RATING I—Superior—A first-rate performance for the event and the class of participants being judged. To receive a superior rating a performance must meet the highest expectations in every category of adjudication. Memorization of instrumental solos is optional. Piano soloists and vocal soloists must perform from memory.
RATING II—Excellent—a commendable performance showing a high standard of musical accomplishment but lacking in one or more of the characteristics of a superior rating. Music may be used.
RATING III—Good—an average performance lacking in several characteristics of a superior rating. Music may be used.
RATING IV—Fair—a below average performance requiring many specific improvements.
RATING V—Poor—a performance lacking sufficient preparation and exhibiting major deficiencies.