Montreal Classical Music Festival

YOUNG MUSICIANS WHOSE TALENT WILL AMAZE

more than 50 years of history

Formerly a part of the NDG Arts and Letters Festival, the Montreal Classical Music Festival draws each year an increasing number of participants as well as attracting a greater public audience.

Since 2000, the QMTA has assumed directorship of the Festival, a responsibility which for many years was cared for by Mrs. Milda Ruffo, in partnership with the Borough of Verdun.

As of 2019, the event will be sponsored and hosted by the prestigious École de musique Vincent-d'Indy.


  • DESCRIPTION | The Montreal Classical Music Festival is a competition designed for young musicians aged 5 to 23 (singers 30) who are currently studying music with QMTA members, in the following categories: music writing, voice, piano, strings, violin, cello, winds, and guitar.

  • SESSIONS | Performance sessions will be held at the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy, 628, ch. Cote-Ste-Catherine, Outremont, H2V 2C5, May 16–17, 2020. All sessions are open to the public and admission is free.

  • GALA | A Gala and Awards ceremony will be presented at the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. General admission is $10 and free for participants and children under 12.

  • HOW TO ENTER | To enter, submit an online form or request for a printable copy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration period for 2020 edition will run from Feb 1 to March 15, 2020.

  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE | The committee is comprised of David Côté as coordinator, Monique Armand as assistant-coordinator, Danielle Langevin as secretary-registrar, and Patrycia Meunier as treasurer.

  • SPONSORSHIP | We offer bursaries, prizes, and trophies to the winners. We could not do it without our sponsors' support. Learn how to BECOME A SPONSOR today.

MAILING ADDRESS

Montreal Classical Music Festival
Secretary-Registrar's Office,
336 St. Francis Blvd, Suite 2,
Chateauguay (Quebec) J6J 1Z3
514.777.8035
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REGULATIONS and ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Registration

    • Registration in the MCMF commits the participants and their teachers to accept the rules hereby determined. Any infringement may result in disqualification.
    • At the time of the application, competitors' music teachers must be current – or about to become − members of the Quebec Music Teachers’ Association.
    • Entry deadline: March 15. Applicants must fill out one separate form for each class entered. Piano ensemble competitors must fill individual entry forms.
    • All fields of the application form are required. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that all information provided is complete and accurate and that entries are received on or before the deadline. Late or incomplete entries may be rejected by the Registrar’s office.
  • Categories, classes and age groups

    CATEGORIES

    • Categories open for competition are piano, strings, winds, guitar, voice and music writing.

    CLASSES

    • Piano classes are solo, concerto (two pianos) and ensemble (one piano, four hands; one piano, six hands). Strings classes are violin and cello.
    • Winds category is open to all wind instruments. Guitar category is for classical only, and voice is for all voice types.

    AGE GROUP

    • Age groups are 5 years and under to 18 years and under, 23 years and under; 30 years and under (voice competitors only).
    • A competitor’s selected age-group must be equal or older than actual age. Proof of age may be requested.
    • A competitor may apply in more than one category or class, but in one age group only.
  • Musical Program and Timing

    • Minimum levels of pieces (see chart) are provided for guidance purposes only.
    • Competitor's musical program may include one or more pieces or movements, provided the time limit is not exceeded (see chart). Piano concerto performance is limited to one movement of concerto/concertino or five minutes total. Performances that go beyond the time limit may be interrupted by the jury. We suggest competitors who exceed the time limit to enter a higher age-group.
    • Popular pieces and arrangements are not accepted.
    • Maximum allowed for total performance. Timings must be rounded to the nearest minute, and include breaks between pieces. (5, 6, 7 years: 5 min,  8, 9 years: 6 min, 10, 11 years: 7 min, 12, 13, 14 years: 10 min, 15, 16 years: 15 min, 17 years and over: 20 min)
    • A $10 fee will be charged for program changes. Requests must reach the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30. No changes will be accepted after that date. There is no charge or limit date for the withdrawal of a selection or the cancellation of a performance; however, if possible, please kindly notify the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the official program and schedule are issued. 
    SUGGESTED MINIMUM LEVELS

    Age group

    McGill

    RCM

    EMVI

    5, 6, 7 years and under Élem. IV 1 Prép.
    8, 9 years and under Élem. V 2 1
    10, 11 years and under Élem. VI 3 2
    12 years and under Sec. I 4 3
    13 years and under Sec. II 5 4
    14 years and under Sec. III 6 5
    15 years and under Sec. IV 7 6
    16 years and under Sec. V 8 7
    17 years and under Coll. I 9 8
    18 years and under Coll. II 10 9
    23 years and under University ARCT Post-laureate
  • Entry Fees and Payments

    • Entry fees must be sent within 7 business days of the application. Submissions that remain unpaid will be rejected.
    • Registration fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.
    • Accepted payment methods are (1) cheques/money orders, made out to Quebec Music Teachers' Association, and dated no later than March 15, 2020; (2) Interac e-transfers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; (3) Credit cards are also accepted by phone at 514.777.8035. A fee of 2 $ per entry will be charged.
    • A single payment may be made for multiple submissions. All payments, whether sent by mail or by Internet, must be accompanied by an explanatory note including competitors' names and corresponding fees.
    • Overpayments will revert to the MCMF bursary fund. 
    2020 ENTRY FEES

    Category

    5-11 years and under

    12-16 years and under

    17 years
    and under

    Piano solo
    Piano concerto
    Strings
    Winds
    Guitar
    Voice

    $ 35 $ 40 $ 50

    Piano duo & trio
    Per person

    $ 25 $ 30 $ 30

    Entry fees towards music writing competition are not the same.

  • Performance Sessions

    • Performance sessions are held at École de musique Vincent-d'Indy, 628 ch. Cote Ste-Catherine, Outremont, H2V 2C5, in three different halls. All sessions are open to the public and admission is free.
    • Competitors should arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the session in which they are performing.
    • There are no practice rooms available on the premises. Playing on the pianos before, between, or after the sessions is not permitted.
    • All music must be played from memory, except piano ensembles, compositions, and accompaniments.
    • Competitors must provide their accompanists for the performance sessions and the gala concert as required, at their own expense.
    • At the time of performance, competitors must supply the jury with original copies of all music played, in compliance with copyright laws. Legally downloaded music is accepted with proof of purchase, but photocopies of printed music are not.
    • In each class and age group, prizes are awarded to competitors scoring the three highest scores, provided the minimum score is reached. Minimum scores are 90% for 1st prize, 88% for 2nd prize, and 85% for 3rd prize.
    • Disqualified competitors may be permitted to play their program and to receive comments, but no mark or prize will be allocated.
    • Performances will be assessed according to musical selection, technical merit, and artistic interpretation. A single score will be given based on the global performance of the competitor. All decisions by the jury are final.
  • Gala and Prizes

    • The MCMF Gala is a prestigious concert and an awards ceremony. It takes place at École de musique Vincent-d'indy, 628 Ch. Côte Ste-Catherine, Outremont, H2V 2C5, on Saturday, June 6, 2020. General admission is $10 and free for all participants and children under 12.
    • Cash prizes are offered to all winners. Trophies are presented to the winners who score the highest mark of their category.

    Marie-Jeanne Fortier Trophy: piano solo 9 years and under
    Henry Finkel Trophy: piano solo 13 years and under
    Rose Goldblatt Trophy: piano solo 17 years and under
    Coop Vincent-d'Indy Trophy: piano solo 18 years and over
    John Ringwood Trophy: piano concerto
    Daisy Palos Trophy: piano ensemble
    Mavis Veit Trophy : voice
    William Stevens Trophy: guitar
    Daphne Sandercock Trophy: violin 13 years and under
    Rita Barg Trophy: violin 14 years and over
    Mhairi Thomson-Tessier Trophy: cello
    EMV Trophy: music writing
    Senior grand champion and Junior grand champion of all categories offered by Quebec Music Education Foundation.

    • Only selected winners, typically trophy recipients, will perform at the gala concert, but all must attend to receive their prizes. Candidates who are chosen to perform at the gala concert are notified by the jury on the same day.
    • Unclaimed prizes will not be sent by mail but will be available for pickup until June 23, at Co-op Vincent-d’Indy, 628 Côte Ste-Catherine, Outremont (Students Entrance), H2V 2C5 / 514 342-5106 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After that date, any unclaimed cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by the winner and will revert to the Festival bursary fund. Lost or uncashed cheques will not be reissued.
  • Music Writing Competition

    • The whole composition, including the accompaniment if applicable, must be the original work of the competitor whose name appears on the application form. A maximum of three compositions may be submitted, as long as the total performance does not exceed the time limit for the age-group entered.
    • Before the performance, competitors must supply the jury with a copy of their manuscript, including all instrumental parts, and necessary details of dynamic, editing, and tempo. Manuscripts should be neat and legibly printed by hand or by computer, in black ink, in regulation manuscript size with every 10th bar numbered.
    • Competitors may wish to play their compositions, and/or hire all players and accompanists required, at their own expense.
    • Compositions will be judged on their merit, and not on the interpretation or the technical skills of the players.
    • Prize-winning compositions will be submitted by the jury to the CFMTA Student Composer Competition.

    For more information regarding the music writing competition, please contact Jean-Michel Rousseau at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 514 433-4192. 

    TIMINGS and ENTRY FEES
    MUSIC WRITING CATEGORY

    Age Group

    Maximum timing

    Entry Fees

    8 years and under 5 minutes $ 30
    11 years and under 7 minutes $ 35
    15 years and under 10 minutes $ 40
    19 years and under 15 minutes $ 45
    23 years and under 20 minutes $ 50
  • Contact and Communication

    COMMUNICATIONS

    • All messages and convocation slips are sent through teachers, who forward them to their students.

    • All efforts will be made to ensure that all documents, convocations, certificates, etc. are drawn in the competitors preferred language, as indicated on the entry form.

    • Please promptly report any change, error or missing information to the Secretary-registrar’s office.

    ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., director
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., assistant-coordinator
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., secretary-registrar
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., treasurer

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