Welcome to the MONTREAL CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Official Webpage
May 17-19, 2014 & Gala Concert June 7, 2014

You won a prize but could not attend the gala?

You may pick up your prizes at Coopérative Vincent-d'Indy,
 628, ch. de la Côte Sainte-Catherine, Outremont, H2V 2C5

Co-op Vincent-d'Indy is located by the left (East) side door 
of Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de Marie/École Vincent-d'Indy building.

Opening Hours : coopvdi.ca
514 342-5106

 

LIST OF WINNERS 2014
download here

 

 

Festival

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History

This Festival is for young musicians aged 5 to 23 (30 for singers), who study with a teacher member of the QMTA in the following : music writing, voice, piano, violin, cello, guitar, and winds. History

Formerly a part of the NDG Arts and Letters Festival, the Montreal Classical Music Festival has been in existence for more than 50 years. Each year, it draws an increasing number of participants and a greater public audience.

Since 2000, the QMTA has assumed directorship of the Festival, a responsibility which for many years was cared for by Mrs. Milda Ruffo.

Close to 10,000 $ worth of prizes, awards and bursaries is awarded each year to Festival winners.

Addresses

Registration

Montreal Classical Music Festival, 5601 rue Wellington, Verdun, H4H 1N7

Gala & Award Presentation Ceremony

June 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Centre communautaire Elgar, 260, rue Elgar, Ile-des-Soeurs, Qc, H3E 1C9 Google-Maps-icon

Festival rules

Categories, Classes, and Age Groups

  1. At the time of the application, all competitors must be students of a Quebec Music Teachers’ Association registered music teacher.
  2. Categories are: piano, classical guitar, voice, strings, winds, and music writing.
  3. Piano classes are: solo, concerto (two pianos) and ensemble (one piano, four hands; one piano, six hands). String classes are: violin, and cello. Wind category is open to all wind instruments combined.
  4. Competitors may enter as many categories or classes as they wish, but cannot enter more than once in the same class, even if the age group is different.
  5. Competitors may enter any age group they choose, as long as it is equal to or higher than their real age, as of January 1st, 2014.
  6. MCMF reserves the right, without prior notice, to combine age groups where an insufficient number of applications is received.

Registration

  1. Applicants must fill out one form for each class entered. Each participant in a piano ensemble must fill out a single form, indicating names of partners on the reverse. Incomplete entry forms may be rejected by the Secretary’s office.
  2. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all information provided on the entry form is complete and accurate: category, class, year of birth, age group, repertoire, level, timing, etc.
  3. A performance may include one or several pieces, as long as it does not exceed the established time limit. Timing must include the intervals between the pieces. Performances that go beyond the time limit may be interrupted by the jury. There is no time restriction in piano concerto class, but performances are limited to one movement of concerto or concertino, unless the total performance time of all movements is under 5 minutes. Timing must always be indicated.
  4. Selected pieces must meet the minimum level of one of the programs listed below, according to age group. If in doubt, please submit the score for approval (no charge). This rule does not apply to music writing category or piano concerto class.
  5. Popular music and arrangements are not accepted.
  6. A fee of $10 will be charged for program changes. Requests must reach the Secretary’s office by April 1st, 2014. No changes will be accepted after that date. There is no charge for the cancellation of a performance or the withdrawal of a selection; however, if possible, please kindly notify the Secretary’s office before the official program and schedule are issued.
  7. Registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  8. Teachers may issue a single cheque for the total amount of their students’ registration fees.
  9. Cheques will be made out to: Montreal Classical Music Festival. MCMF cannot accept credit cards or money transfers at this time.

Summary Chart

Piano, Strings, Guitar, Winds, Voice Categories

Registration Fees

Age Group
…years and under

Time Limit
minutes

Minimum Grade Level

All

instruments

Piano ensemble

McGILL

RCM

EMVI

Duet

Trio

5, 6, 7

5

Elem. IV

1

Prep.

$30

$45*

$60*

8, 9

6

Elem. V

2

1

10, 11

7

Elem. VI

3

2

12

10

Sec. I

4

3

$35

$55*

$75*

13

10

Sec. II

5

4

14

10

Sec. III

6

5

15

15

Sec. IV

7

6

16

15

Sec. V

8

7

17

20

Coll. I

9

8

$45

18

20

Coll. II

10

9

23 (voice: 30 )

20

ARTC, Post-laureate, and university levels

* per ensemble

Music Writing Competition

  1. The whole composition, including the accompaniment if applicable, must be the original work of the competitor whose name appears on the application form.
  2. A maximum of three compositions may be submitted, as long as the total performance does not exceed the time limit.
  3. Before the performance, competitors must supply the jury with a copy of their manuscript, including all instrumental parts, and necessary details of dynamic, editing, and tempo. Manuscripts should be neat and legibly printed by hand or by computer, in black ink, in regulation manuscript size with every 10th bar numbered.
  4. The competitor may wish to play his composition, and/or will supply all players and accompanists required, at his own expense.
  5. Compositions will be judged upon their merit, and not on the interpretation or the technical skills of the players.

 

Age Groups
…years and under

Time Limit
minutes

Registration Fees

8

5

$25

11

7

$30

15

10

$35

19

15

$40

23

20

$45

Communications

  1. Communications between the MCMF and the competitors will be directed through the teachers, who will forward information to their students. Please provide a valid and active email address for this purpose.
  2. All efforts will be made to ensure that all documents, convocation booklet, certificates, etc. are drawn in the competitors preferred language, as indicated on the application form.
  3. Upon receipt of an application, a confirmation email will be sent by the MCMF. Personalized convocation booklets and official schedule will follow by mail around April 10, 2014.
  4. Please promptly report any error or missing information.

Performance sessions

  1. Admission to performance sessions is free for all. Admission to gala concert is free for MCMF competitors and $6 per person for all other visitors.
  2. If possible, competitors should arrive before the beginning of the class session in which they are performing.
  3. There are no rooms available for practicing or tuning. Playing on the pianos before, between, or after the sessions is not permitted.
  4. All music must be played from memory, except piano ensembles, compositions (music-writing class), and accompaniments.
  5. Competitors in classes other than solo and ensemble must provide their accompaniment at their own expense for the performance sessions and if necessary, for the gala concert as well.
  6. At the time of performance, competitors must supply the jury with copies of all music played, in compliance with the copyright. Legally downloaded scores are permitted, but photocopies of printed music are not accepted.
  7. Performances will be assessed according to musical selection, technical merit and artistic interpretation. All decisions by the jury are final.
  8. Registration in the MCMF commits the participants and their teachers to accept the rules hereby determined. Any infringement of the MCMF rules may result in disqualification. Disqualified candidates may be permitted to play their program and receive comments, but no mark or prize will be awarded.
  9. and will revert to the Festival bursary fund. Lost or uncashed cheques will not be reissued

Gala Concert and Prizes

  1. A single mark will be allocated for the global performance of a competitor (or an ensemble) in a given class. In each age group, prizes will be awarded to candidates scoring the three highest marks.
  2. No prize will be awarded if the required minimum mark is not achieved. 1st prize: 90 %; 2nd prize: 88 %; 3rd prize: 85 %.
  3. A trophy is presented to the candidate who has scored the highest mark of the category for which the trophy is awarded.
  4. Trophies are: voice; violin 13 years and under; violin 14 years and over; cello; guitar; piano concerto; piano ensemble; piano solo 9 years and under; piano solo 13 years and under; piano solo 17 years and under; piano solo 18 years and over; music writing; Senior grand champion and Junior grand champion of all categories.
  5. All winners (or their representatives) must attend the Gala concert & awards ceremony to receive trophies and prizes. Unclaimed prizes will not be sent by mail, but will be available for pickup until June 23, at the Co-op Vincent-d’Indy, 628 Cote St. Catherine Road, Outremont (student’s entrance), 514 342-5106, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Any unclaimed cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by the winner and will revert to the Festival bursary fund. Lost or uncashed cheques will not be reissued.
  6. Candidates who play at the gala concert are selected by the jury, among the trophy winners.
Registration Deadline : MARCH 1, 2014

Any questions or concerns? You are welcome to:

  • Speak to your QMTA teacher;
  • Read the Festival FAQs; 
  • Contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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