Competition Music Requirements and Contest Dates- 2024

The following tune requirements are for the 2024 VPA competition season.

Tuning time
A, B & C Grade, 3-5 minutes of tuning is permitted on arrival to Element 1. Thereafter, up to 1 minute tuning is permitted between elements.

Novice and D grade are permitted to have outside assistance for tuning before each Element whilst in the competing room.

Please note C grade is now allowed tuning assistance as well commencing 2024


Competition 1 – Haileybury College April 28th 2024

Competition 2 – Ballarat Grammar May 19th 2024

Competition 3 -Scotch College  June 1st 2024

Competition 4 – Camperdown June 22th 2024

Competition 5 – Scots Albury July 6th 2024

Competition 6- 2024 Victorian Championships – PLC July 27th 2024

Tune Requirements for all contests

Light Music

A Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (Submit 3 tunes)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (Submit 3 of each tune)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (Submit 3 of each tune)

B Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 or more parts (Submit 2 tunes)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 or more parts into 1 x Reel of 4 or more parts (Submit 2 of each tune, judge will pick which tunes to be played)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 or more parts into 1 x jig of 4 or more parts (Submit 2 of each tune, judge will pick which tunes to be played)

C Grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 4 parts into 1 x Reel of 4 parts (own choice)
Element 3 – 1 x Hornpipe of 4 parts into 1 x jig of 4 parts (own choice)

D grade
Element 1 – 1 x 2/4 March of 4 parts (Own choice)
Element 2 – 1 x Strathspey of 2 parts into 1 x Reel of 2 parts (Own choice)

Novice
Element 1 – 2 parts of 2/4 March (Own choice)
Element 2 – 2 parts of Slow air/Slow march (i.e. 2 parts with repeats or 32 bars of music)


Piobaireachd Requirements for all contests

A grade
Submit 4 full tunes of own choice including crunluath variation and crunluath a’mach where applicable.

B grade
Submit 2 full tunes from set B grade list including crunluath variation and crunluath a’mach where applicable.

C grade
Submit 1 full tune from set list including crunluath variation and crunluath a’mach where applicable.

D grade
Ground and next variation only.
Note: If the tune has a ground followed by thumb variation or ground doubling then this is all that needs to be played. If the tune has ground then Variation 1, then this is all that needs to be played.

Novice
Ground only