I. CONTESTANT QUALIFICATION – JUNIOR and SENIOR
- It is the responsibility of each contestant to read and comply with the rules and regulations governing the
Provincial Music Festival, including the Concept and Dress Code as set out in competition guidelines. If
clarification or assistance is needed, contestants should contact the Provincial Administrator/Registrar.
- The Provincial Music Festival competition shall be open to live performance non-professional musicians residing
or studying in Nova Scotia who perform at festivals affiliated through the Federation of music Festivals of Nova
- A non-professional shall be defined as a person whose principal means of livelihood is not obtained from the
performance of music in the particular category in which he or she is competing. This stipulation does not,
however, preclude such a person having occasionally received remuneration for musical services rendered, even in
the area in which he or she is competing.
- Contestants in Senior Classes 1 through 8, 20 and 21 shall not be over the age of 28 on December 31 prior to the
Provincial Festival. Local Festivals must obtain proof of age. Contestants in Junior Classes 101 through 107 and
120 shall not be over age 18 as of December 31 prior to the Provincial Festival.
- A written recommendation from the adjudicator is necessary before any contestant may advance from the Local
Festival to the Provincial Level. The recommendation from the Local Level must be SIGNED by the contestant,
signifying knowledge of and agreement with the General Regulations. DEADLINES FOR ENTRIES TO THE
PROVINCIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY THE REGISTRAR ONE MONTH FROM THE
CONCLUSION OF THE LOCAL FESTIVAL OR BY MAY 15, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
In Musical Theatre, the local adjudicator may recommend one person from appropriate classes at the festival to each
of classes 20, 21 and 120.
- Solo contestants may enter the Nova Scotia Provincial Music Festival classes in local festivals only if they reside
or study in Nova Scotia, and may be recommended to the Provincial Level from only one festival in Nova Scotia.
- The majority (51%) of members in a chamber group must study or reside in Nova Scotia.
- No marks shall be given, but the winner in each class at the Provincial Level shall be named.
- Should a regular member of a Chamber Group (for valid reasons) be unable to proceed to the Provincial Music
Festival, ONE substitution will be permitted.
- Arrangements will be made for contestants by the Host Festival to practice at the Provincial Music Festival.
- Senior: A first-place winner in Classes 1 through 8, and 21, at the Provincial Music Festival who has placed first
at the National Festival shall not be eligible to compete in the same class at succeeding Provincial Music Festivals in
the following 3 years.
- There shall be no non-sanctioned recording or photographing of contestants during performances.
- The President of the Federation of Music Festivals of Nova Scotia shall be the final authority in all matters
pertaining to the Provincial Festival.