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There will be no Strings and Instrumental Discipline in the 2024 Festival. 




It is the responsibility of competitors and teachers to follow the Rules & Regulations of the festival. Entries are the responsibility of competitors and teachers. Errors or omissions are not the responsibility of the festival. All disciplines run at the discretion of the festival, and are dependent on sufficient entries.


NOTE:  As this is a transition year for the RCM from the old syllabus to the new syllabus we will accept repertoire grading from both syllabi this year.



1. Each competitor shall compete at the same grade level in all solo classes entered. Students may enter one selection one grade higher in accordance with RCM Syllabus for examination purposes. This higher-grade selection will be judged against other selections performed at that higher grade level. 

2. Photocopied music may not be used in the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival without the written permission of the copyright holder (composer or publisher) and proof of permission in the form of a letter must be presented at the time of performance. However, the Federation of Music Festivals has now deemed it permissible to use photocopies for page turns as long as the original is present at the performance. In addition, music downloaded from IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project) or equivalent is acceptable if proof of purchase in the form of a receipt is provided at the time of competition.

3. Use current RCM Syllabus or equivalent as a guideline for repertoire selections. Titled and untitled studies published in the RCM syllabus or equivalent are acceptable. Abridged versions of classical music are not acceptable. Selections for the Canadian Composers Class must be composers who are recognized and published. For information contact the Canadian Music Centre at

4. Memorization of music is expected in competitive solo classes, with the exceptions of Untitled Study and Sonata (in agreement with RCM exam regulations). Three (3) marks will be deducted if the score is used. Memorization is not a requirement, and no marks will be deducted for using the score in duet, trio or quartet classes, or in large group classes.

5. Da Capo signs should be observed. Repeat signs should ordinarily be ignored but at the discretion of the teacher and student may be observed where deemed appropriate.

6. Each competitor is responsible for providing their own accompanist.