B.C. Piano Competition Rules 2018

  1.  The competition will be held in even numbered years in combination with the Semi-Annual meeting of BCRMTA Provincial Council.
  2. Each branch will be able to enter one contestant. The contestant may represent his/her branch of residence or branch of study.  Branches are responsible for selecting a contestant.  (A previous first-prize winner of the B.C. Piano Competition is not eligible to enter).  Deadline for entries is March 1st , 2018
  3. The competition will consist of a semi-final round and a final round.

Semi-final Round - for up to 12 contestants.  In this round, contestants will be asked to perform a program no less than 10 minutes and no more than 20 minutes in length.  At Least two contrasting styles must be used and only one piece may be repeated in the Final Round.  The performance of a work by a Canadian composer must be included.  Should more than 12 entries be received, contestants will be asked to submit a 30 minute recent, unedited recording of good quality marked with the applicant’s name and accompanied by a list of the repertoire in the order it is performed on the CD by April 1st in order to have a professional adjudicator choose 12 contestants.

Final Round The top three performers from the semi-final round will be asked to perform a 30 minute program in the finals.  Three contrasting styles must be used.  All contestants will be expected to attend the finals.

The 1st Place Winner of the B.C. Piano Competition:

  1. must be available to represent British Columbia at the CFMTA National Piano Competition (All travel will be provided and up to $300 provided for accommodation and meals)
  2. will tour as B.C. Young Artist (Tour details to be arranged with the B.C. Young Artist Committee and all travel, accommodation and meals will be provided)
  3. will receive a cash prize of $800

The 2nd Place Winner of the B.C. Piano Competition will receive a cash prize of $450

The 3rd Place Winner of the B.C. Piano Competition will receive a cash prize of $250

  1. Before selecting a contestant, branches need to be aware of the following rules:
  • The contestant must be studying with a member of the BCRMTA at the time of entry. If the Branch contestant is awarded the first place prize, he/she must continue to study with a BCRMTA member in order to qualify to represent B.C. at the National Piano Competition.
  • The contestant must be a Canadian citizen or have Landed Immigrant status.
  • The contestant must not be more than 24 years old as of January 1st of the CFMTA competition year.
  • The contestant may not be studying in a Master’s program as of January 1st of the CFMTA convention year, as the CFMTA National Piano Competition is limited to contestants studying at the Bachelor level or lower.
  • All repertoire presented must be of an advanced level (Diploma or higher) and must include a minimum of two contrasting style periods in the semi-final round and three contrasting style periods in the final round with one repeat allowed in the final round.
  • The competition committee will announce the name of the adjudicator of the B.C. Piano Competition at least 6 months before the competition. It is the responsibility of the branch and the teacher of the contestant to ensure that there is no contact between the contestant and the adjudicator once the name has been announced.
  • It is strongly recommended that all potential contestants be made aware of the specific repertoire rules regarding the CFMTA National Piano Competition before entering the B.C. Piano Competition. These can be found at bcrmta.ca in the members only section under B.C. Piano Competition
  • It is the responsibility of the branch to submit the required application. Late entries will not be considered.

Information regarding the Semi-final Round:

Each invited contestant must submit his/her repertoire list by June 1st 2018.  Selections may not be changed after the list has been submitted.

All expenses for a contestant attending the B.C. Piano Competition must be borne by the contestant or sponsoring branch.  *Branches may apply for funding where a need exists and conditions are met.

Expenses for a chaperone (if required by the contestant) will be the responsibility of the contestant.

There will be a public drawing for the order of performance at the B.C. Piano Competition at least 30 days before the event.  All contestants will be immediately advised of their placement in the program and no changes will be allowed.

All contestants will be given an opportunity to play the competition piano prior to the event.  The time allotted will be 10 minutes.

There will be no personal biographies printed in the B.C. Piano Competition program.  Contestants will be listed by name and branch only.