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Rules & Regulations

The following rules have been prescribed to ensure fairness for all participants. Please read them carefully before applying to participate in the Festival. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of the following rules may result in the performance being judged as non-competitive, in which case the participant will be permitted to perform and will receive comments only but no mark or ranking will be given.


  1. YMF 2022 is a VIRTUAL COMPETITION; all entries are submitted in the form of performance videos. They will be adjudicated by YMF Panel of Adjudicators.

  2. By submitting a performance video, the participant is providing authorization to YMF to: use the video for adjudication;

  • use the video for adjudication;

  • upload the video to YouTube as an UNLISTED entry for viewing by the rest of the participant’s class, until the end of May 2022;

  • use the video as part of potential future promotional material.

  1. The Festival is open to amateurs only. An amateur is defined as an individual whose principal means of livelihood is not obtained from the profession of music and who has not received remuneration for the practice of music as a major source of his/her income.

  2. The Festival accepts participants whose residence is within Canada only; all provinces are welcome.

  3. No age limit is imposed, except where indicated. In such cases, the participant’s age as of January 1, 2022 will be considered. Classes designated as “Open” are offered to participants of all ages, within the guidelines noted for the particular classes.

  4. Participants entering an age-based class must enter the class with an age limit above their own age.

  5. Students studying with a member of the Jury Panel during the Festival year are not eligible to enter the categories that their teacher is adjudicating.

  6. Participants who have placed First in any class in previous years are NOT eligible to compete in the same class again, with the following EXCEPTIONS:

  • past winner of Recital - OPEN (V-RL-OP & P-RL-OP) may re-enter the the same class.

  • past winner of Bach-Prelude and Fugue Class can re-enter that class.

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