About the Competition
Entry Deadline: April 1
The National Vocal 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 National Voice Competition, as well as those of the provincial-level competition.
Rules & Regulations
National Competition Rules and Regulations
- The National Voice Competition is limited to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
- Competitors must not have reached their 33rd birthday January 1 of the competition year.
- 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 an application is submitted.
- Competitors in the CFMTA/FCAPM National Competition must present a program list consisting of the following:
- Each Singer will prepare 10 (or more) Vocal Selections
- 1 or more must be an Aria
- 1 or more must be German Lied
- 1 or more must be French Mélodie
- 1 or more must be National Art Song
- 1 or more must be an American or British Art Song
- 2 or more must be Canadian Art Song (French and/or English)
- 3 or more additional songs of the singer’s choice – any language – may be art song/oratorio/mass/requiem/opera aria/folk song/other
- It is recommended to the singer to prepare one or more selections based on diversity – this could mean a piece composed by a BIPOC composer, a piece about diversity (content), or the struggles of minorities. In keeping with the conference theme, a special prize will be given for the best performance of a vocal selection based on diversity.
- Of the selections, one (or more) selections must be composed prior to 1800
- Of the selections, four (or more) languages must be represented, one of which must be Italian
- In the semi-final round, the singers will sing 4 selections of their choice.
- In the final round, the singers will sing a 25-to-35-minute program of their choice, based on the 10 (or more) selections submitted in their repertoire form. The repertoire list need not be thought of as comprising a complete recital program. Repertoire from the semi-final round may not be repeated.
- All selections Must be memorized.
- The selections should represent a variety of composers and eras. Repertoire should be of an advanced level such as
- Grade 10, ARCT, and above. The selections need not be listed in any syllabus.
- 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.
- Each Provincial/Territorial Association will be responsible for the financial expenses incurred during the selection of its competitor.
- Each Provincial/Territorial Association may choose, by audition or otherwise, ONE competitor who will represent their Province/Territory.
- 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.
SRMTA/CFMTA Voice Competition Entry Form
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Past National Competitors
- 2019 Emma Johnson, Regina
- 2013 Whitney Mather, Saskatoon