Rules and regulations


  • The OSM Competition reserves the right to change the text of the rules as it deems fit and without notice.
  • The Competition is open to all Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • The Competition is not open to winners of an OSM Grand Prize at an earlier edition or of a First Prize with the exception of the piano and string categories, in which case candidates must appear in a different age category from the one in which they earned a First Prize.
  • Candidates agree, by applying, to abide by all Competition conditions as well as by the decisions of the Competition committee and jury, which will be final and without appeal.
  • Candidates who fail to respect one of the Competition rules are subject to disqualification without appeal.


The online application form along with additional application items must be sent to the OSM no later than October 5, 2020 (11:59 pm).

Beyond the application form, the file must include:

  • An application fee of thirty Canadian dollars ($30 CAD), non-refundable and paid by credit card.
  • The video recording for the preliminary round
  • The complete list of repertoire and timings of works submitted for the three rounds of the Competition (please use the template in the registration section of the OSM website)
  • A curriculum vitae (studies, teachers, diplomas, awards, professional experience);
  • A high-resolution headshot (minimum 300 DPI), approximately 15 cm X 20 cm, JPEG format.
  • A short biography in English and French (maximum of 125 words in each language, Word format)
  • A PDF file of all the music played in the preliminary round (single file containing all works with visible titles placed in order of
  • Brass players who wish to be eligible for the Paul Merkelo and Clarion Foundation Scholarship must sent a text (Word format) of explaining their medium and long term academic path/project.


* You will find all forms, templates and reference documents in the Registration section of the OSM website

It is not necessary to submit proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency when documents are submitted. However, contestants selected for the semifinals will be requested to do so.


  • Each take must be recorded by a single fixed camera (horizontally oriented if filmed with a cell phone or a tablet) and the candidate’s image should fill the screen as much as possible. Candidate’s fingers, instrument and face must be visible and not hidden behind a music stand.
  • For the preliminary round, it is acceptable to record the different works in individual takes but the recording of each work must be made unedited, without cuts between the movements.
  • For the semifinal round, the complete program of the candidate must be recorded in a single take. No editing is allowed.
  • For each round, the candidates must send a single video link in MP4 format that includes his entire program for this round. Each link must be labeled in the following format: in .mp4 or .mov format
    COSM 2020_Last Name_First Name_Round.mp4
    Ex. COSM 2020_Smith_John_Preliminary.mp4
  • Candidates are advised to use the highest level of human and technical resources available in order to submit a sound recording of good quality. However, the jury will take into consideration the current situation and the possible difficulty to have access to quality recording gear.
  • No recording with orchestral accompaniment will be accepted
  • For the preliminary round, candidates may use a recording that was made in the last two years (retrospective deadline: October 5 2018) for one or both works. This option is not available for the semifinal and final rounds: all recording for these rounds will have to be made after September 4, 2020.
  • Candidates who will decide to send previously recorded material for the preliminary round must provide a written proof that he is the musician playing in the recording signed by someone implicated in the event during which the recording was made. In those circumstances, the video recording will be accepted even if the framing requirements are not all met. (a letter of authentication template is available in the Registration section of the OSM web site)


  • The Competition comprises three rounds: preliminary, semi final and final. Candidates may not present the same work in two different rounds.
  • The semi final and final rounds will be broadcast on the web
  • For the semifinal and final rounds, the candidate is required, before each work and/or excerpt, to shortly speak (one minute maximum) about why he chose this piece.
  • It is up to candidates whether to perform the repeats in a work, but they must consider these in determining the timing of their semifinal program.
  • For the semi final round, the orchestral excerpts must be played last. The order in which the other two works are played is up to the candidate.
  • For each round, all equivalent works must be submitted to the Competition and approved by it. The committee may take up to 4 or 5 buisiness day to render a decision so be sure to make your request sufficiently in advance to respect the deadlines of each round.
  • The concerto work in the final round must be performed from memory.
  • All candidates must provide PDF files (one for each round) of every works and orchestral excerpts in the order in which they will be played.


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  • Candidates must forfeit to the OSM all recording, broadcasting and distribution rights of any kind together with artists’ residual rights pertaining to their performances during the Competition for a period of fifty years from the dates of the performances.
  • By completing the official application form, candidates agree to subsequent use of the recording of their performances during the Competition.


  • Candidates authorize the Orchestra to use their name and photo to make such announcements, advertisements and promotions it deems appropriate. All materials shall be free of copyright.
  • Candidates agree to remain available to meet with the sponsors, partners and managers of the Competition that the Orchestra deems appropriate.
  • Candidates will grant interviews to media selected by the Orchestra to promote the concert. These media may be part of the print, radio, television or electronic press. Interviews may take place by telephone or videoconference during the competition.
  • Candidates agree to provide a short verbal or written testimony of their experience after the Competition.
  • Photos, video clips, interviews or testimonies may be broadcast by the Orchestra on its various communication platforms (website, social networks, newsletter, promotional kits, and concert programs).


  • Candidates must hire their own accompanist for all works requiring accompaniment for each round of the competition.


  • The candidate agrees to be free and present by videoconference for the award ceremony on December 12, 2020 (schedule to be determined).
  • Semi-formal dress is required for all video performances.
  • For the entire duration of the Competition (September 4 to December 12), any direct or indirect contact with the members of the jury is forbidden.
  • Winners of a First Prize agree to mention that prize in their promotional tools (biography, website, etc.), and to ensure that that prize is mentioned in promotional documents (concert programs, website, liner notes, etc.) of eventual broadcasters and producers, for a period of five years from the awarding of the prize.


  • The Competition reserves the right to cancel a category should the number of candidates be deemed insufficient.
  • The jury reserves the right not to award a prize.