About the Competition
Entry Deadline: April 1
The CFMTA/FCAPM National Piano Competition is held in conjunction with the CFMTA National Convention every July. SRMTA holds a provincial competition to determine a Saskatchewan representative.
An alternate will be selected by the adjudicator in the event that the winner, through unforeseen circumstances, cannot compete. Competitors and their teachers are responsible for reading and understanding the regulations governing the CFMTA/FCAPM National Piano Competition, as well as those of the Provincial level competition.
Semi-Final Round Awards
- $1,000 – The Ernst Schneider Canadian Music Award: for the best performance of a Canadian composition
- $1,000 – The Chopin Award: for the best performance of a Chopin composition 
- $1,500 – The Willard Schultz Baroque Music Award: to the performer whose reading of Baroque music best communicates the intentions of the composer 
- $1,500 – The Willard Schultz Most Promising Performing Artist Award: to the performer who shows the most promise overall as a performing artist
- $500 Canadian Musical Diversity 
 To be eligible for the Chopin Award, the Semi-Final program must include a work by Chopin.
 To be eligible for the Willard Schultz Baroque Award, the Semi-Final program must include a work from that era.
 To be eligible for the Canadian Musical Diversity Award, competitors are encouraged to include a work demonstrating some aspect of Canadian music diversity in one of their competition programs. A short written explanation of the specific aspect of diversity demonstrated and its significance to the performer must be submitted with the application form. (100 words or less) This new competition has been created in order to celebrate our commitment to musical diversity in Canada and it will harmonize beautifully with the theme of our virtual conference 2021.
Final Round Awards
- First Place: $5,000.00
- Second Place: $3,000.00
- Third Place: $2,000.00
Rules & Regulations
National Competition Rules and Regulations
- The National Piano Competition is limited to Competitors studying at the undergraduate level or lower as of the date of application. Competitors must not have reached their 25th birthday by January 1 of the competition year. Competitors must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
- Competitors must be students of a Registered Music Teacher at the time of application.
The complete National Rules & Regulations can be accessed on the CFMTA website:
- No changes in the repertoire are permitted once the application is submitted.
- Competitors in the CFMTA/FCAPM National Semi-final Round must present a program of 30 minutes minimum to 45-minute maximum, consisting of the following:
- One Canadian Solo Composition
- One complete solo composition from the Classical or Baroque Period,
- A variety of shorter works to form a well-balanced program
- Three finalists will be selected from the Semi-Final Round of the competition to proceed to the Final round of the competition.
- AWARDS are given at the conclusion of the Semi-Final Round.
- No changes in the repertoire are permitted once the selection has been submitted.
- A completely new program must be presented.
- Time Limits: a minimum of 25 minutes to a maximum of 35 minutes.
- Late applications will not be accepted.
- National Final repertoire must be listed in performance order and include exact timings for each selection.
- Decisions of the Adjudicator at every stage of the competition are final and not subject to question, review, or appeal.
- SRMTA will pay for the national entry fee.
- 2019 Alice Li, Saskatoon
- 2017 No entries
- 2015 Eric Bews, Saskatoon
- 2013 Maria Fuller, Earl Grey
- 2011 Meagan Milatz, Regina
- 2009 None