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PKMF Virtual Festival 2021 – Strings 

Current Restrictions Plan:


Due to the current Covid restrictions, we are making every effort to facilitate this year’s event.  We ask that you record your video with the idea that this were an in-person, live event so would encourage you to dress appropriately and produce a quality video for adjudication.


We have decided to use for file sharing. It is a free, secure and simple file sharing app that you can access from your home computer, tablet or phone. You will be required to sign up for Drop Box in order to access the file sharing capabilities.  The Dropbox invitation will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the registration closing date. To ensure that all submissions are consistent we ask that you adhere to the following points:

  • ··Music must be sent as a separate document in conjunction with your recording.
  • ··Labelling your sheet music and recording files should include your full name, category, song name and composer.. Sheet music can be sent as a .jpg or .pdf file. Videos should be in .mp4 format.
  • ··Decide on a comfortable location and time to record your video. The surrounding environment should be quiet so the audio quality in the video is as a good as possible. It is important that the Adjudicator be able to view your whole body in the video.
  • ··Adjudication will be based solely on the performance you submit. Live piano accompaniment is to be used. Accompanist does not need to be in the video.
  • ··It is also imperative that you properly introduce yourself, your accompanist and your performance piece! These steps at the beginning of your video will allow us to categorize your pieces for the adjudicator.
  • ··Using a smart phone (or other device), have a parent, teacher or family member record your performance. Alternatively, you can set up your phone/device on a tripod or propped up so you can make your own video. Please keep your recording device still while recording. YOUR DEVICE MUST BE RECORDED “LANDSCAPE”. Handheld mics altered or enhanced recordings will not be accepted.
  • ··Review your video before you submit it.
  •         Those students entered in sight reading class will receive the sight-reading excerpt by email 24 hours before the recording cut off (Just like the virtual spring RCM exams for the 2020).  Please ensure you have recorded yourself playing the sight written excerpt and handed into Drop Box by the cutoff date and time.
  • ··  Monday April 12th - 3:00pmis the video recording and sheet music and text pdf deadline. No late submissions accepted. Once your video recordings and sheet music or text pdfs as described in are uploaded, they will be included in the Adjudicator Discipline packages.
  • ·· That’s it! Adjudication will happen throughout the 13th and 14th of April. The adjudicator will review your submission and provide a written adjudication and mark (if applicable). The adjudicator comment sheets will be emailed to you by PKMF. The Festival Scholarship & Awards Committee will then produce the certificates, scholarships, awards and BC Provincial Festival Recommendations as described in Syllabus 2021. Continue to watch for updates.


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, dependent on sufficient entries.



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.