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We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 CFMTA Composition Contest!

The full details of the CFMTA Composition Contest are now available in the PDF below and from Barbara Clarke : peter.clarke@nf.sympatico.ca Please notify her of any students you have who are entering this competition, with the age of the student, so that a local adjudicator can be arranged for the May 1 deadline. (Only one Composition per class can be sent by each province to the CFMTA competition.)

Click here for more information on the 2017 CFMTA Composition Contest!


The annual NLRMTA Scholarship Competition is now open, and is available to students of all members of the NLRMTA from across the province.

Details of the Scholarship Recital by the Finalists
     Saturday, May 6, 2017
     5:30 pm
     Suncor Energy Hall (at the MUN School of Music)
     Admission: Competitors, their teachers, and accompanists are free.
      - All others $5.00 Adults, $3 Students, $10 per family
     Adjudicator: tba

Deadline to apply: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - no exceptions after this date.

About the Event
This event has been offered to our members for many years, and has been honoured with the presence of many renowned musicians from our province as Adjudicators. We are also grateful for the donation of awards from several of our teachers, and for the members' assistance in producing these competitions.

Applicants prepare a recording of three pieces and submit it to the association. These are then heard by the Screening Committee in a "blind audition" to determine the finalists in each level (junior, intermediate and senior). Finalists will perform two of their three pieces for the adjudicator in the Suncor Energy Hall at the MUN School of Music. The adjudicator assesses all entries within each level regardless of instrument, and at the conclusion of all the performances, he/she will speak to the finalists and the audience and present awards. The winner of each level receives a scholarship, and there are usually additional awards for honourable mention. All finalists receive a certificate for their accomplishment.

This year's scholarships
     $150 Junior - Richard Furlong Memorial Scholarship [2nd place $50]
     $250 Intermediate - Dr. Ignatius Rumboldt Memorial Scholarship [2nd place $75]
     $350 Senior - Dr. Andreas Barban Memorial Scholarship [2nd place $100]

Preparing the Application and Recording for the Screening Process
This is an opportunity to prepare a "concert group" of three contrasting pieces and to record them (a learning experience in itself). The recording is prepared by the student, and submitted with the application form and the fee ($25). Voice and non-piano instrumental applicants must be accompanied on the recording. If the student's recording is selected in the screening process, the student and teacher will be contacted immediately regarding the performance in the Scholarship Recital. Note: If the standard for any level is not high enough, it is possible that there would be no performers chosen for that level. All decisions are final and at the discretion of the screening committee.

There are age limits (as of Dec. 31, 2016) and time restrictions per level:
      - Junior (11 yrs. and under) = 5 minutes
      - Intermediate (14 yrs. and under) = 12 minutes
      - Senior (to completion of high school in June 2017) = 20 minutes

Performing at the Scholarship Recital
Each finalist will perform two of the pieces from the CD (student's choice). Students are encouraged to perform from memory. Vocalists and non-piano instrumentalists must perform with accompaniment. All performers are asked to announce themselves and their selections. Competitors for all three levels are asked to be present 15 minutes before the start of the concert, and expected to remain until the end. The performing order is Junior, Intermediate, then Senior. All students are required to hand in a clean copy of their music to the adjudicator before the concert begins.

For more information on the event, please select one of the following:
  • 2017 Scholarship Application

  • 2017 Scholarship - Rules and Regulations

  • 2017 Preparing Your Recording - Some Suggestions.

  • 2017 Scholarship Poster


    Canada Music Week - 2016

    The aim of Canada Music Week is to bring to the attention of the public the importance of Canadian Music. This year, Canada Music Week runs from November 21st-27th. We encourage you to introduce contemporary Canadian music to your students of all ages, to stimulate a keener appreciation and understanding of this music.

    What are the opportunities for you and your student to participate?



    Student Recital - Saturday, November 26 at 5pm at Suncor Energy Hall We would like to invite you to recommend students to perform Canadian music in this recital. Please download the application form, to be submitted to tiffanypinhornsmith@gmail.com by no later than Oct. 29.

    This year, we will be inviting composers of the performed pieces to submit short video clips of their thoughts, inspirations, and comments, to be aired at the recital. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from, and be inspired by, the composers of the pieces they are performing.

    Admission at the door for this recital is $5.00 per person, and a maximum of $10.00 per family. We encourage you and your students to attend.

    Canadian Music - Social Media Project
    This year, we are also launching a Canadian Music Facebook Project, that will begin two weeks prior to the CMW Recital. We will be posting short videos, clips, photos, etc. of students of NLRMTA members performing or participating in Canadian Music. Students (and their teachers) have the opportunity to be featured on the NLRMTA Facebook page and/or the NLRMTA website. We encourage submissions of any variety and quality.

    Please download the media consent release form to be signed by the parent/guardian of the student submitted. Please send all clips directly to tiffanypinhornsmith@gmail.com or jennifer.benson1988@gmail.com

    We look forward to hearing from you!