7th Singapore Performers' Festival & Chamber Music Competition 2018

18 Jun, 2018 12:00am - 24 Jun, 2018 12:00am

Organized by

THE SINGAPORE MUSIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION

(FOUNDED 1966)

 Reach for the Star in You!

A performing platform to showcase your talent before a live audience and an international adjudicating panel

Open to all ages & levels (overseas participants are welcome)

Online registration: 7th–30th April 2018

 

Categories of Performers' festival
Chamber Music Competition
Our Sponsors
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS' FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL OBJECTIVES
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL
1. CATEGORIES OF PERFORMERS' FESTIVAL
2. CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION
3. ADJUDICATION
4.  AWARDS & AWARDS DESCRIPTORS
5. STRING AWARDS: HAND-CRAFTED BOWS by Paul Goh & $1,000 Cash Voucher from Belcanto Violins
6.  SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
7. ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARDS RECIPIENTS
8.  GALA CONCERT & AWARDS CEREMONY (Day 7)
9.  PERFORMANCE REPERTOIRE & REQUIREMENTS
10. COMPOSITION ENTRANCE GUIDELINES  New!
11. MASTERCLASSES
12. WORKSHOPS / PANEL DISCUSSIONS / SEMINARS (TBA)
13. VENUE INFORMATION, ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS & GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE
14. EXTERNAL PRACTICE VENUES
15. DATES & REGISTRATION INFORMATION
16. REGISTRATION FEES
17. AUDIENCE & ADMISSION
18. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
19. UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
20. ENQUIRIES

Categories of Performers’ Festival

Piano

  Solo, Duet (1 Piano)
Strings   Violin, Viola, Cello
Voice   Solo
Composition   Instrumental, Vocal (Solo or Ensemble) NEW!

Chamber Music

 

Three or more instruments (no age restriction, non-competitive)

 

Chamber Music Competition (age 18 & below)

Piano trio/quartet/quintet

String trio/quartet/quintet

 

OUR SPONSORS

Venue Sponsor & Supporter   Piano Sponsor & Supporter   Chamber Music Competition Prize Sponsor
   
Violin and String Composition Sponsor       Bow Award Sponsor
     

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS' FESTIVAL

MUSIC FIRST!

Initiated in 2006, the specially curated biennial Performers’ Festival (PF) aims to encourage and promote a life-long love for music while providing musicians of all ages and abilities a public platform to showcase their talents before a live audience.

One of the key aspects that makes the Performers' Festival unique is adjudication based on each individual participant's playing standards with regards to the music performed. It is not based on age or difficulty of the music, nor is it based on comparing, competing and eliminating performers like typical music competitions.

On the contrary, the Performers’ Festival advocates the belief that music is for everyone and that the learning of music is not restricted to any specific age group. Each individual's starting point in music learning and training, and each person's progress and learning curve is not uniform.

Learning music is not a race, nor is it about crossing a ‘finish’ line or 'completing' grades, a popular notion that has resulted from the grades 1 to 8 music exam system. When one begins a journey learning an instrument, let it be music first, which reaps creativity, intellect, physical coordination, discipline, bonding, spiritual fulfillment, release of emotion, expression, and personal enjoyment.

Thus, Performers’ Festival provides a platform for all music makers, young and old, to experience and celebrate the sheer joy of music making, and share their music publicly among family, friends, and the community.

Take on a 'competition' with yourself and NOT against someone else. The level of challenge is set by the piece(s) that you choose. So be it Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or Balakirev's Islamey, it is about how best and convincingly you play the piece. The adjudication (together with constructive feedback) not only allows the performer to push oneself to one's personal best, but more importantly to reinstate the emphasis on MUSIC FIRST, rather than ‘exams first'. You are the winner in music and competition when you are capable of showcasing your personal best and passion in creating music. See you at the festival!

 

FESTIVAL OBJECTIVES

Benefits for the Student

The Festival helps build bridges from the weekly studio lesson to the concert stage. It allows participants to experience greater self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. In turn, they can be motivated to achieve future goals at their own pace.

 Benefits for the Teacher

The Festival also offers teachers a stimulating new way to present their students in a real performance setting (without the pressure of a competition where participants are being compared and eliminated from others, or the sterile, closed-door nature of graded exams), fuelling their passion for music-making and experiencing the thrill of the concert stage.

 

     
         
   

Past Performers’ Festival Information

6th Singapore Performers’ Festival and Chamber Music Competition 2016

5th Singapore Performers’ Festival and Chamber Music Competition 2014

4th Singapore Performers’ Festival 2012

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL

 Handcrafted bows by Paul Goh

The most deserving Violin, Viola and Cello performer, whose teachers are SMTA members OR are members themselves, will each be awarded a customised hand-crafted bow (total value of US$15,000) by Singapore’s first and only award-winning Archetier (bowmaker), Paul Goh.

 

 

Forte Musicademy Chamber Music Competition Prize

The TOP THREE winning groups shall receive cash prizes of $800, $500 & $300 respectively.

 The FIRST prize group will be invited to perform at the Gala Concert.

 

Scholarships will be awarded to selected outstanding Platinum performers whose teachers are SMTA members or who are SMTA members themselves.

 

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Venue Partner)

The Performers’ Festival gives you the unique opportunity to perform at the prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

 

Belcanto Violins

Two outstanding violinists and one outstanding Singapore-inspired string composition or arrangement will be awarded a cash voucher of $1,000 each for purchasing of instruments or bows at Belcanto Violins.

The Belcanto Composition/Arrangement work will be featured at the Gala Concert.

(Only SMTA members OR students of SMTA members are eligible for the consideration)

 

Video Recording of your Performance

To commemorate your special moment, participants will have a complimentary professionally recorded video recording of their performance which may also serve as their music portfolio or for audition purposes.

 (Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography.)

 For SMTA members: Complimentary SMTA Membership

Members will enjoy complimentary 2-year SMTA membership (2019 and 2020) when he/she registers 10 or more students for the PF.

To qualify, membership validity must be up-to-date prior to Festival registration.

New memberships approved after submitting PF registration will not qualify.

Member’s name cannot be added to the PF registration after submitting the PF registration.

If your membership has lapsed (i.e., not renewed by Jan 31st), you need to reapply as a new member (Entrance Fee applies).

Platinum and Gold recipients’ names and their teachers’ names will be listed on the SMTA website.

To sign up for new membership, please visit www.smtasingapore.com.

 

1. CATEGORIES OF PERFORMERS' FESTIVAL

The festival is open to the public (local & overseas, SMTA members & non-members) of all ages (children and adults) and all levels. The categories are:

Piano   Solo, Duet (1 Piano)
Strings   Violin, Viola, Cello
Voice   Solo (BACK BY DEMAND!)
Composition   Instrumental, Vocal (Solo or Ensemble) NEW!
Chamber Music  

Any combination of three or more instruments
(No age restriction, non-competitive)
Get your friends or family members toegher and form a group!

 

2. CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION

Participants must be age 18 and below.

 

Piano Trio

One piano & any 2 bowed-string instruments

Piano Quartet

One piano & any 3 bowed-string instruments

Piano Quintet 

One piano & any 4 bowed-string instruments

String Trio

Any combination of 3 bowed-string instruments

String Quartet

Any combination of 4 bowed-string instruments

String Quintet

Any combination of 5 bowed-string instruments 

 

Forte Musicademy Chamber Music Competition Prize

http://www.fortemusicademy.com/

 The TOP THREE winning groups shall receive cash prizes of $800, $500 & $300 respectively.

 The FIRST prize group will be invited to perform at the Gala Concert.

 

3. ADJUDICATION

For the Festival, a panel of two adjudicators will adjudicate each category. You will receive constructive written feedback from internationally renowned musicians based on how well you perform your chosen music. The evaluation is not based on how you play in comparison with another performer, nor will it take into consideration the age of the performer or the difficulty of the music.

 

Adjudicators

Piano Adjudicators

Dr Nopanand Chanorathaikul

Dr Dean Kramer

Dennis Lee

Dr Roger Lord

Dr Scott McBride-Smith

Dr Marc Rochester

Chee-Hung Toh

Dr Claire Wachter

 

String Adjudicators

Dr Michael Hall

Li-Wei Qin

Dr Goetz Richter

Dr Elizabeth Sellars

Maestro Joshua Tan

Leslie Tan

 

Voice Adjudicators

Lilith Verhelst

Dr Misook Yun

 

Composition Adjudicators

Dr John Sharpley

Eric James Watson

 

Guest Speakers

Maestro Jason Lai

Dr. Greg Petersen

Click here for adjudicators’ pictures and bios

PIANO

·         Dr Nopanand Chanorathaikul: Pianist, Lecturer, Adjudicator (Thailand)

·         Dr Dean Kramer: Professor of Piano, University of Oregon (USA)

·         Dennis Lee: Pianist, Lecturer, Adjudicator (UK)

·         Dr Roger Lord: Professor of Piano, University of Moncton (Canada)

·         Dr Scott McBride-Smith: Professor of Piano Pedagogy, University of Kansas (USA)

·         Dr Marc Rochester: Music Lecturer, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

·         Chee-Hung Toh: Pianist, Lecturer, Adjudicator (UK)

·         Dr Claire Wachter: Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, University of Oregon (USA)

STRING

·         Dr Michael Hall: Violin & Viola Faculty, VanderCook College of Music (USA)

·         Li-Wei Qin: Associate Professor of Cello, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

·         Dr Goetz Richter: Associate Professor of Violin, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia)

·         Dr Elizabeth Sellars: Violin Faculty, Monash University (Australia)

·         Maestro Joshua Tan: Associate Conductor, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Singapore)

·         Leslie Tan: Artist Faculty Cello, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

VOICE

·         Lilith Verhelst: Adjunct Voice Teacher, School of the Arts Singapore (Singapore)

·         Dr Misook Yun: Professor of Voice, Youngstown State University (USA)

COMPOSITION

·         Dr John Sharpley: Composer, Performer, Lecturer (Singapore)

·         Eric James Watson: Lecturer, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore)

 GUEST SPEAKERS

·         Maestro Jason Lai: Principal Conductor, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

·         Dr. Greg Petersen: Associate Professor of Humanities, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore)

 

4.    AWARDS & AWARDS DESCRIPTORS

 

4.1 Based on your performance, participants shall qualify for one of the five levels of awards:

Certificate of Participation

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum

 

 4.2 AWARDS DESCRIPTORS FOR PERFORMANCES

PLATINUM

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION

 4.3 Platinum and Gold Recipients

 4.4 All participants will receive Adjudication Reports, Certificates and Video Recordings.

 5.    STRING AWARDS: HAND-CRAFTED BOWS by Paul Goh & $1,000 Cash Voucher from Belcanto Violins

 

 

1. Paul Goh Bow Awards

Adjudicators will propose the most deserving Violin, Viola and Cello performer who will each be awarded a personally customised hand-crafted bow (worth a total of more than US$15,000) by Singapore’s first and only award-wining Archetier (bow maker), Paul Goh.

 

Paul Goh Seach Joo

Singaporean Archetier

Trained in bow-making at Violin Making School of America
www.singaporeviolinbow.com

An accomplished violinist and violist, Paul was trained in the finest tradition of French bow making that traces back to the legendary archetier, Tourte. Paul has distinguished himself among his peers in an astonishingly short period of time.

~ ACCOLADES ~

"I see you surpassing me as a bowmaker." Paul S. Prier Headmaster (Bow-making School of America)

 "…the next bowmaker to look out for." Morgen Anderson (Master bow-maker, USA)

"Bravo!" Stephane Thomachot (Master bow-maker, France)

 

2. Belcanto Violinist Awards

Adjudicators will select and award two outstanding violinists a $1,000 cash voucher each to purchase instruments or bows from Belcanto Violins.  https://belcantoviolins.com/about/

 

 

 3. Belcanto String Composition Award

Adjudicators will select and award the best Singapore-inspired string composition/arrangement a $1,000 cash voucher to purchase instruments or bows from Belcanto Violins.

The Belcanto Composition/Arrangement work will be featured at the Gala Concert.

(Only students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible for all the above awards.)

 

6.    SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

 At the discretion of the organisers, scholarships will also be awarded (not for Chamber Music Competition) to selected outstanding Platinum recipients* who show potential for further development. Recipients can receive a maximum of ONE scholarship, regardless of the number of entries in the SAME category (for e.g. Solo Piano) that they enter for.

*Only students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible to be considered for these scholarships. Music students who are already on scholarships are not eligible.

 Academic School Membership (ASM)

Academic schools* can apply as members under “Academic School Membership” (ASM). Students of the member school will be considered as students of ASM members. Please propose to your school to apply for ASM membership if it is not a member yet.

*“Academic schools” refer to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions, schools that offer Music Elective Programme (MEP), and music institutions such as School of the Arts (SOTA), LaSalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS.

 Join the SMTA!

Please visit http://www.smtasingapore.com/member-application for details and online application.

 

7. ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARDS RECIPIENTS

7.1 Announcement of Awards Recipients

Only recipients’ names for the following awards will be announced on DAY 6 on the SMTA website.

 7.2 Important Notice

 7.3 Silver, Bronze and Certificate of Participation recipients will receive certificates.

 

8.    GALA CONCERT & AWARDS CEREMONY (Day 7)

Outstanding performers, best composition/arrangement, and the winning group of the Chamber Music Competition will be featured in the Gala Concert on Day 7.

9.    PERFORMANCE REPERTOIRE & REQUIREMENTS

 9.1 Repertoire

9.2 Repeats

 9.3 Scores

 9.4 Online E-Program Notes and Bios on Festival Website (NEW!)

 9.5 Accompanists

 9.6 Memorization

 9.7 Duration

 9.8 Entries

9.9 Performance Attire & Etiquette

10. COMPOSITION ENTRANCE GUIDELINES  New!

 Calling all novice and budding composers/performers of all ages

 10.1 Objectives

 10.2 Theme of Composition

The theme for this inaugural composition category is: 'SINGAPORE'.

10.3 Gala Concert

Any composition or arrangement deemed outstanding by the adjudicators will be featured in the Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony.

10.4 Composition

 10.5 Arrangement

 10.6 Performance

10.7 Adjudication

10.8 Scores and Write-Up

 10.9 Awards Descriptors for Composition

 PLATINUM

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION

 10.10 Belcanto String Composition/Arrangement Award

Adjudicators will select and award the best Singapore-inspired string composition/arrangement a $1,000 cash voucher to purchase instruments or bows from Belcanto Violins.

The Belcanto Composition/Arrangement work will be featured at the Gala Concert.

11. MASTERCLASSES

Participants will have the opportunity to work and hone their skills with their respective adjudicators in open-masterclasses.

11.1 Open-Masterclasses with Adjudicators (Solo and Chamber)

 11.2 Masterclass Fees

12. WORKSHOPS / PANEL DISCUSSIONS / SEMINARS (TBA)

12.1 Workshops (TBA)

12.2 Panel Discussions (TBA)

12.3 Seminars (TBA)

12.4 Fees (TBA)

 

13. VENUE INFORMATION, ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS & GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE

Venue: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore)

3 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117376

Location Map & Directions: www.music.nus.edu.sg

Please click here for more information about the venue, accommodation suggestions, and how to travel around Singapore.

Facade & entrance to YSTCM

Concert Hall, Level 1 - Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony (Day 7)

Orchestra Hall, Level 3

Steven Baxter Recital Studio, Level 1

 

14. EXTERNAL PRACTICE VENUES

Rehearsal and practice rooms are not provided at the Festival. The event runs continuously each day. Please contact external music studios to enquire if you need practice facility. YSTCM does not rent out practice rooms. Please do not contact them.

Yamaha Music School @ Clementi Avenue 3 (nearest to YSTCM)

Tel: +65 6740 9361

http://sg.yamaha.com/en/support/contacts/branches_contacts/

Forte Musicademy

51 Waterloo Street, #03-05

Tel: 6338 0002

http://www.fortemusicademy.com/p/venue-for-hire.html

 

15. DATES & REGISTRATION INFORMATION

15.1 Registration

 Online registration: 7th – 30th April 2018

www.spf.smtasingapore.com

 Hard copy of registration form IS not accepted

15.2 Performance Day & Session

You can request for your choice of day and session (see below) on the form. This is subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. This is not a guarantee but SMTA will endeavor to fulfill your request.

15.3 Schedule

 

Day 1–5   Solo Piano and 1 Piano, 4 Hands
Session 1: Morning
Session 2: Afternoon
Session 3: Evening/Night
Day 2   Composition
     
Day 4 & 5  

Violin

Session 1: Morning
Session 2: Afternoon
Session 3: Evening/Night

Day 5  

Viola

Cello

Solo Voice

Day 6  

Chamber Non-Competition

Chamber Competition

Day 7  

GALA CONCERT & AWARDS CEREMONY

2:00 - 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.4 Public admission

Free public admission for the Festival performances & Gala Concert.

15.5 Students of SMTA Members

15.6 Reporting Letter    

15.7 Amendments         

 15.8 Accuracy of Details              

16. REGISTRATION FEES

 16.1 Registration Information:

 

16.2 For Performers’ Festival:

DURATION

SOLO CATEGORIES

1 Person

(Piano/Violin/Viola/Cello/Voice)

PIANO DUET

2 persons

1st 10-minute block SGD $190

SGD $200

($190+10)

 

16.3 For Chamber Groups:

DURATION

TRIOS

3 persons

QUARTETS

4 persons

QUINTETS

5 persons

1st 10-minute block

SGD $210

($190+$20)

SGD $220

($190+$30)

SGD $230

($190+$40)

For piano duet, trios, quartets and quintets, each subsequent participant pays an additional $10 each.

16.4 For Composition:

DURATION

SOLO

 

DUO

2 persons*

3 or more persons*

1st 10-minute block

SGD $190

SGD $200

($190 + $10)

SGD $210

($190 + $20)

 

 

 

 

*According to the number of participants in performance

16.5 Each subsequent 5-minute block of extension: SGD$95

Example of extension of time for SOLO: 15-minute block $190 + $95 = $285
  20-minute block $190 + $95 + $95 = $380
Example of extension of time for TRIO: 15-minute block

$210 + $95 = $305

16.6 Only credit card payment via PayPal is accepted. (You do not need a PayPal account.)

 17. AUDIENCE & ADMISSION

 17.1 Promoting, publicizing and getting audience to your performance is just as essential as preparing for your own performance. Hence, participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to come and support their performance. It is also an opportunity for participants to benefit from watching fellow performers as well as to interact and forge new friendships.

17.2 Free public admission to watch the Festival performances and Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony. Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

17.3 Entry and exit are permitted only at appropriate times during the performance.

 17.4 Out of respect to other audience members, children under the age of 6 will not be allowed admission.

17.5 Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography. 

 

18. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

 By submitting the entry form, the participant agrees to all of the Festival regulations as well as the following terms and conditions:

a.       The registration fee is neither refundable nor transferable.

b.       The Singapore Music Teachers’ Association (the “Organiser”) reserves the right to cancel the event or any categories if due to insufficient participants or any unforeseen circumstances. As such, the registration fee will be refunded.

c.       The Participant consents to allowing the Organiser to record all or part of the Festival and related activities for broadcast and promotional purpose without any payment to the Participant. The Participant grants to the Organiser the exclusive rights to the recorded materials and pictures.

d.       Participants must report to the Festival steward at the REPORTING TIME. Participants who arrive later than their scheduled time may be disqualified. 

e.       Participants and supporters of Participants shall not communicate with or seek influence over the Adjudicators.

f.        The decisions of the Adjudicating Panel, acting on the Organiser’s behalf, are final.  No discussion or correspondence will be entertained.

g.       Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not allowed so as not to interfere with the official videography.

h.       The Participants agree to indemnify the Organiser against any injuries or damages occurred at the Festival.

i.         The Organiser reserves the right to amend the Information, Rules, Terms and Conditions of the Festival without prior notice.

 

 19. UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

All updates and announcements will be posted on the SMTA website www.spf.smtasingapore.com.

 NOTE: It is the participant’s responsibility to check the website regularly for updates and announcements.

 

20. ENQUIRIES

 All enquiries are to be directed to the organiser, SMTA

 Dr Koo Siaw Sing (President)

The Singapore Music Teachers’ Association

7thSPF@smtasingapore.com

 

Info is correct @ time of printing & subject to changes w/o prior notice

 We look forward to your participation!