Victoria School Music Festival

Choir

2021 Dates:

VSMF Choir Section
August 4th - 6th
Leonardian Centre (St Leonard's College)

Key:

UPC = Upper Primary Choir, JSC = Junior Secondary Choir, OSC= Open Secondary Choir

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
228 Auburn Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419 556 460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Registration Closed

Registration for 2021 Choir is now at capacity and closed. Please click here to email us with your preference if you would like to be on the waiting list.

2021 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

REGISTRATION

Registration Process        

  1. Registrations open at 9am on Monday May 3rd & close at 5pm on Friday May 5th.
  2. There are a certain number of places available in each section, refer to the proposed timetable. Groups will be allocated to sections in the order registrations are received.
  3. NOTE: This may happen before the close of registrations. Once places are filled schools will be placed on a waiting list
  4. Registration can only be submitted on-line at www.vsmf.com.au
  5. Groups must indicate on their application form their 1st, 2nd & 3rd attendance preference for each category they are entering.
  6. Requests made after May 3rd (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences

Download 2021 VSMF Choir Proposed Timetable

  1. $75.00 per school band plus $10.00 per participating student.
  2. Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  3. Cancellations received prior to Friday 25th June 2021 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After June 25th no refunds will be made. Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.
  4. If the Festival is postponed or cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions, a full refund will be provided.
  5. Registrations will not be accepted without a school order number. A tax invoice will be sent on receipt of registration.

 

General Procedure

  1. Each choir will be given an arrival time. After registration the choir will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the choir.
  2. DHHS Covid19 Guidelines regarding live performances will be adhered to at all times.
  3. Standard COVID-19 safety measures that will include sanitising, audience spacing and mask wearing (if appropriate).
  4. Schools must adhere to arrival and departure times. Any school that departs without completing all activities without prior arrangement with the Festival Administrator may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
  5. Each choir will participate in three activities:

PERFORMANCE

Pre-performance warm –up

Performance to a panel of adjudicators

ON STAGE TUTORIAL

Post-Performance workshop on stage with the chief Adjudicator

LISTENING

Each choir will listen to 2 other choirs perform.

Participation Criteria

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

SCHOOL CHOIRS

  1. The Festival is open to students who are currently attending any primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college choirs
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that choir rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form and co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not sing with the choir.
  4. All school groups must provide the necessary ratio of staff supervision to the number students attending the Festival. It is not the responsibility of VSMF staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening and weekend sessions.
  5. No school may register the same choir or a choir made up of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior Secondary Choir & Open Secondary Choir)

Performance Criteria

PERFORMANCE CRITERIACHOICE OF REPERTOIRE

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding choice of music.
  2. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will not be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES

You will need to provide copies for all pieces you are performing

  1. Participating groups are required to provide two (2) copies of each work being performed for adjudication purposes.
  2. All changes to the work must be clearly indicated
  3. Each piece is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked.
  4. All pieces provided for the adjudicators must have each bar numbered.

 

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding performance criteria.
  2. If the total performance time as permitted in the performance criteria is exceeded, excess performance time will be subtracted from the on stage tutorial time.
  3. Each choir will receive an award being Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Refer to Choir Section information for eligibility.
  4. Excess performance of more than two (2) minutes may result in exclusion from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  5. Any choir that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  6. The decision of the panel of adjudicators is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

 

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools must provide all auxiliary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.

required for their performance

  1. The following equipment is supplied for all choirs: choir risers, conductor’s stand, keyboard amplifier, electric piano and acoustic piano.

 

ADJUDICATOR’S COMMENTS    

Adjudicators will provide both a written adjudication sheet and recorded comments. Adjudication comments are recorded and made available to all participating schools.

  • See details below for recommendation on making your best recording

Choir Section Information & Repertoire

Adjudicators will provide both a written adjudication sheet and recorded comments. Adjudication comments are made available to all participating schools.

PRIMARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 10 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 8 minutes
  • One teacher may accompany the choir on piano or guitar.
  • No recorded accompaniment may be used
  • Each Choir must perform at least two (2) contrasting, published pieces of music.
  • Repertoire suitable for this section could be sourced from the following books:
    Oxford Junior Voiceworks Vol 1 & 2
    Choral Time – Yr. 3 & 4 ,Bk 1 & Bk 2; Yr. 5 & 6 Bk 1, Bk 2 or Bk 3
  • Australian repertoire used at the ANCA Reading Day in February 2020 has been listed below:
    Some Days – Ben Van Tienen (Unison)
    Perfect Day – Daniel Brinsmead (2 part)
    Giant of the Forest – Glyn Lehmann (2 part)
    I’m a Spy – Ruth McCall (2 part)
    Little Bonsai Tree – Katherine Ruhle (2 part)
    Whenever the Wind is High – Todd McNeal (2 part)

Each Choir is required to perform at least one part song in their programme and is it is highly recommended choirs consider Australian works, selected from the list above, OR from lists available in previous years.

JUNIOR SECONDARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 10 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 10 minutes
  • One teacher may accompany the choir on piano or guitar.
  • No recorded accompaniment may be used
  • Repertoire suitable for this section could be sourced from the following books:
    Oxford Junior Voiceworks Vol. 1 & 2
    Choral Time Secondary Bk 1
  • Australian repertoire used at the ANCA Reading Day in February 2020 has been listed below:
    Lost the Plot – Paul Stanhope (SSA)
    Woodark – Todd McNeal (2 part)
    Songs of the Sea and Sky – Todd McNeal (2 part)
    A Red Robin – Daniel Brinsmead (SSA)
    A World of Happiness – Nicholas Buc (2 part)

Each Choir is required to perform at least one part song in their programme and is it is highly recommended choirs consider Australian works, selected from the list above, OR from lists available in previous years.

OPEN SECONDARY SECTION:

  • Minimum membership of 10 performers
  • Performance time not exceed 12 minutes
  • One teacher may accompany the choir on piano or guitar.
  • No recorded accompaniment may be used
  • Each Choir is required to perform at least one 3 or 4 part song in their programme, and one Australian work of their choice

Suggested Australian composers are: Paul Jarman, Mark Puddy, Annie Kwok, Dan Walker, Katherine Ruhle, Ruth McCall, Todd McNeal, Daniel Brinsmead, Ben Van Tiernen, Nicholas Buc, Glyn Lehmann, Deborah Cheetham and Paul Stanhope (all these composers have been featured in ANCA Reading Days from 2016 to 2020)

George Torbay

Chief Adj of Choir

George Torbay is currently the Head of Music Theatre, Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide.

A distinguished conductor, music educator, singing teacher, adjudicator, performer and director, Mr Torbay has served as Chief Conductor Choral Music for the NSW Department of Education, Lecturer in Singing at Federation University, advisor to Hal Leonard Australia and as the Director of Music for the television series Battle of the Choirs.
He completed studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts USA, the University of Sydney and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
His career began as a singer and an actor. While in the United States, he performed roles in West Side Story, Pinafore, 42nd Street, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Me and My Girl. His directing credits include the musical Chess with Normie Rowe, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, The Secret Garden, Urinetown, Titanic, Blood Brothers and The Hatpin. His opera directing credits include The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohéme and La Traviata.
Mr Torbay is a published arranger with Warner Brothers, Morton Music and Hal Leonard Australia. For Hal Leonard he has published eight books entitled CHORALTIME.
Geroge has worked closely with the AMEB and was appointed Syllabus Consultant to develop the Musical Theatre Syllabus and his the Chief Examiner – Music Theatre for AMEB NSW.