Victoria School Music Festival

Orchestra

2021 Dates:

VSMF Orchestra Section
May 31st, June 1st - 3rd
Leonardian Centre, St Leonard's College

Key:

BSG = Beginner String Group/Primary Orchestra, JSO = Junior String Orchestra, ISO = Intermedia String Orchestra, SSO = Senior String Orchestra, SO = Symphony Orchestra

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 Orchestra 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 Tuesday March 23rd & close at 5pm on Thursday 25th March 2021.
  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 vsmf.com.au
  5. Requests made after March 25th (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences.

Download 2021 VSMF Orchestra Proposed Timetable

Fees                   

  1. $75.00 per school ensemble plus $10.00 per participating student.
  2. Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  3. Cancellations received prior to May 7th 2021 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After May 7th 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 Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.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 ensemble will be given an arrival time. After registration the ensemble will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the ensemble.
  2. 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.
  3. Each ensemble will participate in three activities:

PERFORMANCE

Pre-performance warm –up & tuning period

Performance to a panel of adjudicators

ON STAGE TUTORIAL

Post Performance workshop on stage with the chief Adjudicator

LISTENING

Each ensemble will listen to 2 other ensembles perform.

Participation Criteria

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA           

SCHOOL ENSEMBLES

  1. The festival is open to students who are currently attending primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college orchestras.
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that ensemble rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form & co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not play with the ensemble except in the beginner strings section or primary school orchestra section, refer to the category information for further explanation.
  4. All school groups must be supervised at all times. It is not the responsibility of the festival staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening sessions.
  5. No school may register the same ensemble or an ensemble comprising of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior string orchestra & Intermediate String Orchestra)

    CHOICE OF SELECTION & 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 be made at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

 

PERFORMANCE TIME LIMITS

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. 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 Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES

  1. Participating groups are required to provide copies of each of their scores for adjudication purposes. Two (2) copies are required for Symphony Orchestra, Senior String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra, Junior String Orchestras, Beginner String Group & Primary School Orchestras.
  2. All changes to the score must be clearly indicated (eg. Double bass part being played on the cello).
  3. Each score is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked and bars numbered.

AWARDS

Each ensemble will receive an award, refer to ensemble information for details.

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools may not use their own drumkits but may bring their own cymbals.
  3. Schools must provide all percussion mallets required for their performance and all auxillary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.
  4. The following equipment is supplied for ensembles: Chairs, music stands, conductor’s stand, podium, snare drum, drum kit (with cymbals), suspended cymbals, hand (crash) cymbals, congas, bongos, 4 timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, gong, bass drum, chimes, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier, keyboard amplifier, electric piano and acoustic piano.

Performance Criteria

PERFORMANCE CRITIERIA

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.

BEGINNER STRINGS/PRIMARY STRINGS

      Beginner String Group/ Primary School Orchestra

  • Open to any string ensemble that has not performed in any festival or competition before 2021. Primary School Orchestra is open to any primary age string ensemble. Instrumentation should be appropriate to the repertoire chosen.
  • The ensemble must have a minimum of eight (5) players.
  • Performance time must not exceed eight (8) minutes.
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) contrasting published pieces of music.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the 2020 or 2021 Beginner String list
  • One teacher may accompany the ensemble, either on piano or playing from the podium.

All ensembles will receive a Performance Award plaque acknowledging their performance.

JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA                      

  • An ensemble consisting of: Violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello & double bass.
  • Minimum number of performers is ten (10).
  • Performance time not to exceed ten (10) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the 2020 or 2021 Junior String Orchestra list
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

INTERMEDIATE STRING ORCHESTRA        

  • An ensemble consisting of: Violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello & double bass.
  • Minimum number of performers is twelve (12)
  • Performance time must not exceed fifteen (15) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the 2020 or 2021 Intermediate String Orchestra list.
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

SENIOR STRING ORCHESTRA                         

  • An ensemble consisting of: Violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello & double bass.
  • Minimum number of performers is twelve (12)
  • Performance time must not exceed twenty (20) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • At least one piece must be selected from the 2020 or 2021 Senior String Orchestra list.
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                

  • A balanced ensemble consisting of a full string section with additional woodwind, brass & percussion. The usual instrumentation for an orchestra is: violin 1, violin 2, viola/3rd violin, cello double bass, flute x 2, oboe x 2, clarinet x 2, bassoon x 2, French horn x 4, trumpet x 2, trombone x 3, tuba x 1 and percussion.
  • The minimum number of performers is thirty-five (35).
  • Performance time is not to exceed twenty (20) minutes
  • Each ensemble must play at least two (2) published (in print & commercially available) movements or pieces of music showing contrasting styles.
  • The suggested repertoire is to be used as a guide for standard of entry into this category.
  • All ensembles are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze award.

 

SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE STANDARD

The following repertoire is used as a guideline only for standard of entry for this category.

These pieces are not compulsory.

Themes from March Slav Tchaikovsky / Bernotas
Habanera from Carmen Bizet / Richard Meyer
Nostalgia Rossano Galante
Arabian Dances Brian Balmages
Alpha and Omega Soon Hee Newbold

2021 Orchestra Repertoire

Download 2021 VSMF Orchestra List

BEGINNER STRINGS/PRIMARY STRINGS

Grade: .5 – 1.5

Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Celtic Sunrise Soon Hee Newbold
Dizzy Digits Ricard Meyer
Gamelan Groove Spata Doug
King Dorian’s Court Jim Palmer
Little Critters Brian Balmages
Over the Rolling Down Anne Svendsen
Two Holiday Snaps Stephen Chin
Un Deux Trois Quatre Offenbach / Bob Phillips

 

JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA

Grade 1.5- 2.5

Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Bushrangers Ballad Loreta Fin
Charming Czardas Loreta Fin
Green Grows the Laurel Renata Bratt
Hootenanny Neridah Oostenbroek
Serenity Bruce W. Tippette
Temple Raider Mark Hillegass Jr
Three Buccaneers Kathryn Griesinger
Two Tiny Tangos Stephen Chin

 

INTERMEDIATE STRING ORCHESTRA

Grade 2.5 – 3.5

Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Beauty and Fire (The Quest Begins) Chris Thomas
Chasing Shadows Michael Kamuf
Dances from Terpsichore Michael Praetorius
Hoedown Showdown Neridah Oostenbroek
Rush Neridah Oostenbroek
Somerset Lament and Reel, A William Camphouse
Urbanicity R. Scott Whittington

 

SENIOR STRING ORCHESTRA

Grade 3.5 +

Each Ensemble must perform at least one work from the prescribed list below.

Century One Tusonic Richard Meyer
Effervscent Neridah Oostenbroek
Grieved Soul, The Jeremy Woolstenhulme
La Espanola Susan H Day
New Delhi Heights Kirt Mosier
Orient et Occident Saint-Saens / Baker Monday
Waltz from Masquerade Suite Khachaturian / Lynne Latham

Mark Sullivan

Chief Adj, String & Full Orchestra Section

Mark Sullivan has spent more than 38 actively advocating for the development of quality music programs in schools. He has worked in over thirty schools in Australia and the USA, teaching strings at all levels. He has directed outstanding String and Symphony orchestras and designed the curriculum and policy documents to support emerging programs.
Mark was awarded the inaugural ABODA Queensland, Outstanding Ensemble Director’s award and in 2011 was awarded the NEiTA National Inspirational Teaching Award. He has also been a guest presenter at conferences including the National Positive Schools Conference, Maryborough Music Conference and ABODA state conferences.
Mark is committed to enhancing the quality of instrumental music teacher training and was appointed as a State advisory teacher and an advanced skills teacher. He has also worked as a part time lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. He maintains a broad interest in the wider community, leading camps and clinics, adjudicating at festivals and eisteddfods and was the founder of the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra.

Amberley Bremner

Chief Adj, Beginner & Junior Strings

Amberley is a passionate and experienced educator, performer and conductor who has studied and performed both nationally and internationally. Alongside music education and performing, Amberley has studied a masters of music therapy, working in children’s hospitals highlighting her passion for using music to support and inspire.

Amberley is actively involved in supporting music education, conducting with Melbourne Youth Orchestras and loves her position as Head of Junior School Strings at Scotch College, which fulfils her passion for instilling young people with a life-long love and appreciation of music. Amberley’s life is filled with music and she loves any opportunity to share her fun with others.