Original Composition – 2022

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Section 120: Original Composition

Section Notes

  1. Works will be adjudicated on originality and competence in handling form, harmony, melody and rhythm.
  2. Scores must be clear and legible with all bars numbered; photocopies are acceptable. Scores must be received in the Festival Office by March 31st by email to office@kiwanismusictoronto.org.  Entrants are advised to keep a copy.
  3. Decisions on winners are reached by the adjudicator reading the scores. Recordings will not be considered (except for class 75025) and should not be submitted. 
  4. Minimum Current RCM Grade 4 theory recommended for classes age 19 and over.
  5. Please note that compositions are not performed in this category. See Sections 5 (Piano) and 70 (Popular Voice) in this syllabus for performance opportunities.
  6. Performance times MUST be included on the entry form.


Class 75001 – Original Composition for Solo – Amateur Adult – Ages 29 and Above
Fee: $45.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75002 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Amateur Adult – Ages 29 and Above
Fee: $45.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75003 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Amateur Adult – Ages 29 and Above
Fee: $45.00
Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75004 – Original Composition for Solo – Advanced – Ages 19-28
Fee: $45.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75005 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Advanced – Ages 19-28
Fee: $45.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75006 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Advanced – Ages 19-28
Fee: $45.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75007 – Original Composition for Solo – Senior – Ages 17-18
Fee: $44.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75008 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Senior – Ages 17-18
Fee: $44.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75009 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Senior – Ages 17-18
Fee: $44.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 7 minutes

Class 75010 – Original Composition for Solo – Intermediate – Ages 15-16
Fee: $44.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75011 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Intermediate – Ages 15-16
Fee: $44.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75012 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Intermediate – Ages 15-16
Fee: $44.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75013 – Original Composition for Solo – Junior – Ages 13-14
Fee: $43.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75014 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Junior – Ages 13-14
Fee: $43.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75015 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Junior – Ages 13-14
Fee: $43.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75016 – Original Composition for Solo – Elementary – Ages 11-12
Fee: $42.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75017 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Elementary – Ages 11-12
Fee: $42.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75018 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Elementary – Ages 11-12
Fee: $42.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75019 – Original Composition for Solo – Primary – Ages 9-10
Fee: $41.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 5 minutes

Class 75020 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Primary – Ages 9-10
Fee: $41.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 3 minutes

Class 75021 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Primary – Ages 9-10
Fee: $41.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations.
Time limit: 3 minutes

Class 75022 – Original Composition for Solo – Beginner – Ages 6-8
Fee: $40.00

Original music for solo instrument or voice with or without accompaniment.
Time limit: 3 minutes

Class 75023 – Original Composition for Ensemble – Beginner – Ages 6-8
Fee: $40.00

Original music for any combination of instruments and/or voices.
Time limit: 3 minutes

Class 75024 – Original Composition – Variations on a Theme – Beginner – Ages 6-8
Fee: $40.00

Competitors will be supplied a theme by the Adjudicator for which they will compose a set of variations. 
Time limit: 3 minutes

Class 75025 – Original Composition – Solo – With Recording
Fee: $45.00

Competitors may submit their composition for solo instrument with a recording of the performance.
Time limit 7 mins.