Festival Rules for Vocal

  1. All pieces, unless otherwise stated, must be chosen from the same grade level from the syllabi of the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada, and entered at the appropriate grade level. Entries that do not comply with the standards set out will not be accepted.
  2. All students will be grouped by grade within the five major age categories: Beginner (10 and under), Junior (14 and under), Intermediate (18 and under), Senior (28 and under), and Adult (29 & over - please note, this adult vocal rule supersedes General Rule #33.
  3. Junior students may repeat grades as needed. If an examination is completed prior to January 1, 2014 the student must enter the festival in a higher grade/level.
  4. Classical Concert Groups: NOTE: Only those students entering Classical Concert group will be considered as provincial delegates for classical voice at Performing Arts BC.
    • Transposition
    • In the introductory Grade and Grades 1-8, songs may be transposed into any key to suit the range of the candidate’s voice
    • In Grades 9, 10 and ARCT art songs, Lieder and folksongs may be sung in any published key. Arias from operas or oratorios must be sung in the original key
  5. Musical Theatre classes: Note: Only those students entering Musical Theatre Concert Group class will be considered as musical theatre delegates to Performing Arts BC.
    • Staging and costuming is expected using a chair/stool and small hand held props only. Please no live flame.
    • NOTE: Only those students entering Musical theatre Concert Group class will be considered as musical theatre or tri-discipline delegates to Performing Arts BC.
  6. Please see How to Enter the Festival on the Registration page.
  7. PLEASE NOTE: To qualify for the Provincial Festival, a student must enter 2 solo classes in one discipline. PABC considers a Concert Group (consisting of 2 or 3 pieces) as 1 class only, therefore he/she must enter 1 Concert Group plus another Solo Class - or - enter 2 (or more) separate solo classes.
  8. Participants recommended to PERFORMING ARTS BC in two disciplines may attend in ONE discipline only.