Rules and Regulations


  • Piano
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp & Guitar)
  • Voice

Age Groups (age as of September 1, 2017)

  • Artists (ages 18-35)
  • Young Artists (ages 13-17)
  • Junior Talent (ages 12 and under)

Application Fee & Submission Deadlines

Application Fee: $100 CAD
Application Deadline: September 9, 2017
Online Video Submission Deadline: August 27, 2017

Event Dates

Preliminary Round Events

For the preliminary round, competitors may participate in an onsite audition in China or Canada.  Alternatively, candidates may submit a video link.  Please see video submission guidelines below for submitting videos.  Preliminary Round Event Dates:

  • China: Nanjing, Jiangsu, July 29, 2017
  • Canada: Vancouver, British Columbia, September 15-17, 2017 @ Tom Lee Music, Vancouver
  • Online Video Submissions (August 27, 2017, Deadline)

Final Round, October 6-7, 2017

  • Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia

Gala Concert, October 8, 2017, 2 PM

  • Chan Center for the Performing Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia

Repertoire Guidelines

Repertoire selection deadlines:

  • Preliminary Round: September 9, 2017
  • Final Round: September 19, 2017

For the preliminary round, competitors will perform two works (Vocal Category may select three works) of their choice by memory:

  1. A musical composition from the Baroque or Classical period
  2. A musical composition from the Romantic or Modern period

For the final round, competitors will perform one or two compositions (Vocal Category may select three works) of their choice by memory from any music period.

Performers are allowed to repeat works from the preliminary round in the final round.

Performers are allowed to perform multiple movements from a sonata as long as the performer does not exceed the maximum total duration allowed.  The performance will be stopped and the performer’s score will be reduced if the competitor exceeds the total allotted time.  For both preliminary and final rounds, the total selected repertoire will not exceed these maximum durations as follows:

  • Artists (ages 18-35): 15 minutes
  • Young Artists (ages 13-17): 10 minutes
  • Junior Talent (ages 12 and under): 8 minutes

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, popular music and/or non-classical music will not be accepted.  Competitors can win prizes for performing Canadian compositions in the final round.  Suggestions for Canadian repertoire can be found on the Suggested Canadian Repertoire web page.  Musical compositions created by the performer are not permitted.

Please provide one original score for the jury in addition to two photocopies that will be marked “for 2017 VIMC Adjudication only”.  If you are using an accompanist, they must be provided with an original score; no photocopies are allowed for accompanists.

Video Submission Guidelines

  1. Confirm that your selected music meets the repertoire requirements found above.
  2. Your video should be recorded in a room with good lighting
  3. Your face and instrument should be clearly visible in the video
  4. Your video should include a full performance of your chosen repertoire
  5. Musical repeat sections should be omitted unless they are absolutely necessary (such as Da capo repeats)
  6. Both repertoire selections for the preliminary round must be submitted with a single video link (if possible)

To submit your video, upload your complete performance of your chosen works to a video sharing website (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or a file sharing service.  After confirming that the video guidelines have been correctly followed and your video has been correctly uploaded, please email the following information to

Performer’s Full Name:
Category (Artists/Young Artists/Junior Talent):
Video Submission URL (www…):

Repertoire Selection 1
Musical Period:

Repertoire Selection 2
Musical Period:

Judging Rules

  • The decision of the jury is final
  • Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students (excluding masterclass participation). In this situation, the competitor will be judged by the remaining jury members.
  • Competitors are not permitted to speak to judges during the competition. Breaking this rule may lead to disqualification by the competitor.

The VIMC respects diversity and the competition does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.