Welcome to the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival Syllabus

The Syllabus is separated into Disciplines and Sections. Select a Discipline, then a Section, then a Class to view details and rules for the Syllabus.
Alternatively, if you already know the Class Number you need, enter it in the space below, then click the Search For Class button.

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  • The Norfolk Musical Arts Festival uses the syllabus that you see available here.
  • Registration opened Monday, November 6, 2023 at 12:00 AM and is available at nmaf.musicfestivalsuite.com
  • Registration closed Monday, February 5, 2024 at 10:30 AM
  • To register, all Parents/Guardians and Teachers/Group Leaders must make a Profile with the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival's MusicFestivalSuite Portal before a Participant makes their own Profile.
    • A Parent/Guardian can create a Profile for their minor children easily from within their own Profile.
    • A Teacher/Group Leader can create a Profile for their ensemble(s) easily from within their own Profile.
    • If you already have a MusicFestivalSuite Profile with another festival, you can Export your Profile from that festival to the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival easily from within your Profile with that festival.
  • The Norfolk Musical Arts Festival has currently scheduled the live festival to take place from 9:00 AM, February 26, 2024 to 5:00 PM, March 1, 2024.
  • For Support or Extra Help, from within your Profile with the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival, go to the Support option and open a Support Ticket for the fastest response.

Entry Deadline: midnight Monday, January 15, 2024
Entry Fees:
The appropriate fee as stated in the Syllabus must accompany all entries. Please note that entry fees will not be refunded. Fees may be paid via e-transfer or cheque (payable to Norfolk Musical Arts Festival).
E-transfer: norfolk.m.a.f@gmail.com

New for 2024
Profiles - Profiles from the 2023 Festival are in the MusicFestivalSuite system and only need to be updated if your information has changed. 
Photo Waiver/Release and Consents -
At the time of registering or signing into your profile, you are required to complete an updated Photograph Release, Consent and Waiver form that will enable the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival to publish content for the purposes of media, inclusion in the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival’s online presences, and to retain historical records. All information collected during the registration process will be used for Festival purposes only.
Passwords - If necessary, passwords can be reset from the home screen at https://www.musicfestivalsuite.com/cgi-bin/accprof.cgi?evdmn=nmaf.
Accompaniment - Competitors will have two options for accompaniment. Live accompaniment must be piano or acoustic guitar accompaniment. Accompanists create their own Festival Profile with MusicFestivalSuite.com, and their Festival Profile ID can be entered directly into the registration. For 2024 competitors may use recorded accompaniment and it must be piano or acoustic guitar only (no singing over recorded voices). Competitors must bring their own sound system. Recorded accompaniment is not permitted in the duet mentor classes. Any competitor who brings accompaniment other than piano or acoustic guitar will receive an adjudication only. No mark will be awarded.

  1. It is imperative that you indicate the length of your piece to assist us when timetabling. We ask that you include the names of your partners for duets, trios, and quartet classes. Teachers, parents, and competitors are responsible for entering the correct class(es) and listing group entries from school, church, etc. Please also include the number of students in groups as well as in band classes where there is some overlap in band members. We need this information to ensure adequate seating is available.
  2. Piece titles, composers, authors of texts are required; however, if you do not have that information at the time of registration please put "tba" in those fields. That information will need to be provided before the registration close date. 
  3. Approximately one month prior to the Festival, competitors and their teachers will be able to access competitor information through their registration on MusicFestivalSuite.com. Competitors must be prepared to perform any day or time during the Festival.
  4. The designation solo "Open" class is intended as competition at the Associate level or above (see specific sections). Adults not at a senior level, please see graded or non-competitive classes.
  5. All competitions, unless otherwise stated, shall be open to amateurs only. An amateur shall be defined as follows: "Any person whose principal means of livelihood is not obtained from the profession or practice of the arts, even if he or she from time to time accepts remuneration for services rendered." Teachers are not eligible for awards.
  6. Competitors cannot perform the same piece in more than one class.
  7. Competitors failing to comply with any rule will receive an adjudication and a certificate of merit, but no mark or award placement will be given.
  8. Non-competitive classes are not eligible for awards. Competitors will receive an adjudication but no mark. A certificate of merit will be issued.
  9. Repeats may be omitted at the discretion of the entrant. Da Capo and Dal Segno passages are not considered to be repeats and shall be observed.
  10. All participants must supply an original copy of their music for the adjudicator and accompanist. Bars should be numbered for the use of the adjudicator. It is a violation of the Canadian Copyright Act to copy any portion of music without the authorization from the copyright owner. Downloaded music will be accepted with proof of purchase.
  11. Competitors using music or cue cards will receive an adjudication and a certificate of merit, but no mark or award placement will be given.
  12. Competitors must compete in the order indicated in the program; however, the Festival reserves the right to change the order if necessary.
  13. Coaching of competitors by teachers and/or parents is not permitted.
  14. The use of any audio and video equipment as well as cell phones is strictly prohibited. Cell phones must be turned off during competition.
  15. Questions, conflicts, or problems should be directed to the Hall Manager, not the adjudicator. Competitors, parents, and teachers are not permitted to enter into any discussion or correspondence with the adjudicators prior to or during the Festival.
  16. The marks awarded by the adjudicator are final.
  17. All scholarships and trophies are given at the absolute discretion of the adjudicators and do not necessarily have to be awarded if the required standard of performance is not met.
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