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The Competition

National Youth Music Competition 2017

THIS IS THE LATEST AND ONLY VERSION OF THE 2017 RULES FOR THE NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC COMPETITION. ALL OTHER VERSIONS ARE NULL AND VOID.
1. THE COMPETITION

The Competition is intended for young classical musicians who are pianists or orchestral instrumentalists; and is open to candidates who are not younger than 14 years or older than 19 years on 14 October 2017.
The purpose of the competition is to:

  • 1.1 Identify and promote the talent and abilities of young classical musicians.
  • 1.2 Expose the competitors to the requirements of professional careers as soloists and orchestral musicians.
  • 1.3 Develop the stage and performing abilities of our young classical musicians
  • 2. DATES AND VENUE

    2.1 A qualifying audition round of the Competition will take place, based on Competition website submissions and upload of the recordings of the audition works.
    2.2 Candidates who played in the third and final rounds of the 2016 National Youth Music Competition are exempted from auditioning for the 2017 Competition.
    2.3 The four competitive rounds will be held at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Parow, Cape Town. The first three rounds will take place from 10 to 13 October 2017 and the final round and gala concert will take place on 14 October 2017.
    2.4 At the final round and gala concert on 14 October 2017, finalists will be performing their selected concertos with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

    3. CATEGORIES

    A. Piano
    B. String instruments
    C. Wind instruments
    D. Brass instruments
    E. Other orchestral instruments (e.g. harp, percussion)

    4. PRIZES, MEDALS AND AWARDS

    • First Prize Gold Medal R30 000
    • Second Prize Silver Medal R10 000
    • Third Prize Bronze Medal R 6 500
    • Categories: Prize Winners Silver Medal R 5 000
    Runners-up Bronze Medal R 3 000
    • All final-round competitors R 2 500
    • All third-round competitors R 2 000 (Note that the first prize of R30 000 includes the category prize.)
    • Michael Masote Prizes for the most promising candidate in each category R 2 000
    • Leon Hartshorne Prize for the best woodwind instrumentalist R 4 000
    • Pauline Nossel Prize for the best performance of a classical work by a pianist R 4 000
    • Polina Burdukova prize for the best performance by a string instrumentalist of a work by a Russian composer R 4000
    • Best performance of a concerto in the final round R 4 000
    • Best performance of a South African work in any round R 2 500
    • Shadow Jury Prize for the most promising semi-finalist, who is not a finalist, as voted for by the Shadow Jury R 3 000
    • Unisa Prize for category winners and category runners-up to allow them to enter a Unisa grade examination in 2018 at no cost.
    • The Competition winner will be invited by Overstrand Arts/Kunste (OAK) to perform in a concert in Hermanus at a date to be determined.
    • The Competition winner will be invited to perform at The Darling Music Experience at a date to be determined.
    • Western Cape finalists/finalist will be invited by the Hugo Lambrechts Trust to perform in a concert at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium at a date to be determined.
    • All recital commitments must be taken up within six months of the Competition or as determined by the concert organisers. Arrangements will be made directly between the concert organisers and the winner.

    5. ENTRY

    The closing date for entries is 22 May 2017.
    5.2. A website upload of the applicant’s own playing of the audition works (see 6.4.2). Each work must be recorded as a separate track.
    • Orchestral instrumentalists must include works with piano accompaniment.
    • The recording must be of excellent technical quality. Poor quality disadvantages candidates.
    • The applicant's face and hands must be visible throughout the recording.
    • The recording must be clearly and visibly labelled, showing the applicant’s full name and place of recording.
    The procedure for uploading the recording directly to the Competition website is as follows:
    1. Go to nymc.co.za
    2. Click on the upload video link on top of the page in the right corner or in the footer section under online documents.
    3. Login using username: nymc and password: nymc2017
    4. Browse for the file you have recorded on your computer and click upload.
    5. Wait for the upload to completely finish before closing the window.
    5.3 The entry form and payment must be completed online at www.nymc.co.za, and the following is required:
    5.3.1 A non-refundable entry fee of R300.
    5.3.2 The entrant’s curriculum vitae of no more than 100 words, to be uploaded with the entry form.
    5.3.3 5.3.3 The website upload of the audition works.
    5.3.4 5.3.4 A head-and-shoulders photograph of the entrant in JPEG format with a DPI of not less than 300 to be uploaded with the entry form.
    5.4 For enquiries contact:
    The Administrator
    National Youth Music Competition
    PostNet Box 18
    Private Bag X10
    Panorama
    7506
    Tel: +27 (0) 82 654 0630
    Fax: 086 678 3276
    E-mail: abcomm@global.co.za

    6. COMPETITION RULES

    By completing, submitting and uploading the entry form and other documents, the entrant accepts all the rules and regulations of the Competition and the decisions of the jury. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may lead to disqualification.
    6.1 ELIGIBILITY
    6.1.1 The competition is open to pianists and orchestral instrumentalists.
    6.1.2 Competitors may not enter for more than one instrument in the same year.
    6.1.3 Competitors may not be younger than 14 years or older than 19 years on 14 October 2017.
    6.1.4 A maximum of twenty-five (25) competitors will be admitted to the competitive rounds.
    6.2 ADJUDICATION
    6.2.1 The competition is judged cumulatively over the four public rounds.
    6.2.2 The decision of the jury is final and will be announced at the end of the second and third round.
    6.2.3 After the third round, the Jury will give feedback to those competitors who do not progress to the final round.
    6.2.4 6.2.4 Medals will only be awarded to third round competitors and finalists.
    6.2.5 Only final-round competitors will be considered for the Leon Hartshorne Prize.
    6.2.6 Prizes will not be awarded to competitors who do not adhere to all the rules.
    6.2.7 The adjudicators are under no obligation to award prizes if performance standards do not warrant this.
    6.2.8 No correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions of the jury; and competitors may not appeal against the decisions of the jury.
    6.3 ROUNDS
    6.3.1 The Competition will consist of a qualifying audition round per video recording, uploaded to the Competition website and the competitive rounds which are open to the public.
    6.3.2 Should related instruments need to be switched for the purpose of a performance, this must not interfere with the timing of the programme. The competitor must consider very carefully whether the switch will cause intonation problems because no allowance will be made for problems resulting from the change.
    6.3.3 All competitors selected by the jury during the audition round will play in both the first and second rounds at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Parow, Cape Town, after which the first elimination of competitors will take place.
    6.3.4 A maximum of twelve (12) competitors will be selected for the third round and a maximum of six (6) competitors will be selected for the final round.
    6.3.5 Competitors selected to participate in the four rounds of the Competition in Cape Town are not allowed to accept other performance engagements during the period of the Competition and must ensure that they are available for all scheduled Competition sessions, including rehearsals with the orchestra, where applicable. Special arrangements to accommodate outside activities will not be made for individual competitors.
    6.4. REPERTOIRE
    6.4.1 General
    • All works are to be chosen by the competitor, subject to the requirements stipulated below.
    Important: works may not be repeated in the first three competitive rounds. • The chosen repertoire for the different rounds should consist of contrasting works from different style periods.
    • Competitors may not perform their own compositions or own transcriptions. Transcriptions by recognised composers are allowed.
    • Full details of each work of the applicant’s repertoire must be listed on the entry form and should include (in block capital letters)
    a. Name of composer;
    b. Full title of the piece;
    c. Catalogue/Opus Number;
    d. Movement;
    e. Approximate duration.
    • When selecting repertoire for solo rounds, competitors should bear in mind the following criteria:
    a. Musicianship and virtuosity;
    b. Musical expressiveness and interpretative ability;
    c. Contrasts in tempo and character;
    d. An understanding and portrayal of different musical style periods, i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary.
    • Any repertoire changes must be submitted in writing and signed by both the competitor and the teacher. No changes to the repertoire will be allowed after 18 August 2017.
    • Different movements from a work played will be considered collectively as one (1) work. However, different movements from a substantial sonata, played in different rounds, will be allowed as separate pieces.
    • The order in which pieces are to be performed in each round is at the discretion of the competitor.
    • Repeats are not required, but da capos should be performed.
    • Pianists are required to perform all works from memory.
    • Concertos for all instruments in the third and final rounds must be played from memory.
    • Pianists may perform only solo works in the audition round and in rounds 1 and 2 (i.e. no concerto movements or other works with second piano accompaniment). This applies also to the recital part of the third round.
    • The jury retains the right to stop the performance if the competitor exceeds the allotted time.
    • Competitors, who play less than the minimum time or more than the maximum time allocated for the different rounds, will be penalised by a percentage point reduction from their allotted mark for each minute or part of a minute played shorter or longer than the allocated time. They may also be disqualified.
    • Competitors may be requested to provide copies of scores.
    • All Competition repertoire is subject to approval by the Competition organisers.
    6.4.2 Qualifying Audition Round (Website Upload))
    • A video recording of a programme consisting of two (2) contrasting works, not exceeding 10 minutes must be uploaded to the Competition website.
    • These works must form part of the competitor’s repertoire for the recitals in the first three rounds.
    • One of these works should be from the Baroque (or pre-Baroque) or Classical period.
    • Each work must be recorded as a separate track and uploaded onto the website.
    • The procedure for uploading the recording directly to the Competition website is as follows:
    1. Go to nymc.co.za
    2. Click on the upload video link on top of the page in the right corner or in the footer section under online documents.
    3. Login using username: nymc and password: nymc2017
    4. Browse for the file you have recorded on your computer and click upload.
    5. Wait for the upload to completely finish before closing the window.
    6.4.3 First and Second Rounds – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    • At least 4 (four) works from three (3) different style periods, one of which must be a South African work must be presented as follows:
    • One (1) of the works performed during the first or second round must be a movement from a Classical or Romantic sonata. A sonata movement from a later style period is allowed for brass instruments, saxophone and percussion.
    • First Round: Two (2) contrasting works from different style periods: minimum duration of 8 minutes and a maximum duration of 10 minutes;
    • Second Round: At least two (2) new contrasting works from different style periods: minimum duration of 12 minutes and a maximum duration of 15 minutes.
    6.4.4 Third Round – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    • A recital with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and a maximum duration of 25 minutes, consisting of contrasting works; as well as and in addition to;
    • A movement from a concerto (1st or 3rd movement); or a single work for the chosen instrument and orchestra; or two movements from a concerto (slow and fast movements); or a complete concerto - all subject to a maximum duration of 20 minutes (to be performed with piano accompaniment). For further requirements regarding the concerto, see ‘Final Round’.
    • PLEASE NOTE THE THIRD ROUND CONSISTS OF THE RECITAL AND THE CONCERTO; however, the concerto stands on its own and is not part of the recital programme.
    • Candidates will be allowed a 5 minute break between the recital and the playing of the concerto.
    6.4.5 Final Round – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    • Repeat performance of the concerto performed in the third round, accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Competitors are required to choose their concerto for the final round from the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Library concerti list, which can be requested from the Competition organisers.
    • In the event that the competitor cannot find an appropriate concerto on this list, an application to present another concerto, which must include the following information, needs to be submitted:
     Full title of chosen work and composer.
     Publisher of the work.
    • Approval of the concerto is subject to the suitability of the work within the context of the Competition and availability of the necessary orchestral parts in South Africa. Should the orchestral parts of the chosen concerto not be available in South Africa and have to be sourced from abroad, the competitor may be held responsible for the cost incurred. The decision of the Competition organisers on this matter is final.

    7. ACCOMPANISTS

    Qualifying competitors are responsible for arranging and payment of their own accompanists. The Competition Administrator can be contacted to assist with providing names and contact details of accompanists in Cape Town.

    8. STAGE BEHAVIOUR AND DRESS GUIDELINES

    Stage deportment and dress form an important and vital part of any performance. In this regard, competitors are referred to the Stage Behaviour Guidelines: The Whys & Hows, compiled by Dr Becky Steltzner of the University of Cape Town. The document can be requested from the Competition organisers.

    9. ACCOMMODATION, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT

    Qualifying competitors are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, travel and transport. The Competition Administrator can be contacted about suggestions for accommodation close to the Competition venue.

    10. RECORDING OF PERFORMANCES

    The organisers reserve the right to record all performances during the Competition, to be used at their discretion for radio and television broadcasts. By signing the entry form, each competitor renounces all rights, fees and claims relating to such recordings, films and broadcasts.

    Rights regarding the Competition performance, recordings, or films, belong to the National Youth Music Competition. No fee is payable to any competitor on account of these performances or any recordings or broadcasts thereof (whether live, streamed, on the internet or otherwise.)

    Contact Us

    • Date :

      10 to 14 October 2017

    • Address:

      Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Parow, Cape Town

    • Phone Number:

      +27 (0) 82 654 0630

    • Fax:

      086 678 3276

    • Email:

      abcomm@global.co.za