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Choose your festival experience
Marimbafest Australia has 4 ticket options:
SINGLE ENTRY PASS
COMPETITION ONLY PASS
FESTIVAL PASS (Recommended)
Use our questions below to figure out which one suits you best!
Do you only want to watch the concerts?
NO TICKET NEEDED if you just want to watch any of the three FREE Marimbafest public concerts: the Artist Concert (Friday), the Grand Concert (Saturday) and the Gala Concert (Sunday). You don't need to register - just come!
Do you only want to watch certain classes?
If you're only interested in seeing one or two classes, or are on a budget, then our SINGLE ENTRY PASS is for you! All Marimbafest workshops can be observed passively by any non-participants for just $30 per person per workshop. You don't need to register for this option. Simply buy the SINGLE ENTRY PASS at the door of the workshop you wish to go to!
Are you only interested in the Marimba Competition?
If you just want to participate in our Open Marimba Competition and not attend any classes, our affordable COMPETITION ONLY PASS is for you! This lets you participate fully in the Competition, where you will perform solo and potentially win some prizes. You will also receive feedback on your performance from our judging panel to help you with your development as a player. Register below to sign up for the COMPETITION ONLY PASS!
Do you want the full Marimbafest festival experience? (Recommended option)
If you want to get the most out of Marimbafest, we highly recommend our most comprehensive ticket option, the FESTIVAL PASS! The FESTIVAL PASS allows you to enjoy all of Marimbafest as a festival participant.
Learn new things about marimba performance and composition by actively participating in all intensive masterclasses and workshops. Showcase your skills and potentially win prizes by participating in the Open Marimba Competition. Rehearse intensively with faculty and perform in public concerts alongside your fellow participants in the Marimbafest Festival Ensemble. Find out more about your playing with a private lesson with the faculty of your choice. You can do all this and more with the FESTIVAL PASS.
Marimbafest 2020 Cancellation Notice (updated 19 April 2020)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO JULY 2021
Due to the COVID-19 situation happening globally, we regret to inform that Marimbafest 2020 (originally scheduled for July 2020) has now been cancelled.
We look forward to launching a new Marimbafest event in July 2021, and we welcome everyone to support us then.
All ticket holders have now been refunded. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
Please stay safe during these next few months. Thank you for your support.
THE MARIMBAFEST COMPETITION
The Marimbafest Marimba Competition is the competition of Marimbafest 2020.
The Competition is a 3 STAGE Solo Marimba Competition for all levels of solo marimba players.
The Competition happens during Marimbafest 2020 (3rd July 2020 to 9th July 2020) between Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July.
You must be a Festival Pass OR Competition Pass holder to participate in the Competition.
All Competitors must be able to attend the Reception on the evening of Friday 3rd July 2020.
The 2020 Competition will have two categories based on age:
A CLASS: only for competitors under the age of 18
OPEN CLASS: open category for competitors of all ages
Competitors will automatically be allocated to classes based on their age as of 3rd July 2020.
No other restrictions apply (e.g. nationality, school).
If you are under 18 and would like to participate in OPEN CLASS, please specify this during registration.
The Competition will be judged by our five faculty members:
Dr Lynn Vartan (USA)
Dr Wei-Chen Lin (Taiwan)
Kana Omori (Japan)
Dr Matthew Lau (Hong Kong)
Robert Oetomo (Australia)
Find out more about our Faculty here
ONLINE VIDEO SUBMISSION (BY 1ST JUNE 2020)
After registering, you will be asked to submit ONE online video of a work from the 2020 Competition Repertoire List.
A CLASS: you can choose from either the A CLASS or OPEN CLASS List to perform.
OPEN CLASS: you can only choose works from the OPEN CLASS List.
Your video will be checked before you are passed to STAGE 2.
LIVE COMPETITION SEMIFINALS (SAME SOLO AS STAGE 1 OR NEW SOLO)
After you have passed STAGE 1, you will play one solo marimba work live at Marimbafest 2020, assessed by our judges.
In STAGE 2, you may play the same work as STAGE 1, or play a different piece from the List.
You will play in your respective CLASS and be eligible for that CLASS' prizes only.
LIVE COMPETITION FINALS (ONE COMPULSORY SOLO AND ONE SOLO OF YOUR CHOICE)
The judges will determine TOP 3 competitors from both A CLASS and OPEN CLASS to proceed to the finals.
In FINAL STAGE, you must play TWO solos:
The Compulsory Solo for your CLASS, and
A solo of your choice no longer than 15 minutes (which cannot be the same as STAGES 1 and 2)
The Faculty Panel will then determine which finalist is the winner of the Marimbafest Competition.
Marimbafest is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of activities that enhance your marimba playing and musicianship.
It allows you to work closely with inspirational faculty members and develop relationships with participants who share the common love of performing and listening to keyboard repertoire.
- Carissa Soares (AUSTRALIA - WA)
Marimbafest 2019 Participant
First Prize, Marimbafest Marimba Competition
University of Western Australia
More information on Prizes coming soon!
Last year, the 2019 Marimbafest Marimba Competition had over $10,000 worth of major and side prizes for 12 winners,
as well as gifts for all participants.
2020 MAIN PRIZES - OPEN CLASS
MARIMBAFEST 2020 FIRST PRIZE (OPEN CLASS)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 SECOND PRIZE (OPEN CLASS)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 THIRD PRIZE (OPEN CLASS)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 CHOICE AWARD (OPEN CLASS)
2020 MAIN PRIZES - A CLASS
MARIMBAFEST 2020 FIRST PRIZE (A CLASS)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 SECOND PRIZE (A CLASS)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 THIRD PRIZE (A CLASS)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 CHOICE AWARD (A CLASS)
OTHER PRIZES AND GIFTS
MULTIPLE SIDE PRIZES AVAILABLE (announced April 2020)
MARIMBAFEST 2020 PARTICIPANT GIFT PACK for all participants
Marimbafest for me was an awesome experience! I didn’t know what to expect coming from overseas into a new competition and festival, but I felt that it was very organized and very welcoming. I loved getting to know everyone and learning from the teachers and other participants.
I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better time. I can’t wait to visit to Perth again, whether it’s for Marimbafest or just to eat Tim Tams. I’m glad I chose to come to this unforgettable experience.
- Austin Choi (USA)
Marimbafest 2019 Participant
New York University
COMPETITION REPERTOIRE LIST
Competitors must choose one work from the Repertoire List for STAGE 1 and STAGE 2 of the Competition.
A CLASS Competitors may choose from both A CLASS and OPEN CLASS Lists.
OPEN CLASS Competitors can ONLY choose from the OPEN CLASS List.
Works with * red asterisks * are signature solo works either composed or arranged by Marimbafest 2020 Faculty and Artists.
A CLASS REPERTOIRE LIST
Edwards, Ross Marimba Dances Australian Music Centre
Gerassimez, Alexej Eravie Edition Svitzer
Hopper, Adam Ghost Garden C. Alan Publications
Monkman, Jesse Parody Tapspace Publications
Oetomo, Robert Two Lullabies Edition Svitzer*
Sejourne, Emmanuel Nancy Volton Musikverlag
Smadbeck, Paul Virginia Tate Keyboard Percussion Publications
Muramatsu, Takatsugu Land Yano Music Publishing
Tan, Adam Moon Edition Svitzer*
OPEN CLASS REPERTOIRE LIST
Abe, Keiko Dream of the Cherry Blossoms Zimmermann
Abe, Keiko Frogs Studio 4 Productions
Abe, Keiko Itsuki Fantasy for Six Mallets Xebec
Abe, Keiko Marimba d'amore Xebec
Abe, Keiko Memories of the Seashore Schott
Abe, Keiko Variations on Japanese Children Songs Xebec
Abe, Keiko Wind in the Bamboo Grove Schott
Arlen, Harold Over The Rainbow (arr. Robert Oetomo) Tapspace Publications*
Berg, Daniel Blue Memories Edition Svitzer
Berg, Daniel Fantasy and Toccata Edition Svitzer
Berg, Daniel Helios Edition Svitzer
Berg, Daniel Phoenix Edition Svitzer
Bilic, Ivana Tafate Edition Svitzer
Burritt, Michael October Night Alfred Music
Cheung, Pius Etude in D major Pius Cheung
Cheung, Pius Etude in Eb minor Edition Svitzer
Cheung, Pius Etude in E minor Pius Cheung
Cheung, Pius Etude in F minor Pius Cheung
Cheung, Pius Poetic Fantasy Edition Svitzer
Daimo, Eriko Furusato Edition Svitzer
Edwards, Ross More Marimba Dances Australian Music Centre
Falk, Steve A Long Way Home Edition Svitzer
Falk, Steve Errol Street Edition Svitzer
Fukushima, Aiko Dance of Words Edition Svitzer
Golinski, Tomasz Luminosity Edition Svitzer
Hakase, Taro 情熱大陸 (Jounetsu Tairiku) (arr Kana Omori) Edition Svitzer*
Khachaturian, Aram Adagio (From Spartacus) arr. Johan Söderholm Edition Svitzer
Le Picard, Guillaume Abaca C.Alan Publications
Leuenberger, Manuel Anna Edition Svitzer
Lin, Chin Cheng Tango for Naoko Edition Svitzer
Lin, Wei-Chen Shanghai Impressions Edition Svitzer*
Lorick, Matthew Odessa PM Europe Publications
Marjan, Csaba Zoltan Lemuria - The Fallen Civilization Edition Svitzer
Marjan, Csaba Zoltan Niflheim Edition Svitzer
Martin, Freddy Bumble Boogie (arr Kana Omori) Edition Svitzer*
Mascagni, Pietro Cavalleria Rusticana (arr Eriko Daimo) Edition Svitzer
Miki, Minoru Time for Marimba Ongaku no Yomo Edition
Miyake, Kazunori Chain Maasbree : Beurskens
O'Meara, Rich Restless Mostly Marimba
Oetomo, Robert Etude de Paganini Edition Svitzer*
Oetomo, Robert Four Fantasies for Solo Marimba Vol. 1 Edition Svitzer*
Oetomo, Robert Four Fantasies for Solo Marimba Vol. 2 Edition Svitzer*
Oetomo, Robert Rainbow Edition Svitzer*
Piazzolla, Astor Libertango (arr Kana Omori) Edition Svitzer*
Piazzolla, Astor Verano Porteno (arr Pius Cheung) Pius Cheung
Sammut, Eric Cameleon Keyboard Percussion Publications
Sammut, Eric Four Rotations Keyboard Percussion Publications
Sammut, Eric Indifference Keyboard Percussion Publications
Sammut, Eric Variations on Porgy and Bess Keyboard Percussion Publications
Schwantner, Joseph Velocities Schott
Sejourne, Emmanuel Romantica Norsk Musikforlag
Stankovych, Yevhen Amazonka Edition Svitzer
Sueyoshi, Yasuo Mirage pour Marimba Ongaku no Yomo Edition
Sueyoshi, Yasuo Ripple Ongaku no Yomo Edition
Tan, Adam Path Edition Svitzer*
Tan, Adam Lotus Edition Svitzer*
Tarrega, Francisco Fantasia on Themes from La Traviata (arr Wei-Chen Lin) Edition Svitzer*
Tarrega, Francisco Marcia dal Tannhauser (arr Wei-Chen Lin) Edition Svitzer*
Thomas, Andrew Merlin Margun Music
Tyson, Blake A cricket sang and set the sun Blake Tyson
Vinao, Alejandro Khan Variations Alejandro Vinao
Yamada, Kosaku Red Dragonfly Edition Svitzer
Zeltsman, Nancy Black Velvet Edition Svitzer
COMPULSORY WORKS FOR FINAL STAGE
FOR A CLASS COMPETITORS
A new 4.3 octave marimba solo exclusively for Marimbafest 2020 composed by Adam Tan (announced around April 2020)
FOR OPEN CLASS COMPETITORS
A new 5.0 octave marimba solo exclusively for Marimbafest 2020 composed by Robert Oetomo (announced around April 2020)
Marimbafest was a very fun and enriching experience. I learnt a lot about how to improve my playing and performing, as well as learning how to develop myself through music.
Rehearsals were a lot of fun and everyone was really encouraging when someone made a mistake. It was nice to be able to meet famous percussionists from around the world and make new friends with a variety of people.
- Mischa Wong (AUSTRALIA - WA)
Marimbafest 2019 Participant
Perth Modern School
2020 MARIMBAFEST MARIMBA COMPETITION RULES
BELOW ARE THE DETAILED COMPETITION RULES FOR MARIMBAFEST 2020. BY PARTICIPATING YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
Marimbafest Australia is the operator of this Competition.
All decisions regarding prizes and winners are at the Faculty Panel's discretion.
The Competition's live rounds will be held at the Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium of Music.
Only Festival Pass and Competition Pass Holders who have successfully registered prior to 1st June 2020 may participate in the Competition as 'Competitors''.
No late entries will be accepted.
CATEGORIES (A CLASS AND OPEN CLASS)
The A CLASS Category is eligible to Competitors under the age of 18 as of 4th July 2020 only.
The OPEN CLASS Category is eligible to all Competitors without restriction.
All Competitors must participate in one CLASS, and cannot participate in both.
Competitors are only eligible for the Prizes and Awards for their respective CLASS.
All Competitors will submit videos for STAGE 1 for their respective CLASS.
Competitors who pass STAGE 1 will proceed to STAGE 2 and perform in live semifinals in their respective CLASS.
All STAGE 2 Competitors will be given feedback and ranked by the Faculty Panel.
The TOP 3 Competitors from each CLASS will perform in the FINAL STAGE in their respective CLASS (six (6) total 'Finalists').
The TOP 3 Finalists for each CLASS (six (6) total finalists) will be ranked according to the Faculty Panel's decisions.
FOR ALL PERFORMANCES
Marimbafest Australia supports the practice of using original copies and editions of sheet music.
If the Competitor requires sheet music on stage, the sheet music used must be the original published copy (including legally purchased PDF copies).
Competitors must not perform a work different to their initial choices of repertoire, unless given prior permission to do so.
All repertoire performed must be unaccompanied marimba solo music (no backing tracks, piano accompaniment etc).
Performances will be on a 5-octave Marimba One, Yamaha, Adams, Musser, Buffalo Percussion or Mode Marimba instrument.
STAGE 1 AND STAGE 2 PERFORMANCES
All STAGE 1 and STAGE 2 performances must be one solo work, 10 minutes or less in duration (multi-movement works accepted if under 10 mins total).
Competitors may only play repertoire from the Repertoire List at STAGE 1 and STAGE 2.
A CLASS Competitors can play any repertoire from either Repertoire List.
OPEN CLASS Competitors can only perform repertoire from the OPEN CLASS Repertoire List regardless of age.
STAGE 1 videos must be uploaded to YouTube in unlisted format, with no video or audio editing used.
STAGE 2 performances will be held at the Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA Conservatorium of Music.
Repertoire choices for STAGE 1 and STAGE 2 can be the same or different (but must be from the List).
FINAL STAGE PERFORMANCES
Competitors who advance to the FINAL STAGE must play two solo works, with a total duration of under 20 minutes.
A CLASS Competitors must perform the A CLASS Compulsory Work and one other unaccompanied marimba solo of their choice.
OPEN CLASS Competitors must perform the OPEN CLASS Compulsory Work and one other unaccompanied marimba solo of their choice.
All FINAL STAGE performances cannot use the same repertoire as STAGE 1 and/or STAGE 2.
Performances do not have to be from the Repertoire List, but can be if desired.
GOOD CONDUCT RULES FOR ALL PERFORMANCES
All Competitors must uphold a general good standard of behaviour.
Engaging in inappropriate, disruptive, offensive or disorderly conduct towards Competitors, Faculty, Staff or other individuals is prohibited.
Competitors must use appropriate mallets on the instrument that are not exceedingly hard for the register (e.g. very hard mallets in the lowest octave).
Instruments or any other property of the Conservatorium, Marimbafest Australia or any other parties must not be willfully damaged in any way.
Disruptions to other Competitors performances (e.g. making noises, taking photos with flash etc) is prohibited.
FINAL STAGE own choice performances must not contain inappropriate or offensive content.
Any Competitors found to be engaging in any bad conduct as above may be disqualified from the Competition and/or suspended from the Festival.
Competitors, as well as any other parties, may spectate, take photos of and record other Competitors whilst they are performing.
First Prizes, Second Prizes and Third Prizes can only be given to the finalists of each CLASS of the Competition.
All additional prizes (other than the 'Choice Award') can be given to any Competitors who have not already received First, Second or Third Prize.
The Choice Awards are decided by audience votes and can be given to any Finalists in their respective CLASS.
The Faculty Panel's decisions are final and cannot be changed.
Competitors, Staff and other personnel must not interfere with the judging process in any way.
In the event a FINAL STAGE Competitor (or Competitors) is/are unable to perform in FINAL STAGE, the Faculty Panel will choose the next best Competitor(s) from STAGE 2 to replace them. Once this happens, the original FINAL STAGE Competitor(s) is/are removed from FINAL STAGE and cannot return.
If a finalist is physically able to perform but does not successfully complete the performance, they will automatically be awarded the lowest prize available.
There is to be no tied Prizes. Each prize will only be awarded to one person.
In the event of a tied vote among the Faculty Panel, the Faculty will re-deliberate until a clear outcome is reached.
Recording and Photography
You may be recorded during your Competition performance for use in promotional materials.
The FINAL STAGE performances will be livestreamed publicly.
Audience members are permitted to take photos and record Competitors' performances.
Flash photography and use of any other lighting equipment is not permitted.
Recording devices must be silent while being used in order to not disturb Competitors.
Changes and Cancellation
These Rules are subject to change at any time by the Marimbafest Australia staff team in exceptional circumstances.
In the event of emergency circumstances such as serious medical emergency, natural and man-made disasters etc, the Competition may be rescheduled or cancelled.
If you are unsure about any of the above, please do not hesitate to ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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