Festival Rules & Eligibility

 

Online Registration Requirements

1. The Georgia Young Composers Festival invites works from high school, undergraduate, and graduate composers meeting the following requirements:

◦ For the high school and undergraduate divisions, composers must be residents of the state of Georgia and/or enrolled in a Georgia high school, college, university or other institution of higher education in the Fall of 2015, and must not have attained 25 years of age by October 15, 2015.

◦ For the graduate collegiate division, composers must be residents of the state of Georgia and/or enrolled in a Georgia college, university or other institution of higher education in the Fall of 2015, and must not have attained 30 years of age by October 15, 2015.

2. All composers must complete the on-line registration no later than October 30, 2015.

3. The application packet will consist of:

◦ One original completed composition (Specifications appear below)

◦ Proof of permission for the use of a copyrighted text, if applicable

◦ On-line registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/RBhTfvRN88

◦ Fee of $20 to be paid at:  http://tinyurl.com/lmu3u3d

                ◦ Due October 15th, 2015.

4. Compositions entered in the GYCF shall meet the following specifications:

◦ Each composer may submit only one original work for judging in the festival. The work must be solely composed by the composer. The work must not have been published.

◦ The length of the work shall be between three and six minutes.

◦ The work shall be for SATB choir either a cappella or with piano accompaniment. The work may also include divisi sections if desired.  Composers must provide a piano reduction for rehearsal purposes if the work is a cappella.

◦ For the text of the work, the composer may choose either an original text of the composer's creation, a text in the public domain or a copyrighted text.  Proof of permission to use copyrighted text must be provided along with the composition.

◦ The text may reflect a secular or sacred theme and may come from a language other than English, if desired. If the language is not English, the composer must provide a translation of the text.

◦ Composers may not make changes to the score once it has been submitted for judging. Once the Selection Committee has named the finalists, the composer may be asked to make small editorial changes in consultation with and at the discretion of the Director of the DeKalb Choral Guild.

5. All composers will receive a confirmation of the receipt of the application packet via electronic mail if an electronic mail address is provided.

 

The Selection of Finalists

1. A Selection Committee will meet to review all the compositions submitted for the festival to choose up to three finalists in each division. The Selection Committee will consist of professionals drawn from the choral music and composition community.

2. The Selection Committee will judge the compositions in several areas, including but not limited to: musicality, form, integration with text, score legibility, "singability," and, creativity.

3. All composers will be notified via electronic mail of their status by November 1, 2015.

4. The decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

5. The DeKalb Choral Guild reserves the right to veto any aspect of the competition including the competition itself. 

 

Requirements for Finalists

1. Each finalist and sponsor must commit to being present at the Georgia Young Composers Festival concert on March 5, 2016.

2. Each finalist must provide his or her own transportation to Atlanta for the concert.

3. Each finalist must provide the following documentation:

◦ A brief biography, no more than one page, no smaller than 12 point type.

◦ A digital photograph of the composer in JPEG format.

4. The rewards granted to each finalist shall include:

◦ Each finalist is invited to the Georgia Young Composers Festival weekend in Atlanta. The weekend will include a welcome reception, a dress rehearsal on March 4, 2016, a round table discussion with professional composers on March 5, and a concert on the evening of March 5.

◦ Each finalist's work will be performed at the Georgia Young Composers Festival concert in front of a live audience. It is also possible that the concert will be recorded for broadcast on radio and television.

◦ Each finalist will be personally recognized during the concert.

◦ Each finalist will receive complimentary tickets to the concert for the finalist's immediate family (parents or guardians and siblings), the finalist's sponsor and the sponsor's spouse.

◦ Each finalist will receive up to two hotel nights for one room at the hotel chosen for the festival. (Note: Any additional rooms or nights will be the responsibility of the finalist.)

◦ Each finalist will be recognized in press releases sent to a variety of media outlets throughout the State of Georgia and to organizations such as Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association.

◦ Each finalist will receive an audio recording of the concert and a video recording if available.

 

The Selection of the Grand Prize Winners

1. A Judges Committee will judge each work as it is performed during the GYCF concert to determine one Grand Prize Winner for each division. The Judges Committee will consist of professionals drawn from the choral music and composition community.

2. Before the concert, the Judges Committee shall decide the list of criteria upon which they will judge the works performed.

3. The decisions of the Judges Committee are final.

4. The Grand Prize winner of the high school division will receive a $250 cash award, the undergraduate division a $500 cash award, and the graduate division a $1,000 cash award.

 

Legal Considerations

1. In consideration for the rewards described below, each finalist agrees to grant the following rights or permissions to the DeKalb Choral Guild or its agents:

◦ Non-exclusive performance rights of the submitted work from March 5, 2016, through March 6, 2020.

◦ Permission to photocopy the musical scores for the use of judges, performers and workshop attendees at the Georgia Young Composers Festival.

◦ Permission to make audio and video recordings of the work during its performance at the Georgia Young Composers Festival.

◦ Mechanical duplication and synchronization rights (i.e. the right to reproduce and sell audio and video recordings) for up to 2000 copies of the work as performed at the Georgia Young Composers Festival.

◦ Broadcast rights for radio and television performances of the work as performed at the Georgia Young Composers Festival.

◦ Permission to include the finalist's and sponsor's photographs and names in any press releases or other media used to promote the Georgia Young Composers Festival.

2. The DeKalb Choral Guild assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies. Winners will be required to provide the DeKalb Choral Guild with appropriate tax information for reporting purposes before receiving any prize.

3. For any copyrighted text, the composer must provide written permission of use from the copyright holder with the application packet.

 

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