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Virtual Convocation and Celebrations of Excellence

Virtual Convocation and Celebrations of Excellence

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding Covid-19, the 2019-20 RCM Convocation Ceremony and Celebration of Excellence recognition events will be held virtually. The safety of our students, teachers, and staff are our primary concern. We are working hard to ensure our students will have the celebrations they so richly deserve. Graduates and award winners will be contacted in August.​

Award Requirements (Canada) Award Requirements (US)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I receive my invitation?

    If you qualified to be invited, your invitation and RSVP form will be sent to your email address on your account at the end of August 2020.

  • How do I RSVP to attend the event?

    There are two (2) links to two (2) forms attached to your invitation email.

    1. The first is an RSVP form that confirms your attendance. It asks you to provide your name, piece information, and your accompanist name (if required). Please submit your form early to avoid being placed on a waitlist.
    2. The second form asks for a recorded video of the piece so it can be included in the virtual Celebration of Excellence. More information about how to record your video can be found here 

    Please be sure to complete both forms completely and accurately. Our system is unable to accept forms that are not completed in


  • How many performers are accepted for each region?

    In order to provide the greatest celebratory experience, each recital will be limited to 40 performers. Registration for all invitees is on a first come – first served basis when they submit their fully completed RSVP form by the response deadline. Responses will be subject to Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced spot allocations (see below). Please submit your RSVP forms right away!

    Regional Celebration of Excellence
    15 – Beginner level students (Levels Prep – 4)
    15 – Intermediate level students (Levels 5 - 8)
    10 – Advanced level students (Levels 9 – ARCT + LRCM)

    National Celebration of Excellence
    15 – Intermediate level students (Levels 5 - 8)
    15 – Advanced level students (Levels 9 –10)
    10 – ARCT + LRCM

  • How do I know if I have been placed on a waitlist?

    As you fill out the form, it will automatically update to tell you if the recital has reached capacity. If the recital is currently at capacity, please fill out the remaining information to be placed on a waitlist. If you are accepted from the waitlist, a member of our team will contact you and ask you to submit the video form.

    Please note submissions are on a first-come, first-serve basis in in each of the following categories.

    Regional Celebration of Excellence
    15 – Beginner level students (Levels Prep – 4)
    15 – Intermediate level students (Levels 5 - 8)
    10 – Advanced level students (Levels 9 – ARCT + LRCM)

    National Celebration of Excellence
    15 – Intermediate level students (Levels 5 - 8)
    15 – Advanced level students (Levels 9 –10)
    10 – ARCT + LRCM

  • What piece can I play?

    Students are asked to play a piece at the level for which they are being recognized. Students may play a piece that is two levels above or two levels below as needed. Students are limited to the performance of one piece at a Celebration of Excellence. If a student qualifies as a performer multiple times (either on multiple instruments or having won multiple awards for the same instrument) we invite students to select their favourite one piece to perform in order to recognize as many students as possible at the Celebration of Excellence.

  • How long can my performance piece be?

    Due to time constraints, we ask that performers adhere to the following performance time limitations:

    • For Preparatory through Level 4 - Maximum 3 minutes
    • For Levels 5 through 8 - Maximum 5 minutes
    • For Levels 9 through LRCM - Maximum 7 minutes
  • What about repeats in the performance piece?

    To align with examination guidelines, we ask that when performing repertoire at a Celebration of Excellence Recital that students avoid playing repeats, but observe da capo and dal segno indications.

  • Do I have to memorize my piece?
    Music memorization is required for piano and voice performances and highly encouraged for all other instruments.
  • What are the regions in Canada?
    • British Columbia & Yukon
    • Alberta, Northwest Territories, & Nunavut
    • Manitoba
    • Saskatchewan
    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • Atlantic
  • What are the regions in the US?
    • Northern California and Hawaii
    • Southern California and Hawaii
    • North West* (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)
    • South West* (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)
    • North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
    • South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas)
    • North East (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia)
    • South East (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia)
    ​* Please note that the North West and South West regions are currently combined
  • What disciplines are eligible to receive medal in a Celebration of Excellence?
    Accordion/Organ/Harpsichord, Brass, Guitar, Harp, Pedagogy/Teacher, Percussion, Piano, Speech Arts & Drama, Strings, Theory (co-requisite ARCT level only), Voice, Woodwinds
  • What disciplines are eligible to play in a Celebration of Excellence?
    Accordion, Brass, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Speech Arts & Drama, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds
  • Who qualifies to play?
    Regional Celebration of Excellence**: Gold Medalists for each level of each performing discipline in each region
    National Celebration of Excellence: The Gold Medalist with the highest mark for level 5 through level 10, and ARCT in each discipline across the country. + LRCM

    **In situations where there are not enough Regional Gold Medalists to run a recital, students who had earned 90+ on their performance exam in their region may be invited to play.
  • How Do I Record a Celebration of Excellence Video?
    Please visit this page for instructions and tips. 

  • How will I receive my award?

    All awards and/or certificates will be mailed this year. Please take a moment to update your email and mailing address in your MyRCM account.

    1. Double check that the email on the My Addresses tab is the email to which you want to receive important awards and/or convocation information
    2. If you are managing the account for someone else who is the award winner or graduate, please go to the My Family tab and clicking on the name of the student to edit their personal profile including the mailing address.
    3. Please also update your mailing addresses in the My Addresses tab