Welcome to the International Music Festival and Competition, an annual event that provides musicians with opportunities to perform,
                                     to conduct and to write music while receiving professional guidance by leading experts in the classical music industry.
                                     Students and young professionals of all nationalities, ages, levels, and musical disciplines are invited to apply.

                                     Registration deadline: Sunday, February 2, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (EST).


                                     “The IMFC is an exciting opportunity for composers to receive feedback and suggestions from established professionals
                                     as part of a world-class festival.” (Gary Kulesha, composer, Toronto Symphony Orchestra)

                                     “The International Music Festival and Competition is an incredible opportunity to hear the young musicians of tomorrow perform and give
                                     them constructive feedback on their playing, and it is an opportunity for these young musicians to learn in an environment that is welcoming,
                                     nurturing, helpful, and values excellence.” (Andrew Ascenzo, cellist, University of Toronto)

                                     “Thank you for a wonderful experience. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed the spirit of the competition.” (Jennifer Le Forestier, competitor)

                                     “I was very impressed with the highly professional work of the piano judges!” (Iana Ahilov, competitor)

                                     “What a great opportunity!” (Elizabeth Campbell, competitor)



In keeping with our commitment to the health and safety of our competitors, jurors and staff, we are taking every possible precaution and making the best decisions, equipped with the latest information and recommendations provided by global health authorities, including the World Health Organization, and the local health agencies at the federal, provincial, regional and municipal levels.

We support the continued efforts of all musicians and their families to making a positive impact in people’s lives by bringing comfort and joy and increasing one’s sense of well-being during difficult times.

We recognize the fact that all competitors and their instructors have worked very hard devoted several months of practicing to prepare for their upcoming performances at the International Music Festival and Competition.

Current situation
The unprecedented but necessary province-wide measures for a preventive attempt to slow down the imminent spread of the Covid-19 have encouraged many organizations to resource to modern technology and look for alternative ways to communicate and connect with their communities.

Guided by multiple discussions and consultations with the Ontario Music Festivals Association and similar bodies across Canada and worldwide, we are excited to be able to provide a viable alternative solution and migrate the 2020 IMFC to an online participation model.

The adjudication of all presentations that had previously been scheduled to take place in person will be replaced by adjudication of a video recording of the competitors’ performances.

Guidelines for video recordings
Professional recordings are not required for the competition but good audio and visual quality is very important. The quality on most smartphones is adequate and would allow the video recording to take place at home, at another location or in a studio. The video recording has to:

– show the face or facial profile, the hands and the instrument (in the case of instrumental performance) of the competitor;
– be of a single take, without any editing or splicing;
– have a consistent camera angle throughout the performance;
– use live piano accompaniment (if required).

For classes that require two etudes, each piece should be recorded separately.

Competitors are required to wear formal attire.

The video file has to be named according to the following format:

Discipline ClassNumber CompetitorFIrstName CompetitiorLastName – ComposerLastName, PieceTitle

Example: Piano F4-46 John Smith – Krieger, Minuet in A minor

The video file needs to be uploaded to a private YouTube channel and marked as ‘unlisted’.

One of our partners, the International Music Academy, offers as a complimentary service to IMFC competitors, their state-of-the-art recording studio located in the Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville, Ontario. The studio can be reserved 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by sending a request to office@InterMusic.ca with the name of the IMFC competitor, the day/time and the duration of the booking.

Guidelines for music sheets

While watching the recorded performance, jurors will be referring to the music sheet. A PDF or JPG file of the piece performed need to be prepared and named the same way as the video file:

Discipline ClassNumber CompetitorFIrstName CompetitiorLastName – ComposerLastName, PieceTitle

Example: Piano F4-46 John Smith – Krieger, Minuet in A minor

The music sheets can be scanned using a cellphone with one of the many free apps available online (e.g. CamScanner).

The music sheet file can be uploaded to a GoogleDrive, DropBox, iCloud or alike.

An email with the web-links to: 1) the YouTube video; and 2) the music sheet PDF/JPG file has to be sent to office@InterMusic.ca

Competitors registered in multiple classes must send one email only with links to their performances in all classes.

E-mails must be sent before 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Identity verification
To facilitate identity verification, e-mails must be sent from the same address that competitors used for submitting their registration to the IMFC.

Face recognition
The face of the competitor that appear in each video recording will be compared with the photograph submitted by the same competitor with their registration.

Jurors will review the recorded performances, write comments and provide a mark on Adjudication Form, which will be given to the competitors at the IMFC Award Ceremony, together with any medals, certificates, special prizes and scholarships that they may have won.

All master classes will take place during the months of April and May 2020 at a day, time and place confirmed directly with each competitor. The masterclasses will be private (without public access).

Award Ceremony
As of today, we still plan to hold our Award Ceremony and Gala Concert on Saturday, May 2, 2020, as previously announced. We will re-evaluate in mid-April and will make appropriate decision in accordance with the latest information we will have at that time. All competitors will be promptly notified via email no later than April 20, 2020.

Best practices
Follow these best practices to help limit the exposure and further spread of any respiratory illnesses:

– Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
– If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick
– Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
– Avoid handshakes and hugs
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
– Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention if needed
– Avoid public events and places where there may be a large number of people in attendance

Additional information
Credible sources of information are the World Health Organization and the Government of Canada.