NSRMTA 2020 Scholarship Competition Announcement

The competition is open to students or children of NSRMTA members, any instrument or voice.

Date: Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings and the practice of social distancing, this year's Scholarship Competition will be postponed until mid-November

Locations: TBA

Due Date  TBA


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. Time limits and entry fees for each category are listed below.


Preliminary - up to and at Grade 4 : 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, entry fee $40

Advanced - at  ARCT level or Undergraduate level:  20 - 30 minutes, entry fee $50

Prize Money: 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) within the time limit.  Students may perform one piece at a level one grade higher. It is the teacher's responsibility to ensure that their student is entered in the correct category for their level.  It is then the responsibility of the Scholarship Competition Committee to ensure that the guidelines are met for each category.  In the case that a student is entered in the incorrect category for their repertoire grade level, the Scholarship Competition Committee will contact the teacher to inform them of this error. 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 or three adjudicators per category). Competitors will receive comments (written, and verbal as time allows) from the adjudicators of their category.

Collegial lunch: A catered lunch will be offered at the event for teachers and adjudicators. Serving time will depend on the scheduled performances. Lunch will be complimentary for adjudicators, for others a small fee will apply.

There is a $5 admission fee (for adults only) at the door, to hear all performances for the day.


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