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Venue: Yamaha Thomson Plaza, Music Salon
Organised by: The Singapore Music Teachers’ Association
Venue & piano sponsor
Calling all pianists! Do you love music and have always dreamed of performing?
Here’s your chance! Be it your debut or a milestone in your learning, Le Petit Performers' Fest (LPPF) celebrates the performer in you - regardless of age, level or experience. Perform solo, duet or even 6 hands with your friends your desired repertoire or even your own composition on the Yamaha S3X grand in an intimate performance salon before a live audience.
To help capture the moment, performers will receive a complimentary video recording of their performance, a certificate and written constructive comments (with the option of having award levels indicated) from a renowned expert pianist. At the end of each group, the adjudicator will give verbal feedback to the performers. You will also have a chance to have a one-on-one masterclass with your adjudicator (after the Festival) to help improve your playing.
In SMTA’s continued mission in encouraging and promoting a life-long love for music, we understand that learners/performers need different ‘modes of transport’ in their learning journey to help them reach their destinations; nurturing platforms where they can comfortably express themselves without added pressures of examinations or competitions.
What past participants say
Clarence Lee, participant of the 1st Singapore Performers’ Festival (2006) and recent Master graduate of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), shared his experience:
Performers can focus on bringing their own personalities and interpretations on stage without any pressure of comparison or competition with other performers. This is what a performing career is all about – being yourself and touching the hearts of your audience. It is definitely not only about sitting for music exams or winning competitions. My heartiest congratulations to SMTA for their efforts in giving young musicians here not only opportunities, but the right kind of platforms for them to experience the life of a concert artist and share their gift with others.
Serene Koh, participant of the 3rd & 4th PF (2010, 2012) and Bachelor graduate of YSTCM (2016) recounted her willingness to participate upon her teacher's recommendation as a way to challenge herself to perform before an audience.
As it is not a competition, there is no comparison with other participants. The Festival really allowed me, the performer, to fully focus on the music rather than on winning or elimination. Awards allocated to participants are based on their own pieces and skill. I found the video recording useful too. Comment sheets written by judges are given to participants to make improvements. Many overseas participants also joined, allowing me to learn from these people from different cultures—an eye-opener!
A stepping stone to the Performers’ Festival, the smaller scale Le Petit Performers’ Fest is created with our budding musicians in mind, to help them grow and reach their potential.
To celebrate the 1st LPPF, participants will receive $50 worth of Yamaha vouchers when they participate in the 8th Singapore Performers’ Festival in 2020 June 21st - 27th.
Members will enjoy complimentary 2-year SMTA membership (2020 and 2021) when they register 10 or more students.
To qualify, membership validity must be up to date prior to Festival registration.
New memberships approved after submitting LPF registration will not qualify.
Member’s name cannot be added after submitting Festival registration.
If your membership has lapsed (i.e. not renewed by Jan 31st), you need to reapply as a new member. (Entrance fee is payable)
To sign up for membership, please visit the Membership Application page.
Open to pianists of all ages (children and adults) and levels; local and overseas, members and non-members’ students.
1 piano, 4 hands/6 hands/8 hands
To commemorate your special moment, participants will receive 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.)
A stepping stone to the biennial Performers’ Festival (8th PF in 2020 June), the smaller scale Le Petit Fest aims to offer participants a taster experience to help boost their confidence and demonstrate their skills in a smaller, intimate performing space.
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.
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, emotion, expression, fulfilment and personal enjoyment.
The Performers’ Festival provides a platform for all music makers, young and old, to experience and celebrate the joy of music making and share their music publicly with family, friends and community.
Take on a ‘competition’ with oneself and not against someone else. The level of challenge is set by the piece(s) that you choose. Thus, 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!
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 setting¾without the pressure of a competition where participants are compared and eliminated from others, or the sterile closed-door nature of graded exams¾fuelling their passion for music-making and experiencing the thrill of the concert stage.
For the Festival, one adjudicator will adjudicate each category. You will receive constructive written feedback 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.
All participants will receive:
Award Levels (optional)
Participants can choose to have only comments written by the adjudicator or with the addition of award levels reflected on the adjudicator’s comment sheet.
Based on your performance, the award levels are:
Certificate of Participation
AWARDS DESCRIPTORS FOR PERFORMANCES
CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION
3.7 Performance Attire & Etiquette
Participants will have the opportunity to work and hone their skills with their respective adjudicator(s) in masterclasses.
4.1 Masterclasses with Adjudicator (PIANO)
An email has been sent to participants who have indicated interest to select their preferred time slots. Please check your inbox. Submit your form by Thurs 14th Nov, 2359hrs. Other interested participants may sign up when they report on their performance day.
4.2 Masterclass Fees
Date: Nov 20th & 21st
Venue: Forte Musicademy
10 Winstedt Road #03-08
5.1 Online Registration Period: 1st Oct – 19th Oct 2019
5.2 Performance Day & Session
Free public admission to watch the Festival performances.
5.3 Reporting Letter
5.4 Amendments or Loss of Certificates
5.5 Accuracy of Details
5.6 Registration Fees
Public & non-members’ students
1st 10-minute block
Payment Mode: only credit card payment via PayPal is accepted. (You do not need a PayPal account.)
A PayPal invoice will be emailed to you after we receive your online registration. Registration is confirmed only when payment is received by 22nd Oct 2019.
6.1 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.
6.2 Free public admission to watch the Festival performances. Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
6.3 Entry and exit are permitted only at appropriate times of the performance.
6.4 Out of respect to other audience members, children aged 5 and below and any persons creating disturbance will not be allowed admission.
6.5 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.
By submitting the registration form, the participant agrees to all of the Festival regulations as well as the following terms and conditions:
For enquiries, please contact the organiser, SMTA.