Scholarship Details

  • For information on qualifying for any of our scholarships, please contact Janelle Orr: festivaldirector@spmf.org

  • Every performer, excluding choir members, receives a certificate with a standing (not a mark)

  • All marks are kept confidential between the adjudicator and members of the Festival Board.

  • All scholarships are handed out at the Grand Concert and Awards Ceremony

  • All scholarships are subject to sponsorship availability

Standings at our Festival

Platinum Standing (90% +) Exceptional performance, thorough preparation, refined technical elements, insightful awareness of musical style, expressive musical interpretation, confident, and fluent throughout.

Gold Standing (86-98%) Engaging performance, thoughtful preparation, consistent technical elements, competent awareness of musical style, convincing musical interpretation, quick recovery from minor slips or lapses that did not affect continuity.

Silver Standing (83-85%) Fluent performance, careful preparation, inconsistent technical elements, developing awareness of musical style, appropriate musical interpretation, attention to musical details required, some slips or lapses that did not affect continuity.

Bronze Standing (80-82%) Basic level of preparation, undeveloped technical elements, minimal awareness of musical style, lacking musical interpretation, slips or lapses caused loss of continuity.


Scholarship Age Category classifications

Junior
Piano Plan 1:
Classes 9 yrs. & under

Piano Plan II:
Classes Beginner, Pre, Grades 1, 2 and 3

All other disciplines:
Classes 10 yrs. & under
Classes beginner - grade 4

Piano Plan I:
Classes 10, 11 yrs. & under, &
12 yrs. and under, & 13 yrs. and under

Piano Plan II:
Classes Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7

All other disciplines:
Classes 11, 12, 13 and 14 yrs. & under

Senior
Piano Plan I:
Classes 14 yrs. & under, & above

Piano Plan II:
Grades 8, 9, 10 & Associate

All other disciplines
Classes 15 yrs. & over, and above

Competitive and Non-Competitive Classes

VIEW THE FLOW CHART

Registration in Competitive Classes is for:

a. Solo Entrants 28 yrs. and under

b. Group Entrants (2+ performers) with no age limit

Exception: Piano Duet Provincial Music Festival Nomination qualifying classes requires both entrants be 28 years and under.

c. Competition for scholarships (must enter minimum two (2) selections)

Exception: Music Composition and Group Classes where the syllabus allows for only ONE (1) class to enter.

d. Competition for an Alberta Provincial Music Festival Nomination.

*Music Composition, Musical Theatre, Piano Duet, Piano Concerto, Contemporary Vocal, and String and Keyboard Sonata. Only ONE (1) selection is required to receive a nomination, and entrant must be registered in a Competitive Class. *

(See “Q & A: A Guide to Qualifying for the Alberta Provincial Music Festival,” in the Syllabus for details on how to receive a nomination)

e. Receiving an adjudication, certificate, and a standing

Registration in Non-Competitive Classes is for:

a. Solo and Group Entrants of ALL ages and ALL levels

b. Solo performers who choose to enter ONLY (1) selection, in any discipline.

Exceptions: Music Composition and Group Classes where the syllabus allows for only ONE (1) class to enter to compete for scholarship. Entrant may enter in either register Competitive or Non-Competitive Classes.

c. NO competition for scholarships

d. NO competition for an Alberta Provincial Music Festival Nomination

e. Receiving an adjudication, certificate, and a standing

*All Non-Competitive Classes have “NCL” in the class title*

*The class lists in the Non-Competitive portion of the syllabus, are not exhaustive.

*Any class that is in the Competitive portion, can be reproduced as a Non-Competitive class.

*If you do not see an appropriate class in the Non-Competitive portion of the Syllabus, please contact the festival director, festivaldirector@spmf.org, who will create one for you.

Scholarships

  1. Adjudicator chosen, based on the average of all marks, in the same discipline.
    Exception: Family/Community/Group and Duet/Trio/Quartet - All Disciplines. These are SPMFA Board awarded, due to several disciplines being eligible for each award.

  2. "Best Overall" means the winner obtained the highest average marks, in the same discipline

  3. "Most Promising" means the winner obtained the 2nd highest average marks, in the same discipline.

  4. "Merit" means the winner obtained the 3rd highest average marks, in the same discipline.

  5. Entrant may win in consecutive years.

  6. Winners may be chosen to perform at the Grand Concert and Awards Ceremony.

  7. Specialty Scholarships are marked with an * (Winners of these scholarships may also win Best Overall, Most Promising, or Merit in their Discipline)

Criteria

  1. SOLO entrants must have performed in at least two solo (2) selections, within the same discipline.
    Exception: Music Composition, as the syllabus only allows for one (1) composition to be entered.

  2. GROUP entrants (Duet/Trio/Quartet/Quintet and Community/Group - All Disciplines) performs number of selections as the syllabus mandates

Scholarships available

PIANO

Beginner Piano - Best Overall

Junior Piano - Best Overall

Junior Piano - Most Promising

Junior Piano - Pre-Grade 1 - Best Overall

Junior Piano - Pre-Grade 1 - Most Promising

Junior Piano - Pre-Grade 1 - Merit

Junior Piano - Grade 2 - Best Overall

Junior Piano - Grade 2 - Most Promising

Junior Piano - Grade 2 - Merit

Junior Piano - Grade 3 - Best Overall

Junior Piano - Grade 3 - Most Promising

Junior Piano - Grade 2 - Merit

Junior Piano - Best Overall - Canadian Composer - Plan I*

Junior Piano - Best Overall - Canadian Composer - Plan II*

Intermediate Piano - Best Overall

Intermediate Piano - Most Promising

Intermediate Piano - Grade 4-5 - Best Overall

Intermediate Piano - Grade 4-5 - Most Promising

Intermediate Piano - Grade 4-5 - Merit

Intermediate Piano - Best Overall - Canadian Composer - Plan I*

Intermediate Piano - Best Overall - Canadian Composer - Plan II*

Senior Piano - Best Overall

Senior Piano - Most Promising

John W. McGuire Scholarship - Senior Piano - Best Overall -
Canadian Composer - Plan I*

Eleanor D. McGuire Scholarship - Senior Piano - Best Overall -
Canadian Composer - Plan II*

VOCAL

Junior Classical Vocal - Best Overall

Intermediate Classical Vocal - Best Overall

Senior Classical Vocal - Best Overall

Junior Contemporary Vocal - Best Overall

Junior Contemporary Vocal - Most Promising

Junior Contemporary Vocal - Merit

Intermediate Contemporary Vocal - Best Overall

Intermediate Contemporary Vocal - Most Promising

Intermediate Contemporary Vocal - Merit

Senior Contemporary Vocal - Best Overall

Senior Contemporary Vocal - Most Promising

Senior Contemporary Vocal - Merit

CHORAL

School Choir - Best Overall

Community Choir - Best Overall

STRINGS

Junior Strings - Best Overall

Junior Strings - Most Promising

Junior Strings - Merit

Intermediate Strings - Best Overall

Intermediate Strings - Most Promising

Intermediate Strings - Merit

Melissa Vandendool-Cable Scholarship
Senior Strings - Best Overall

Senior Strings - Most Promising

Senior Strings - Merit

Best Overall - Strings Concerto/Sonata*

GUITAR

Junior Guitar - Best overall

Intermediate Guitar - Best overall

Senior Guitar - Best overall

SPEECH ARTS

Junior Speech Arts - Best Overall

Intermediate Speech Arts - Best Overall

Senior Speech Arts - Best Overall

WOODWINDS/BRASS/PERCUSSION

Woodwinds - Best Overall

Brass - Best Overall

Percussion - Best Overall

Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion - Most Promising

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Junior - Best Overall

Intermediate - Best Overall

Senior - Best Overall

MUSICAL THEATRE

Junior Musical Theatre - Best Overall

Junior Musical Theatre - Most Promising

Junior Musical Theatre - Merit

Intermediate Musical Theatre - Best Overall

Intermediate Musical Theatre - Most Promising

Intermediate Musical Theatre - Merit

Senior Musical Theatre - Best Overall

Senior Musical Theatre - Most Promising

Senior Musical Theatre - Merit

GARAGE BAND

Garage Band - Best Overall

FAMILY/COMMUNITY/GROUP

Family/Community/Group - Best Overall

Includes:
a. Quintets in the following disciplines: Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Woodwind, Recorder, Strings, Ukulele, Classical Vocal, Contemporary Vocal
b. Ensembles in the following disciplines: Brass, Chamber, Guitar, Percussion, Woodwind, Recorder, Strings, Ukulele, Classical Vocal, Contemporary Vocal, Vocal
c. Family Music, Community Music, Choric Drama, Group Readers Theatre, Group Mime, Group Scenes, Group Improvisation, Choral Speech, Musical Theatre Production Number

Best Overall Performer - Duet/Trio/Quartet - All Disciplines

Includes: Duet/Trio/Quartet in the following disciplines:Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Woodwind, Recorder, Piano, Strings, Ukulele, Classical Vocal, Contemporary Vocal, Musical Theatre, Speech Duologue.

Does Not Include: Piano - Student/Teacher Duet - as only the student is adjudicated

Rose Bowl Scholarship - $750.00

Rose Bowl Scholarship:

  1. Best Senior Level Solo performer of the Festival Week.

  2. Adjudicator recommended and SPMFA Board chosen.

  3. The winner performs at the Grand Concert and Awards Ceremony.

Criteria:

  1. Only Senior Level Solo entrant are eligible.

  2. Must have performed in at least three (3) solo classes within the same discipline.

  3. Must be awarded Platinum level marks in all three (3) classes.

  4. Cannot win in two(2) consecutive years.

  5. Iris Evans Scholarship candidate performances are ineligible.

Factors (Considerations) by the SPMFA Board when choosing a winner

    • All marks received

    • Has entrant(s) entered in more than one discipline

    • Has entrant(s) competed in this festival before

    • Has competitor(s) competed in any group numbers (duet, trio, quartet)

President's Scholarship - $400.00

The President's Scholarship:

  1. Outstanding Senior Level Solo, Choral or Speech Arts Group performer of the Festival Week

  2. SPMFA Board chosen.

  3. The winner performs at the Grand Concert and Awards Ceremony.

Criteria:

  1. Soloist or Must have performed in at least three (3) classes, or performed at least three (3) selections, within the same discipline.

  2. Must be awarded Platinum or Gold standing marks.

  3. Performers cannot win in two (2) consecutive years.

  4. The winner of the Rose Bowl is ineligible.

  5. Iris Evans Scholarship candidate performances are ineligible.

Factors (Considerations) by the SPMFA Board when choosing a winner

    • All marks received

    • Has entrant(s) entered in more than one discipline

    • Has entrant(s) competed in this festival before

    • Has competitor(s) competed in any group numbers (duet, trio, quartet)

    • Was there a recommendation for the Rose Bowl Scholarship

Wye String Ensemble Scholarship - $400.00

2023 Scholarship Discipline: Strings

Wye String Ensemble Scholarship:

  1. Best SOLO Senior Level performer of the Festival, in a specific rotating discipline.

  2. Adjudicator chosen.

  3. The winner performs at the Grand Concert and Awards Ceremony.

  4. The Winner performs as a featured guest with the Wye String Ensemble, at their Annual Year-End concert, the following year (not the current festival year)

Criteria:
1. Only Senior Level entrants are eligible
2. Competitors must showcase their ability to perform 20 minutes of repertoire. This repertoire may be a stand-alone work or a combination of shorter works.
3. There are no specific classes a competitor must enter to be eligible for this scholarship.
4. Iris Evans Scholarship candidate performances are ineligible.

See www.wyestringensemble.com for more information about the Wye String Ensemble

The Iris Evans Scholarship for the Performing Arts - $1000.00

"Most Likely to Become a Professional Performing Artist"


  1. Performers' repertoire from this class, is ineligible for all other scholarships

  2. Performers ARE eligible for other festival awards if they also enter as a regular festival participant

  3. The winner may/may not be chosen to perform at the Grand Concert and Awards Ceremony.

This Scholarship has an application form and has different age and residency requirements
then what is printed in the Sherwood Park Music Festival Rules.

Familiarize yourself with all the details on page 24 of the Syllabus

NO LATE APPLICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED
Application deadlin
e: Feb. 3
Registration closes: Feb. 22

2023 Application - ACCESS HERE