Rules and Regulations

Categories

Instrument Groups

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

Age Groups

  • Junior Talent: ages 8 and under
  • Young Talent: ages 9–12
  • Young Artists: ages 13–17
  • Artists: ages 18–35

Application Fees & Deadlines

Preliminary Round

  • Application Fee: $75 CAD
  • Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021, 11:59pm
  • Online Video Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2021, 11:59pm

Final Round

  • Application Fee: $55 CAD
  • Application Deadline: August 31st, 2021, 11:59pm
  • Online Video Submission Deadline: August 31st, 2021, 11:59pm

For both the preliminary and final rounds, candidates must submit video links to their performances.  Please see the video submission guidelines for submitting videos.

 

Competition Rules

(1) The Vancouver International Music Competition is governed by the Board of Directors and Executive Committee managed by the President of the Vancouver International Music Competition.

(2) Competitors must follow all arrangements, rules and schedules of the competition. The decision of the Executive Committee upon all issues of the regulations and related administrative matters shall be final.

(3) The VIMC reserves the right to make any amendment to the Syllabus, Rules and Arrangements. Information of any amendment will be uploaded on the website without any individual notification to competitors.

(4) The decisions of the Jury are final.

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

(6) Competitors hold harmless the VIMC from any damages, claims, liabilities, and costs, or losses of any kind or nature whatsoever, which may in any way arise from the preliminary round, final round, performance at the Gala and recording.

(7) The VIMC reserves the right to use competitors’ photos for promotional purposes, unless otherwise informed.

(8) First place winners are not eligible to participate in VIMC immediately following this one, however, participation is encouraged in any subsequent competitions.

(9) 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.

(10) Competitors are not permitted to speak to judges during the competition. Breaking this rule may lead to disqualification by the competitor.

 

Repertoire Guidelines

Preliminary Round

For the preliminary round, competitors will perform two works of their choice from memory:

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

The preliminary round will be a submitted video link by the competitor.  The link can be included in the application form or email: vimcvideo@gmail.com

The combined duration of the two pieces must not exceed the allowed length as follows:

  • Junior Talent (ages 8 and under): 8 minutes
  • Young Talent (ages 9–12): 10 minutes
  • Young Artists (ages 13–17): 12 minutes
  • Artists (ages 18–35): 15 minutes

One movement of a multi-movement work (such as a sonata) will be considered as one piece.  The performer’s mark will be deducted if the competitor exceeds the allotted time.

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions (including transposed works from the original), popular music and/or non-classical music will not be accepted. Some arranged harp compositions may be accepted upon VIMC Committee’s approval.

Final Round

For the final round, competitors will perform one or two compositions from different musical period(s) of their choice from memory. Competitors will receive comments from the jury.

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

For final rounds, the selected repertoire should not exceed the following durations:

  • Junior Talent (ages 8 and under): 8 minutes
  • Young Talent (ages 9–12): 10 minutes
  • Young Artists (ages 13–17): 12 minutes
  • Artists (ages 18–35): 15 minutes

Performances that include multiple movements of a piece are allowed as long as the total duration of the performance stays within the timeframes outlined above.  The performance will be stopped and the performer’s score will be reduced if the competitor exceeds the total allotted time.

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions (including transposed works from the original), popular music and/or non-classical music will not be accepted. Some arranged harp compositions may be accepted upon VIMC Committee’s approval. Competitors can win prizes for performing a Canadian composition in the final round. For a list of Canadian composers and compositions, please click this link.

 

Video Submission Guidelines

  1. Confirm that the selected music meets the repertoire requirements found above.
  2. Your video recording must be recorded within 6 months from the application deadline.
  3. A high-quality video recording and filmed with a single camera is strongly recommended. It is acceptable to record the different works required in separate takes, but the recording of each work must be done without editing. It is recommended that candidates use the finest human and technical resources available so as to submit a high-quality video recording.
  4. Your face, hands and instrument should be clearly visible in the video
  5. Your video should include a full performance of your chosen repertoire
  6. Musical repeat sections should be omitted unless they are absolutely necessary (such as Da capo repeats)
  7. 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 vimcvideo@gmail.com:

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

Repertoire Selection 1
Musical Period:
Composer:
Title:

Repertoire Selection 2
Musical Period:
Composer:
Title:

A Chinese translation can be found by clicking here.