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Rules for a Choral Competition, Posted 09.01.22 #1
Hello fellow BP Onliners.. I have a friend (with her org) na nagoorganize ng Choral Competition mga late april.. and wala pa silang rules until now. Ask ko lang baka meron sa inyong merong copy or something na pwedeng gawing reference nila in formulating one for this competition... im trying to help her out ahehe.. thank you guys.. God Bless
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Para maganda, I've culled the links to the contest regulations for the six European (Choral) Grand Prix cities, including the EGP rules itself

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX
http://www.gpeuropa.com/text/JURY%20RULES.PDF - Internal rules for the jury (i.e. judges)
http://www.gpeuropa.com/text/COMPETITION%20RULES.PDF - Rules for the competition itself

Arezzo
http://www.polifonico.org/index.php/...ionale+Eng.pdf
(Note: This is a PDF file)

Debrecen
http://www.bbcc.hu/
(click on the icon of the United Kingdom to view the English version)

Seghizzi
http://www.seghizzi.it/index.php?opt...f411ef8b4ffedf

Tolosa
http://www.cittolosa.com/index.php?o...d=38&Itemid=92
Click on any of the three links, may kanya-kanyang rules kasi sila.

Tours (split into three separate pages)
http://www.florilegevocal.com/page.php?page_id=14
http://www.florilegevocal.com/page.php?page_id=15
http://www.florilegevocal.com/page.php?page_id=16

Varna
http://www.choircomp.org/
Click on the British flag, then click on "Rules 2009" on the left

Hope these help
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One more note:

Ask your friend also if he/she will award the prizes to all contests, or if certain prizes may not be awarded by the jury if they feel no group deserves to win that prize (ang tawag dito ay ex aqueo prize). Normally, sa international contests lang nangyayari ang ex aqueo prizes, bihira ang ganon sa Pilipinas (I just brought this up for the sake of completion.)

Since mukhang pang-local place (parish? office? city? province?) yata ang contest na ito, I'd advise to not allow ex aqueo prizes...or, at least, require that there is a grand prize winner but let the judges not to award any of the next prizes (ganon ang kalakaran sa Chopin International Piano Contest).
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Thank you sa mga links titopao! grabe parang toxic nga lang.. aheheh.. yeah.. vicariate lang ito.. mga 6 to 7 churches lang maglalaban..Kasi i told them na maganda na merong Competition piece at Choice Piece... bale aside from the top 3.. merong best choice piece award.. pero wala syang bearing sa judging ng competition piece.. ok lang kaya iyon?
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Hmm...pwede yun, depende sa inyo yun Kayo naman ang magse-set ng rule. It's up to you (and, of course, the judges) kung ano ang basehan sa pagpili nun.

So, I think, para hindi ambiguous, you should name that award as "Best rendition of a ____ piece", and the criteria, obviously, would mean that the award will be for the best performance of a non-mandatory piece, regardless of the arranger

Kung gusto n'yo pa (at kung kakayanin ng budget ), pwede rin kayong magbigay ng "Best Conductor" award. Again, nasa inyo (at sa mga judges) kung ano ang basis ng awarding nito.

Try kong gumawa ng isang draft set of rules for your friend's contest, based on the new information you provided
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Eto suggestions ko...please feel free to modify the rules as you see fit



ELIGIBILITY
* Only choirs from the Vicariate of St. ___ in the Diocese of ____ are eligible to join the contest.
* Each participating choir should have at least 12 members (not including the conductor and the non-singing accompanist). A participating choir should have at most 30 singers.
* All participants should be bona fide residents (or "bona fide members") of their home parish. Any violation of this rule will render a choir ineligible. The organizers and the judges have the right to demand proof of residence for any choir member whose residency is in question.


REGISTRATION
* The choirmaster of each competing choir shall submit the following information to the contest organizers:
1. Name of the Choir
2. Home Parish
3. Choirmaster's Name
4. Total number of singers (including: breakdown of sections and numebr of accompanists [if separate from the singers])
5. Names of participating singer (per section), including understudies/trainees
6. Name/s or accompanist/s, if the accompanist is not part of the singers
* Only those names which have been submmitted to the organizers will be allowed to join the contest
(Or: the choirmaster shall indicate the following information in the registration form: ....)


REPERTOIRE
* The choirmaster should submit the list of songs to be performed at the contest.
* Each repertoire should be composed of the following
1. The mandatory contest piece (see next item)
2. ... (bahala na kayo dito pero basically, you should indicate something like "At least two pieces of contrasting styles, which will allow the choir to demonstrate their capabilities)
* All choirs are required to perform the following choice piece: [Name of piece] ([Name of composer/writer/arranger]). Each choir may secure a copy of the contest piece from the organizers.
* The total performing time [should have at least 10 minutes, and] should not exceed 15 minutes. The jury have the prerogative to stop the choir from singing once the time limit has been reached, even if the choir has not yet finished a singing.
(I know that was harsh Here's something more permissive: "Each exceeding minute will merit a corresponding deduction of 5 points on the choir's final score.")


CONTEST PROPER
* The order of the participating choirs shall be determined by lots, which shall be drawn immediately before the contest proper.
* The performances of each choir shall be timed from the first note of each song, and shall be paused at the end of each song. Breaks between songs shal not be counted towards the choir's time.
(Hence, kelangan stopwatch talaga ang gamitin imbis na mag-rely lang sa ordinary clock )


ADJUDICATION
* The jury shall be composed of [at least] 3 persons with extensive musical background, preferably professional musicians with choral music experience.
* There will be one chairman among the jurors, who shall act as the representative of the entire jury.
(In other words, yung chairman lang ang kakausapin ng mga choirmasters in the event of reklamo )
* The jury shall use the following criteria in judging each choir:
(insert criteria here. suggestion: don't place too much emphasis on "audience impact", allow at most 10 percent only. that's why you invited judges in the first place, sila ang magdedecide ng outcome ng contest, not the audience)
* In determining the final outcome of the contest, the average score of each contestants' scores will be computed, and then ranked accordingly.
* No ex aqueo prizes will be awarded. All prizes will be awarded to the winning contestants.
(Sa mga hindi nakakaalam kung ano ang "ex aqueo prize", please refer to the explanation I provied earlier )
* In the event of a tie in the average score, the judges shall determine whether to break the tie or not.
(Magpasok pa kayo ng additional provisions here kasi mukhang malulugi yung winning contestants if they end up getting less money than the next-ranked winning choir )


PRIZES
* All participating choirs shall receive a certificate of participation (and whatever freebie you want to give the choir...in other words, pampalubag-loob )
* The choir with the highest average score shall be awarded the FIRST PRIZE which includes a cash prize of P___ and a trophy (among others? )
* The choir garnering the second-highest average shall be awarded the SECOND PRIZE .... The choir with the next-highest average shall be awarded the THIRD PRIZE....
* The jurors will also award the following special prizes:
1. BEST INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTEST PIECE - to be awarded to the choir with the best rendition of the contest piece, [Title] by [Composer] (arranged by [Arranger]).
2. BEST INTERPRETATION OF A CHOICE PIECE - to be awarded to the choir with the best rendition of a piece other than the mandatory contest piece
3. BEST CONDUCTOR - to be awarded to the outstanding conductor of the competition
(Sorry, ayokong magsuggest ng "Best Accompanist". Para fair dun sa choir na nag-a cappella all throughout hehehehehe)
* In determining the awardees for the special prizes, the jury have the right to determine their own criteria or standards. The special awardees shall be determined by deliberation, not by a separate point-system.
(In other words, hayaan nyo na lang yung mga judges na mag-usap-usap, let them build a consensus).


ARBITRATION AND OTHER MATTERS
* The jurors' decision on the outcome of the competition is final and irrevocable. Competing choirs or their choirmasters cannot appeal the results of the contest.
* In the even of a dispute, the concerned choirmaster shall approach the jury, who shall decide on the matter concerned. Their decision is final and unappealable.
* The jurors, through the chairman, have the right to modify any of the criteria or the rules. Such changes shall be communicated in advance to the organizing committee and the choirmasters of each choir before the contest proper. No such changes shall be allowed during and after the contest proper.
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yay titopao!!! yan mismo ang hinahanap ko.. at draft! ahehehe.. medyo kapos yata sila sa budget eh.. so baka yung choice piece award na lang.. ahehehe..

Naisip ko lang.. what if 80% sa contest piece, 20% sa choice piece ang over all scoring? ok lang kaya yun or stick na lang sa idea na walang bearing sa judging ang choice piece?
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Hehehe...I actually had fun writing that. Na-enjoy ko nga masyado, napapaisip tuloy ako if I should go to law school

Anyways...as I've mentioned, feel free to modify what I wrote, consider it as just a "template". For example, pupwede n'yong galing "25 judges" instead of "3 judges", it's all up to you guys

Regarding the criteria...I would advise that the points be determined on the usual judging criteria as found in local choral contests instead of on a "per song basis". Look at it this way: in your proposed scheme, all a mediocre choir has to do is to work on that 80% and then probably a little more on the other 20%...but the entire performance may not be overall satisfactory. Minsan, sa ganyan nagsisimula yung mga haka-haka na baka may "favoritism" because nanalo yung choir na parang hindi OK sa audience yung ibang songs, even if the judges felt that that choir was really good.

Anyhow, just to get things started, here's a suggestion (bahala kayo magmodify):

Vocal quality - 30%
Is the blending good? Are the voices well-modulated and pleasing in the standpoint of choral singing?

Interpretation - 30%
Were the songs interpreted the way that they should be sung? Was justice given to the melodic lines and to the text of the music, and were the expressions appropriate?

Projection - 20%
Was the singing loud and soft enough? Did the singers projected and presented themselves appropriately on stage (as in, meron bang nakasimangot while singing the Hallelujah Chorus, at meron bang nakatawa habang kinakanta ang Requiem ni Mozart? hehehehehe)

Programming - 20%
"Programming" refers to the selection of pieces, in case the choirs can sing more than one songs other than the mandatory piece (the question answered here is, were the choices good ones? does the mandatory piece "blend" or "fit in" with the other pieces?). You can choose to ski this one and distribute the points to the other criteria.

(Calling all the...ahem, ahem, ahem ...more senior choirmasters out there, magsuggest din kayo ng criteria for judging here.)

I'm not a fan of criteria with "audience impact" for the reasons I stated earlier, hence I deliberately omitted it. You might as well require each choir member to bring in at least 20 companions who will cheer for your performance and boo the others That is why in international competitions, there's such a thing as the "People's Prize", it's the only prize where the juror allow the audience to decide which performance they enjoyed the most.

Other no-nos na nakikita ko sa ibang mga pipitsuging mga contest and sinusuggest ko na wag isama sa criteria: points sa props, points sa costumes, points sa choreography (na nuknukan ng laki, mas malaki pa sa, say, vocal quality). Choral contests are about the choir's singing and not about their dancing or their costumes, you might as well rename the contest as the "Choral and costume design contest" or "Choral and choreographic contest"
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