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Performing Arts BC is the umbrella organization of the 34 active Music, Voice, Speech Arts and Dance Festivals in B.C. The main function of Performing Arts BC is to organize provincial level competitions.

The 2021 Provincials will be held in Cranbrook, BC, between June 1st to 5th, 2021.



Three levels of competitions are held: Junior, Intermediate and Senior.

The disciplines include: Voice, Speech Arts and Piano

In addition there is Provincial Excellence Class for Piano and Vocal disciplines.



To be eligible for a Provincial class recommendation, a competitor in the CDMF Performing Arts Festival must have entered the respective Provincial Class and have received a mark of 85% or higher.



JUNIOR Age Limit:

Piano                    14 years and under

Speech Arts            11 to 13 years

Voice,Classical & Musical Theatre 14 years and under



Piano                                     17 years and under

Speech Arts                          13 to 16 years

Voice, Classical & Musical Theatre 18 years and under


SENIOR Age Limit:

Piano                                     23 years and under

Speech Arts                          15 to 23 years

Voice, Classical & Musical Theatre 28 years and under



Note: There will no longer be a National Class at Provincials. Performing Arts BC (PABC) has added a “Provincial Excellence Class” to their Performing Arts BC Official Syllabus, 2020-2021, which replaces the National Class at Provincials.

Please refer to the 2020 – 2021 Provincial Official Syllabus, which may be found at www.bcprovincials.com, for details and performance requirements.

Provincial Excellence Classes are available for CDMF Competitors in Piano and Vocal disciplines and are intended for competitors who are performing at a high level, generally higher than that required for recommendation to Senior Class.   The Adjudicator’s decision is final.

More than one Competitor may be sent to Provincials in each discipline.

Provincial Excellence classes will include competitive classes and masterclasses with the adjudicators. Masterclass participation and performances will be considered by the adjudicators. At the conclusion of the masterclass sessions, the class winners will be announced at a special announcement session for all Provincial Excellence competitors. Competitors should be prepared to spend an extra night at the festival in case they are chosen as a winner.

$2,000 first place awards will be available to Provincial Excellence class winners at the discretion of the adjudicators.




  1. Competitors must have received the adjudicator’s recommendation.

  2. Competitors must be within the appropriate age limits for the class.

  3. Competitors must have performed in at least two (2) solo classes in the same discipline at a local festival and have received 2 marks of 85 or over in those classes.

    Adjudicator Recommendation Forms must have been signed by the adjudicator (the only person authorized to recommend a competitor to Provincial level competition). The selection of competitors must be the sole responsibility of the adjudicators. They are knowledgeable about Provincial standards and requirements. They have the interests and maturity level of the students in mind when they do not recommend participants. Their decision is final. 

  4. Competitors represent local festivals serving the geographic area where the performers live or study. However, if there is no recommended competitor from the geographic area, adjudicators can recommend from outside this area (unless precluded by local festival rules).These competitors are not eligible for consideration by the adjudicators of other festivals in that same discipline.
  5. Immediately following the local festival, that member festival may submit one recommended competitor only for a provincial-level class on adjudicator’s recommendation. It is the responsibility of the local secretaries to advise colleague Festivals of the names of their recommended competitors as once a competitor has accepted the Provincial recommendation, he/she is not eligible for Provincial recommendations at any other Festival (with the possible exception of chamber group competitors).All competitors who have already received a recommendation for the Provincial Festival and who subsequently compete in another Festival, must advise the second Festival of the prior recommendation.
  6. Multi-discipline member festivals have the option of sending two (2) participants in each level and discipline if, in accordance with Provincial rules, they reported in the previous year, the required number of qualifying entries.
  7. The winners of the Provincial final competitions are not eligible to be recommended to compete in the same class in subsequent years (they must move into the next age level high if recommended again).

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