, their parent/guardian or their music teacher.

  • Music teachers should be informed of their students' participation in the MCMF.

  • The competitor must complete one form per category entered (see Categories). All fields are mandatory. Failure to submit a fully completed entry form may result in delays or disqualification.

  • Late entries may be accepted under certain conditions. Late fees apply (see Entry Fees).

  • Once the entry fees are paid, the competitor will receive a confirmation email including (1) a five-digit reference number which will serve in all future communications regarding their participation in the MCMF, and (2) instructions for uploading their video clip and music score files.

  • The competitor must send their files – video clip and music scores – on or before the formal deadline of May 15. Failure to send the files on time will result in the competitor’s disqualification. Entry fees paid will not be reimbursed.

Post-Entry Amendments

  • The competitor wishing to make changes once their entry has been sent must submit a Post-Entry Amendment Request Form with any applicable fees (see Entry Fees) before the closing date of May 15.

  • Any error or omission must be reported to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as it is noticed. If the correction is not considered to be an amendment, submitting an amendment form is not required.

  • Accepted post-entry amendments include age group upgrade, repertoire selection change, withdrawal or addition, and performance order of pieces. The upload of new files (video clip, score) may be required. Category change is not eligible.

  • The competitor must inform their teacher of any modification made to their original entry.

  • At any time, the competitor may cancel their participation by notifying the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email as soon as possible. All fees paid will be forfeited.

Age Groups

  • All age groups imply the mention “and under”.

  • Age groups are
    • all ages 5 to 18 years
    • 23 years
    • 30 years (voice only)

  • The competitor must not be older (as of January 1, 2021) than the age group selected[3]. Proof of age may be required.

  • A competitor may not enter more than one age group in the same category.

  • It is possible to enter the same age group in subsequent years.

  • Age groups will not be combined, even if certain groups have few registered participants.


[3] The competitor may choose a higher age group considering the duration of their performance (see Time Limits).


Time Limits

  • A competitor’s performance may include one or more pieces, or movements provided the time limit in their age group is observed:
    • 5, 6, 7 yrs: 5 min
    • 8, 9 yrs: 6 min
    • 10, 11 yrs: 7 min
    • 12, 13, 14 yrs: 10 min
    • 15, 16 yrs: 15 min
    • 17 yrs and over: 20 min

  • Competitors who submit a video longer than the time limit will be requested to (a) provide another video within performance limits or (b) upgrade to an age group allowing their video duration. Additional fees apply (see Post-Entry Amendments and Entry Fees).

Repertoire

  • The programme selections are not subject to the MCMF officials’ approval, nor do they need to be listed in a recognized syllabus. There is no particular rule regarding the level of difficulty. The approximate level of pieces is required on the entry form for classification purposes only.

  • The chart for suggested minimum level of pieces, offered below as a reference, presents general equivalences between age groups and the syllabi published by the McGill Schulich School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy [4].

  • Guidelines regarding musical genres accepted at the Festival
    • Pieces of classical genre: yes, without reserve
    • Pieces of all other genres: conditional[5]
    • Abridged or adapted works: conditional[5]
    • Popular music: no
    • Simplified arrangements: no

  • Piano and violin concertos should be entered into concerto categories.

  • Unnecessary repeats should be avoided.

  • Memorization of repertoire is compulsory for all solo categories.

  • A competitor cannot select a repertoire that has been previously performed at the MCMF.


[4] École Vincent-d’Indy syllabi are available for consultation at the Cooperative Vincent-d’Indy.
[5] Accepted, provided the selection is listed in the syllabus of a recognized (classical) music institution. If in doubt, please contact the Registrar’s Office. 


Video Recordings

  • The performance must have been recorded in 2021.

  • Any video recording must be created in accordance with the Covid-19 public health guidelines (sanitization, group gatherings, etc.) currently in force. The MCMF cannot be held responsible for any injury arising from video recording.

  • All the repertoire entered must be performed by the competitor, and the performance order of pieces must be maintained as submitted on the entry form.

  • Recognized video file formats are mp4 and mov. Audio files are not acceptable.

  • The video must be sent in its original resolution (without compression or size reduction).

  • The whole performance must be recorded in one take. If more than one piece is played, they must be recorded back to back on the same video. Video clips may not be edited, enhanced, or modified, nor should any effects be added.

  • The camera must be positioned at the same angle and not move throughout the entire recording. Please ensure that the lighting is adequate.

  • Must be visible at all times: (1) the face, head-on or profile; (2) the hands, in the case of instrumentalists; and (3) the feet, in the case of pianists (if pedals are used).

  • A professional quality recording is not required. A home recording made on a smartphone is perfectly acceptable. The competitor will not be penalized for the quality of their video. However, optimal sound quality must be achieved. Avoid distortion and verify that the accompaniment is not louder than the competitor’s part.

  • Competitors should not introduce themselves, announce the title of the piece, or bow.
  • The video clip may be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool or uploading it to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Vimeo) and providing the link to open it[6]. The deadline for transmitting files is May 15.

  • Upon entry, the competitor grants the QMTA unrestricted permission to distribute the submitted video to third parties (adjudicator, teachers, and other participants) and, if selected by the jury, to publish, share, or otherwise use it on the QMTA Facebook page, YouTube channel, website, or other web platforms.


[6] Videos that are uploaded to video sharing websites must be set to “public” or “unlisted”. Private links cannot be opened.


 Music Scores

  • The competitor is required to upload an authorized digital copy of each score to be performed. Accompaniment parts should not be included.

  • Scores must be clear and unmarked, in the form of pdf, photo, or scan. The measures should be numbered at the beginning of each staff system.

  • The scores must be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool.

  • The deadline for the transmission of files is May 15.

Accompaniments

  • Any required accompaniment may be provided in one of the following formats:
    • live, by an individual within the same family bubble (parent, sibling)
    • pre-recorded by the teacher or another accompanist
    • an accompaniment track purchased at a music store
    • an accompaniment track legally downloaded on the Internet
    • an accompaniment track (or CD) that comes with the score
    • an audio simulation played with a software (e.g. Finale).

  • The quality of the accompaniment is not considered in the evaluation of performance.

Entry Fees

  • Payment of registration fees must reach the Registrar’s Office within 48 hours of entry submission. Fees that remain unpaid beyond this time limit will be voided without further formality.

  • The payer must be 18 years or older.

  • Accepted payment methods
    • Interac e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[7]
    • PayPal® payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Credit card[8]

  • Additional charges
    • Penalty for late entry (until May 15): $10 per entry form
    • Post-entry amendments (until May 15)
      • Age group upgrade: $10 plus the additional fees incurred (if applicable)
      • Music score – change or addition: $10
      • Repertoire or order of performance revision: $10 per change
      • Videoclip change: $10

  • All payments should be identified. It may be convenient to combine several entry fees into a single payment. A list of competitors and their respective categories and age groups must be included with the payment.

  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other competitors, or categories. Any forfeited or overpaid amount will revert to the MCMF bursary fund.


[7] If a security question must be entered, please provide the answer by email or text message with the payment.
[8] Credit card transactions may be processed (a) through the Square secure transaction interface integrated into the MCMF entry form; (b) by paying a PayPal invoice sent via email by the Registrar’s office; OR (c) by providing the MCMF Registrar’s office with the payer’s credit card information by phone.


Adjudication

  • The jury is composed of seven adjudicators, one in each of the following divisions:
    • Piano solo junior (5–13 yrs)
    • Piano solo senior (14–23 yrs) and piano concerto
    • Strings (all categories combined)
    • Winds
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Music writing and Ensemble

  • Names of adjudicators will be disclosed upon closing of the registration.

  • The adjudicators will be required to write a brief appraisal comment on each competitor’s performance.

  • Evaluation of performance is based on repertoire selection, technical skills, and interpretation.

  • Adjudicators cannot evaluate their students or members of their household or family.

  • Competitors’ teachers’ names are not revealed to adjudicators.

  • The jury’s determinations are final and not subject to revision or appeal.

Prizes and Awards

  • Each competitor will receive a certificate of participation.

  • Prizes are awarded in each category’s age group to competitors who reach the three highest scores, provided the minimum score required for each prize has been attained, thus:
    • 1st prize: 90%
    • 2nd prize: 88%
    • 3rd prize: 85%

  • Ex æquo prizes may be awarded; each of the tied winners will receive the whole prize amount.

  • All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes include monetary bursaries (cash prizes), medals, and other rewards.

  • Any cash prize will be awarded by cheque made out to the competitor’s name and mailed to their teacher.

  • Uncashed or lost cheques will not be replaced.

  • Trophies
    • The first-prize winner who has obtained the highest mark in their trophy classification (see List of Trophies) will be presented with the corresponding trophy.
    • The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 5–13 years, all categories combined, receives the “Junior Grand Champion” designation. The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 14–23 years, all categories combined, receives the “Senior Grand Champion” designation.
    • The MCMF reserves the right to modify or to withdraw the attribution of any trophy without notice.

  • Competitors are eligible to win prizes and trophies in consecutive years.

  • Trophies and other prizes will be available for pick-up at the Cooperative Vincent-d’Indy[8] until September 30, 2021.


[8] C/O Mr. David Côté, 628 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Montreal) H2V 2C5, 514 342‑5106 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CONCERTO Categories

This section applies to CONCERTO Categories

Get a printable PDF version here


Preliminary Notes

  • The Montreal Classical Music Festival is organized and hosted by the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association.

  • The 2021 edition of the MCMF is an online version. It is conducted in one round (no semi-finals or finals).

  • In the text, the participant is referred to as “the competitor”.

  • When their entry is submitted, the competitor must be:
    • aged 23 years or younger.
    • residing or studying music in the Province of Quebec.
    • currently studying music with an active or provisional member in good standing (2020-21) of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association (see List of certified QMTA members).

  • In submitting an entry to the Festival, the competitor and their teacher acknowledge that they have read and understood the present rules and agree to abide by them in good faith. Any infringement may result in disqualification.  


[1]Non-member teachers may join the QMTA within seven (7) days of their students’ entries, provided they meet the membership criteria and obligations and pay the dues for the current year (see How to Become a Member).


Categories

  • Competitors are classified by category and age group, regardless of level.

  • Concerto participation is open in the following categories:
    • Piano concerto
    • Violin concerto 

  • Concertos for guitar, cello, or winds must be played in solo categories.

  • A competitor may enter multiple categories.

Registration

  • Online registration runs from March 1 to April 30, 2021. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all their students’ entry forms are duly completed and submitted by the deadline of April 30, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m.

  • The competitor wishing to submit an entry to the Festival must complete the online MCMF Official Entry Form. There is no paper version of the form. Entry forms may be filled by the competitor, their parent/guardian or their music teacher.

  • Music teachers should be informed of their students' participation in the MCMF.

  • The competitor must complete one form per category entered. All fields are mandatory. Failure to submit a fully completed entry form may result in delays or disqualification.

  • Late entries may be accepted under certain conditions. Late fees apply.

  • Once the entry fees are paid, the competitor will receive a confirmation email including (1) a five-digit reference number which will serve in all future communications regarding their participation in the MCMF, and (2) instructions for uploading their video clip and music score files.

  • The competitor must send their files – video clip and music scores – on or before the formal deadline of May 15. Failure to send the files on time will result in the competitor’s disqualification. Entry fees will not be reimbursed.

 Post-Entry Amendments

  • The competitor wishing to make changes once their entry has been sent must submit a Post-Entry Amendment Request Form with any applicable fees (see Entry Fees) before the closing date of May 15.

  • Any error or omission must be reported to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as it is noticed. If the correction is not considered to be an amendment, submitting an amendment form is not required.

  • Accepted post-entry amendments include age group upgrade and repertoire selection change, addition or withdrawal. The upload of new files (video clip, score) may be required. A change of category is not acceptable. Category change is not eligible.

  • The competitor must inform their teacher of any modification made to their original entry.

  • At any time, the competitor may cancel their participation by notifying the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email as soon as possible. All fees paid will be forfeited.

Age Groups and Time Limits

  • Age groups are 8, 11, 15, 19, and 23 years. All age groups imply the mention “and under”.

  • The competitor must not be older (as of January 1, 2021) than the age group selected. Proof of age may be required.

  • It is possible to enter the same age group in subsequent years.

  • Age groups will not be combined, even if certain groups have few registered participants.

  • In all age groups, the performance is restricted to either one (1) movement of concerto or concertino regardless of duration OR several movements of the same concerto, within a maximum of five (5) minutes.

Repertoire

  • The concerto category includes the classical or modern concerto. Baroque concertos should be performed in the solo categories.

  • The competitor must perform from memory.

  • A competitor cannot select a repertoire that has been previously performed at the MCMF.

  • If a movement of a concerto for piano or violin includes a cadenza, it must be performed. Any published version will be accepted.

  • Beginning entrances, "tutti" sections and lengthy repeats should be shortened or left out.

Accompaniments

  • Any required accompaniment may be provided in one of the following formats:
    • live, by individuals within the same family bubble (parent, sibling)
    • a pre-recorded performance by the teacher or another accompanist
    • an accompaniment track purchased at a music store
    • an accompaniment track legally downloaded on the Internet

  • The quality of the accompaniment is not considered in the evaluation of performance.

Video Recordings

  • The performance must have been recorded in 2021.

  • All the repertoire entered must be performed by the competitor.

  • Any video recording must be created in accordance with the Covid-19 public health guidelines (sanitization, group gatherings, etc.) currently in force. The MCMF cannot be held responsible for any injury arising from video recording.

  • Recognized video file formats are mp4 and mov. Audio files are not acceptable.

  • The video must be sent in its original resolution (without compression or size reduction).

  • The video must be recorded in one take. Video clips may not be edited, enhanced, or modified, nor should any effects be added.

  • The camera must be positioned at the same angle and not move throughout the entire recording. Please ensure that the lighting is adequate.

  • Must always be visible: (1) the face, head-on or profile; (2) the hands, in the case of instrumentalists; and (3) the feet, in the case of pianists (if pedals are used).

  • A professional quality recording is not required. A home recording made on a smartphone is perfectly acceptable. The competitor will not be penalized for the quality of their video. However, optimal sound quality must be achieved. Avoid distortion and verify that the accompaniment is not louder than the competitor’s part.

  • Competitors should not introduce themselves, announce the title of the piece, or bow.

  • The video clip may be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool or uploading it to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Vimeo) and providing the link to open it[2]. The deadline for transmitting files is May 15.

  • Upon entry, the competitor grants the QMTA unrestricted permission to distribute the submitted video to third parties (adjudicator, teachers, and other participants) and, if selected by the jury, to publish, share, or otherwise use it on the QMTA Facebook page, YouTube channel, website, or other web platforms.


[2] Videos that are uploaded to video sharing websites must be set to “public” or “unlisted”. Private links cannot be opened.


Music Scores

  • The competitor is required to upload an authorized digital copy of each score to be performed, including concerto cadenzas if applicable. Accompaniment parts should not be included.

  • Scores must be clear and unmarked, in the form of pdf, photo, or scan. The measures should be numbered at the beginning of each staff system.

  • The scores must be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool.

  • The deadline for the transmission of files is May 15.

Entry Fees

  • Payment of registration fees must reach the Registrar’s Office within 48 hours of entry submission. Fees that remain unpaid beyond this time limit will be voided without further formality.

  • The payer must be 18 years or older.

  • Accepted payment methods
    • Interac e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[3]
    • PayPal® payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Credit card[4]

  • Additional charges
    • Penalty for late entry (until May 15): $10 per entry form
    • Post-entry amendments (until May 15)
      • Age group upgrade: $10 plus the additional fees incurred (if applicable)
      • Music score – change or addition: $10
      • Repertoire or order of performance revision: $10 per change
      • Videoclip change: $10

  • All payments should be identified. It may be convenient to combine several entry fees into a single payment. A list of competitors and their respective categories and age groups must be included with the payment.

  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other competitors or categories. Any forfeited or overpaid amount will revert to the MCMF bursary fund.

[3] If a security question must be entered, please provide the answer by email or text message.
[4] Credit card transactions may be processed (a) through the Square secure transaction interface integrated into the MCMF entry form; (b) by paying a PayPal invoice sent via email by the Registrar’s office; OR (c) by providing the MCMF Registrar’s office with the payer’s credit card information by phone.


Adjudication

  • The FMCM jury is composed of seven adjudicators, one in each of the following divisions:
    • Piano solo junior (5–13 yrs)
    • Piano solo senior (14–23 yrs) and piano concerto
    • Strings (all categories combined)
    • Winds
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Music writing and Ensemble

  • Names of adjudicators will be disclosed upon closing of the registration.

  • The adjudicators will be required to write a brief appraisal comment on each competitor’s performance.

  • Evaluation of performance is based on repertoire selection, technical skills, and interpretation. 

  • Adjudicators cannot evaluate their students or members of their household or family.

  • Competitors’ teachers’ names are not revealed to adjudicators.

  • The jury’s determinations are final and not subject to revision or appeal.

Prizes and Awards

  • Each competitor will receive a score and comments from the judge and a certificate of participation.

  • Prizes are awarded in each category’s age group to competitors who reach the three highest scores, provided the minimum score required for each prize has been attained, thus:
    • 1st prize: 90%
    • 2nd prize: 88%
    • 3rd prize: 85%

  • Ex æquo prizes may be awarded; each tied winner will receive the whole prize amount.

  • All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes include monetary bursaries (cash prizes), medals, and other rewards.

  • Any cash prize will be awarded by cheque made out to the competitor’s name and mailed to their teacher.

  • Uncashed or lost cheques will not be replaced.

  • Trophies
    • The first-prize winner who has obtained the highest mark in their trophy classification (see List of Trophies) will be presented with the corresponding trophy.
    • The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 5–13 years, all categories combined, receives the “Junior Grand Champion” designation. The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 14–23 years, all categories combined, receives the “Senior Grand Champion” designation.

  • The MCMF reserves the right to modify or to withdraw the attribution of any trophy without notice.

  • Competitors are eligible to win grand prizes and trophies in consecutive years.

  • Trophies and other prizes will be available for pick-up at the Cooperative Vincent-d’Indy[5] until September 30, 2021.


[5] C/O Mr. David Côté, 628 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Montreal) H2V 2C5, 514 342‑5106 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

ENSEMBLE Category

The following section applies to the ENSEMBLE category

Get a printable PDF version here


Preliminary Notes

  • The Montreal Classical Music Festival is organized and hosted by the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association.

  • The 2021 edition of the MCMF is an online version. It is conducted in one round (no semi-finals or finals).

  • Upon entry, an ensemble must supply a stage name (pseudonym)[1], which will thereafter serve to designate the group as “the competitor”.

  • When their entry is submitted, each member of the ensemble must be:
    • aged 23 years or younger.
    • residing or studying music in the Province of Quebec.

  • The ensemble must be directed or coached by an active or provisional member[2] in good standing (2020-21) of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association (see List of certified QMTA members). 

  • Competitors are classified by category and age group, regardless of level.

  • Ensembles may be instrumental, vocal, or mixed. All acoustic (unplugged) instruments are accepted, including small percussions.

  • The number of musicians in each ensemble is restricted to a maximum of five (5).

  • It is possible to enter multiple categories, and to enter as a member of more than one ensemble, provided their instrumental formation is different.

  • Any required piano (or harpsichord) accompaniment must be performed by a member of the ensemble.

  • A teacher may not be part of an ensemble made up of their students.

  • No member substitutions to the ensemble shall be authorized once the entry has been submitted.

  • In submitting an entry to the Festival, the competitor and their teacher acknowledge that they have read and understood the present rules and agree to abide by them in good faith. Any infringement may result in disqualification.


[1] For example, “Smith Piano Trio” or “The Fabulous”. 25 characters maximum.
[2] Non-member teachers may join the QMTA within seven (7) days of their students’ entries, provided they meet the membership criteria and obligations and pay the dues for the current year (see How to Become a Member).


Registration

  • Online registration runs from March 1 to April 30, 2021. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all their students’ entry forms are duly completed and submitted by the deadline of April 30, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m.

  • The competitor wishing to submit an entry to the Festival must complete the online MCMF Official Entry Form. There is no paper version of the form. Entry forms may be filled by the competitor, their parent/guardian or their music teacher.

  • Music teachers should be informed of their students' participation in the MCMF.

  • The competitor must complete one form per category entered. All fields are mandatory. Failure to submit a fully completed entry form may result in delays or rejection.

  • Late entries may be accepted under certain conditions. Late fees apply.

  • Once the entry fees are paid, the competitor will receive a confirmation email including (1) a five-digit reference number which will serve in all future communications regarding their participation in the MCMF, and (2) instructions for uploading their video clip and music score files.

  • The competitor must send their files – video clip and music scores – on or before the formal deadline of May 15. Failure to send the files on time will result in the competitor’s disqualification. Paid fees will not be reimbursed.

 Post-Entry Amendments

  • The competitor wishing to make changes once their entry has been sent must submit a Post-Entry Amendment Request Form with any applicable fees (see Entry Fees) before the closing date of May 15.

  • Any error or omission must be reported to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as it is noticed. If the correction is not considered to be an amendment, submitting an amendment form is not required.

  • Accepted post-entry amendments include ensemble name (pseudonym), age group upgrade, repertoire selection change, withdrawal or addition, and performance order of pieces. The upload of new files (video clip, score) may be required. Category change is not eligible.

  • The designation of the members of an ensemble is not eligible.

  • The competitor must inform their teachers of any modification made to their original entry.

  • At any time, the competitor may cancel their participation by notifying the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email as soon as possible. All fees paid will be forfeited.

Age Groups

  • Age groups are 8, 11, 15, 19, and 23 years. All age groups imply the mention “and under”.

  • The ensemble’s age group selection should be determined according to the age of the eldest member of the ensemble. No member or the ensemble should be older (as of January 1, 2021) than the age group selected. Proof of age may be required.

  • A competitor may choose a higher age group considering the duration of their performance (see Time Limits).

  • A competitor may not enter in more than one age group per category.

  • It is possible to enter the same age group in subsequent years.

  • Age groups will not be combined, even if certain groups have few registered participants.

Time Limits

  • A competitor’s performance may include one or more pieces, provided the time limit in their age group is observed:
    • 8 yrs: 5 min
    • 11 yrs: 10 min
    • 15 yrs: 15 min
    • 19, 23 yrs: 20 min

  • Competitors who submit a video longer than the time limit will be requested to (a) provide another video within performance limits or (b) upgrade to an age group allowing their video duration. Additional fees apply.

Repertoire

  • The program selections are not subject to the MCMF officials’ approval, nor do they need to be listed in a recognized syllabus. There is no particular rule regarding the level of difficulty. 

  • Guidelines regarding musical genres accepted at the Festival
    • Pieces of classical genre: yes, without reserve
    • Pieces of all other genres: conditional[3]
    • Abridged works or adapted for orchestra: yes
    • Popular music: no

  • Unnecessary repeats must be avoided.

  • Memorization of the repertoire is not required.

  • A competitor cannot select a repertoire that has been previously performed at the MCMF.


[3] Accepted, provided the title is listed in the syllabus of a recognized (classical) music institution. If in doubt, please contact the Registrar’s Office.


 Video Recordings

  • The performance must have been recorded in 2021.

  • All the musicians of the group must be present to perform each repertoire selection. The performance order of pieces must be maintained as submitted on the entry form.

  • Any video recording must be created in accordance with the Covid-19 public health guidelines (sanitization, group gatherings, etc.) currently in force. The MCMF cannot be held responsible for any injury arising from video recording.

  • The performance order of pieces must be maintained as submitted on the entry form.

  • Recognized video file formats are mp4 and mov. Audio files are not acceptable.

  • The video must be sent in its original resolution (without compression or size reduction).

  • The video must be recorded in one take. Video clips may not be edited, enhanced, or modified, nor should any effects be added.

  • The camera must be positioned at the same angle and not move throughout the entire recording. Please ensure that the lighting is adequate.

  • The face, head-on or profile, and hands (in the case of instrumentalists) of the musicians must always be visible.

  • A professional quality recording is not required. A home recording made on a smartphone is perfectly acceptable. The competitor will not be penalized for the quality of their video. However, optimal sound quality must be achieved. Avoid distortion and verify that the accompaniment is not louder than the competitor’s part.

  • Musicians should not introduce themselves, announce the title of the piece, or bow.

  • The video clip may be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool or uploading it to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Vimeo) and providing the link to open it[4]. The deadline for transmitting files is May 15.

  • Upon entry, the competitor grants the QMTA unrestricted permission to distribute the submitted video to third parties (adjudicator, teachers, and other participants) and, if selected by the jury, to publish, share, or otherwise use it on the QMTA Facebook page, YouTube channel, website, or other web platforms.


[4] Videos that are uploaded to video sharing platforms must be set to “public” or “unlisted”. Private links cannot be opened.


Music Scores

  • The competitor is required to upload an authorized digital copy of each score to be performed. Accompaniment parts should not be included.

  • While each musician of an ensemble may use an individual part, the judge must be provided with an orchestral score.

  • Scores must be clear and unmarked, in the form of pdf, photo, or scan. The measures should be numbered at the beginning of each staff system.

  • The scores must be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool.

  • The deadline for the transmission of files is May 15.

Entry Fees

  • Payment of registration fees must reach the Registrar’s Office within 48 hours of entry submission. Fees that remain unpaid beyond this time limit will be voided without further formality.

  • The payer must be 18 years or older.

  • Accepted payment methods
    • Interac e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[5]
    • PayPal® payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Credit card[6]

  • Additional charges
    • Penalty for late entry (until May 15): $10 per entry form
    • Post-entry amendments (until May 15)
      • Name of ensemble change: $10
      • Age group upgrade: $10 plus the additional fees incurred (if applicable)
      • Music score – change or addition: $10
      • Repertoire or order of performance revision: $10 per change
      • Videoclip change: $10

  • All payments should be identified. It may be convenient to combine several entry fees into a single payment. A list of competitors and their respective categories and age groups must be included with the payment.

  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other competitors, or categories. Any forfeited or overpaid amount will revert to the MCMF bursary fund.

[5] If a security question must be entered, please provide the answer by email or text message.
[6] Credit card transactions may be processed (a) through the Square secure transaction interface integrated into the MCMF entry form; (b) by paying a PayPal invoice sent via email by the Registrar’s office; OR (c) by providing the MCMF Registrar’s office with the payer’s credit card information by phone.


Adjudication

  • The jury is composed of seven adjudicators, one in each of the following divisions:
    • Piano solo junior (5–13 yrs)
    • Piano solo senior (14–23 yrs) and piano concerto
    • Strings (all categories combined)
    • Winds
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Music writing and Ensemble

  • Names of adjudicators will be disclosed upon closing of the registration.

  • The adjudicators will be required to write a brief appraisal comment on each competitor’s performance.

  • The performance evaluation is based on repertoire selection, technical skills, and interpretation of the ensemble.

  • Adjudicators cannot evaluate their students or members of their household or family.

  • Competitors’ teachers’ names are not revealed to adjudicators.

  • The jury’s determinations are final and not subject to revision or appeal.

Prizes and Awards

  • Each competitor will receive a score and comments from the judge and a certificate of participation.

  • Prizes are awarded in each category’s age group to competitors who reach the three highest scores, provided the minimum score required for each prize has been attained, thus:
    • 1st prize: 90%
    • 2nd prize: 88%
    • 3rd prize: 85%

  • Ex æquo prizes may be awarded; each of the tied winners will receive the whole prize amount.

  • All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes include monetary bursaries (cash prizes), medals, and other rewards.

  • Any cash prize will be divided between the members. Individual cheques will be issued and mailed to their teacher.

  • Uncashed or lost cheques will not be replaced.

  • Trophies
    • The first-prize winner who has obtained the highest mark in their trophy classification (see List of Trophies) will be presented with the corresponding trophy.
    • The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 5–13 years, all categories combined, receives the “Junior Grand Champion” designation. The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 14–23 years, all categories combined, receives the “Senior Grand Champion” designation.
    • The MCMF reserves the right to modify or to withdraw the attribution of any trophy.

  • Competitors are eligible to win grand prizes and trophies in consecutive years.

  • Trophies and other prizes will be available for pick-up at the Cooperative Vincent-d’Indy[7] until September 30, 2021.


[7] C/O Mr. David Côté, 628 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Montreal) H2V 2C5, 514 342‑5106 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

MUSIC WRITING Category

This section applies to the MUSIC WRITING Category

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Preliminary Notes

  • The Montreal Classical Music Festival is organized and hosted by the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association.

  • The 2021 edition of the MCMF is an online version. It is conducted in one round (no semi-finals or finals).

  • In the text, the composer is referred to as “the competitor”.

  • When their entry is submitted, the competitor must be:
    • aged 23 years or younger.
    • residing or studying music in the Province of Quebec.
    • currently studying music with an active or provisional member[1] in good standing (2020-21) of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association (see List of certified QMTA members).

  • In submitting an entry to the Festival, the competitor and their teacher acknowledge that they have read and understood the present rules and agree to abide by them in good faith. Any infringement may result in disqualification.


[1] Non-member teachers may join the QMTA within seven (7) days of their students’ entries, provided they meet the membership criteria and obligations and pay the dues for the current year (see How to Become a Member).


Registration

  • Online registration runs from March 1 to April 30, 2021. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all their students’ entry forms are duly completed and submitted by the deadline of April 30, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m.

  • The competitor wishing to submit an entry to the Festival must complete the online MCMF Official Entry Form. There is no paper version of the form. Entry forms may be filled by the competitor, their parent/guardian, or their music teacher.

  • A competitor may enter multiple categories.

  • Music teachers should be informed of their students' participation in the MCMF.

  • The competitor must complete one form per category entered (see Categories). All fields are mandatory. Failure to submit a fully completed entry form may result in delays or disqualification.

  • Late entries may be accepted under certain conditions. Late fees apply (see Entry Fees).

  • The music may be composed for solo or ensemble. All acoustic (unplugged) instruments are accepted, including small percussions. There is no restriction on the number of parts.

  • A competitor may submit a maximum of three (3) compositions, provided the total performance time does not exceed the limit for the age group selected (see Age Groups).

  • The whole composition, including the accompaniment if applicable, must be the exclusive and original work of the competitor whose name appears on the entry form.

  • The competitor cannot submit a composition previously entered in the Festival.

  • Once the entry fees are paid, the competitor will receive a confirmation email including (1) a five-digit reference number which will serve in all future communications regarding their participation in the MCMF, and (2) instructions for uploading their video clip and music score files.

  • The competitor must send their files – video clip and music scores – on or before the formal deadline of May 15. Failure to send the files on time will result in the competitor’s disqualification. Entry fees paid will not be reimbursed.

Post-Entry Amendments

  • The competitor wishing to make changes once their entry has been sent must submit a Post-Entry Amendment Request Form with any applicable fees (see Entry Fees) before the closing date of May 15.

  • Any error or omission must be reported to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as it is noticed. If the correction is not considered to be an amendment, submitting an amendment form is not required.

  • Accepted post-entry amendments include age group upgrade, repertoire selection change, withdrawal or addition, and performance order of pieces. The upload of new files (video clip, score) may be required. Category change is not eligible.

  • The competitor must inform their teachers of any modification made to their original entry.

  • At any time, the competitor may cancel their participation by notifying the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email as soon as possible. All fees paid will be forfeited.

Age Groups

  • Competitors are classified by age group.

  • Age groups are 8, 11, 15, 19, and 23 years. All age groups imply the mention “and under”.

  • The competitor must not be older (as of January 1, 2021) than the age group selected[2]. Proof of age may be required.

  • A competitor may not enter in multiple age groups in the same category.
  • It is possible to enter the same age group in subsequent years.

  • Age groups will not be combined, even if certain groups have few registered participants.


[2] The competitor may choose a higher age group considering the duration of their performance (see Time Limits).


Time Limits

  • A competitor’s performance may include one or more pieces, or movements provided the time limit in their age group is observed.
    • 8 yrs: 5 min
    • 11 yrs: 10 min
    • 15 yrs: 15 min
    • 19, 23 yrs: 20 min

  • Competitors who submit a video longer than the time limit will be requested to (a) provide another video within performance limits or (b) upgrade to an age group allowing their video duration. Additional fees apply (see Post-Entry Amendments and Entry Fees).

Performance and Video Recording

  • The performance must have been recorded in 2021.

  • All the repertoire entered must be performed and the order of pieces must be maintained as submitted.

  • Any video recording must be created in accordance with the Covid-19 public health guidelines currently in force. The MCMF cannot be held responsible for any injury arising from video recording.

  • Competitors may perform their works or have them performed by others at their own expense. Because of physical distancing concerns, if it proves impossible to gather together a group of musicians to record a performance for video submission, the competitor, or another individual musician, may perform their program accompanied by an audio simulation of the remaining instruments (for example, using Finale).

  • Memorization will not be considered.

  • Recognized video file formats are mp4 and mov. Audio files are not acceptable.

  • The video must be sent in its original resolution (without compression or size reduction).
  • The video must be recorded in one take. Video clips may not be edited, enhanced, or modified, nor should any effects be added.

  • The camera must be positioned at the same angle and not move throughout the entire recording. Please ensure that the lighting is adequate.

  • The face, head-on or profile, and hands in the case of instrumentalists) of the musicians must always be visible.

  • A professional quality recording is not required. A home recording made on a smartphone is perfectly acceptable. The competitor will not be penalized for the quality of their video. However, optimal sound quality must be achieved. Avoid distortion and verify that the accompaniment is not louder than the competitor’s part.

  • Competitors and other musicians should not introduce themselves, announce the title of the piece, or bow.

  • The video clip may be submitted using the MCMF video & music scores upload tool or uploading it to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Vimeo) and providing the link to open it[3]. The deadline for transmitting files is May 15.

  • Upon entry, the competitor grants the QMTA unrestricted permission to distribute the submitted video to third parties (adjudicator, teachers, and other participants) and, if selected by the jury, to publish, share, or otherwise use it on the QMTA Facebook page, YouTube channel, website, or other web platforms.


[3] Videos that are uploaded to video sharing websites must be set to “public” or “unlisted”. Private links cannot be opened.


Scores and Manuscripts

  • The competitor is required to upload a digital copy of each score to be performed, including accompaniment parts. 

  • Multi-part compositions must be orchestral scores, with each instrument/voice labelled.

  • Scores and manuscripts must be clear and unmarked, in the form of pdf, photo, or scan. The measures should be numbered at the beginning of each staff system.

  • The minimum length of the composition should be 24 measures without repeats.

  • The score should be printed by computer, and include all instrumental and vocal parts, editing, dynamics, and tempo markings.

Entry Fees

  • Payment of registration fees must reach the Registrar’s Office within 48 hours of entry submission. Fees that remain unpaid beyond this time limit will be voided without further formality.

  • The payer must be 18 years or older.

  • Accepted payment methods
    • Interac e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.[4]
    • PayPal® payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Credit card[5]

  • Additional charges
    • Penalty for late entry (until May 15): $10 per entry form
    • Post-entry amendments (until May 15)
      • Age group upgrade: $10 plus the additional fees incurred (if applicable)
      • Manuscript – change, revision or addition: $10
      • Repertoire or order of performance revision: $10 per change
      • Videoclip change: $10

  • All payments should be identified. It may be convenient to combine several entry fees into a single payment. A list of competitors and their respective categories and age groups must be included with the payment.

  • All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other competitors, or categories. Any forfeited or overpaid amount will revert to the MCMF bursary fund.

[4] If a security question must be entered, please provide the answer by email or text message.
[5] Credit card transactions may be processed (a) through the Square secure transaction interface integrated into the MCMF entry form; (b) by paying a PayPal invoice sent via email by the Registrar’s office; OR (c) by providing the MCMF Registrar’s office with the payer’s credit card information by phone. 


 Adjudication

  • The jury is composed of seven adjudicators, one in each of the following divisions:
    • Piano solo junior (5–13 yrs)
    • Piano solo senior (14–23 yrs) and piano concerto
    • Strings (all categories combined)
    • Winds
    • Voice
    • Guitar
    • Music writing and Ensemble

  • Names of adjudicators will be disclosed upon closing of the registration.

  • The adjudicators will be required to write a brief appraisal comment on each competitor’s composition.

  • Compositions will be assessed on melody, harmony, rhythm, overall structure and coherence, and creativity, but not on the players’ interpretation or technical skills.

  • Adjudicators cannot evaluate their students or members of their household or family.

  • Competitors’ teachers’ names are not revealed to adjudicators.

  • The jury’s determinations are final and not subject to revision or appeal.

Prizes and Awards

  • Each competitor will receive a certificate of participation.

  • Prizes are awarded in each category’s age group to competitors who reach the three highest scores, provided the minimum score required for each prize has been attained, thus:
    • 1st prize: 90%
    • 2nd prize: 88%
    • 3rd prize: 85%

  • Ex æquo prizes may be awarded; each of the tied winners will receive the whole prize amount.

  • All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes include monetary bursaries (cash prizes), medals, and other rewards.

  • Any cash prize will be awarded by cheque made out to the competitor’s name and mailed to their teacher.

  • Uncashed or lost cheques will not be replaced.

  • Trophies
    • The first-prize winner who has obtained the highest mark in their trophy classification (see List of Trophies) will be presented with the corresponding trophy.
    • The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 5–13 years, all categories combined, receives the “Junior Grand Champion” designation. The competitor who has obtained the highest mark in age groups 14–23 years, all categories combined, receives the “Senior Grand Champion” designation.
    • The MCMF reserves the right to modify or to withdraw the attribution of any trophy without notice.
    • Trophies and other prizes will be available for pick-up at the Cooperative Vincent-d’Indy[6] until September 30, 2021.

  • Competitors are eligible to win grand prizes and trophies in consecutive years.

  • One first-prize composition in each age group may be selected by the music writing coordinator[7] to be submitted to the CFMTA National Student Composer Competition as part of Canada Music Week® activities in November 2021. The candidates will be informed before June 1.


[6] C/O Mr. David Côté, 628 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Montreal) H2V 2C5, 514 342‑5106 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
[7] Mr. Jean-Michel Rousseau.


 

Sponsorship & Donation | Communications | Contact Info

MCMF Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities

  • Thanks to our generous donors, the Quebec Music Education Foundation has been funding prizes and bursaries for the Montreal Classical Music Festival for over twenty years. Competitors, parents, teachers, organizations and businesses are invited to donate to the Foundation and thus contribute directly to the Festival’s success. Participate by accessing the Quebec Musical Education Foundation Donation Form.

  • The names of individual or business donators contributing $100 or more (with logos and clickable links as provided) will be listed on the FMCM webpage.

  • Receipts for charitable donations will be issued for all amounts over 10 $.

Communication

  • All correspondence after entry submission must quote your entry reference number.

  • Festival information will be provided by e-mail or by access to our website. Please ensure that our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is on your safe list so that our messages do not end up in your junk (spam) folders.

  • All documents are issued in the competitor’s language of preference, as indicated on their entry form.

  • The competitors’ teachers must address all special requests to the Registrar’s Office by email. Although every effort is made to accommodate competitors and teachers, we cannot guarantee that all their requests will be fulfilled.

Organizing Committee

Contact Info

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