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Elligibility & Rules

Application Deadline

January 31, 2023

Open to amateur piano and amateur instrumental students, this yearly event was founded by the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association (Calgary Branch), the Calgary Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild and the Calgary Civic Symphony.

The purpose of this competition is to select up to 4 winners and to provide these Calgary musicians with the opportunity to gain rehearsal and performance experience with orchestra in preparation for future national and international competitions.


The competition is now a regular program of the Calgary Civic Symphony, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary.





This competition:

  • is designed to give both Calgary students and Calgary teachers concerto experience.

  • expects a high standard of performance. 

  • selects a maximum of four (4) winners, based on 

    • their ability to perform with orchestra, 

    • their musicianship, 

    • and personal involvement. 

  • Is open to students who reside in Calgary or within the geographic area within a radius of 53 Km (e.g. by Crossfield (to the north), Strathmore (to the east), Okotoks (to the south) Bragg Creek and Cochrane (to the west))

  • is NOT open to students who have taken lessons or coaching with an incoming Juror within the previous 12 months prior to the competition. 

  • Is open to applicants who are 18 years or under on January 1st of the competition year and who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents/landed immigrants or have applied for either.

The final decision regarding the eligibility of a competitor lies with the Rotary C3 governing committee.




  1. This competition defines an “Amateur Competitor” as a music student who has neither an agent nor manager and who does not charge a fee for performances as a soloist with the competition instrument.

  2. Applicants must be studying on a regular, continuous basis with a Calgary area music teacher for the year prior to the competition.

  3. A competitor may win a maximum of three times but after each win must skip one competition year before re-entering whether with the same instrument or another.

  4. A competitor may enter with different instruments, but will be considered a winner with only one instrument.

  5. Participants will present ONE MOVEMENT of a work for Solo Instrument and Orchestra (no slow movements), or a SHORT ONE MOVEMENT WORK.  Minimum Grade X difficulty.

  6. The work played at the competition must able to be performed as a stand alone work with orchestra as part of a larger concert. If you are unsure of your selection contact a member of the Rotary C3 organization for clarification and approval. (see other considerations below)

  7. Competitors are responsible for their own accompanist.

  8. You MUST provide THREE (3)  SCORES  (one for each judge) both showing solo and orchestral reduction . ONE (1) of the scores must be an ORIGINAL.

  9. All selections must be performed from memory for both the competition and concert performances.

  10.  Winners must perform the competition selection in the final concert. No substitutions allowed.

  11.  It is MANDATORY that winners be available on request for all rehearsals as scheduled by the orchestra.

  12. COMPETITORS AND ACCOMPANISTS must be prepared to perform at any time during the competition dates. No changes will be considered.

  13. The participant or representative must be present at the deliberations to a) hear the jury’s comments b) pick up jury critique c) pick up complimentary  tickets to the final concert.




  • WInners will perform with the Calgary Civic Symphony as par of the Civic's Seasonal programming in the Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons in Calgary. The winners are expected to 

    • Attend all rehearsals as agreed upon with the conductor

    • Perform at a Rotary Club meeting prior to the concert date. The work(s) played for this short performance is up to the winner.

  • Runners up will perform in a recital prior to the concert, in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall. They may also be requested to play for the Rotary Club of Calgary.

  • Both Winners and Runners up must provide a professional quality picture and biography within 2 weeks after the competition.



  • A maximum of four (4) winners will be selected. 

  • A maximum of five (5) runners up will be selected

  • Approval for non-standard works for the 2018 C3 is done by the Rotary C3 committee; please contact .

  • The decision of the Jury is final and may not be contested.

  • Each participant will receive a written critique of his or her competition performance from each Juror.

  • Jurors will be from out of town, and not immediately involved in the musical life of the city.

  • Complaints must be presented in writing using the Appeal Form, within 24 hours following the competition, to a member of the steering committee and accompanied by a $100.00 fee, refundable at the committee’s discretion.


Revision date: October 04, 2021

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