Frequently Asked Questions

Are page-tuners allowed in ensemble events?

Page-turners are allowed in ensemble events that do not require memorization for the sole purpose of turning pages.

Are “revised” piano solos acceptable?

All piano solo selections listed in the 2014 – 2015 – 2016 are intended to be original solos by the composer. An example: Melodie and Serenade from the Fantasy Pieces, Op. 3, written in 1892 by Rachmaninoff, are not listed in the bulletin as “revised”, thus the revised version (written 1940) should not be used. ASE means that several publishers print the original

Can you clarify Rule #1 under General Rules – Eligibility?

The NFMC Bylaws currently state: “Junior – young people under 19; Student/Collegiate members – between 19 and 26 years.” The Bulletin policy is supported by the Bylaws.

Does Rule #5 under General Rules, Choice Material – page 3 apply to all instruments including hymns and vocal events?

Yes, the number of measures required applies to all instruments and includes vocal events and hymn playing.

Has there been a change dealing with levels of solo/ensemble entrants?

There has been no change. Solo class of ensemble entrants must be within two classes.

Is it possible for a Piano Duet and Piano Duo to have the same title?

Yes. These are two different events and the arrangements are different; therefore the same title could appear at different levels and different events.

What do I do if I have a question about the Festival rules?

There is a proper order to follow and the first step is to consult your Area Chairman.

What do I do if I have a question about the repertoire listed in the Bulletin?

You should contact the NFMC Festivals Chairman/Editor. (See festivals link for more information)

What is the lowest permissible entry class for any piano ensemble?

In keeping with the rule that levels of musicianship must be of the same level the lowest permissible entry class for any piano ensemble is one class below the lower partner’s solo class.

Why can’t I find Kokopelli’s Flute or Spider vs Fly for Primary I in Piano Solo?

These pieces are from MY KIND OF MUSIC, Bk 1, FF1703, FJH, Copyright 2008. MY KIND OF MUSIC, Bk 1, FF1283, Copyright 2001 is now being published as MY KIND OF MUSIC, Bk 2 and is not being used in the current Bulletin

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