VKMFSoloandSmallEnsemble2021
VKMFSoloandSmallEnsemble2021
VKMFSoloandSmallEnsemble2021

× Info! Schedules for Virtual Studio classes have been emailed to the appropriate students. Please contact the Festival Administrator if you have not received your schedule. Do not refer to the schedule details in Solarislive.

Welcome to VKMF 2021!

Please review the General Rules and Syllabi for revisions and updates. Changes are highlighted in yellow.

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Schedules for Virtual Studio classes have been emailed to the appropriate students. Please contact the Festival Administrator if you have not received your schedule. Do not refer to the schedule details in Solarislive.

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Watching Pre-recorded Classes

Download the electronic program guide and watch pre-recorded performances.

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Watching Virtual Studio Classes

The general public is invited to view these virtual studio classes on Zoom without charge. In-person attendance is not possible due to the Provincial Health Orders. Click the EventBrite link to register to watch these virtual classes.

Please note: Registrants participating in these Virtual Studio classes are not required to register through EventBrite; however, are welcome to do so if you wish to watch other Virtual Studio classes remotely.

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The Solo and Small Ensembles Festivals will run April 12-30, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the upcoming Festivals classes will operate either as Virtual Studio performances or Pre-recorded performances.

Virtual Studio performances apply to Solo Provincial Excellence and Solo Open classes. Pre-recorded performances apply to all other Solo and Small Ensemble classes.

We have updated the General Rules and Syllabi to incorporate plans for sharing the Pre-recorded performances with other class participants, parents, guardians, teachers, and community members.

Virtual Studio and Pre-recorded class participants in competitive classes are eligible for consideration to the Performing Arts BC (PABC) Provincial Festival. See the VKMF General Rules and PABC Syllabus for eligibility criteria for PABC's Junior, Intermediate, Senior, and Provincial Excellence Provincial Festival classes.


Key Dates (revised Jan 19, 2021)

Please note the following key dates:

  • Jan 4: Registration is open
  • Feb 15: Registration closes (repertoire selections are locked)
  • Mar 15: Submission deadline of final PDF music for all classes (one PDF file per selection, see FAQ for more details, 2MB max file size, 100ppi max screen scan resolution)
  • Mar 15: Submission deadline of final YouTube video link URL for Pre-recorded performance class (one URL per class, see FAQ for more details, set as "unlisted video" during YouTube upload process)
  • Apr 12-30: Solo and Small Ensemble Festivals (adjudication period for Pre-recorded performance and Virtual Studio classes)


Virtual Studio Classes

Virtual Studio classes will take place in a VKMF broadcast studio. The participant will perform to an Adjudicator on a video call who will adjudicate the performance remotely and in real time. There is no audience; however, other personnel on-site may include a Venue Manager and Venue Technician. Other participants will wait outside the studio until they are invited to enter the studio. Masks are to be worn at all times unless performing. Processes and protocols are subject to change as Provincial Health Orders are updated.

Piano classes are tentatively scheduled at Tom Lee Music Downtown April 12-16, 2021. Solo brass, classical guitar, harp, strings, voice, woodwind are tentatively scheduled at Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music April 19-25, 2021. All dates are subject to change.

While video links are not used for Virtual Studio classes, URL blank links need to be input at registration due to limitations in the registration platform. Review Solarislive How-to Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to understand how to navigate these limitations.


Pre-recorded Classes

Pre-recorded class participants will record themselves at their own locations and submit a YouTube video link (URL) of their performance. The General Rules provide details regarding the format, process, and protocols for these recordings. An Adjudicator will adjudicate the recorded performance remotely, but not in real time. Results will be available in May.

While the General Rules require that one video link be submitted for classes with multiple selections, the registration platform provides separate fields for each selection. Review Solarislive How-to Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to understand how to navigate these limitations.


Sheet Music & Video Links

All music is to be uploaded as a single PDF file per selection by the submission deadline. Video recordings for Pre-recorded classes are to be uploaded as a single YouTube URL per class entry by the submission deadline. Late submissions and class entries without PDF/URL submissions will not be adjudicated.

Sheet music (PDF) and YouTube video links (URL) must be uploaded at the time of registration (see below for more information).

Adherence to copyright regulations is imperative.


Solarislive Registration Platform

While the registration platform has been customized as much as possible, there are some limitations on its use. For example, YouTube video links (URL) of performances need to be input at the time of registration event though the recording may not have been recorded at that time or are not required as in the case of Virtual Studio classes. The Solarislive How-to Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents provide details regarding navigating these limitations. Please ensure you review carefully before beginning the registration process. As all new processes take longer to complete, ensure you give yourself enough time before the registration deadline.

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