Please note, due to Covid-19, the Organizing committee made decision that the JSFest: Choral Competition will be held ON-LINE this year (12 – 15.11.2021).

 

REGULATION FOR HOLDING JEAN SIBELIUS ON-LINE CHOIR CONTEST

November 12 to 15, 2021

TURKU, FINLAND

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Organizer: The International Cultural Association of Turku (Turun kansainväliset kulttuurimarkkinat yhdistys ry) in collaboration with the Finnish company SEM Consulting Oy and the Union of Russian Composers.

 

Rights of participation: The IХ  International Jean Sibelius Choir Competition 2021 is open for participation of choral groups in all genres and ages (adults, youth, juniors, and children). The choirs participating in the contest are divided into the following categories:

1. Adults (female, male, mixed choirs)

2. Youth choirs (youth female up to 25, youth male up to 25, mixed youth up to 25), and children's choirs up to 16 years old.

Please note that the age of choral group participants must match the one specified as on the day of participation in the contest!

The competition shall be held remotely, in the absence of contestants.

 

Deadline for applications is November 1, 2021.

The application form can be found on the website www.jsfestcompetition.com

Applications are to be sent by email to info@semconsulting.fi 

After receiving an application from a contestant, he will get a personal registration number (the registration number will be send with invoice)

Please, note: Separate application for each nomination!

 

For all participants the online competition shall be held in one round.

The participants, who are going to take part in the competition, must send to the Organizing Committee via e-mail info@semconsulting.fi the following documents before November 1:

  • a photograph of the contestant

  • a photocopy of passport or birth certificate

  • videomaterial (YouTube links or MP4 files via WeTransfer)

Technical requirements: recorded works must be presented in separate files. Each file must also be named (the registration number and the name of each particular work).

For example (participant registration number-15):

15. 1-J. Sibelius, Valse Triste

15. 2-A. Glazunov, Song of the minestrel

and etc., by the number of works of the declared competition program.

 

Video recordinng requirements:
• The video recording must be made no earlier than January 1, 2019.
• Both professional and amateur recordings are permitted, subject to all other requirements.
• Each song should be shot in one continuous take. It is forbidden to process and correct vocals using any effects and edit video during performance.
The competitor can submit all required songs within one video recording. All works of the competition program are performed in succession one after another and the recording must be made in one file without interruption and editing. Pauses in recording between compositions are allowed.
• The video must clearly show the competitor (full height), the accompanist and the instrument (piano or grand piano).  All members of the choir/ensemble must be clearly visible.
• You can sing with a live pianist in your video.
Due to the COVID - 19 situation, in the 2021 competition, we are allowing the singer to use the recorded accompaniment. The accompaniment should be piano or keyboards only. The phonogram (backing track) should not contain anything but music.
Orchestral accompaniment and backing tracks created in MIDI format are not allowed.
• Exceeding the time limit for the execution of the competition program by more than 60 seconds is not allowed.
If the video recording does not comply with the technical requirements of the Competition, the organizing committee has the right to demand that the video material be provided in the required quality or reject the application.

 

PROGRAMME

Adult choral groups (over 25 years old) are divided into the following categories:

 

Category A: with a compulsory composition

A1 Mixed choirs, A2 Male choirs, A3 Female choirs

Programme: four compositions are performed:

1. Compulsory composition by J. Sibelius

2. Three compositions at own choice

The performance time is 15 minutes. Maximum one composition with accompaniment.

 

Category B: Without compulsory compositions

B1 Mixed choirs, B2 Male choirs, B3 Female choirs

Programme: four compositions are performed:

1. Three compositions at own choice

2. A folk song adaptation

The performance time is 15 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category C: Sacred Music

C1 Mixed choirs, C2 Male choirs, C3 Female choirs

Programme: three compositions of sacred music are performed:

1. A composition by the 18th- / 19th-century composers.

2. Two compositions at own choice

The performance time is 12 minutes. All compositions are performed a cappella.

 

Category D: Folk music

D1 Mixed Choirs, D2 Male Choirs, D3 Female Choirs

Programme: three folk compositions are performed:

1. A composition from the participants' country

2. Two compositions at own choice

The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category E: Vocal and Choral Ensembles

E1 homogeneous vocal and choral ensembles up to 12 people, E2 mixed vocal and choral ensembles up to 16 people

Programme: three compositions are performed:

Three compositions at own choice

(Adaptation of a folk composition from the participants’ country shall be allowed).

The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category F: Seniors (age category 50+ years)

Programme: three compositions are performed:

Three compositions at own choice

(Adaptation of a folk composition from the participants’ country shall be allowed).

The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category G: Virtual Choir
G1 Mixed Choirs, G2 Male Choirs, G3 Female Choirs
Programme: three compositions are performed:
1. A composition from the participants' country
2. Two compositions at own choice
The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Children's and youth choral groups are divided into the following categories:

 

Category A: Children and Youth Choirs

A1 Children choirs up to 16, A2 Homogeneous youth choirs (youth female up to 25, youth male up to 25), A3 Mixed youth choirs (from 16 to 25 years old)

Programme: four compositions are performed:

1. Three compositions at own choice

2. A folk song adaptation

The performance time is 15 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category B: Sacred Music

B1 Children choirs up to 16, B2 Homogeneous youth choirs (youth female up to 25, youth male up to 25), B3 Mixed youth choirs (from 16 to 25 years old)

Programme: three compositions are performed:

1. A composition by the 18th- / 19th-century composers.

2. Two compositions at own choice

The performance time is 12 minutes. All compositions are performed a cappella.

 

Category С: Folk music

С1 Children choirs up to 16, С2 Homogeneous youth choirs (youth female up to 25, youth male up to 25), С3 Mixed youth choirs (from 16 to 25 years old)

Programme: three folk compositions are performed:

1. A composition from the participants' country.

2. Two compositions at own choice

The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category D: Vocal and Choral Ensembles

D1 Homogeneous vocal and choral ensembles up to 12 people (under 16 years),

D2 Homogeneous vocal and choral ensembles up to 12 people (16 to 25 years),

D3 Mixed vocal and choral ensembles up to 16 people (up to 16 years),

D4 Mixed vocal and choral ensembles up to 16 people (16 - 25 years)

Programme: three compositions are performed:

Three compositions at own choice

(Adaptation of a folk composition from the participants’ country shall be allowed).

The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Category E: Virtual Choir
E1 Mixed Choirs, E2 Male Choirs, E3 Female Choirs
Programme: three compositions are performed:
1. A composition from the participants' country
2. Two compositions at own choice
The performance time is 12 minutes. Maximum two compositions with accompaniment.

 

Registration fee and participation payment:

Application registration: 30 €. Should the applicant cancel his participation, this amount is not refundable.
Cost of participation: €70 / soloist, € 110 / duo, € 130 / trio and € 140 / quartet, €160 quintet.

Ensembles starting from five peoples pay € 200.

 

The registration fee and the participation payment must be effected before November 7, 2021

A scanned copy of confirmation of payment for application registration must be sent to e-mail address: info@semconsulting.fi

 

JURY

The jury of Jean Sibelius Competition consists of internationally recognized professional singers, musicians and teachers.

 

PRIZES AWARDED AT THE CONTEST

Participants are evaluated in each nomination and age group separately: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places shall be awarded a diploma of I, II, III, IV, V and VI degrees in each age group. It may be possible that some special diplomas will be granted.

 

The competition results will be published on the website www.jsfestcompetition.com on November 16, 2021.

The Organizing Committee send participants diplomas by e-mail from 18 to 23 of

November 2021.

 

 

RIGHTS OF ORGANIZERS

The Organizers of Jean Sibelius Choral Contest hold exclusive rights to radio broadcasting, video and audio recording, television broadcasting, photographing the contest performances, as well as posting them on the website and in other information systems without paying any compensation to the contestants and their pianists. A contestant who does not comply with these regulations may be excluded from the contest.

 

CONTACTS

Email address:  info@semconsulting.fi

Contact phone: +358505238257

сайт: www.jsfestcompetition.com