General Rules

  1. All classes shall be open to amateur performers who are residents of the Sunshine Coast. An amateur is a performer whose principal source of livelihood is not obtained from the practice of or from solo performances in the category in which he/she is participating. Community ensembles containing professional musicians may enter the festival (in open classes only) if these members rehearse regularly with the ensembles.
  2. For solo classes indicated with* , repertoire must be chosen from current accepted Canadian syllabi (see below). Where there is a discrepancy between grades, the current RCM syllabus prevails. In classes where a syllabus selection contains several movements, only two contrasting movements need to be performed.
  3. In solo classes where age groups are specified (eg: 12 and <) or where distinct grades or stages of progression are specified (eg: Junior), performers may enter only one level with each instrument.
  4. In all classes with age limits, the age of the performer is taken as of January 1st of the current festival year.
  5. Competitors must perform a different piece each year.
  6. Competitors up to and including Grade 7 may enter the same classes and grade level for two years, except award winners and successful exam candidates who must proceed to the next level.
  7. Grades 8, 9, 10 and ARCT performers may enter the same classes and grade level for two years regardless of awards received.
  8. Performers who have completed a discipline’s grades or are at a post-secondary education level may enter at the open level of a discipline to be eligible for the provincial festival.
  9. An adult performer is 19 years of age and over.
  10. Preparatory and open class entries are ‘for adjudication only’ and will receive festival participation certificates for each entry.
  11. Suitable dress and appropriate stage decorum will enhance each performance.
  12. Additional rules which are specific to each discipline are included in the lists of available classes as shown on the Syllabus.
  13. Simplified arrangements of standard editions will be allowed in the Performer’s Choice and Sacred classes only.
  14. ‘Non-syllabus’ selections must meet the accepted standard for suitability of style and level of difficulty at each grade level. Material from method books may only be used in Preparatory classes.
  15. Repeat signs should not be observed (with the exception of D.C.).
  16. Memorization is desirable but not mandatory. However, competitors should be aware that an adjudicator’s decision may be influenced by memorization. Sonata and ensemble entries need not be memorized.

Accepted Canadian Syllabi

Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) –
Conservatory Canada (CC) –
Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) –
BC Conservatory of Music (BCCM) –


Photocopying of copyright music for the purpose of performance is illegal!

All performers must provide original copies of published music or a properly authorized copy with a letter of permission from the copyright holder (composer or publisher).

No photocopied or computer generated music is allowed.
The use of unauthorized copies will result in disqualification of the performer.

This restriction applies to music used by the performers, accompanists and music given to the adjudicators. Where required, page turners are allowed (parents or teachers are permissible page turners).



Performances shall be under the management of the Board of Directors. Any questions shall be referred to the Board by mail. The decision of the Board shall be final.

A complaint or protest, accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $10, must be submitted in writing to the Festival Board within two weeks following the performance in question to:

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts

PO Box 1043
Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0

Acceptance of a participant’s entry into the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts will release any responsibility of the Festival’s Directors, staff and volunteers from any claims, demands, damages, actions or causes or action arising out of or in consequence of any loss, injury or damage to any participant or any participant’s property incurred while attending or participating in the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Performing Arts.