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Rules and Regulations

Participation
The Singapore International Choral Festival is open only to amateur choirs. The amateur qualification does not extend to the conductor or accompanist. Choirs may be from conservatories or music academies.

The minimum size of the competing choir is 20 participants, not including the conductor and accompanist(s). Special permission to compete with fewer than 20 singers may be obtained from the organisers, should there be extenuating circumstances that prevent the choir from meeting the minimum requirement. There is no upper limit to the number of participants a choir may have.

 

Categories
There is no limit to the number of categories a choir may compete in. The categories in the competition are as below:

Category Age Limit
A: Equal Voices A1 12 years and below
A2 19 years and below
A3 25 years and below
A4 Open
B: Mixed Voices B1 19 years and below
B2 25 years and below
B3 Open
C: Folklore C Open
D: Jubilee D 50 years and above
E: Musica Sacra E Open

Choirs cannot compete in 2 categories within the same voicing (i.e. A choir cannot take part in both A1 and A3).

Choirs taking part in Category D are not allowed to participate in Categories A or B.

For each category, except for Category A1, each choir is to prepare three songs according to the following requirements:

Category A1

For Category A1, each choir is to prepare 2 songs according to the following requirements:

  • One composition/arrangement by a composer of the choir’s country or region
  • One composition/arrangement by a composer not of the choir’s country or region
  • There is no restriction on the number of works sung with or without live accompaniment in this category

For Category A1, there is an optional third piece: My Shadow by Kelly Tang. The best performance of My Shadow will be awarded a special Jury Prize, separate from the Category Awards. Only the required two songs will count towards the final scoring of the choir and their singing time.

Choirs interested in performing My Shadow should contact the organisers regarding perusal copies and/or score purchase.

Category A2 and B1

  • One composition/arrangement by a composer of the choir’s country or region
  • One composition/arrangement by a composer not of the choir’s country or region
  • One free choice

There is no restriction on the number of works sung with or without live accompaniment in these categories

Category A3, A4, B2 and B3
Every festival application must be accompanied by the items in the list below, failing which the application would not be considered complete.

  • One composition by a composer born before 1870
  • One composition by a living composer at the time of application
  • One free choice
  • At least one work must be performed a cappella

 

Category C

  • Three folk songs form the choir’s country/region
  • There is no restriction on the number of works sung with or without live accompaniment in Category C

Category D

  • Three contrasting choral compositions or arrangements of the choir’s choice
  • There is no restriction on the number of works sung with or without live accompaniment in Category D

 

Category E

  • One composition written/composed by a composer before 1750
  • One composition written/composed by a composer after 1945
  • One free choice

 

Age Limit
The age limit of the singers must be observed according to category specifications, with age calculated at time of competition (in this case, 12 July 2017). However, a maximum of 15% of the singers in the competition choir may exceed this limit, provided a valid reason is submitted to the organisers in writing at the time of application.

There is no age restriction on participants competing in the Open Categories.

 

Competition Repertoire
The intended competition repertoire using the prescribed form must be submitted to the organisers by 30 April 2017 to ensure that all requirements are met. There is to be no change in programme once it has been approved.

For choirs competing in multiple categories, repertoire should not be repeated. Each work may be performed only once (that is, under one category).

 

Original Scores
Choirs are individually responsible for honoring copyright and performance rights of the songs. Choirs are to submit 5 original scores of each competition piece to the organisers for the purpose of adjudication by 1 June 2017. These scores should be labeled clearly with the choir’s name for the purpose of redistribution post-competition. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in disqualification from the competition.

All published choral works may only be sung using original scores. The use of unauthorized/reproduced copies is strictly prohibited.

 

Singing Time
The pure singing time limit for each category is as follows. This does not include time taken by movements on/off-stage, between pieces, or applause. In the event a choir exceeds the time limit, a penalty of 5% of the total mark will be deducted from their final score.

Category Singing Time
A: Equal Voices A1 8 minutes (excluding optional third piece)
A2 12 minutes
A3 15 minutes
A4 15 minutes
B: Mixed Voices B1 12 minutes
B2 15 minutes
B3 15 minutes
C: Folklore C 15 minutes
D: Jubilee D 15 minutes
E: Musica Sacra E 15 minutes

 

Change of Key
All songs performed for the competition must be performed in the original key in accordance to the score submitted. No transpositions are allowed.

 

Video/Sound Engineering
It is a condition of participation that choirs must agree to the photography, recording and broadcast of their participation in the festival by the organisers. Unauthorised video or audio recordings are strictly prohibited, likewise the use.