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Contest Rules

 

INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL OF ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK 

 

“Dvořák´s Choral Summer”

 

 

 

REGULATIONS OF THE COMPETITION

 

 

 

I. ORGANISER, DATE

 

 

 

Organiser of the festival: Festival and Organisational Agency or-fea, Prague, Millennium Travel 

 

Date: 11th July – 12th July, 2014

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 15th APRIL 2014

 

 

 

II. CATEGORIES

 

 

 

The competition is open for female, male, youth, mixed and children´s choirs in the following categories:

 

 

 

1) chamber choirs (up to 24 singers) 

 

 

 

2) big choirs (youth and adults from min. 25 singers)   

 

a) mixed choir

 

b) homogeneous choirs (male or female)

 

 

 

3) homophonic children´s choirs (up to 16 years; SA)

 

 

 

One choir can compete with a different repertoire in max. 2 categories in accordance with the contest criteria of age limit, singers number and choir type.

 

 

 

III.  COMPETITION PROGRAMME

 

 

 

The competition programme is supposed to last:

 

a/ in the category of children´s choirs 12 - 14 minutes

 

b/ in other categories 14 – 16 minutes 

 

Instrumental accompaniment is allowed, a piano will be available. 

 

 

 

THERE ARE MAX. 5 PIECES ALLOWED IN THE CONTEST REPERTOIRE. AT LEAST ONE COMPOSITION OF THE CONTEST REPERTOIRE MUST BE PERFORMED A CAPPELLA. THE CONTEST REPERTOIRE MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE COMPOSITION COMPOSED BY ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK. EACH CHOIR IS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE 3 COPIES OF THE REPERTOIRE SCORES FOR THE JURY MEMBERS.

 

 

 

IV. ADJUDICATION SYSTEM

 

 

 

The competition performance will be evaluated by an expert jury selected by organisers from acknowledged figures of Czech as well as international choral music, according to the following criteria:

 

a) technical level – voice culture and singing technique, intonation, rhythm

 

b) criteria of interpretation – correct usage of musical means of expression (dynamics, time  - - tempo, agogic, colour), construction and phrase making, style of interpretation, dramaturgy of the contest repertoire, level of difficulty)

 

c) overall artistic impression – expressive influence on listeners, contact of the choir with the conductor, singing from memory

 

Every jury member will evaluate the contest performance of each choir by a marking system in the scale of 0 – 30 points. The final result achieved by a choir will be worked out on the basis of the average of total points given by each of the jurors.

 

Every choir will receive a written evaluation of their contest performance given by each juror together with the total number of points. No appeals against the decisions of the jury will be allowed.

 

On the basis of these criteria and received points participating choirs will be assigned in accordance with the international rules: 

  

gold diploma          25 – 30 points

 

silver diploma      20 – 24,9 points 

 

bronze diploma   15 – 19,9 points 

 

Those choirs which woun´t reach at least 15 points for their competition performance will be awarded a certificate for participation in the festival only.

 

Apart from diplomas awarding a winner of each category and the absolute winner of the festival will be announced.

 

Special prices of the jury can be awarded (e.g. for the best conductor´s performance, for the best dramaturgy of the performance, for the best performance of the piece composed by Antonín Dvořák).

 

 

 

V. GRAND PRIX

 

                                                                   

The Grand Prix competition will be a highlight of the festival, to which gold winners of the contest categories will be nominated. If a category winner woun´t achieve a gold band, it cannot be nominated in the Grand Prix contest. The jury reserves the right to add more choirs with gold in the Grand Prix contest. Maximum 5 choirs can participace. 

 

The Grand Prix competition programme must contain 2 compositions by own choice with a max. length up to 7 minutes, from which at least one piece was not sung in the competition  category. Both compositions have to be a cappella. All choirs should expect a possible participation in the Grand Prix competition and thus prepare an appropriate programme.

 

The Grand Prix competition will be evaluated by a seven-member international jury in accordance with the criteria of the adjucation system (no. IV). The choir, which will achieve in a secret vote the highest number of votes, will be awarded the Grand Prix. 

 

The Grand Prix competition will take place during the final evening of the festival on Saturday July 12, 2014.