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COMPOSITION FESTIVAL - GENERAL RULES as of 2/24/2021
Every student must be sponsored annually by an individual teacher. Music schools may not be sponsors. The sponsoring teacher must either
be a paid-up member of THE SCHUBERT CLUB of FAIRFIELD COUNTY, INC. as of the deadline for Festival applications, or
submit a sponsoring teacher fee of $65 for less than 10 student applications on the Teacher Registration Form.
submit a sponsoring teacher fee of $75 for 10 or more student applications on the Teacher Registration Form.
The YMF is a non-profit, volunteer enterprise that relies on the active participation of all teachers involved.
Entrants may participate up to and including the senior year of high school.
FEES & PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION
The cost for each competition registration is $20;
Sponsoring teachers (non-Schubert Club members) submit an additional $65 sponsor fee with less than 10 student registrations, or
Sponsoring teachers (non-Schubert Club members) submit an additional $75 sponsor fee with 10 or more student registrations.
Fees are not refundable.
Only one check will be accepted from each teacher for all students.
Checks from individual families will be returned along with the entry.
All checks must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021 and mailed to Marjie Brake, 46 Glenarden Road Trumbull, CT 06611
No exceptions will be allowed for late registration nor will changes be made after the registration deadline.
One application form must be completed for each composition.
In a given year, entrants may enter only one composition.
No exceptions will be allowed for late applications nor will changes be made after the application deadline.The Festival reserves the right to disqualify entrants for infractions of the rules.
SPECIAL RULES FOR THE COMPOSITION EVENT
Each student may submit one Composition per year.
The Composition submitted must be a completely original work by the student entrant.
The Composition can be for any instrument or combination of instruments
Required minimum length of the composition: Jr.1: age 9 and younger: minimum of 16 bars of music; Jr.2: age 10-12: minimum of 24 bars of music; Jr.:3 age 13 – 15: minimum of 32 bars of music; Jr.4: age 16-18: minimum of 40 bars of music.
The Composition submitted can be hand-written notation on manuscript paper, or it can be written in a computer program, but either format must be done by the student, not in any part by the teacher or parents or anyone else, and the student must sign the application form stating that they have notated the composition themselves.
On the Composition itself do not include the student’s name.
The Composition must include a title, what instrument(s) the work is written for and please include a tempo marking, dynamics, and articulations.
A recording of the work must be submitted along with the composition. It can be from a live performance, by the student or by other musicians, or it can be computer generated. The recording must be in an mp3 format.
The student will write one or two sentences about their composition and submit it with the composition. This can be about their process of writing the work, about their inspiration for the piece, about their ideas for the performance of the work, or any other pertinent information about the Composition.
Late compositions or incomplete entries will not be accepted.
AWARDS & CERTIFICATES
AWARDS & CERTIFICATES
Each performance will receive a rating from the presiding judges of 5 points, 4 points, 3 points, 2 points or 1 point. A large certificate displaying the points earned will be issued to each Festival participant for each event entered. The number of consecutive “5” ratings earned will be noted on the certificates. Points will be accumulated for each Instrument-Event. When 15 points have been earned in any one category, the first Gold Cup will be awarded, pending points going toward a second cup, etc.
GOLD CUP PLAN
All Composition points count towards a Composition Gold Cup, with one exception. High school seniors may aggregate points across performance events (i.e. Composition, Piano Solo, and Piano Duet) towards a Gold Cup in their senior year.