Dates and Fees


The deadline for Festival entries is December 1, 2018 after which time a $5.00 late fee must accompany

each entry. No entries will be accepted after December 7, 2018.


Solos – Students  - $20.00

Composition Classes - $20.00

Recital Classes - $25.00

Adults - $20.00

Quick Study - $20.00

Duets - $20.00

Trios - $24.00

Quartets - $28.00

2 Pianos, 2 Participants - $20.00

2 Pianos, 4 Participants - $28.00

Ensembles - $34.00

Choirs - $42.00

Bands - $42.00

Family Class – As per duets, trios, quartets and ensembles listed above. 


To avoid the disappointment of not being able to perform in Festival classes due to incorrectly chosen classes and/or repertoire, the 

Porcupine Music Festival de Musique requires students and their teachers to observe the following guidelines when selecting

classes and repertoire to be performed in the Festival and when completing entry forms. Do not hesitate to consult the Festival Executive 

or members of the Music Selection Committee for advice.

1. Entry Form – Class Title

Please consult the current Festival Syllabus for the complete name of the class being entered. For example, the title of Class S-60 is 

“Contemporary String Solo – Grade 5” not “Cello, Gr. 5.”

2. Years of Playing Experience

A student’s number of years of playing experience on a particular instrument should be dated back to when they first began to learn that 

instrument – including instruction on the instrument in a school class setting – not just dated back to when the student began private 

lessons. For example, if a student first begins playing the clarinet at school in grade 7 but does not begin taking private clarinet

lessons until they are in grade 9 at school, that student is in their third year of playing at the time they began private lessons and should 

be entering Festival classes for 3 Years or Less Experience as applicable, where a student’s years of playing experience defines which 

class is suitable for entry.

3. Selection of Repertoire – Conservatory Syllabi

While the Porcupine Music Festival de Musique is not a conservatory examination setting, the Festival requires that students choose 

repertoire from either the Royal Conservatory of Music or Conservatory Canada syllabi for classes requiring a particular conservatory 

grade level, thus ensuring all students are on a level playing field for their respective grade. The current conservatory syllabi are to be 

used for repertoire selection. This also means that graded repertoire is to be performed in the Festival exactly as listed in the conservatory

 syllabus. For example, Max Bruch’s Concerto in G Minor, Opus 26 appears on List A, Grade 10 of the Royal Conservatory of Music Violin 

Syllabus. The RCM Syllabus specifies that the first and second movements are to be performed. A student choosing to perform this piece 

in the Festival must perform only the first and second movements as specified – no other movement will be allowed, nor may only one 

movement be performed. The student or teacher should list the specific movements on the entry form when performing only certain 

movements of a multi-movement work. Likewise, when no specific movements of a multi-movement piece are indicated in the 

conservatory syllabus, all movements must be performed in the Festival.

4. Selection of Repertoire and Substitution Approvals from a Conservatory

As stated above, the Porcupine Music Festival de Musique is not a conservatory examination setting and therefore, conservatory 

substitution approval for Festival performance repertoire chosen from sources other than conservatory syllabi will not be permitted. The 

conservatory syllabi contain a wide variety of repertoire  for students and their teachers to choose from. The Festival’s Music Selection

Committee may be consulted for additional advice.

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