Orchestra

2019 Dates:

VSMF Orchestra Section
Jun 3rd, 4th, 6th & 7th
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

2019

Registration Closed

Registration for 2019 Orchestra 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
Mon 03/06JSOJSOSSOSSO
Tue 04/06ISOJSOISOSO
Thu 06/06BSGISOJSOSSO
Fri 07/06JSOISOSO

KEY: BSG = Beginner String Group/Primary Orchestra, JSO = Junior String Orchestra, ISO = Intermedia String Orchestra, SSO = Senior String Orchestra, SO = Symphony Orchestra

2019 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on March 18th 9am & close Thursday 21st March 2019 5pm.
  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.
  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. Requests made after March 21st (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences.

Fees

  1. $75.00 per school ensemble plus $9.00 per participating student.
  2. Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  3. Cancellations received prior to May 10th 2019 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After May 10th 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 Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.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 ensemble will be given an arrival time. After registration the ensemble will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the ensemble.
  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 ensemble will participate in three activities:PERFORMANCE
    Pre-performance warm -up & tuning period
    Performance to a panel of adjudicatorsON STAGE TUTORIAL
    Post Performance workshop on stage with the chief AdjudicatorLISTENING
    Each ensemble will listen to 2 other ensembles perform

Participation Criteria

SCHOOL ENSEMBLES

  1. The festival is open to students who are currently attending primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college orchestras.
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that ensemble rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form & co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not play with the ensemble except in the beginner strings section or primary school orchestra section, refer to the category information for further explanation.
  4. All school groups must be supervised at all times. It is not the responsibility of the festival staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening sessions.
  5. No school may register the same ensemble or an ensemble comprising of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior string orchestra & Intermediate String Orchestra)

CHOICE OF SELECTION & 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 be made at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

PERFORMANCE TIME LIMITS

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. 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 Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES

  1. Participating groups are required to provide copies of each of their scores for adjudication purposes. Two (2) copies are required for Symphony Orchestra, Senior String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra, Junior String Orchestras, Beginner String Group & Primary School Orchestras.
  2. All changes to the score must be clearly indicated (eg. Double bass part being played on the cello).
  3. Each score is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked and bars numbered.

AWARDS

Each ensemble will receive an award, refer to ensemble information for details.

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools may not use their own drumkits but may bring their own cymbals.
  3. Schools must provide all percussion mallets required for their performance and all auxillary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.
  4. The following equipment is supplied for ensembles: Chairs, music stands, conductor’s stand, podium, snare drum, drum kit (with cymbals), suspended cymbals, hand (crash) cymbals, congas, bongos, 4 timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, gong, bass drum, chimes, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier, keyboard 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.

Ensemble Information

Download the repertoire PDF

Beginner String Group
Primary School Orchestra

PERFORMANCE CRITIERIA

  • Beginner String Group/ Primary School Orchestra
  • Open to any string ensemble that has not performed in any festival or competition before 2019. Primary School Orchestra is open to any primary age string ensemble. Instrumentation should be appropriate to the repertoire chosen.
  • The ensemble must have a minimum of eight (5) players.
  • Performance time must not exceed eight (8) minutes.
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) contrasting published pieces of music.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the Beginner String list
  • One teacher may accompany the ensemble, either on piano or playing from the podium.

All ensembles will receive a Performance Award plaque acknowledging their performance.
Click a title below to listen:

Grade: .5 – 1.5 Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Title Composer
Barnburner Mike Story
Botany Bay Arr. Dackow
Bottomless Pizz Andrew Dabczynski
Copy Cats Neridah Oostenbroek
Little Suite of Dreams, A Stephen Chin
Lost Island Kathryn Griesinger
Treasure Island Kathryn Griesinger
Junior String Orchestra

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  • An ensemble consisting of: Violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello & double bass.
  • Minimum number of performers is ten (10).
  • Performance time not to exceed ten (10) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the Junior String Orchestra list
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

Click here to download a PDF of the repertoire list.

Grade 1.5- 2.5
Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below

Title Composer
All Night Vigil Rachmaninoff / Law
Appalachian Sojourn Bud Woodruff
Buccaneer’s Bounty Neridah Oostenbroek
Danza Espanola Bob Phillips
Divertimento in G Woolstenhulme
Hoedown Neridah Oostenbroek
Rise of the Olympians Brian Balmages
White Heat Stephen Chin
Intermediate String Orchestra

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  • An ensemble consisting of: Violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello & double bass.
  • Minimum number of performers is twelve (12)
  • Performance time must not exceed fifteen (15) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the Intermediate String Orchestra list.
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

Grade 2.5 – 3.5
Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Title Composer
Alegria! Bud Woodruff
Ave Maria Caccini arr Turner
In the Steppes of Central Asia Borodin / Stevens
Moment at Angels Landing Brian Balmages
Serenity Shirl Jae Atwell
Siesta Dream David Bobrowitz
Senior String Orchestra

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  • An ensemble consisting of: Violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello & double bass.
  • Minimum number of performers is twelve (12)
  • Performance time must not exceed twenty (20) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the Senior String Orchestra list.
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

Grade 3.5 +
Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Title Composer
Gypsy Fire Neridah Oostenbroek
Scherzo for Rising Waters Robert Moore
Second Suite (Mvt 3 & Mvt 4) Holst arr Deb Baker Monday
Symphony No 5 Beethoven / Hopkins
Symphony No 7 in D minor Dvorak arr Todd Parrish
Tempus Fugitive Robert Moore
With Fire! Darren Mitchell
Yumiweeus Richard Meyer
Symphony Orchestra

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  • A balanced ensemble consisting of a full string section with additional woodwind, brass & percussion. The usual instrumentation for an orchestra is: violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello double bass, flute x 2, oboe x 2, clarinet
    x 2, bassoon x 2, French horn x 4, trumpet x 2, trombone x 3, tuba x 1 and percussion.
  • The minimum number of performers is thirty-five (35).
  • Performance time is not to exceed twenty (20) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • The suggested repertoire is to be used as a guide for standard of entry into this category.
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE STANDARD The following repertoire is used as a guideline only for standard of entry for this category. These pieces are not compulsory.

Title Composer
Norwegian Dances No 2 & 3 Grieg Edvard / Isaac
Dubinushka Rimsky-Korsakov / Lopez
Sorcerers Apprentice Dukas / Higgins
Aragonaise from Carmen Bizet / Meyer
Symphony No 5 Tchaikovsky / Meyer

Soo Han

Chief Adjudicator

Soo Han is the Director of Orchestral Activities at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and the former Director of Orchestras & Department Chair of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High in Carmel, IN.

As an active conductor, he has appeared with Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State Opera Theatre, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Valparaiso University, and Butler University Symphony Orchestra. He is an active conductor for All-State, regional, and honor orchestras appearing in over 30 states and has conducted internationally in Austria, China, Thailand, and Australia. He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies and has premiered several commissioned works for strings and full orchestras. He has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for nearly every major national and state music conference including, Australian String Teacher Conference, Maryborough National Australia Conference, Midwest Clinic, ASTA National Conference, NAfME National Conference, and Ohio University Summer String
Teacher Workshop.

Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including 9 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championship and being named Grand Champions at the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. As a passionate supporter of public school music programs, he continues to remain active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country.

He is the past-president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president and recently served as the National American String Teachers Association’s K-12 Committee Chair. He received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master of Science in Education from Indiana University School of Education, and received his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University College of Music.