Qatar National Music Competition

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Check Competition Dates

Sunday 15th October

Monday 16th October

Tuesday 17th October

Wednesday 18th October

Thursday 19th October

Check entry deadlines 

closing dates for entries are as follows:

online: Saturday 1st July 2017

submitting compositions: Saturday 30th September


View competition rules 


  • The competition is open to all residents of Qatar including Qatari nationals.
  • Competitors may not enter for more than one age division in the same category. For example a candidate is not allow to enter the ‘piano under 11’ category AND the ‘piano under 14’ category in the same year.
  • However, applicants may enter more than one category if the category is different. For example candidates are allowed to enter the ‘piano under 11’ AND the ‘choir’ category AND the ‘concerto competition’ category in the same year. 
  • Entries must be made online at www.qnmc.org/entry/application.
  • The application fee must be paid via Q-Tickets (insert link) and the applicant needs to write down their ticket number on the application form.
  • Each ticket is only valid for one entry in one category. If the candidate wants to participate in more than one category, he/she needs to purchase a different ticket for every category.
  • Entry fees will not be refunded unless a competition or certain category does not take place.
  • Entries will not be accepted after the designated closing date.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the competition committee and will be treated as confidential.
  • Entries must be in accordance with regulations. Validity of an entry is the responsibility of the entrant.
  • Any objection for noncompliance with any regulation(s) must be sent to info@qnmc.org, within 48 hours of the competition(s) in question.
  • Any breach in the regulations will render competitors liable to disqualification and forfeiture of any relevant prize awarded to them.




  • All cups/trophies remain the property of the competition and should be returned after one year. Medals are the property of the winners.
  • Prizewinners are obliged to perform at a Prizewinners’ Gala Concert if invited by the competition committee.
  • Concerto Competition winners will be required to perform in a concert with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra on a date to be confirmed, or else forfeit their prize.



  • Applicants must guarantee their availability for all published competition dates.
  • The order in which competitors perform shall be arranged by ballot. Ballot information stating the precise time, date and venue at which competitors must present themselves will be emailed as soon as available to the competitor and/or to his/her teacher.
  • Competitors who do not present themselves to perform at the balloted time will be disqualified. Changes in the officially allotted time may be made only with permission from the QNMC Office. Such a change will be allowed only in cases of genuine difficulty, proof of which must be provided in writing, when requested.





  • The minimum age for competitors is 5 years. Competitors must provide proof of age by sending a copy of their Qatar ID.
  • Ages shall be calculated from the 15th of October 2017.



  • A competitor may not perform the same piece or pieces in two different categories.
    In all cases of ‘Own Choice’ selection, the title and composer of the piece(s) chosen must be given on the entry form and alteration to the piece(s) chosen may subsequently be made only in writing before the 30th September, 2017
  • Two legible copies of each piece, in staff notation, must be provided for the adjudicators. Failure to supply music will result in disqualification. Competitors’ attention is drawn to the Laws of Copyright which prohibit the unauthorised photocopying of music. QNMC assumes that anybody using photocopies has the permission of the publisher to do so.
  • A song or piece with which a competitor(s) has won a competition may not, in any subsequent year, be performed in that competition by the same competitor(s).



  • The minimum standard for award of first prize must be 85%, and 80% for second prize. If no candidate scores 85% or above only second prize will be awarded.
  • The jury reserves the right not to choose any winners.
  • In the event of a single entry being received the entrant may perform and if, in the opinion of the Adjudicator, the performance has reached the necessary standard of marking, the appropriate prize shall be duly awarded.



  • Accompanists will not be provided. However, QNMC can recommend a list of accompanists who can practice and perform with the participants upon their own arrangements prior to the competition and during. Please get in touch with the office if you need help finding an accompanist.
  • In the Arabic categories, candidates can choose between performing with live accompaniment or with a backing track.
  • In the Western categories all candidates are obliged to perform with live accompaniment if the piece they play requires it.



  • Competitors may compete only once in the same choral/ensemble competition.
  • The minimum number of participants to form an ensemble is 2 performing persons.
  • The minimum number of participants to form a choir is 8 voices.
  • The maximum number of participants to form a choir/ensemble is 60 performing persons.
  • Conductors must not sing with their Choirs/Ensembles. Teachers may conduct but not perform with their Choir/Ensemble.
  • The Conductor’s name responsible for the attendance of the Choir/Ensemble and for the custody of any prize that may be awarded must be stated on the entry form.
  • Sufficient adult supervisors are required to monitor the behaviour of each choir/ensemble.
  • QNMC will provide risers for the choir to stand on, but choirs are allowed during the performance to use the full stage and to incorporate show elements into their performance.
  • Sufficient music stands will be provided for every ensemble but the ensemble itself is responsible for their setup.
  • None of the members of the choirs/ensembles should be older than 18 years EXCEPT the conductor. Qatar ID must be provided for all the performers.




  • In both the Arabic and Western composition category, composers are allowed to write any style of music they choose to such as arabic, pop, jazz, rock and roll, classical etc.
  • All compositions need to be submitted in writing, using staff notation. Sending a recording is not sufficient, every candidate will have to submit their work as sheet music, fully written out.
  • Maximum duration of the composition is 10 minutes.




  • By entering the competition, applicants agree to participate in all appropriate press, marketing and publicity as required.
  • The accompanying instrument for the western vocal competitions shall be piano.
  • QNMC will provide a piano for the candidates and/or accompanists to perform on.
  • QNMC will also provide a harp and some basic percussion instruments (drum set, snare drum and xylophone). Please email info@qnmc.org if you have any questions. Candidates must bring their own instruments unless stated otherwise.


  • Alteration to, or preparation of the piano is not permitted in any competition.
  • In all cases pertaining to competition results the decision of the Adjudicator shall be final within the rules of the competition.
  • Active mobile phones, watch alarms, videos, cameras or tape recorders are prohibited in the Halls during competitions.
  • The decision of the Competition Jury shall be final.





  • The category special needs is for every musician in the community with a physical/or/and mental disability. Please email info@qnmc.org for further information.
  • QNMC will contact each candidate/guardians in this category to make sure we can assist in every way possible, from how to get on and off stage or any other requirements the candidates might have.



Submit Entry 

Submitting an Entry


Notes on completing your Application Form:

  • Entries must be in accordance with the regulations.  If you are unsure whether your entry complies with the regulations, please contact the office by phone or email and we will assist you. Email info@qnmc.org or give us a call at +974 66089033
  • The validity of an entry is entirely the responsibility of the entrant.
  • Where applicable, ages shall be calculated from 15th October 2017.
  • Each ticket is only valid for one entry in one category. If the candidate wants to participate in more than one category, he/she needs to purchase a different ticket for every category.
  • Participants need to fill out a different application form for every category they would like to compete in.
  • For big choirs or ensembles please submit an extra sheet with all the names of the ensemble.


You will receive a confirmation email once your application is accepted. In case you have not received such an email please get in touch with the office.


  1. Application form individual link to application form 
  1. Application form choir/ensemble link to application form 
  1. Application form composition link to application form




Notes on stating “own choice” pieces :


Citation of repertoire

Kindly ensure that all spellings of composers’ names and works are correct. The following information must be included:

  • Composer
  • Title of work and (where necessary)…
  • Opus number or any other identifying number
  • Movement(s) to be performed


Examples:  Scarlatti, Sonata in D, K29 L461

Haydn, Sonata in Eb, Hob VVI/49, 1st  movt.

Schumann, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in D minor op. 63, 3rd and 4th movts.


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Does the age category ‘under 12’ mean 12 and under?


No – you must not have turned 12 by the 15th of October 2017. Therefore, if your 12th birthday falls on or before the 15th October 2017, you must enter the competition for the next age category up. If your birthday falls after the 15th October 2017, for the purposes of the competition, you qualify as an under 12.


I am a Qatari national but don’t live in Qatar at the moment. Can I compete?


Yes, we welcome all Qatari nationals to take part in the competition no matter where they live.


How do I withdraw from a competition?


You can either telephone the office +974 6608 9033 or email us at info@qnmc.org to inform us that you wish to withdraw from a competition.


Do I get my entry fee back if I withdraw from a competition?


Refunds are only given if a competition is cancelled by QNMC. However, in cases of serious illness during the competition itself resulting in an inability to perform, you should apply to the office for a refund, enclosing a doctor’s certificate.


I entered the wrong competition by mistake – can I change to the correct one?


If you realise your mistake prior to the entry deadline, yes, you may make a change. You will need to contact the office on +974 6608 9033 or email us at info@qnmc.org


I missed the entry deadline – is there a procedure for late entry?


No – late entries are not permitted by QNMC. This is because we begin our scheduling and programming procedures as soon as the entry deadline is reached and we must know the final numbers of competitors per competition in order to do so. You should make sure that your entries are submitted in plenty of time and that you have received your confirmation via email



Do I have to bring my own accompanist or can I play with a backing track?


Accompanists will not be provided. However, QNMC can recommend a list of accompanists who can practice and perform with the participants upon their own

arrangements prior to the competition and during.  Please get in touch with the office if you need help finding an accompanist.



What do I need to bring on the day of my competition?


  • Two original copies of your music for the jury  NB – for all own choice repertoire, if you do not provide a copy of the music for the jury, you will be disqualified, so please remember to do so!!
  • Your own instrument unless you are a pianist, percussionist or harpist.



How do I collect my certificate?


The certificate of participation will be immediately handed over to every participant after their performance.



My allocated performance time doesn’t suit me. Can I change it?


While we try to facilitate people as far as possible, it is not always feasible to facilitate every request for a time change. If you have a serious difficulty however, please let us know by contacting the office at +974 6608 9033 or by email at info@qnmc.org and we will do our best to accommodate you.



Are competitions open to everyone?


Absolutely! We are actively trying to encourage audiences to come along, so please spread the word among your friends and family. Entry will be free of charge.


Are we allowed to record performances at the QNMC?


No. In order to protect our competitors, NO photography, video or audio recording is permitted in the halls during competitions, unless organised by QNMC itself.


Will I be able to attend the Gala Concert?


A selection of prize winners might be asked to perform at the gala concert on the 19th of October, 2017. Attending this concert is by invitation only so if you wish to attend please get in touch with QNMC staff or write an email to info@qnmc.org