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

REGULATIONS FOR HOLDING JEAN SIBELIUS ON-LINE VOCAL CONTEST

November 12 - 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.

Participation rights: The IХ International Jean Sibelius Vocal Contest is open for all performers from 10 years and older in the following categories: Solo vocal 10-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old, 18-20 years old, 20+ years old (* professionals and *amateurs), duos, trios and quartets, vocal ensembles from 5 to 12 people.

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

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

 

Deadline for applications is October 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 October 10th:

  • 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.

 

REPERTOIRE OF THE CONTEST

Solo vocal

The organizers shall determine the procedure of contestants’ performance at Jean Sibelius Solo Vocal Contest. In all categories, except for the contest category 20+ years *professionals, the competition shall be held in one round.

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  • 10-11 years old

The program for contest participants' performance:

  1. A folk song (composer's adaptation)

  2. A romance or a song.

The maximum program duration is 5 minutes.

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  • 12-14 years old

The program for contest participants' performance:

  1. A folk song (composer's adaptation)

  2. A romance or a song.

The maximum program duration is 5 minutes.

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  • 15-17 years old

The program for contest participants' performance:

  1. A folk song (composer's adaptation)

  2. A romance or a song.

The maximum program duration is 5 minutes.

 

  • 18-20 years old

The program for contest participants' performance:

  1. A composition by Jean Sibelius.

  2. A composition of choice (an aria from opera or oratorio at the participant’s choice)

The maximum program duration is 8 minutes.

 

  • 20+ years old:

* professionals

* amateurs

The competition in this category shall be held in two rounds (for professionals only).

The program of performance for the contest participants in the first round is the same for both professionals and amateurs:

  1. A composition by Jean Sibelius.

  2. Two compositions of choice (an aria from opera or oratorio at the participant’s choice)

The maximum program duration is 12 minutes.

  • In the categories Duo, Trio, Quartet, and Ensemble, the competition shall be held in the following age categories: up to 10 years, 11-16 years, 17-20 years, 20+ years, and a mixed age group.

The performance program for duos, trios, quartets, and vocal ensembles shall be the following:

  1. A folk song (composer's adaptation)

  2. A romance or a song.

The contest repertoire must include two compositions with a maximum total duration of 8 minutes. The compositions must be diverse, and the repertoire must be consistent with the age of the performer.

 

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 October 10, 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 Vocal 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

Website: www.jsfestcompetition.com