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Information for
All Festivals


For all music instruments, voice, and composition.


Age Categories 

Young Musicians Category, 5 – 6 years old

Young Musicians Category, 7 – 8 years old

Young Musicians Category, 9 – 10 years old

Junior Category, 11 – 12 years old

Junior Category, 13 – 14 years old

Intermediate, 15 – 16 years old

Intermediate, 17 – 18 years old *

Adults (18 and older):

Musicians without a professional degree

College Students and Professional Musicians *

* 18-year-old school students must enter the Intermediate category. 18-year-old college students must apply under the College Students/Professionals category.

For the Ensemble, combine the age of all members of the ensemble and divide it by the number of members.

Application Deadline

The materials and application fee must be submitted by July 20, 2021.

All videos will be temporarily published on the website for public view after the deadline.

The results will be announced within two weeks after the deadline.

Repertoire Requirements

For all festivals except Composition and HomeOrchestra:

One selection of any music repertoire of your choice performed from memory. The duration of the video recording must be up to 10 minutes.

Baroque era repertoire, written approx. between 1600 - 1750,

Classical era repertoire, written approx. between 1750 - 1820,

Romantic era repertoire, written approx. between 1820 - 1910,

20th and 21st centuries repertoire, Popular and Jazz Music repertoire, Ensemble Music repertoire.

For Composition festival only: 

One selection of any music compositions of your choice, written by the applicant within the past five years. The duration of the video or MP3 recording must be up to 10 minutes. Scores must be provided to the competition.

For HomeOrchestra festival only: 

Please, read all rules for HomeOrchestra festival by clicking the HomeOrchestra button in the main menu.

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Application Fee

Application Fee per submission – $100 Canadian dollars.

Application Fees are not refundable.

How to Apply

To apply for the Festival, participants must submit the following information by clicking “Apply now”:

  • A completed online Application Form

  • YouTube link to the video recording

  • Biography of the solo applicant or an ensemble, approximately 150 words. Include past participation in competitions, festivals, and other public events

  • Application fee

  • Portrait photo of the applicant or the ensemble

Festival Rules

  • Only unedited video can be accepted for the audition (parts of video connected together or video clips are not acceptable)

  • Video recording should be a fair representation of the participant’s abilities but does not need to be of professional quality. The applicant’s name and exact title of the recording must be included in the description of the video on YouTube 

  • Judges' comments will not be disclosed. Judges’ decisions are final and can’t be appealed

  • The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted

  • Several winners can be selected in each category

  • Grand Prize can be awarded for an outstanding performance based on the judges' decision

  • Audience Award - one performance will be selected in each festival based on the audience votes

Awards and Performance

Festivals will award a monetary prize, Certificates of achievement, performance opportunities, and other gifts.

The monetary prize of $1000 Canadian dollars may be granted to one or shared between two Grand Prize winners from the entire season. The prize will be awarded based on the judges' decision. The prize does not apply to the HomeOrchestra festival.

Participants, their teachers and accompanists will be awarded Certificates for

  • Grand Prize

  • First place

  • Second place

  • Third place

  • Audience Award

All participants will receive a special gift from PianoUP. Grand Prize and the First Place winners will receive an invitation to debut at the Winners Recital and the Award Ceremony in Toronto, Canada*.

*The location and the date of the recital will be announced later when the COVID-19 pandemic will slow down. Please note there will be a fee for the recital.