1) Candidates must be students of members in good standing of the Markham Stouffville Branch
of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association as of March 18th, 2018. Members in
good standing are those who are up to date with all ORMTA related membership dues.
2) These auditions are open to student instrumentalists and vocalists from Level 1 to
ARCT/LRCM. We welcome repertoire from a variety of syllabi including popular listings.
Solos, duets and ensembles are welcome. Please note that duets must performed on a single
piano (1 piano, 4 hands).
3) Each different arrangement of ensemble performers constitutes a separate entry. A single
student registering on multiple instruments constitutes separate entries.
4) At the audition, each entry may play a maximum of FOUR pieces - the total time of which
must not exceed 20 minutes unless given express permission from the Markham Stouffville
ORMTA Branch President, or if registering as a Young or Zone Artist.
5) Payment must accompany the online registration form in order to complete
registration. Each entry will be a minimum of $25 with longer program times priced as follows:
$25.00, 0-5 minutes
$30.00, 5-10 minutes
$40.00, 10-15 minutes
$50.00, 15-20 minutes
$75.00, Zone or Young Artist
The fee owing will be the sum of the cost of all entries. This entry fee is non-refundable.
6) Candidates must submit a score of the music for the adjudicator at both the audition and
the recital. This score must be within copyright. Internet purchased sheet music must be
accompanied with a receipt and newly composed scores must have a note from the
composer with permission to use it. PHOTOCOPIED MUSIC IS ILLEGAL AND WILL NOT
BE ACCEPTED WHERE COPYRIGHT LAW IS IN EFFECT. For more information about
Federal copyright, visit the Copyright Board of Canada at www.cb-cda.gc.ca. If no music is
provided, assessment will be at the discretion of the adjudicator.
7) All piano and vocal pieces including studies and duets must be memorized. Piano and
vocal pieces not memorized will not receive a mark and therefore will not be eligible to
perform in the Scholarship Recital. Other instrumentalists are not required to play from
memory, but should provide an additional score for the adjudicator.
8) It is the responsibility of vocalists and instrumentalists to provide an accompanist for
accompanied repertoire for both the audition and recital.
9) There is no limit to the number of candidates submitted by each MS ORMTA Branch
10) We need a minimum of 6 entries in a unique instrument group (strings, woodwinds, jazz
piano) to hire a specialized adjudicator.
11) Performers must be available to audition on the indicated days. No individual request
for desired timeframe are permitted.
12) All teachers will adhere to the adjudicator/scholarship allotment guidelines as ascertained in
chapter meetings. No exceptions will be made after the fact.
If the student selects a piece that is listed as a different grade level between recognized
conservatory syllabi, please list both grades.
• A multimovement work is considered one selection.
• Students may audition with any number of movements from a particular work
regardless of examination requirements. Please note that students will only be allowed to
perform one movement of a multi-movement work at the recital, which will be selected by the
• If the student is performing a newly composed work that is not yet published, a note
from the composer must accompany the manuscript.
• If a student performs a piece in a MS ORMTA Scholarship Recital, they are not
allowed to perform that piece in a subsequent audition.
Audition fees will be paid directly to the applicants teacher, who will in turn reimburse
the Branch and thus will complete the registration process.
• Audition fees are non-refundable.
The audition adjudicator's comments and marks will be written during the audition. No
verbal comments will be given.
• These comments and marks sheets will be returned within a few days to the
teacher. Students may be invited to perform one of their selections in the Scholarship Recital
and/or the GTA Zone competition upon the recommendation of the auditions
adjudicator. Teachers are responsible for communicating these results to their students.
• No student will receive a mark under 70%.
• A minimum mark of 80 is required to be considered for the Scholarship
• Results from the auditions adjudicator are final.
If the student is selected to play in the Scholarship Recital, their teacher will be
notified within a few days of the auditions along with which piece or movement of a piece that
they will be performing. The audition piece or excerpt to be performed will be decided by the
• Students will only be allowed to perform one movement of a Classical sonata at the
recital. The movement that is performed will be determined by the audition adjudicator. A
Bach prelude and fugue is not considered a multimovement work in this case.
• It is the teachers’ responsibility to inform their students about time, date, location and
dress code for the recital.
• The recital program order will be based on grade level only. No special requests
• All candidates should exhibit a high standard of performance and deportment. We
have a dress code: no jeans, sneakers or t-shirts.
• Scholarships for outstanding performances during the auditions will be recommended at the discretion
of the adjudicator. The adjudicator's decisions are final.
• Each student will receive a maximum of one scholarship at each session except in
the event that they are part of both a solo and duet performance. In this case they may
receive two scholarships.
• Scholarship cheques that have not been cashed after 6 months will be deemed a
donation to the branch.