The NBRMTA Provincial Piano Competition is a biennial competition held in odd-numbered years to select a pianist to represent New Brunswick at the CFMTA National Piano Competition.

The NBRMTA Provincial Piano competition will take place again in 2021. Entry will be by video recording, as in the past. The winner of this competition will proceed to the National Piano Competition. Due to the uncertainties presented by COVID-19, the National Conference will be virtual in 2021. Therefore, the National Piano Competition will also be virtual.

These competitions are fabulous opportunities for students studying with registered music teachers in New Brunswick. The national level of competition is a very high caliber competition with very lucrative prize money. Please encourage all of your talented students to enter the Provincial Round of competition for 2021. Let’s show the country the incredible level of talented and dedicated pianists we have here in New Brunswick!

The Rules and Regulations for the Provincial Piano Competition are below. The entry deadline is  March 15, 2021. Repertoire selection and preparation obviously needs to be done in advance. For those pianists who may be interested in this competition, please consider the repertoire requirements as outlined in the Rules and Regulations.

Please scroll down for the complete Rules & Regulations.

The online entry form will be available in early 2021.

Le Concours provincial de piano NBRMTA est un concours biennal tenu les années impaires pour sélectionner un pianiste qui représentera le Nouveau-Brunswick au Concours national de piano de la CFMTA.

Le concours provincial de piano NBRMTA aura lieu à nouveau en 2021. L'inscription se fera par enregistrement vidéo, comme par le passé. Le gagnant de ce concours se rendra au Concours National de Piano. En raison des incertitudes présentées par COVID-19, la Conférence nationale sera virtuelle en 2021. Par conséquent, le Concours national de piano sera également virtuel.

Ces concours sont des occasions fabuleuses pour les étudiants qui étudient avec des professeurs de musique inscrits au Nouveau-Brunswick. Le niveau national de compétition est une compétition de très haut calibre avec des prix très lucratifs. Veuillez encourager tous vos élèves talentueux à participer à la ronde provinciale du concours pour 2021. Montrons au pays le niveau incroyable de pianistes talentueux et dévoués que nous avons ici au Nouveau-Brunswick!

Les règles et règlements du concours provincial de piano sont ci-dessous. La date limite d'inscription est le 15 mars 2021. La sélection et la préparation du répertoire doivent évidemment être faites à l'avance. Pour les pianistes qui pourraient être intéressés par ce concours, veuillez tenir compte des exigences du répertoire telles que décrites dans les règles et règlements.

Le formulaire d'inscription en ligne sera disponible début 2021.





2021 NBRMTA Provincial Piano Competition

Round One of

CFMTA - FCAPM National Piano Competition

R U L E S   A N D   R E G U L A T I O N S

  1. The Provincial Piano Competition is limited to competitors studying at the undergraduate level or lower as of the date of application. Competitors must not have reached their 25th birthday by January 1, 2021 and must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
  1. Competitors must be students of a registered music teacher at the time of application. The competitor must be a resident of New Brunswick or studying with a New Brunswick Registered music teacher.
  1. The entire program presented by a competitor must be at a senior concert level or higher. The program should be a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of 45 minutes in length and consist of the following:
    a) One Canadian solo composition
    b) One complete solo composition from the Classical or Baroque period
    c) A variety of shorter solo works to form a well-balanced program

In determining a program for the Provincial Round, it may be useful to consider awards decided upon at the National level of competition:

  •  The Ernst Schneider Canadian Music Award:  $1,000 - for the best performance of a Canadian composition
    • The Chopin Award:  $1,000 - for the best performance of a Chopin composition
    • The Willard Schultz Baroque Music Award:  $1,500 - to the performer whose reading of Baroque music best communicates the intentions of the composer

These awards are in addition to the First ($5,000), Second ($3,000) and Third ($2,000) place monetary awards at the National Competition.  Also included is The Willard Schultz Award to the performer who shows the most promise over-all as a performing artist in the opinion of the jury ($1,500).

National guidelines can be found on the CFMTA website:

  1. The format for the Provincial Round will be video recording. To simulate a live competition process, the video must be recorded in ONE take. Editing is not allowed. Leaving the performance space for a short period for water or a short break is fine, as long as the overall time of recording does not exceed the maximum time limit of 45 minutes. Performances exceeding the time limit will be disqualified.
  2. The competition entry package must include:
    a) Application form. The application form may be accessed online at
    b) Video performance. The video-recorded performance must be submitted by a link to an unlisted You Tube channel, at the time of submission of the online entry form.
    c) Resumé in a digital file, either word or PDF, of approximately 100-150 words
    d) High-resolution digital headshot
    e) Entry fee of $100. The entry fee is to be paid at the time of submission of online entry form. You must choose payment option to submit your entry form online and be taken directly to PayPal at the end of the entry form, or you may e-transfer to
  3. The entry fee and application package for the Provincial Round must be received on or before March 15, 2021. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted under any circumstances.
  4. From the entries submitted, one (1) candidate will be selected by a distinguished jury to proceed to the National semi-finals being held during the virtual CFMTA/FCAPM Conference in 2021. The name of the Provincial Round winner will be announced in April 2021.
  5. Decisions of the Jury will be final and not subject to question, review or appeal.
  6. Competitors and their teachers are responsible for reading and understanding the regulations governing the CFMTA National Piano Competition. This information is available on the CFMTA website

Please refer questions to:

Lynn Johnson, Competition Chair