1. The Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival will operate on the following Grading System for all competitive classes:
SUPERIOR 90% and over
DISTINCTION 85% to 89%
HONORS 80% to 84%
MERIT Below 80%
2. In all competitive classes, a mark of at least 80% must be achieved to obtain a First Place Certificate (Gold Seal for 12+). This policy will be used especially in the case where there is only one competitor in a class. Memorization is required for all SUPERIOR awards (exceptions to memorization requirement: Music Composition, Chamber/Ensemble, Brass/WW, and String & Keyboard Sonata).
3. Once a session is concluded, no one may make changes to the marks, including the adjudicator.
4. All performances in every discipline will receive a mark. However, for solo performers aged 12 and under, and/or Grade Level 4 & under in Piano Plan II, the mark will not be shared with the performer, teacher, parent, or any member of the public. 12 & under, or Piano Plan II Grade Level 4 and under solo performer marks will only be placed on the internal marking sheet to be used by the Festival office in consultation with adjudicators, for the purpose of determining award winners. The 12 & under and Piano Plan II Grade Level 4 and under classes will, therefore, have no first and second place winners announced in the performance room. Participants 12 and under and Piano Plan II Grade Level 4 and under participants will remain eligible for local awards and provincial recommendations. For performers over the age of 12 all classes will continue to be competitive and numerical marks will be provided as usual.
*EXCEPTION: Brass/Woodwind performers at Grade Level 2 or above WILL be treated as age 13 and over, and therefore will receive their marks.