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6th International Choral Contest of Concert Programs

«IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS»

Format: «remote»

St. Petersburg, Russia
9 – 12 December, 2021

 

Dear friends!

We invite you to take part in the 6th International Contest of Concert Programs «IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS» from 9 to 12 December, 2021 in St. Petersburg (Russia) in remote format.

The purpose of the Contest is to create an atmosphere of preparation for the Christmas, draw attention to the choral art and to help to expand the repertoire of Christmas songs for choirs involving contemporary authors.

Participation in the Contest should contribute to the preservation and development of traditions of choral singing and help both the participants and leaders of choirs in their creative achievement, networking, and professional development.

 

ORGANISERS:

St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov

Council for Culture of the St. Petersburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church

Centre for International Cultural Cooperation «Inter Aspect»

 

PARTNERS:

Interregional Union of Concert Performers

Russian State A.I. Herzen Pedagogical University

St. Petersburg Music and Pedagogical College

 

PARTICIPANTS OF THE CONTEST:

  • Choirs and ensembles from all over the World, which desire to show their choral art.
  • No age limit of the participants.
  • The number of singers in ensemble is minimum 3 singers; no other limit of number in choir.
  • Amateur and professional choirs are permitted to compete (compete separately).

 

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • The choirs that sent the application with all necessary documents not later that 15 of November, 2021 by e-mail: interaspect@mail.ru and paid the fee are admitted to the contest.
  • Each team shall present one competitive program, arranged as a single concert (it is possible to send in all the works on separate tracks, but then it would be necessary to indicate the order of pieces so that the jury could evaluate the program in full), with a total duration of no more than 15 minutes (see rules below).
  • All participants (choirs/ensembles) provide to Organizing committee the following information:
  • introduction of the choir (CV) (in English; max 20 lines);
  • introduction of the conductor (CV) (in English; max 10 lines) (no obligatory);
  • color photo of the choir / ensemble.
  • On receiving the application, the Organizing Committee will send a special competition entry form to fill out: full titles of works, names of composers and authors of lyrics, as well as LINKS to the recordings of the competition program. The recordings must be posted on the YouTube channel (!), and the links only should be sent in.
  • With their application, the choirs agree to the rules and conditions of the competition as well as using photo and video materials for publication on the competition website: http://en.anticipationxmas.ru/ and on Facebook platform in group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interaspect/

 

RULES OF PERFORMANCE

Contest programme — some works at the choir’s own choice, total playing time not longer than 15 minutes. At least one piece must be a cappella. The program should include minimum one Christmas song or a carol. The jury evaluates the performance as a whole concert program (selection and combination of pieces), stage production is possible.

Requirement to competition materials:

  1. The competition is allowed to make video recordings of a live performance, (without editing elements, gluing frames, overlaying audio tracks).
  2. The competition is not allowed to stop the operation of the camcorder while recording one piece of performance.
  3. The video recordings should not be older than 2 years (preferably in 2020 or 2021).

ATTENTION!!!

Every choir (ensemble) have an additional opportunity to participate in the International Choir Competition of Chants to Mother of God “Zastupnitsa userdnaya” (“O Zealous Intercessor with God”), which will be held as part of the 5th International Choral Contest «IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS» (see the rules below).

 

THE ORDER OF THE COMPETITION

  • The deadline for application is November, 15.
  • Placement of materials in Facebook from 4 to 8 December.
  • The «IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS» Competition period: from 9 to 12 December.
  • “Zastupnitsa userdnaya” (“O Zealous Intercessor with God”) Competition period: 11 December.
  • Announcement of the results on December, 13.
  • Sending of Diplomas to participants.

 

JURY ASSESSMENT

The jury of professional experts of international level will judge contest programs.

The assessment will be based on the following aspects: difficulty of the performance, intonation, accuracy with respect to the written notes, rhythm, tempo, dynamic, agogics, vocal technique (tone production, diction, balance and overall), ensemble, accuracy of style, emotions, expressiveness, general impression, disclosure of the content, presentation, costumes, artistry.

EVERY CHOIR GETS ONE ASSESSMENT FROM 0 TO 10 POINTS FOR THE COMPETITION PERFORMANCE. Choir can get maximum 30 points from three jury members.

The decisions of the jury are final and may not be legally challenged.

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

Place Points Prizes
GRAND PRIX Highest score

(but no less than 27 points)

Grand Prix Diploma
1st Degree Winner (1st place) 25 – 29,9 Diploma of the 1st degree Laureate
2nd Degree Winner (2nd place) 21 – 24,9 Diploma of the 2nd degree Laureate
3rd Degree Winner (3rd place) 15 – 20,9 Diploma of the 3rd degree Laureate
Diplomant (4th Place) 9 – 14,9 Diploma of the Diplomant
Diploma of participation 1 – 8,9 Diploma of participation

SPECIAL PRIZES:

Special prizes of the jury:

  • for the best performance of Christmas songs,
  • for the best performance of sacred music,
  • for the best performance of the St. Petersburg composer’s work.

The jury will assess the achievement of conductors, accompanists, soloists separately (if announced as such in the program). According to the results of the competition the overall winners and special prize winners (scoring the highest) will be identified.

  • The prize to the best conductor of the competition.
  • The prize to the best male/female soloist
  • The prize to the best accompanist

The jury reserves the right to serve additional special awards or not award any of the above.

 

ENTRANCE FEE FOR CONTEST

Vocal ensembles (from 3 till 12 people) – 30 euro per ensemble

Choirs (from 13 till 25 people) – 45 euro per choir

Choirs (from 25 people and more) – 55 euro per choir.

The choirs (ensembles) pay the fee after the application is sent.

ATTENTION!!!

Electronic versions of Diplomas will be sent after the announcement of the results.

Reviews and comments of the jury can be sent by request of conductors.

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Website: http://anticipationxmas.ru/en

http://www.interfestplus.ru/en/

Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interaspect/

E-mail: interaspect@mail.ru

 

International Choir Competition of Chants to Mother of God

«Zastupnitsa userdnaya»

(«O Zealous Intercessor with God»)

Format: «remote»

St. Petersburg, Russia. December, 10 — 12, 2021

 

Dear friends!

We invite you to participate in the International Choir Competition of Chants to Mother of God «Zastupnitsa userdnaya» («O Zealous Intercessor with God») in remote format, which will be held from 10 to 12 of December, 2021 in St. Petersburg as part of the 6th International Choral Contest «IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS».

 

PARTICIPANTS OF THE COMPETITION

  • Choirs and ensembles from all over the World, which desires to show their choral art.
  • No age limit of the participants.
  • The number of singers in ensemble is minimum 3 singers; no other limit of number in choir.
  • Amateur and professional choirs are permitted to compete (compete separately).

 

RULES OF PERFORMANCE

Contest programme two diverse works at the choir’s own choice, dedicated to Mother of God (works can be of different denominations), total playing time not longer than 8 minutes. At least one piece must be a cappella.

Requirement to competition materials:

  1. The competition is allowed video recordings of a live performance, (without editing elements, gluing frames, overlaying audio tracks).
  2. The competition is not allowed stopping the operation of the camcorder while recording one piece of performance.
  3. The video recordings should be not older of 2 years (preferably in 2020 or 2021).

 

JURY ASSESSMENT

A jury consisting of professional specialists evaluates the competition.

The assessment will be based on the following aspects: difficulty of the performance, intonation, accuracy with respect to the written notes, rhythm, tempo, dynamic, agogics, vocal technique (tone production, diction, balance and overall), ensemble, accuracy of style, emotions, expressiveness, general impression, disclosure of the content, presentation, costumes, artistry.

EVERY CHOIR GETS ONE ASSESSMENT FROM 0 TO 10 SCORES FOR THE COMPETITION PERFORMANCE. Choir can get maximum 30 points from three jury members.

The decisions of the jury are final and may not be legally challenge.

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

Place Points Prizes
GRAND PRIX Highest score

(but no less than 27 points)

Grand Prix Diploma
1st Degree Winner (1st place) 25 – 29,9 Diploma of the 1st degree Laureate
2nd Degree Winner (2nd place) 21 – 24,9 Diploma of the 2nd degree Laureate
3rd Degree Winner (3rd place) 15 – 20,9 Diploma of the 3rd degree Laureate
Diplomant (4th place) 9 – 14,9 Diploma of the Diplomant
Diploma of participation 1 – 8,9 Diploma of participation

SPECIAL PRIZES:

Special prizes of the jury: «For the best competitive programme»

The jury will assess the achievement of conductors, accompanists, soloists separately (if announced as such in the program). According to the results of the competition the overall winners and special prize winners (scoring the highest) will be identified.

  • The prize to the best conductor of the competition.
  • The prize to the best male/female soloist
  • The prize to the best accompanist

The jury reserves the right to serve additional special awards or not award any of the above.

APPLICATION

The contest can be entered by sending the application form by e-mail: interaspect@mail.ru.

The deadline for application is November 15, 2021

Document required:

  • Application form with all the required information filled;
  • introduction of the choir / ensemble (CV) (in English; max 20 lines);
  • color photo of the choir / ensemble;
  • the planned contest programs.

 

ENTRANCE FEE IN COMPETITION

Vocal ensembles (from 3 till 12 people) – 35 euro per ensemble

Choirs (from 13 people and more) – 45 euro per choir.

(There is discount for participants of 6th International Choral Contest «IN ANTICIPATION OF CHRISTMAS»)

The choirs (ensembles) pay the fee after the sending of the application.

ATTENTION!!!

Electronic versions of Diplomas will be sent after the announcement of the results.

Reviews and comments of the jury can be sent by request of conductors.

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Website: http://en.anticipationxmas.ru/   and  http://www.interfestplus.ru/en/

Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Interaspect/

E-mail: interaspect@mail.ru