Vocal & Instrumental Rules

Please read General Rules first.

  1. RESTRICTED means NOT having won a FIRST PRIZE in any solo instrumental or vocal section at any previous Eisteddfod. Eligible competitors are permitted to enter restricted sections, unrestricted sections, or both. The Restricted Rule applies up to the date of CLOSE OF ENTRIES OF THE EISTEDDFOD.  
  2. The Committee reserves the right to use the competitor’s details in the compilation of the program, including photographs for publicity purposes. If you do not want to be photographed, it is the competitor’s (or carer’s) responsibility to notify a member of the Orange Eisteddfod Committee.

 

MUSIC

  1. In all sections, competitors must hand one (1) copy of the selected music/ music and words, to the Green Room person – at least 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE SESSION. The Committee accepts no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, any original works. Music should be printed, but if handwritten, it must be legible.
  2. No competitor may perform the same item in more than one (1) section.
  3. All music submitted must be clearly marked with SECTION NUMBER AND COMPETITOR’S NUMBER – NO NAME OR SCHOOL SHOULD BE VISIBLE.
  4. ALL BARS IN MUSIC GIVEN TO THE ADJUDICATOR MUST BE NUMBERED.
  5. CD backings only allowed in school choir sections.
  6. Microphones allowed only in ‘Popular Song’ and ‘Open Contemporary Ensemble’ sections.

 

ACCOMPANISTS

  1. * A competitor should consider providing his/her own accompanist so that accompaniment is then assured. An official accompanist may be provided but availability of accompanists cannot be guaranteed.
    * Official accompanists are free of charge except for open sections, scholarship and championship sections when $10 per section is charged, regardless of age.
    Any rehearsals are at the competitor’s cost, and should be negotiated with the accompanist.

 

List of accompanists:

Heejin Kim               0430 478 872                   General Accompanying

Meriel Owen          (02) 6360 0916                  General Accompanying

Lujia Zhang               0401 558 526                   General Accompanying

Ruth Harrison         (02) 6365 3250                 Up to Grade 4

Margaret Balsom (02) 6361 4518                    Beginners only

Fran Wilton              (02) 6365 3213                 General Accompanying

Anne Stevens         0407 784 238                     Senior Vocal and Instrumental

 

  1. All music to be used by the official accompanist MUST BE IN THE HANDS OF THE ACCOMPANIST AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EISTEDDFOD. Performers should consult the accompanist about preferred presentation of sheet music eg no staples.

 

TIME LIMITS

  1. Competitors must comply strictly with the TIME LIMITS. TIME given is the total time allowed for singing or playing in that section, whether for one or two pieces. Competitors will not be adjudicated after the specific time limit has elapsed. At the commencement of the music/song/piece, etc, the timekeeper will set the time to the appropriate time allowed for that section (the actual playing or singing time). Upon the time being reached, a bell will be rung and adjudication will cease. A second bell may be rung if needed. Competitors who continue after the time limit has elapsed may not be awarded a prize and a comment about the time excess will be noted on the comment sheet.

PLEASE KEEP TO THE TIME LIMITS WHICH ARE ALLOCATED.

  

COMPETITORS’ EQUIPMENT

  1. Competitors’ equipment must be brought into the venue through the door provided ½ an hour before each session. All equipment must be removed from the stage and venue at the conclusion of each session.

IT IS THE COMPETITOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT ALL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT IS SAFETY CHECKED AND TAGGED.

 

PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

  1. Presentation of prizes will be as follows, wherever possible:
    Major prizes are to be presented on the stage following the adjudication.
    Minor prizes are to be collected from the Office.
    The onus is on the competitor to collect all prizes, medals, certificates, reports, money and music etc.

 

WINNERS OF SCHOLARSHIP SECTIONS

  1. Scholarship winners are NOT eligible to enter these sections again until three (3) years have elapsed. A Junior Scholarship winner may enter a Senior Scholarship whenever he/she becomes eligible by the specified age for the senior scholarship.
  2. Scholarship entrants must have competed in at least two (2) other solo sections of the same discipline to be eligible to enter the Scholarship section.
  3. Scholarship entrants to perform two contrasting pieces, neither of which has been performed in previous sections.

 

ORANGE REGIONAL CONSERVATORIUM ENSEMBLE SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. Ten (10) scholarships are offered for 18 yrs and under competitors to participate in Orange Regional Conservatorium Ensemble programs over a period of one year. Competitors will be selected by the adjudicator from vocal, brass, strings and woodwind sections.
    Rule: Recipients must not be currently enrolled in Orange Regional Conservatorium ensemble programs.

 

DUETS

  1. An Instrumental Duet is when two (2) instruments are played together using music specifically written for a “duet”, not a solo instrument with accompaniment.
    A Vocal Duet is when two (2) singers sing together in two part harmony (not in unison).
    The names and dates of birth of both performers must be provided when entering a duet section.

 

 

COPYRIGHT RULE

  1. The competitor may hand in a music photocopy for the Adjudicator, provided that:

he/she signs Forms 1 and 2, ( and 5 if needed) and sends them with the entry form to the Entry Secretary.

Once agreeing to abide by the APRA rules in this way, the competitor does not need to present copies of these forms with each photocopied piece of music.

NOTE: ALL FORMS ARE TO BE FOUND IN THE VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL SYLLABUS.

      

BANDS/ENSEMBLES/CHOIRS

  1. Leaders must hand their music (for the Adjudicator) to the Green Room officials at least 20 minutes before the session begins.
  2. Leaders must submit to the Green Room officials a list of members of the Band/ Ensemble/ Choir performing in each section. This is to comply with the Workplace, Health and Safety rules of the venues.
  3. It is the responsibility of the leader to notify the Green Room before the performance of permission to photograph / video the group.
  4. The performers in each group should be bona fide members of that group.
  5. Organisations can enter more than one group in a section as long as each group has a unique identity.
  6. No teachers are permitted to perform with any group, other than in Special Needs and Open sections.
  7. Bands and School Ensembles/Choirs will perform at the Orange Function Centre, Eyles St, Orange.
  8. Bands perform on the floor area of the Function Centre – not on stage, unless advised by the Committee.
  9. No piano will be available for bands on Band Day.
  10. Groups need to bring their own equipment – music stands, extension leads, CD Players if needed for Percussion Bands, school choirs, etc.

All electrical equipment is to be checked and tagged, and is the responsibility of the competitors.

  1. On Band Day, leaders are asked to ensure that equipment and instruments are stored neatly and compactly to avoid damage to them and that players are quiet while performances are taking place.

 

PIANO SECTIONS

Extra devices cannot be brought on to the stage or attached to the piano.

 

THE PROGRAM

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE MADE TO THE PRINTED PROGRAM.

Please check entries with your teacher as soon as you receive the receipt. Contact us if incorrect as no changes will be made after the program is finalised.

If your AMEB music examination is scheduled on your performance day and time, then please notify a committee member 7 days before your programmed time. You are then required to produce your appointment schedule letter to the committee member. Two or more committee members will decide if you can be allocated a different spot. You can then be adjudicated but not given a place in the scoring list. This rule will be strictly adhered to. You are then eligible to enter a Scholarship Section.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Inappropriate behaviour towards volunteers and committee members will not be tolerated, and may result in disqualification. Negative comments on social media may lead to disqualification and legal ramifications.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS

(A)            The City of Orange Eisteddfod Pianoforte Encouragement Award Trophy

for a competitor who performed in any restricted piano sections 7-10 years.

 

(B)            Janelle Gibson’s Encouragement Trophies

for the selected competitors in :

Junior Woodwind, Junior Strings, Brass , Senior Strings , Senior Woodwind Scholarships

 

(C)            Sarah Passey’s Encouragement Trophy

for the selected competitor in the Doris Webster Junior Vocal Scholarship

 

(D)            Melissa Philp’s Encouragement Trophies

for * a Junior Band, * a primary age woodwind soloist

 

ENTRY

FORM NO. 1:   To be included with entry form. – Form1

Teachers may sign one form on behalf of several students on the one entry form.

FORM NO. 2: To be included with entry form. – Form2

FORM NO. 5: To be attached to the accompanist’s copy of the music. – Form5

 

ENTRY FORM VOCAL / INSTRUMENTAL SECTIONS ONLY

Please complete entry form and return, enclosing a self-addressed and stamped envelope for receipt to:

The Vocal / Instrumental Secretary, Janelle Gibson , PO Box 8556 ORANGE NSW 2800. This entry form must reach the Entry Secretary, by Sunday 29 May 2016 and must be accompanied by full entry fee, by cheque or money order. (Stamps are not accepted.) PLEASE NOTE: No notification of appearance time is given by mail so a programme SHOULD be ordered when entering. This will be posted 14 days prior to commencement. However, a program can be downloaded from the website if desired, or purchased from outlets in Orange.

If there is not sufficient room on the entry form the entry may be completed on plain paper with similar headings and must contain the declaration.

Download entry form here > ENTRY FORM VOCAL or use the Stardom Website to enter online – Stardom

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