Royal South Street Eisteddfod 2017
City of Ballarat Choral Contest
27 Aug 2017 to 29 Aug 2017
(To be confirmed after receipt of Entries and Programming has been finalised)

THE CITY OF BALLARAT CHORAL CONTEST

VENUE:  Her Majesty’s Theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat

 

ADJUDICATOR: Sally Cameron

 

PRIMARY/SECONDARY SCHOOL AND OPEN CHORAL SECTIONS

All music in choral sections is own selection unless otherwise specified.

Not all open sections exclude school choirs

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS To be read in conjunction with General Conditions.

 

  1. A Choir has freedom of choice of instruments to form accompaniment - these include tuned and un-tuned percussion (except in sections 807 & 807.1). However, musical directors should bear in mind that the item is "Choral" and the use of instruments must not be dominant. 
  2. No curtain is permitted during a performance between items.
  3. Conductors optional.  One conductor may conduct any number of choirs.
  4. Conductors or musical directors are not to sing with the choir except in sections 805 (up to grade 4 Primary) & 812, 815, 815.1, 815.2 and 817.
  5. An individual member of a choir is NOT allowed to take part in more than one choir competing in the same section EXCEPT where a student performing in a school choir may also compete in one other non-school group.
  6. Up to two members may be interchanged between items, but the maximum number
    must not be exceeded on stage at any one time.
  7. Items may be sung in any language, except as specified for section 816 Multicultural choir.
  8. Accompaniment may be up to any THREE acoustic instruments which may include piano. Backing tracks are NOT permitted (except in sections 807 & 807.1). This allows for adherence to the composer’s musical intent to a particular piece. A piano will be placed to the left of the conductor and will remain on stage for all sections. Additional instruments are not permitted side stage.
  9. Show Performance Choirs sections 807 & 807.1 and 807.2 and Gospel/Sacred/Worship Choir sections 815,815.1, 815.2 may have up to five (5) instruments as accompaniment which may include piano. Additional instruments are not permitted side stage. Amplifiers are permitted for instruments in sections 807, 807.1, 807.2, 815, 815.1 and 815.2 only.
  10. A maximum of three (3) microphones for vocalists are permitted in sections 807, 807.1, 807.2, 813, 813.1, 815, 815.1 and 815.2 only
  11. The turning on and off of lights, dimming lights, lighting projections, special effects etc. are not permitted in any choral sections.
  12. Please note that there will be a piano will be placed left of stage (front stage OP side) which may or may not be used.This will remain in this place for all sections of the Choral competition.This will not be moved off or around the stage under any circumstances.
  13. Costume changes are not permitted in any choral sections.As such there is only a maximum of 2 “helpers” per choir allowed back stage or in the Green Room.
  14. Choral risers will be set up and left on stage for all choral sections except sections 807, 807.1, 807.2, 813.1 and 815.1.Whilst their usage is not compulsory they will not be moved between performances.
  15. In all sections, music for the adjudicator is required.All bars must be numbered. Music must be sent by the due dates notified and will not be accepted on the day of the competition.
  16. COPYRIGHT: For all information relating to copyright of all printed, photocopied, recorded, adapted or reproduced material, please refer to http://royalsouthstreet.com.au/competition/choral-contest/ Forms can also be found and downloaded from this website.
  17. For any section to proceed a minimum of three (3) entries must be received, unless at the discretion of the RSSS. Where appropriate sections may be combined where the minimum entries are not received.
  18. If a choir performs in more than one section, only ONE song may be repeated in the second section or any multiple sections, not a repeat of an entire programme.
  19. An Australian arrangement is not an Australian composition.
  20. Time restrictions must be adhered to. Performance time must not exceed the specified time limit for each section. Adjudication will cease when a time limit has been reached.

17. AUDIENCE School groups of 10 or more, for a fee of $3 per student, may be part of the audience, providing they are effectively supervised.  Students who are performing in an evening session would need to be registered as a school group and pay to be a part of the audience in an afternoon session. Prior arrangement for these education group bookings must be made with the RSSS office.

18 Age limit will be deemed as at the 1st January of the current year. Choristers entered in any secondary school aged choirs must be 18 years of age and younger or enrolled in high school.  Proof of age and/or enrolment may be required if appeals are lodged.

 

ANTICIPATED TIMETABLE:

 

Where possible, sections will be scheduled as per the following dates. Please note, however that dates remain subject to change depending on the number of entries received. Dates and times will be confirmed within four weeks of the entry closing date.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTIONS:

       Friday 19 August

SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTIONS:

Monday 22 August

OPEN SECTIONS:

       Saturday 20 August,

With the exception of 808 which is anticipated to be held Monday 22 August

 

 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of APRA for assisting with prize money for sections where schools perform songs by an Australian composer.


THE CITY OF BALLARAT CHORAL CONTEST

VENUE:  Her Majesty’s Theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat

 

ADJUDICATOR: Sally Cameron

 

PRIMARY/SECONDARY SCHOOL AND OPEN CHORAL SECTIONS

All music in choral sections is own selection unless otherwise specified.

Not all open sections exclude school choirs

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS To be read in conjunction with General Conditions.

 

  1. A Choir has freedom of choice of instruments to form accompaniment - these include tuned and un-tuned percussion (except in sections 807 & 807.1). However, musical directors should bear in mind that the item is "Choral" and the use of instruments must not be dominant. 
  2. No curtain is permitted during a performance between items.
  3. Conductors optional.  One conductor may conduct any number of choirs.
  4. Conductors or musical directors are not to sing with the choir except in sections 805 (up to grade 4 Primary) & 812, 815, 815.1, 815.2 and 817.
  5. An individual member of a choir is NOT allowed to take part in more than one choir competing in the same section EXCEPT where a student performing in a school choir may also compete in one other non-school group.
  6. Up to two members may be interchanged between items, but the maximum number
    must not be exceeded on stage at any one time.
  7. Items may be sung in any language, except as specified for section 816 Multicultural choir.
  8. Accompaniment may be up to any THREE acoustic instruments which may include piano. Backing tracks are NOT permitted (except in sections 807 & 807.1). This allows for adherence to the composer’s musical intent to a particular piece. A piano will be placed to the left of the conductor and will remain on stage for all sections. Additional instruments are not permitted side stage.
  9. Show Performance Choirs sections 807 & 807.1 and 807.2 and Gospel/Sacred/Worship Choir sections 815,815.1, 815.2 may have up to five (5) instruments as accompaniment which may include piano. Additional instruments are not permitted side stage. Amplifiers are permitted for instruments in sections 807, 807.1, 807.2, 815, 815.1 and 815.2 only.
  10. A maximum of three (3) microphones for vocalists are permitted in sections 807, 807.1, 807.2, 813, 813.1, 815, 815.1 and 815.2 only
  11. The turning on and off of lights, dimming lights, lighting projections, special effects etc. are not permitted in any choral sections.
  12. Please note that there will be a piano will be placed left of stage (front stage OP side) which may or may not be used.  This will remain in this place for all sections of the Choral competition.  This will not be moved off or around the stage under any circumstances.
  13.  Costume changes are not permitted in any choral sections.  As such there is only a maximum of 2 “helpers” per choir allowed back stage or in the Green Room. 
  14. Choral risers will be set up and left on stage for all choral sections except sections 807, 807.1, 807.2, 813.1 and 815.1.  Whilst their usage is not compulsory they will not be moved between performances
  15. In all sections, music for the adjudicator is required.  All bars must be numbered. Music must be sent by the due dates notified and will not be accepted on the day of the competition.
  16.  COPYRIGHT: For all information relating to copyright of all printed, photocopied, recorded, adapted or reproduced material, please refer to http://royalsouthstreet.com.au/competition/choral-contest/ Forms can also be found and downloaded from this website.
  17.  For any section to proceed a minimum of three (3) entries must be received, unless at the discretion of the RSSS. Where appropriate sections may be combined where the minimum entries are not received.
  18.  If a choir performs in more than one section, only ONE song may be repeated in the second section or any multiple sections, not a repeat of an entire programme.
  19.  An Australian arrangement is not an Australian composition.
  20.  Time restrictions must be adhered to. Performance time must not exceed the specified time limit for each section. Adjudication will cease when a time limit has been reached.
  21. AUDIENCE School groups of 10 or more, for a fee of $3 per student, may be part of the audience, providing they are effectively supervised.  Students who are performing in an evening session would need to be registered as a school group and pay to be a part of the audience in an afternoon session. Prior arrangement for these education group bookings must be made with the RSSS office.
  22.  Age limit will be deemed as at the 1st January of the current year. Choristers entered in any secondary school aged choirs must be 18 years of age and younger or enrolled in high school.  Proof of age and/or enrolment may be required if appeals are lodged.

 

ANTICIPATED TIMETABLE:


Where possible, sections will be scheduled as per the following dates. Please note, however that dates remain subject to change depending on the number of entries received. Dates and times will be confirmed within four weeks of the entry closing date.

PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTIONS:

       Friday 19 August

SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTIONS:

Monday 22 August

OPEN SECTIONS:

       Saturday 20 August,

With the exception of 808 which is anticipated to be held Monday 22 August

 

 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of APRA for assisting with prize money for sections where schools perform songs by an Australian composer.


ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 28/04/2017 5:00:00 PM (AEST)
Primary Students
802 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHORAL CONTEST Group      Primary Students

Open to all primary school aged students. Choirs to consist of not less than 15 voices. Each choir to present a program of 3 songs which must include the following: (a) Unison Song; accompanied. (b) Part Song. (c) A Capella. At least one selection of the program to be by an Australian composer. Prize money and plaques for this section sponsored by the Wendouree Rotary Club in memory of their late member W.H Keith Young.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st Plaque + $150          2nd Plaque          3rd Plaque          
Primary/Junior School Students
804 NOVICE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIRS Group      Primary/Junior School Students

This section is open to primary school choirs who have not won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in a choral section at Royal South Street Choral competition in the past 3 years. Choirs are required to sing two contrasting songs, one of which must be by an Australian composer. Harmony optional.

Entries Closed
Entry: $42.001st Plaque + $75          2nd Plaque          3rd Plaque          
Secondary Students
807.1 SHOW/PERFORMANCE CHOIR Secondary School Age Group      Secondary Students

Open to secondary school age choirs. This section, focusing on entertainment, is intended to incorporate choral singing with other performance elements e.g. featured solos and duets, movement/ basic choreography. The major focus for adjudication will be on the choral element. A piano will be placed left of stage (front stage OP side) which may or may not be used. Hand-held props, instruments and costumes are optional. Up to five instruments with a maximum of three amplified instruments are permitted, plus the piano without microphone. Power is available on stage but musicians must supply their own amplifiers which must be tagged & tested prior to the performance. Three microphones for vocalists and a facility to play a backing CD will be provided. Choral risers will not be on stage during this section. Costume changes are not permitted during this item. Programme to consist of two contrasting styles of song, which may be contained within a medley. Choirs in this section may be required to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the session to allow time for theatre sound technicians to confirm and check requirements prior to the commencement. Choirs will be advised at least one week prior to competition.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
Open
807.2 SHOW/PERFORMANCE CHOIR - Open Group      Open

Choirs to consist of a minimum 12 choristers. This section, focusing on entertainment, is intended to incorporate choral singing with other performance elements e.g. featured solos and duets, movement/ basic choreography. The major focus for adjudication will be on the choral element. A piano will be placed left of stage (front stage OP side) which may or may not be used. Hand-held props, instruments and costumes are optional. Up to five instruments with a maximum of three amplified instruments are permitted, plus the piano without microphone. Power is available on stage but musicians must supply their own amplifiers which must be tagged & tested prior to the performance. Three microphones for vocalists and a facility to play a backing CD will be provided. Choral risers will not be on stage during this section. Costume changes are not permitted during this item. Programme to consist of two contrasting styles of song which may be contained within a medley. Choirs entering in this section will be required to confirm the number of amplified instruments and microphones at least two weeks prior to competition. Choirs in this section may be required to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the section to allow time for theatre sound technicians to confirm and check requirements prior to the commencement. Choirs will be advised at least one week prior to competition.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
Secondary Students
811 SECONDARY SCHOOLS CHOIRS Group      Secondary Students

Open to all secondary school choirs to consist of not less than 12 performers. Each choir to present a program of 3 songs - (a) Unison (b) Own selection (c) In three or more parts At least one selection of the program to be by an Australian composer. Time Limit: Minimum 10 Minutes, Maximum 12 Minutes.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st Plaque + $200          2nd Plaque          3rd Plaque          
801 3BA INTERMEDIATE CHORAL CONTEST Group      Secondary Students

Open to all secondary school students. Choirs to consist of not less than 15 or more than 40 voices. Each choir to sing a program of 3 songs - (a) 2 Part Song; accompanied (b) Unison Song (c) Unaccompanied Part Song At least one selection of the program to be by an Australian composer. Note - All Choirs must present a, b & c in that order. Time Limit:10 Minutes Prize money for this section is sponsored by APRA.

Entries Closed
Entry: $57.001st Perpetual Trophy & Plaque + $200          2nd Plaque          3rd Plaque          
to Year 4
805 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIRS Group      to Year 4

This section is open to junior primary school choirs only and is limited to students up to year 4 inclusive. Choirs to consist of not less than than 15 voices. Two songs to be performed. Harmony optional. Sponsored by Wendouree Rotary Club in memory of its esteemed member, the late W.H. Keith Young. N.B 805 & 805.1 may be merged at the discretion of The RSSS if entries are insufficient

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
Open
806 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIRS' STANDARD COMPETITION Group      Open

This section is aimed at giving choirs the opportunity to perform on stage and to benefit from our adjudicator's encouragement and advice. Open to choirs of not less than 15 voices. Only open to primary school choirs. Each choir to perform two pieces, a unison piece and a part song. Accompaniment may be up to three acoustic instruments (which may include piano). Choirs will be performing to achieve a crit and a standard - gold, silver or bronze. Multiple standards at any level may be awarded. All choirs will receive a medal and certificate stating the achievement attained

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st Gold Medal          2nd Silver Medal          3rd Bronze Medal          
Secondary Students
806.1 SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIRS' STANDARD COMPETITION Group      Secondary Students

This section is aimed at giving secondary school choirs the opportuntiy to perform on stage and to benefit from our adjudicator's encouragement and advice. Open to choirs of not less that 15 voices. Each choir to perform two pieces, a unison peice and a part song. Accompaniment may be up to tree acoustic instruments (which may include a piano). Choirs will be performing to achieve a critique and a standard - gold, silver or bronze. Multiple standards at any level may be awarded. All choirs will receive a medal & certificate stating the achievement attained.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st Gold Medal          2nd Silver Medal          3rd Bronze Medal          
Open
812 3BA COMMUNITY CHOIRS Group      Open

This section is designed to encourage participation of choirs other than school choirs, that sing for the joy of choral singing. (CWA, Elderly Citizens, Church, Multi-cultural, Community choirs). Any combination of voices. Programme to consist of two songs, own selection. (a) part song (b) unison song Time Limit: Minimum 6 Minutes, Maximum 8 Minutes

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st Perpetual Trophy + $200          2nd Plaque          3rd Plaque          
Primary/Junior School
807 SHOW/PERFORMANCE CHOIR - Primary/Junior School Group      Primary/Junior School

Open to Primary age choirs. This section, focusing on entertainment, is intended to incorporate choral singing with other performance elements e.g. featured solos and duets, movement/ basic choreography. The major focus for adjudication will be on the choral element. A piano will be placed left of stage (front stage OP side) which may or may not be used. Hand-held props, instruments and costumes are optional. Up to five instruments with a maximum of three amplified instruments are permitted, plus the piano without microphone. Additional instruments and microphones will not be permitted side stage. Power is available on stage but musicians must supply their own amplifiers which must be tagged & tested prior to the performance. Three microphones for vocalists and a facility to play a backing CD will be provided. Choral risers will not be on stage during this section. Costume changes are not permitted. Programme to consist of a minimum of two contrasting styles of song, which may be contained within a medley. Choirs entering in this section will be required to confirm the number of amplified instruments and microphones at least two weeks prior to competition. Choirs in this section may be required to arrive at least 1 hour prior to the session to allow time for theatre sound technicians to confirm and check requirements prior to the commencement. Choirs will be advised at least one week prior to competition.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
Secondary School or Open
808 THE YOUNG PRIZE FOR OPEN AGE CHOIRS OR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIRS Group      Secondary School or Open

The Young Prize is in memory of our esteemed benefactors and dedicated choristers, the Late Mr WH Keith Young and the Late Mrs Amy Young OAM. Open to any combination of voices – Minimum of 20 voices. Choirs may repeat a single item performed in another section. Choirs to present a well-balanced program of no less than three pieces that includes part singing (at least 4 part harmony in two songs and 2 or 3 part in the others) in a contrast of styles and tempo. At least one selection of the program to be by an Australian composer. (a) Sacred part song – 3 or more parts (b) Part song – 4 parts (c) Part song – Own choice item unaccompanied. Accompaniment - Up to three single acoustic instruments. Prizes courtesy of the Young Trust.

Entries Closed
Entry: $82.001st Perpetual Trophy + $800          2nd $300          3rd $100          
Open
813 A CAPPELLA Open - Small Choirs Group      Open

Open to any ensemble minimum of four (4) voices, maximum eight (8) voices. Each group to sing a program of three items in three (or more) part harmony. (Small ensembles of less than 8 voices should also refer to Contemporary Vocal section 596 Contemporary Vocal Ensembles (Page 62) Time Limit: Minimum 8 Minutes, Maximum 10 Minutes.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $100          2nd $75          3rd $50          
800 COURIER SMALL CHORAL Group      Open

Groups to consist of Minimum: 8 voices, Maximum: 15 voices. Each choir to sing a program of 3 songs - (a) Part Song; in 3 or more parts, accompanied (b) Part Song; unaccompanied (c) Sacred Part Song; accompaniment optional. Time Limit: Minimum 8 Minutes, Maximum 10 Minutes

Entries Closed
Entry: $57.001st Plaque + $200          2nd Plaque          3rd Plaque          
813.1 A CAPPELLA - Open Group      Open

Open to any ensemble minimum of twelve (12) voices. Each group to present a program of a minimum of three items in three or more part harmony, to be delivered as a medley/continuous program along the lines of American/World College A Capella such as depicted in Sing it On and Pitch Perfect. Three microphones will be available for volcalists. Choral risers will not be on stage during this section.

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $100          2nd $75          3rd $50          
Primary Students
815 GOSPEL/SACRED/WORSHIP - Primary Group      Primary Students

Open to any primary school aged ensemble minimum 10 choristers. Any two songs in the genre of Gospel, Sacred and/or Worship songs are to be presented in a style suitable to the song being performed. Songs musts include at least two part harmonies unison. A maximum of three instruments in addition to, or instead of a piano may be used.

Entries Closed
Entry: $55.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
805.1 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIRS Group      Primary Students

This section is open to primary students choirs only. Choirs to consist of not less than 15 voices. Two songs to be performed. Harmony optional. Sponsored by Wendouree Rotary Club in memory of its esteemed member, the late W.H. Keith Young. N.B 805 & 805.1 may be merged at the discretion of The RSSS if entries are insufficient

Entries Closed
Entry: $52.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
Open
815.2 GOSPEL/SACRED/WORSHIP - Open Group      Open

Open to any ensemble minimum 10 choristers. Any two songs in the genre of Gospel, Sacred and/or Worship are to be presented in a style suitable to the song being performed. Songs must include at least two part harmonies and unison. A maximum of three instruments in addition to, or instead of a piano may be used.

Entries Closed
Entry: $55.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
815.2 GOSPEL/SACRED/WORSHIP - Open Group      Open

Open to any ensemble minimum 10 choristers. Any two songs in the genre of Gospel, Sacred and/or Worship are to be presented in a style suitable to the song being performed. Songs must include at least two part harmonies and unison. A maximum of three instruments in addition to, or instead of a piano may be used.

Entries Closed
Entry: $55.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75          
816 MULTICULTURAL CHOIR - Open Group      Open

Open to any choirs. Multicultural community choirs are encouraged to enter. Minimum eight choristers. Choirs must prepare two/three songs from countries. A minimum of one song must be in English and a minimum of one song must be in a language other than English. Three instruments in addition to, or instead of a piano may be used. National dress in encouraged.

Entries Closed
Entry: $55.001st $150          2nd $100          3rd $75