College of Adjudicators (Examiners)

The College of Adjudicators (Examiners) is made up of over 300 distinguished professional teachers and performers from across North America. College members provide evaluations to students and teachers across North America on behalf of The Royal Conservatory Examinations. They are grouped according to their discipline and level of expertise.

Members of the College of Examiners come from a wide variety of educational and performance backgrounds, however, minimum qualifications may include the following:

  • A Bachelor of Music or an equivalent degree/diploma
  • Five years professional teaching experience
  • Adjudicating experience at festivals/competitions
  • Knowledge of the The Royal Conservatory Examinations curriculum through student participation
  • Strong organizational time management skills

Prior to being admitted to the College of Examiners, all examiners must successfully complete the Examiner Apprenticeship Program consisting of an intensive series of lectures, demonstrations, and practicum, as well as sitting-in with a mentor examiner for three consecutive examination sessions.

Three senior College members are appointed as Chief Examiners to provide leadership to the College of Examiners. They are responsible for all College members in the areas of Academic Standards, Training and Development, and Theoretical Subjects.

All members of the College of Examiners receive regular feedback from the Office of the Chief Examiners through.

  • Annual review and development reports
  • Evaluation of written critiques
  • Comparative analysis of mark averages
  • Observational sessions with Chief Examiners

Examiners also attend annual professional development workshops in order to refine their skills, maintain evaluation consistency, and participate in pedagogical discussions with other College members.

See the biographies of the College of Examiners