NSRMTA Scholarship Competition Announcement

posted in: Competitions

15 January 2019

The competition is open to ALL instrument and voice students of all NSRMTA members or music teachers within the province of Nova Scotia.

Date:  25 May 2019 10:30am – 7pm (two competition/ performance rooms may run simultaneously)

Location: Kings-Edgehill School (theatre), Windsor NS

Due Date for Competition Form and Fees: 31 March 2019 There will be no extension of the deadline.

Registration forms can be found here

Categories, Time Limits and Fees:

Competitors are divided into categories based on the RCM grading system. ALL fees go towards the prize money and running of the competition. Separate divisions, based on instrument, may be offered if there are a large number of competitors in a particular category.

There is a limit of 2-3 pieces ONLY up to the time limits given below.

  • Preliminary - up to and at Grade 4 - up to 5 minutes - Entry Fee $25
  • Junior - up to and at Grade 6 – 5-10 minutes - Entry Fee $30
  • Intermediate - up to and at Grade 8-10 – 15 minutes - Entry Fee $35
  • Senior - up to and at Grade 10-15 – 20 minutes of music - Entry Fee $40
  • Advanced - at ARCT level or Undergraduate level – 20-30 minutes of music - Entry Fee $50


Prize Money: 2017 Winners received:

  • Advanced $550
  • Senior $300
  • Intermediate $150
  • Junior $75
  • Preliminary $50

All students can perform up to the allotted time limit. Students, who perform over the time limit, will be asked to stop.

Students are to perform a varied and stylistically contrasting mini recital (set of 2-3 pieces). Students who perform one piece or more at a level more than one grade higher may be asked to play in a higher category. The teacher must ensure that their student is entered in the correct category for their level. If there is doubt, it is the teacher’s responsibility to contact the Scholarship Convener/Committee to ensure the guidelines are met for each category. These pieces may be from a currently recognized syllabus, but this is not a requirement. Please, no concerti for piano and no unnecessary repeats. The choice of appropriate repertoire will be taken into consideration in choosing the winner for each category.

Please ensure that if you require piano accompaniment that you arrange this yourself and provide the name and details on your registration form.

Performance opportunities for the winners of each category will be offered at the NSRMTA Annual General Meeting.

The judges will consist of a panel of NSRMTA teachers (two to three adjudicators per category). Competitors will receive comments (either verbal and/or written) from the adjudicators of their category.

Collegial Dinner: A catered meal will be offered at the event for teachers and adjudicators. Serving time will depend on the scheduled performances. Teachers are expected to pay for the meal which must be ordered in advance (details to follow) along with any dietary needs that apply.