CCP to Organize The 2nd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) calls all choral music enthusiasts  for the 2nd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival  to be held on July 22-25, 2015.

Succeeding the first accomplishment of the festival on August 2013 in tribute for the late National Artist for Music Professor Andrea O. Veneracion, founder of the well-celebrated Madrigal Sisters, for her passion in primarily promoting the art of choral music in a nationwide perspective. Moreover, of being a noted icon both as a choirmaster and a choral clinician, Veneracion will always be a living inspiration for international choral symphony.

 

Categories for the competition include three areas: Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Choir.

Details for the upcoming schedule of activities are as follows:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – Opening Ceremonies, Folk Song Competition

Thursday, July 23, 2015 – Vocal Ensemble Competition

Friday, July 24, 2015 – Chamber Choir Competition

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert, Awarding and Closing Ceremonies

Participating contestants must secure the following pre-requisite repertoire and guidelines upon joining the competition for qualification purposes:

CATEGORY I:  Folk Song

Repertoire

A minimum of three (3) choral works must include the following:

For FOREIGN CHOIRS:

  • two (2)  choral compositions/arrangements using folk songs/folk material:

one (1) from  the choir’s home country;  and one (1) from any other  country in the choir’s region;

  • one (1) Filipino folk choral composition/arrangement.

For FILIPINO CHOIRS:

  • one (1) Filipino folk song;
  • one (1) folk song from the Asian region;
  • one (1) folk song outside the Asian Region.

Guidelines

  1. Open to mixed choirs (SATB) and to choirs with equal voices.
  2. No age limit.
  3. Minimum number of singers is four (4).  Maximum number of singers is forty (40).
  4. The total performance time, excluding entrance and exit, must not exceed 13 minutes.
  5. Any additional song(s) must be freely chosen folk choral composition/arrangement.
  6. Pieces may be sung a cappella or may be accompanied by pitchless traditional instruments.
  7. Choreography is allowed during the performance.
  8. The use of microphones and other sound amplification is not allowed.

CATEGORY II:   Vocal Ensemble

Repertoire

Freely chosen pieces (excluding folk song/folk material).

Guidelines

  1. Open to mixed choirs (SATB) and to choirs with equal voices.
  2. No age limit.
  3. Minimum number of singers is four (4). Maximum number of singers is sixteen (16).
  4. Choirs which have more than 16 singers can choose only one (1) group of four to sixteen  (4-16) singers to represent the choir in this category.
  5. The total performance time, excluding entrance and exit, must not exceed 13 minutes.
  6. Pieces may be sung a cappella or may be accompanied by pitchless instruments.
  7. Choreography is allowed during the performance.
  8. The use of microphones and other sound amplification is not allowed.

CATEGORY III: Chamber Choir

 Repertoire         

A minimum of four (4) songs must include the following:

  • one (1) from the Renaissance/Early Baroque Period
  • one (1) from the  Romantic Period
  • one (1) from the 20th – 21st century
  • one (1) obligatory piece

Guidelines

  1. Open only to mixed (SATB) choirs.
  2. No age limit.
  3. Minimum number of singers is twenty (20). Maximum number of singers is forty (40).  However, for participating choirs with more than twenty (20) singers, the number of singers may be reduced to at least twenty (20) singers for the Renaissance piece.
  4. The total performance time, excluding entrance and exit, must not exceed 18 minutes.
  5. Any additional song(s) must be freely chosen composition/arrangement for chamber choir.
  6. All pieces must be sung a cappella, or may be accompanied by pitchless instruments.
  7. Choreography is allowed during the performance.
  8. The use of microphones and other sound amplification is not allowed. 

Rules and regulations for the competition are:

  • Only choirs that have been in existence for at least two (2) years are allowed to join.
  • All applications will be screened by the Artistic Committee who will determine the acceptance of the choir in the competition.
  • Only legally printed music, published editions, or duly authorized manuscripts must be used in the competition.
  • It is possible for choirs to participate in all categories.  However, no competition piece should be   repeated.
  • No recorded accompaniment is allowed.
  • Performance time will not be interrupted by applause.
  • Singing time must be strictly observed.
  • Audio/video recording during competitions is not allowed.

Criteria for judging comprise of the following elements:

40%       Technical proficiency (intonation, rhythm, dynamics, diction, choral blend, balance)

40%       Musicality (interpretation, expression, style, loyalty to the score)

20%       Over-all artistic impression

Note: Adjudicators coming from both local and foreign nationalities will evaluate competitors. A total of five (5)  juries will be representing from Europe, North America, South America, Africa/Australia and Philippines: one representative per country.

Requirements for application include:

  • Fully accomplished application form.
  • An  audio/video recording of two (2)  to three (3) songs of different genres recorded within the last six (6) months prior to application
  • A recent profile and photo of the choir taken within the last six (6) months
  • A recent profile and photo of the conductor taken within the last six (6) months

[Download Application Form Here: OV-Application-Form-2015]

To be submitted upon notice of the choir’s acceptance:

  • Repertoire per category
  • Six (6) clear original copies of each of the music scores (to be returned after the competition)
  • Permit for use of original/photocopied original scores
  • Registration Fee (regardless of number of categories):

For Foreign Choirs :  $300

For Filipino Choirs:  P10,000

Awards for the winning competitors per category:

FOLK MUSIC

  • 1st Prize: USD 3,000
  • 2nd Prize: USD 2,000
  • 3rd Prize: USD 1,000

VOCAL ENSEMBLE

  • 1st Prize: USD 4,000
  • 2nd Prize: USD 2,500
  • 3rd Prize: USD 1,500 

CHAMBER CHOIR

  • 1st Prize: USD 5,000
  • 2nd Prize: USD 3,500
  • 3rd Prize: USD 2,500

Interested applicants may send requirements via mail or email at:

ANDREA O. VENERACION INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL

MANILA, 2015

MELISSA  CORAZON V. MANTARING

Festival Director

Artist Training Division, Arts Education Department

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Roxas Blvd., Pasay City 1300 Philippines

Email: choralfestmnl2015@gmail.com

Additional information:

  • Travel and meal expenses must be shouldered by the competitors
  • Accommodation and local transport assistance will be carried by CCP’s officially partner, SEVEN DAYS by RICSON TRAVEL AND TOURS

 

For inquiries, contact the CCP Artist Training Division at 832-1125 local 1604/1605; or email choralfestmnl2015@gmail.com; or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

 

Source: < http://artseducation.culturalcenter.gov.ph/>

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