Please comply with all General Rules, as well as specific rules and directives that accompany each section and class.
1. The competitions shall be under the management of the Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts Executive Committee, hereinafter called "the Committee."
2. Decisions of the Committee in any matter not specified within the rules shall be final and binding.
3. All competitions are intended for amateurs, not professionals, as defined below.
4. A professional is any person whose principal means of livelihood is obtained from performance in a particular discipline. A person may be a professional in one discipline, for instance acting, but may still compete as an amateur in another discipline, such as music. Participants who only receive occasional remuneration for musical, theatrical or dance services are considered amateur and may compete.
5. In all classes in which an age limit is specified, competitors must be of the stated age as of December 31, 2012 Please include the age in the space provided on the entry form.
6. Duets, trios and ensembles are asked to average their ages and round up ot down to the nearest age class.
7. Performers in choirs, choral societies, orchestras or bands must be bona fide members of their respective organizations.
8. Conductors may be either professional or amateur, and may conduct any number of organizations in the same class, but must not sing with their choir or play with their orchestra or band. Jazz ensembles are exceptions to this rule.
9. Students studying with an adjudicator during the current Festival year, September 1/12 to June 30/13, may not compete in solo classes adjudicated by their teacher.
10. Unless otherwise indicated, performers must provide a purchased (not photocopied) version of their music or text for the adjudicator. If they forget to bring their music or text, they will receive adjudication but no marks or placements. Competitors are asked to deliver their selection to the adjudicator's secretary immediately prior to the competition and to retrieve it immediately afterwards.
11. Please include measure numbers at the beginning of each line of your score.
12. Test pieces for solo competitions must be memorized, unless otherwise stated.
13. RCM refers to the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto); CC refers to Conservatory Canada (London). All intermediate and senior competitors (grade 7 and higher) must select from current RCM or CC syllabi, using the syllabus requirements for the number of movements required.
14. Unless otherwise indicated, test pieces must be performed in the prescribed key. In choral, junior vocal and musical theatre classes, transpositions are allowed.
15. Competitors must perform at their current level of study or higher (but not lower).
16. Repeats in instrumental solos and duets are not to be played, but a da capo must be observed. Unless otherwise directed, take the second ending.
17, Time limit is seven minutes for open classes, unless otherwise specified in the Syllabus.
18. With the exception of trophy finals, competition selections may only only be performed once.
19. Entries are due on January 21th, 2013. Entries must be accompanied by the specified fee. Late entries will be accepted up to February 15th; however, you must add a $10 late fee for each class you enter.
20. Official Programs will be mailed to teachers with 10 or more entries. Additional copies may be ordered, on the Entry Form, for a fee of $10.00 each (including shipping and handling).
21. An entry form must be fully completed and signed, declaring that all the rules governing the entry form were observed. The conductor, secretary or other qualified official of a choir or band may sign on behalf of the organization. In duet, trio and ensemble classes, only one entry is required, with the names, ages and city of residence for each member listed on the form.
22. Under no circumstances will entry fees be refunded.
23. Please note any potential conflicts when submitting your entries. We will make every effort to accommodate performers who have scheduling challenges. At the same time, we reserve the right to shift a student from a class in which he or she is the sole participant to an approrpiate class with more competitors.
24. A scheduling notification is mailed to every teacher who has entries into the Festival. It is the teacher's responsibility to advise students of times, dates and places for their classes and to inform the Festival immediately if there are conflicts. Once the program is published classes will not be changed.
25. Performers must provide their own accompanists. For a list of accompanists, please contact the Festival office at email@example.com or call (519) 273-3011. Recorded accompaniment is allowed for instrumental jazz solos, recorders and show choirs.
26. No practicing will be allowed, before or after classes, on pianos used in the competition. However, rehearsal time may be arranged for Pipe Organ competitors.
27. A chord may be given on the piano at the commencement of each piece of unaccompanied music.
28. In order to preserve a high standard of performance in all classes, an award winner must achieve the following minimum marks: first prize 80%, second and third prize 75%. Unless these marks are obtained, prizes may be withheld, regardless of the number of competitors. To advance to Finals in piano, speech & drama or vocal, performers must achieve at least 83% in qualifying classes.
29. To be considered for a major award, such as a Kiwanis Award of Excellence, participants are strongly advised to enter at least three solo classes in the same discipline.
30. Trophies and awards are presented at the discretion of the adjudicators and the Committee, and may be transferred from one discipline to another if the Committee so chooses. Trophies are the property of the Festival and are on loan to winners for 10 months. Trophy winners will receive a plaque to keep, but must return the trophy to the Festival two months prior to the next Festival. Call (519)273-3011 for details.
31. Adjudicator's reports will be given to all performers at the close of each competition.
32. Award winners may be called upon to perform at Stars of the Festival on the evening of May 13th, 2013.
33. Please make your suggestions or express your concerns in writing to the Director of Competition during the Festival.
34. Decisions of the adjudicators are final.
35. The Kiwanis Club of Stratford is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, articles or persons in any of the venues used for competition during the Festival.