Choir

2018 Dates:

VSMF Choir Section
August 6th, 7th & 8th
(Deakin Edge)

2018

Registration Closed

Registration for 2018 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
569 Burwood Road
Hawthorn Vic, 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419556460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Timetable

 

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Mon 06/08UPCJSCOSCOSC
Tue 07/08UPCOSCOSC
Wed 08/08UPCJSCJSCOSC

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

2018 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on Monday 23rd April 9am & close Friday 27th April at 5pm 2018.
  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 29th June 2018 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After June 29th 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 Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.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 15 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 suggestions from Oxford Junior Voiceworks Vol 1 & 2

Choral Time Yr. 3 & 4 ,Bk 1 & Bk 2. Yr. 5 & 6 Bk 1, Bk 2 or Bk 3

  • Three levels of Australian repertoire have been listed below for the Choir director to choose the appropriate level for repertoire for their group.
  • Each Choir is required to perform at least one part song in their programme and is recommend to perform one Australian work from the lists below.

Beginner Primary Australian Works

Corner of the Sea by Annie Kwok (Unison)
Ferry Me Across the Water by Lyn Williams (Unison)
The Hour that I Like Best BY Dan Walker (Unison)

 

Intermediate Primary Australian Works

One Misty Morning by Annie Kwok (SA)
Tango of 13 by Annie Kwok (SA)
Sea Change by Ian Jefferson (SA)
Hear the Bell by Ian Jefferson (SA)

 

Advanced Primary Australian Works

One Misty Morning by Annie Kwok (SA)
Tango of 13 by Annie Kwok (SA)
Festive Yubilate by Annie Kwok (SSAA)
Reverie by Dan Walker (SSA)
You, Me and the Wide Open Sky by Dan Walker (SSA)
Festival Sanctus by John Leavitt (SAB/SATB)
Shackleton by Paul Jarman (SSA/SAB)
Towards Infinity by Paul Jarman (SSA/SAB)

JUNIOR SECONDARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 15 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 10 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 2 part song in their programme and recommended to perform one Australian work.
  • Repertoire suggestions from Oxford Junior Voiceworks Vol. 1 & 2 Choral Time Secondary Bk 1

Junior Secondary Australian Works

Corner of the Sea by Annie Kwok (Unison)
Festive Alleluia by Lyn Williams (SA/SSA)
World War I Medley by Dan Walker (TB)
You, Me and the Wide Open Sky by Dan Walker (???)
Enjoy the Storm by Ian Jefferson (SA)
Shackleton by Paul Jarman (SSA/SAB)
Towards Infinity by Paul Jarman (SSA/SAB)

 

OPEN SECONDARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 15 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.
  • Two levels of Australian repertoire have been listed below for the Choir director to choose the appropriate level for repertoire for their group. Each Choir is required to perform at least one work by an Australian Composer from the prescribed list below:

 

Intermediate Secondary Australian Works

Tango of 13 by Annie Kwok (SA)
Festive Yubilate by Annie Kwok (SSAA)
Autumn Lullaby by Annie Kwok (TBB)
My Corner of the Sea by Annie Kwok (SATB)
Reverie by Dan Walker (SSA)
You, Me, and the Open Sky by Dan Walker (SAB)
How Can You Catch the Wind by Dan Walker (SSA/SAB)

 

Advanced Secondary Australian Works

Tango of 13 by Annie Kwok (SSA)
Corner of the Sea by Annie Kwok (SSAA)
Reverie by Dan Walker (SSA)
The Secret Migration by Dan Walker (SSA)
This Secret World by Dan Walker (SATB)
The Moron’s Bark (SATB)
Jonah by Rollo Dilworth (SATB)
Tides of Ocean by Matthew Orlovich (SSAATB)

Paul Jarman

Choir Section

Paul Jarman is a widely acclaimed Australian composer, performer, musical director, conductor and educator. His music has inspired singers and audiences around the world. As a cultural ambassador he has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific in over 40 countries with theatre productions, dance ensembles, Aboriginal-Anglo Celtic performance groups, choirs and orchestras; in festivals, special events, schools and towns as a conductor and musical director, and a member of Australia’s first ‘world music’ ensemble Sirocco since 1996 representing Australia in Pakistan, India, Taiwan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Musica Viva. He has also performed on many Australian feature films and television series and composed the music to adventure documentaries by renowned cinematographer Mike Dillon.

Paul specialises in writing about inspiring people and events including Jessica Watson, Terry Fox, Helen Keller, Ernest Shackleton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, Frank Hurley, Pemulwuy and Mary MacKillop among many others. In 2010 his piece for the 40th Anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jnr was performed for President Barack Obama in the White House. Paul has also written and performed music for events in the Western Front, including the D-Day 60th Anniversary in Normandy and a new piece for the Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles 2016. Paul was the only composer in the Southern Hemisphere to be asked by Oxford University Press to be part of a selected group of 7 composers commissioned to write a piece for the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 2016. In 2016, Paul completed 20 commissioned works.

He has toured with choirs to France, England, Germany, Austria, Italy, China, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Switzerland and he conducts choral events all over Australia. Paul has composed the music for some of Australia’s special events including the Centenary of Federations, the Bicentenary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill, Year of the Outback, The Olympic Arts Festival, The Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, United Nations Year of the Mountain, The Queensland 150th and the Australia Day Spectacular. To date Paul has written over 150 commissioned choral works and has contributed another 100 school and town anthems.