V(d) CHORAL CLASSES

The National Music Festival provides opportunities for the following types of choral groups:

  • Ensemblelimited to 8 to 12 singers.
  • School choirsmust have a minimum of 13 singers all from one school.
  • Community choirsmust have a minimum of 13 singers and are not school choirs.
  • Male voice choirsmay be school or community and may be unchanged or changed voices, or a combination of them.

These rules apply to all classes:

  1. Only selections performed, adjudicated and recommended from local and provincial festivals are acceptable.
  2. The competition is based on the performance of TWO CONTRASTING SELECTIONS, only one of which may include brief solo or solo ensemble passages.
  3. The total number of bars of the solo or solo ensemble passage(s) must not exceed 10% of the total length of the selection. Please note that the definition of the term ‘selection’ is “one piece of music by a composer, and not two or more short pieces from a collection, cycle or larger work”.
  4. In classes limited by an upper age, 5% of the members may exceed the age limit by not more than two years.
  5. Ages are determined as of December 31 preceding the festival. 

ENSEMBLE:

  1. The Richard W. Cooke Award (Class 104)
    1. must be an ensemble
    2. one selection must be in three or more parts
    3. one selection must be a madrigal, which may be a contemporary madrigal 

SCHOOL CHOIR:

The members of a school choir must all be from the same school. Only one folk song is permitted.

  1. Paul J. Bourret Award (Class 103)
    1. singers must be 19 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in three or more parts
  2. David Ouchterlony Award (Class 106)
    1. singers must be 16 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in two or more parts
  3. Florine Despres Award (Class 108)
    1. singers must be 12 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in two or more parts 

COMMUNITY CHOIR:

A minimum of 13 singers is required. Only one folk song is permitted.

  1. The Honourable Barbara J. Hagerman Award (Class 100)
    1. the majority of members must be 19 years of age or over
    2. at least one selection must be sung in three or more parts
  2. George S. Mathieson Award (Class 102)
    1. singers must be 19 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in three or more parts
  3. Dr. & Mrs. J.F.K English Award (Class 105)
    1. singers must be 16 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in three or more parts.
  4. Margaret Wharton Award (Class 107)
    1. singers must be 12 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in two or more parts
  5. Barbara Clark Award (Class 109)
    1. singers must be 25 years of age and under
    2. at least one selection must be sung in three or more parts

MALE CHOIR:

  1. The City of Lincoln Award (Class 101)
    1. restricted to male singers
    2. no age limitation
    3. at least one selection must be sung in three or more parts