Orchestra

2018 Dates:

AUSTA New String Repertoire Reading Afternoon
Sunday Feb 11th
(Scotch College, Hawthorn)

VSMF Orchestra Section
May 28th, 29th, 30th & Jun 1st
(Hawthorn Arts Centre)

2018

Registration Closed

Registration for 2018 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
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 28/05BSGJSOSSOSSO
Tue 29/05JSOISOSO
Wed 30/05BSGISOJSOSSO
Fri 01/06JSOISOSO

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

2018 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

  1. Registrations open on Monday March 19th 9am & close Thursday 22nd March 2018 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 22nd (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 4th May 2015 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After May 4th 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 Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.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

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 2018. 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
Arctic Crossing Bush Becky Phillips
Cat Dancing Bud Woodruff
A Gypsy’s Life Day Susan H
Jazzed Up Neridah Oostenbroek
Lotus Dance Griesinger
String Crossing March Lynne Latham
Taco Time! James Kazik
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
Fandango Festival Victor Lopez
Intrada Brian Balmages
Finn McCool Robert Buckley
Back at Home Bud Woodruff
Get Reeling Neridah Oostenbroek
Londonderry Air Trad. Irish arr. David Bobrowitz
Hi Five Loreta Fin
Pieces of Eight Richard Meyer
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
A Percy Grainger Portrait Grainger /Wagner
City Awakens, City Sleeps David Bobrowitz
Jubilation! Baker Monday
La Mariposa Lorrie Baum
Lady Jane Stuart’s Rant Sieving
Legionary Chris Thomas
Morning Dew Nishimura
Mystical Portal Woolstenhulme
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
Allegro Furioso Neridah Oostenbroek
Allegro moderato from Symphony No. 3 Camille Saint-Saëns arr. Baker Monday
Andante for String Orchestra Scriabin / Bishop
Memory of Autumn Bob Latchaw / Law
Swamp Thang Richard Meyer
The Pinery Boy Carrie Lane Gruselle
Themes From Carmen Georges Bizet arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle
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
Dance of the Hours Ponchielli / Meyer
Summer Dances Brian Balmages
Symphony No 8 Mvt. 1 Schubert /Meyer
Themes form Scheherazade Rimsky – Korsakov / Meyer
Warriors Legacy Soon Hee Newbold

Dr. Mark Laycock

Conductor/Educator

Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship. He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award (2012) and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2007). He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. WSU Symphony Orchestra appearances under his direction include international tours to Spain and Canada, a May 2011 concert at Carnegie Hall, and multiple invited performances at Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshops. Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities. He is Conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony and Director of the Wichita Youth Orchestras Program.

His work as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator spans 29 states; upcoming engagements encompass Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas. He has conducted all-state, region, and district orchestras throughout the country. He has served the National Orchestra Festival as adjudicator and clinician, and in 2018 will begin a two-year term as chair of the event. His appearances with professional ensembles include the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and Opera Kansas, as well as orchestras in Slovakia and Canada. Dr. Laycock has presented clinic sessions for numerous state education conferences, as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Northwest and Northeast Division Conventions of the National Association for Music Education, and the Midwest Clinic. In May 2016, he presented professional development sessions for instrumental music educators in Brisbane, Australia, returning that September to conduct the Sir Charles Mackerras String Orchestra of the Queensland State Honours Ensemble Program. He is a Keynote Presenter for the Australian Strings Association 2018 National Conference in Perth. From 2013-2015, Dr. Laycock was an invited music education panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, evaluating grant applications from institutions throughout the country.

He served as Director of Orchestras and Instrumental Music at Chapman University in Orange, California, where he led invited performances for the California Music Educators Association and at Disneyland. He was also Principal Conductor of the Irvine (CA) Classical Players, leading the youth orchestra on concert tours to Italy (2006) and France (2008). From 1998-2003, Dr. Laycock served as Director of Orchestral Activities at Iowa State University and was Music Director of the Central Iowa Symphony. Under his leadership, the ISU Symphony Orchestra performed at the North Central Division Convention of the Music Educators National Association and collaborated with such artists as bass-baritone Simon Estes and pianist-composer Marvin Hamlisch. He earned a Doctor of Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Laycock holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music history and literature from the University of Southern California. An experienced educator, he was an instructor of strings and orchestra at the middle and high school levels in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada.