Welcome to the Singing Division for 2018

Dates: 24 to 26 August.
Entries open on Monday 1 April and close on 30 June.
Entries should be made online using the STARDOM portal available at www.nationaleisteddfod.org.au
Venue: Main Hall, The Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon.

DON’T FORGET we are always happy to hear from anyone who would like to assist the Singing Division (and the Eisteddfod as a whole) either as a volunteer or as a sponsor. To contact us, email singing@nationaleisteddfod.org.au

We have two exciting additions to this year’s program: there will be two sections available for competitors aged 18 years and over. For details see below.

Section V210 Phil Perman Music Theatre Prize. Open to competitors 18 years and over.
First Prize $150. Second Prize $70
Selections can include songs from any musical stage production or movie. Gilbert and Sullivan and German/Viennese operetta may also be performed.

Section V211 Joan Richards Classical Song. Open to competitors 18 years and over.
First Prize $150. Second Prize $70
See definition of Classical Songs below. This section does not include Opera, Oratorio or Cantata, but because no Lieder or Art Song sections are currently included in the Singing Division, competitors may enter Lieder and art songs.

Please read all definitions and rules carefully. Some of these have changed. If you have any queries, please email singing@nationaleisteddfod.org.au before entering.

DEFINITIONS

Classical Songs mean songs that belong to the educated European tradition, as distinguished from Folk, Music Theatre, Popular or jazz.

Any song
This does NOT include Music Theatre, Popular, Opera, Oratorio or Cantata.

Australian Song
Song by an Australian composer. Not Music Theatre, Popular, Opera, Oratorio or Cantata.

Music Theatre
Songs from any musical stage production or movie.

Popular
Means songs that have been widely circulated and commercially promoted as such. These can be from any era. They do not include songs from Music Theatre.

Folk Songs
Traditional songs from any country. They may be sung in the language of the country of origin, with or without accompaniment.

Duets
A piece written for two singers. Duets may be from any genre except Opera, Oratorio & Cantata. Please note that the adjudicator may take into consideration whether the selection is appropriate to the age of the competitors and whether it affords sufficient opportunity to display harmony and blend of voices.

RULES SPECIFIC TO THE SINGING DIVISION.

All competitors must participate according to these rules and conditions and any special conditions as may apply to individual divisions or events.

Time Limit
There will be a time limit noted for each section. Please adhere to this, as competitors may be penalised or disqualified if an item is considerably over time. (A few seconds is not important, but any more than that is not acceptable.)

Copies of the music
*You need a copy of the music for the Adjudicator. Your name, competitor number and section number should be written clearly on the front page. For example:
Agatha Smith
Competitor No. 31
Section V121
Loose sheets should be stapled together. Music needs to be handed in at the registration desk at least half an hour before the scheduled starting time of the section.
*Competitors are permitted to provide copies of the music (photocopy, downloaded from the internet) for the Adjudicator and the Accompanist, however, to comply with copyright laws, competitors must also produce the original copy of the music.
*If you are using the Official Accompanist, please furnish them with a copy before the section. (See notes below.)

Official Accompanist
*We will supply an accompanist for each section. Names, contact details and sessions each accompanist is playing for will be put on our web site as soon as possible before the event.
*If competitors intend to use the Official Accompanist, they must contact the relevant accompanist AT LEAST one week before the event and provide the accompanist with a good, clear copy of the music. This can either be the original, a copy downloaded from the internet, or a photocopy. Competitors can organise practice sessions with the accompanist at their own expense.
*It is unreasonable to expect the accompanist to play unfamiliar pieces at sight, to transpose into a different key or to play copies that are hard to read.

Backing tracks
*May be used in Popular and Music Theatre sections only. This includes duets from these two genres. There must be no vocals on the track.
*Competitors may use either a CD or a USB stick. Please label these with your name, competitor number and section number. CDs should only contain the one track. USB sticks should be put into a zip-lock plastic bag with a label attached listing the competitor’s name, number, section number and the name of the song for every item on the USB stick. For example:

Agatha Smith
Section V124 Popular Song
Competitor No. 15
“You Are My Sunshine.”

Section V125 Music Theatre
Competitor No. 29
“The Colours of the Wind.”

Presentation
*Competitors are required to announce the name of the piece they are singing, the name of any larger work from which it is taken and the composer. (For example “I will be singing ‘Tomorrow’ from ‘Annie’ by Charles Strous.”)
*Dress. As someone once said “Dress for a performance.” In Music Theatre, this may include costume if desired, although emphasis is placed on characterisation of the role.
*No competitor may render the same item in more than one section of the Singing Division in the same year.

DEFINITIONS

Classical Songs mean songs that belong to the educated European tradition, as distinguished from Folk, Music Theatre, Popular or jazz.

Any song
This does NOT include Music Theatre, Popular, Opera, Oratorio or Cantata.

Australian Song
Song by an Australian composer. Not Music Theatre, Popular, Opera, Oratorio or Cantata.

Music Theatre
Songs from any musical stage production or movie.

Popular
Means songs that have been widely circulated and commercially promoted as such. These can be from any era. They do not include songs from Music Theatre.

Folk Songs
Traditional songs from any country. They may be sung in the language of the country of origin, with or without accompaniment.

Duets
A piece written for two singers. Duets may be from any genre except Opera, Oratorio & Cantata. Please note that the adjudicator may take into consideration whether the selection is appropriate to the age of the competitors and whether it affords sufficient opportunity to display harmony and blend of voices.

RULES SPECIFIC TO THE SINGING DIVISION.

All competitors must participate according to these rules and conditions and any special conditions as may apply to individual divisions or events.

Time Limit
There will be a time limit noted for each section. Please adhere to this, as competitors may be penalised or disqualified if an item is considerably over time. (A few seconds is not important, but any more than that is not acceptable.)

Copies of the music
*You need a copy of the music for the Adjudicator. Your name, competitor number and section number should be written clearly on the front page. For example:
Agatha Smith
Competitor No. 31
Section V121
Loose sheets should be stapled together. Music needs to be handed in at the registration desk at least half an hour before the scheduled starting time of the section.

*Competitors are permitted to provide copies of the music (photocopy, downloaded from the internet) for the Adjudicator and the Accompanist, however, to comply with copyright laws, competitors must also produce the original copy of the music.
*If you are using the Official Accompanist, please furnish them with a copy before the section. (See notes below.)
Official Accompanist
*We will supply an accompanist for each section. Names, contact details and sessions each accompanist is playing for will be put on our web site as soon as possible before the event.
*If competitors intend to use the Official Accompanist, they must contact the relevant accompanist AT LEAST one week before the event and provide the accompanist with a good, clear copy of the music. This can either be the original, a copy downloaded from the internet, or a photocopy. Competitors can organise practice sessions with the accompanist at their own expense.
*It is unreasonable to expect the accompanist to play unfamiliar pieces at sight, to transpose into a different key or to play copies that are hard to read.

Backing tracks
*May be used in Popular and Music Theatre sections only. This includes duets from these two genres. There must be no vocals on the track.
*Competitors may use either a CD or a USB stick. Please label these with your name, competitor number and section number. CDs should only contain the one track. USB sticks should be put into a zip-lock plastic bag with a label attached listing the competitor’s name, number, section number and the name of the song for every item on the USB stick. For example:

Agatha Smith
Section V124 Popular Song
Competitor No. 15
“You Are My Sunshine.”

Section V125 Music Theatre
Competitor No. 29
“The Colours of the Wind.”

Presentation
*Competitors are required to announce the name of the piece they are singing, the name of any larger work from which it is taken and the composer. (For example “I will be singing ‘Tomorrow’ from ‘Annie’ by Charles Strous.”)
*Dress. As someone once said “Dress for a performance.” In Music Theatre, this may include costume if desired, although emphasis is placed on characterisation of the role.
*No competitor may render the same item in more than one section of the Singing Division in the same year.