Due to the continued COVID-19 situation in many states of Australia and the current guidelines
regarding public gathering and restrictions on venues, the 2020 VSMF will now be an online event
throughout Term 3 & 4
We want your students to still have the experience of performing and having their performances
adjudicated and streamed for friends and family to watch.
Each ensemble is to create a video with high quality audio (Please go to www.vsmf.com.au for details).
Submission are to be recorded as if it was a live performance. No editing, merging of tracks or effects
should be added to the recording.
At the start of your video your ensemble must introduce School name, ensemble and section, and
program as a live performance. Here is a chance to have your student leadership take a role.
The dates listed below are the cut off dates for you to submit your video for adjudication and streaming.
All performances will be streamed the in Term 4, details of streaming schedule to be advised.
Online Registrations will open on Monday August 24th 9am & close Thursday August 27th 2020.
Jazz Ensemble – Videos can be submitted between Friday September 18th – Friday October 16th
Junior Jazz, Intermediate Jazz & Senior Jazz
(Senior Jazz Ensembles will also have an options to register for an onsite adjudication and performance
workshop at their own venue, Dr. Rob Mc Williams (Jazz Music Institute QLD) Brisbane.)
Orchestra – Videos can be submitted between Friday September 18th – Friday October 16th
Beginner Strings, Junior Strings, Intermediate Strings, Senior Strings & Symphony Orchestra
Concert Band (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Intermediate & Advanced Concert Band) – Videos can be
submitted between Friday September 18th – Friday October 16th
(Advanced Concert Bands have the option to register for an onsite adjudication and performance
workshop at their own venue, Dr. Rob McWilliams, Education Outreach Clinician for Yamaha Music
Australia will be available for onsite workshops in Brisbane. (Other states upon request.)
Choir – Videos can be submitted between Friday September 18th – Friday October 16th
Upper Primary, Junior Secondary, Open Secondary
All purchase orders should be made out to:
Hal Leonard Music Foundation
ABN 13 085 333 713
4 Lentara Crt
Cheltenham, Vic, 3192
Victorian School Music Festival
The Victorian School Music Festival involves school bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles and choirs in performing in some of Victoria’s premier performing spaces – Hawthorn Arts Centre and Geelong Grammar School S.P.A.C.E. and many others.
Performing at VSMF is the full sensory experience with young musicians performing on stage in their ensemble, receiving given immediate feedback on stage from a highly skilled adjudicator. Participants are involved in listening to others in performance, watching how it can be done differently with opportunities to analyse their own performance back at school by listening to the recording and watching the video provided. Teachers can measure how their students change when under the pressure of a real performance. Watch your students transform as an adjudicator works with them (perhaps even repeating what you say…?) and see their eyes light up when they realise how well they can play when working together for the same goal.
After their performance, conductors are given the opportunity to work backstage with a skilled conducting clinician, reviewing video footage and engaging in conversation.
Take VSMF as an opportunity to get timely and relevant feedback on how your ensembles are progressing, how you can enhance teaching and learning in your rehearsals.
The structure of each event consists of three basic activities:
The Festivals provide the following opportunities for students and teachers: