• Optional “NR” (no rating) registration (still eligible for National invitations)
  • Three adjudicators will hear every large ensemble , two adjudicators will hear every chamber ensemble
  • Educational clinic following adjudicated performance for each ensemble
  • Audio recording of performance with adjudication.
  • MusicFest Nationals official photographer on-site
  • Honour Award Certificate (one per ensemble) nominated by director
  • Warm-up room, complete with chairs, music stands & equipment
  • A wide variety of scholarships - see website for information sheet and application form
  • Clinic room, complete with chairs, music stands & equipment
  • Individual storage area and student host for each ensemble
  • Weekend admission fee for adult spectators is $3, 18 and under free
  • Food concessions on-site (eg. doughnuts, pizza, popcorn, soft drinks, coffee, chips)
  • Private rating (provided in directors’ package to the director in the clinic)
  • “CRMF Adjudicator’s Choice” Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble trophies
  • Woodroffe H.S. and Longfields-Davidson Heights S.S. will host CRMF 2020, and provide administrative support to CRMF free of charge. It is the intent of CRMF to rotate the Festival to different schools in the Capital Region every few years, as interest and feasibility permit.
  • 2 audio recordings (one with the ensemble’s performance, and one with an adjudication on one channel) will be provided in mp3 format (mp3s will be sent using Google Drive).
  • Accessibility considerations as required (please contact the host coordinators – Terry Duncan at Woodroffe HS or Mandar Gumaste/Carey Godfrey at LDH)

CRMF Professional Development Program

CRMF offers selected registrant directors with the opportunity to shadow an adjudicator for a day, and receive private advice. Please check the CRMF website for details.


Inclement Weather Policy

If inclement weather prevents CRMF from running on a particular day, the performance schedule for that day will be postponed. In the event of inclement weather, CRMF will email all ensemble directors affected. For Concert Bands, the “make-up” day would be at Woodroffe HS on Sunday, March 1st following the Concert Band Division. For Jazz Ensembles, it would be at LDH on Sunday, March 8th after the Jazz Division. In such circumstances, there could be adjustments to the adjudication panel number and makeup. The ‘no-refund” policy would still apply.

Director’s Package

Standards of Performance will be in the Director’s Package, which will be available at the Registration Desk to be signed for by the Director at the conclusion of the clinic. Ensemble results will not be publicly announced by festival staff at the festival venue.

Performance Requirements

  • As a MusicFest Canada Regional, CRMF adjudicators rate ensembles using the recognized Gold, Silver, Bronze & Merit standards of excellence utilized by MusicFest Canada. The number and level of awards presented in any category will be at the sole discretion of the adjudicators.
  • All ensembles are restricted to a maximum of 20 minutes of music onstage (including warmup). Suggested strategies could include:
  • Performing only 2 pieces
  • Selecting 'own choice' works that are shorter
  • Performing only selected movements from an 'own choice' multi-movement work
  • The CRMF-sanctioned MC will announce the pieces to be performed as part of your biographical introduction. Due to time constraints, we regret that student MC’s for each ensemble will no longer be permitted. If the stage time is running tight (at the discretion of the Adjudication Secretary), the Honour Award will be presented in the ensemble’s clinic following their performance.
  • The adjudication packages for the first 4 ensembles performing in each Division will be held back to optimize appropriate rating standards for the Festival.
  • Concert Bands must perform one selection from the 2020 MusicFest Canada Concert Band Syllabus (www.musicfest.ca). Syllabus ‘list’ piece scores will be provided courtesy of St. John’s Music Ltd. and CRMF. Although it is not a CRMF requirement, all Concert Bands are strongly recommended to perform a Canadian composition and a lyric piece at CRMF; NOTE: At MusicFest Nationals, these are mandatory requirements.
  • Chamber Ensembles must perform two selections of contrasting style.
  • Jazz Ensembles must perform 3 contrasting selections with opportunities for improvisation; one must be a ballad. No fewer than 9 or more than 24 performers are permitted on stage during any single selection. Jazz Ensembles are strongly recommended to perform a Canadian composition (see www.musicfest.ca for the Canadian Instrumental Jazz Syllabus).
  • Directors must provide original scores, upon registering at the festival site. Photocopies or digital purchases willbe permitted only if accompanied by a letter of permission (or receipt) from the publisher. Concert Bands/Orchestras: 3 scores of ‘choice’ pieces Jazz Ensembles/Jazz Combos/Chamber Ensembles/World Music: 1 score
  • Ensembles will be allowed to store instrument cases, coats, etc. on site in an enclosed area supervised by CRMF staff only for their scheduled time in the warm-up, performance and clinic rooms. CRMF is not responsible for any theft or damage at the Festival.

MusicFest Canada “Nationals”

  • The 47th annual MusicFest Canada “Nationals” will be held in Calgary from May 18 to 23, 2020. Call Jim Howard (Executive Director) at 702-269-9097 or visit www.musicfest.ca for more information on MusicFest Nationals.
  • Ensembles wishing to use the 2nd year of their 2019 Nationals invitation must perform in a MusicFest Regional Festival to determine, through accurate evaluation, that the ensemble has retained a standard of performance that meets the standards established by the Regional Festival. Ensembles that qualified for 2019 Nationals last year should have already received their 2nd year invitations.

Ensemble Photographs

  • MusicFest Canada’s official photographer Hazel Maciborski (Professional School Portraits Ltd.) has been hired for CRMF 2020. All photos must be paid at the time of ordering on-site at CRMF. Promotional materials will be included in the Confirmation of Performance packages.

Honour Nominee

  • In the registration process at www.crmf.ca, ensemble directors are invited to nominate one member of each participating ensemble for an Honour Award, at their discretion. The Honour Nominee will be presented with a certificate at the conclusion of the ensemble’s performance.