Choir

2019 Dates:

VSMF Choir Section
Aug 7th, 8th & 9th
(One Centre - Surrey Rd, Blackburn)

2019

Registration Closed

Registration for 2019 Choir is now at capacity and closed. Please click here to email us with your preference if you would like to be on the waiting list.

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
228 Auburn Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419 556 460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Timetable

 

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Wed 07/08UPCJSCOSCOSC
Thu 08/08UPCOSCOSC
Fri 09/08UPCJSCOSC

KEY: UPC = Upper Primary Choir, JSC = Junior Secondary Choir, OSC= Open Secondary Choir

Session 1: Approximately 10am to 12.30pm
Session 2: Approximately 1.15pm to 3.15pm
Session 3: Approximately 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Session 4: Approximately 7.00pm to 10.30pm

* Sessions times subject to change

2019 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on Monday 29th April 9am & close Friday 3rd May at 5pm 2019.
  2. There are a certain number of places available in each section, refer to the proposed timetable. Groups will be allocated to sections in the order registrations are received. You may not receive your first preference on all
  3. NOTE: This may happen before the close of registrations. Once places are filled schools will be placed on a waiting list
  4. Registration can only be submitted on-line at www.vsmf.com.au
  5. Groups must indicate on their application form their 1st, 2nd & 3rd attendance preference for each category they are entering.
  6. Requests made after April 27th (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences

Fees

  1. $75.00 per school choir plus $9.00 per participating student
  2. Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  3. Cancellations received prior to Friday 28th June 2019 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After June 28th no refunds will be made. Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn..
  4. Registrations will not be accepted without a school order number. A tax invoice will be sent on receipt of registration.

General Procedure

  1. Each choir will be given an arrival time. After registration the choir will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the choir.
  2. Schools must adhere to arrival and departure times. Any school that departs without completing all activities without prior arrangement with the Festival Administrator may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
  3. Each choir will participate in three activities:
    PERFORMANCE
    Pre-performance warm-up
    Performance to a panel of adjudicators
    ON STAGE TUTORIAL
    Post Performance workshop on stage with the chief Adjudicator
    LISTENING
    Each choir will listen to 2 other choirs perform

Participation Criteria

SCHOOL CHOIRS

  1. The Festival is open to students who are currently attending any primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college choirs
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that choir rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form and co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not sing with the choir.
  4. All school groups must provide the necessary ratio of staff supervision to the number students attending the Festival. It is not the responsibility of VSMF staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening and weekend sessions.
  5. No school may register the same choir or a choir made up of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior Secondary Choir & Open Secondary Choir)

Performance Criteria

CHOICE OF REPERTOIRE

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding choice of music.
  2. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will not be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES
You will need to provide copies for all pieces you are performing

  1. Participating groups are required to provide two (2) copies of each work being performed for adjudication purposes.
  2. All changes to the work must be clearly indicated
  3. Each piece is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked.
  4. All pieces provided for the adjudicators must have each bar numbered.

 

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding performance criteria.
  2. If the total performance time as permitted in the performance criteria is exceeded, excess performance time will be subtracted from the on stage tutorial time.
  3. Each choir will receive an award being Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Refer to Choir Section information for eligibility.
  4. Excess performance of more than two (2) minutes may result in exclusion from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  5. Any choir that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  6. The decision of the panel of adjudicators is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools must provide all percussion mallets required for their performance and all auxiliary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.
  3. The following equipment is supplied for all choirs: choir risers, conductor’s stand, drum kit (with cymbals), keyboard amplifier, bass amplifier, electric piano and acoustic piano.

ADJUDICATOR’S COMMENTS

Adjudicators will provide both a written adjudication sheet and recorded comments. Adjudication comments are recorded and made available to all participating schools.

 

PRIMARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 10 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 8 minutes
  • One teacher may accompany the choir on piano or guitar.
  • No recorded accompaniment may be used
  • Each Choir must perform at least two (2) contrasting, published pieces of music.
  • Repertoire suitable for this section could be sourced from the following books:Oxford Junior Voiceworks Vol 1 & 2Choral Time – Yr. 3 & 4 ,Bk 1 & Bk 2; Yr. 5 & 6 Bk 1, Bk 2 or Bk 3
  • Three levels of Australian repertoire used at the ANCA Reading Day in February have
    been listed below as suggestions for the Choir director to choose the appropriate level
    for repertoire for their group:
    Beginner:
    Don’t tell the Fisherman (2 part) – Mark Puddy
    Eye of the Needle (2 part) – Paul JarmanIntermediate:
    A Cicada Song (2 part) – Katherine Ruhle
    Find a Way (2part) – Mark PuddyAdvanced:Birrama Mana – Deborah Cheetham and Jessica Hitchcock (from Dhungala Choral Connection Songbook)OR…any Australian repertoire listed as VSMF suggestions from 2016, 2017 and 2018
    composers Paul Jarman, Mark Puddy, Annie Kwok and Dan Walker
  • Each Choir is required to perform at least one part song in their programme and is
    recommended to perform one Australian work

JUNIOR SECONDARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 10 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 10 minutes
  • One teacher may accompany the choir on piano or guitar.
  • No recorded accompaniment may be used
  • Repertoire suitable for this section could be sourced from the following books:Oxford Junior Voiceworks Vol. 1 & 2Choral Time Secondary Bk 1
  • Three levels of Australian repertoire used at the ANCA Reading Day in February have
    been listed below as suggestions for the Choir director to choose the appropriate level
    for repertoire for their group:Beginner:
    Don’t tell the Fisherman (2 part) – Mark Puddy
    Eye of the Needle (2 part) – Paul JarmanIntermediate:
    A Cicada Song (2 part) – Katherine Ruhle
    Find a Way (2part) – Mark PuddyAdvanced:
    Birrama Mana – Deborah Cheetham and Jessica Hitchcock (from Dhungala Choral Connection Songbook)Wadawurrung Thank you to Country – Deborah Cheetham and Jessica
    Hitchcock (from Dhungala Choral Connection Songbook)Blue Skies (SSAA) – Mark PuddyOR…any Australian repertoire listed as VSMF suggestions from 2016, 2017 and 2018 composers Paul Jarman, Mark Puddy, Annie Kwok and Dan Walker
  • Each Choir is required to perform at least one part song in their programme and
    recommended to perform one Australian work.

OPEN SECONDARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 10 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 12 minutes
  • One teacher may accompany the choir on piano or guitar.
  • No recorded accompaniment may be used
  • Each Choir is required to perform at least one 3 or 4 part song in their programme, and
    one Australian work of their choice
  • A sample of suitable Australian repertoire used at the ANCA Reading Day in February has
    been listed below as suggestions for the Choir director to choose the appropriate level
    for repertoire for their group:Advanced:
    Blue Skies (SSAA) – Mark PuddyHorizons (SAB/SATBB) – Mark PuddyOR…any Australian repertoire listed as VSMF suggestions from 2016, 2017 and 2018
    composers Paul Jarman, Mark Puddy, Annie Kwok and Dan Walker

 

Christie Anderson

Choir Section Chief Adjudicator

Christie Anderson is a singer and award-winning conductor and is Artistic Director of Young Adelaide Voices, conducting the Young Adelaide Voices youth choir, women’s vocal ensemble Aurora and is Artistic Director of the WATU Youth Choir Festival. She is a core singer and Associate Conductor of the multi-award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and a founding member of the EVE vocal trio.

She has sung and conducted in many festivals in Australia and around the world. In 2016 Christie and Young Adelaide Voices toured Europe participating in festivals in Salzburg, Bratislava and Verona. The choir returned with three Gold Medals from the Bratislava International
Youth Music Festival where Christie was also awarded the Special Prize for Best Conductor of the Festival. As a result of that tour, Christie was invited as guest presenter at the Vox Mundi Festival in
Timisoara, Romania, discussing children’s and youth choirs, and focussing on Young Adelaide Voices and Australian music for youth choirs.

In her decade as Artistic Director at YAV, Christie has developed a Composer in Residence and Commissioning program, a choir for young men with changing voices and the WATU Youth ChoirFestival. Nationally, Christie has been involved in three wonderful seasons as a guest conductor at the Gondwana National Choral School, has been guest conductor for Hunter Singers in Newcastle and St
Mary’s School in Cairns.

Most recently Christie, together with Young Adelaide Voices, performed a work commissioned be the
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to celebrate YAV’s 30th birthday in 2018 – “What do you do with an
idea?” by British composer Paul Rissman. In 2018 Christie continued her role as Artistic Director and Conductor of the WATU Youth Choir Festival. Among the highlights of the Festival were language workshops and the first choral performance of Gurdi, the only known song in the language of the Narungga people of the Yorke Peninsula.

In 2019 Christie will adjudicate the Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod, be Guest Conductor for
Tasmania Sings, as part of Tasmania’s Festival of Voices, tour with YAV First Concert Choir as guests of the Gondwana World Choral Festival in Sydney, and tour with her women’s ensemble Aurora as guest artists of the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs.

Christie became President of ANCA SA in November 2018 and is excited to be part of all things
choral!