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MARIMBAFEST MARIMBA COMPETITION 2020

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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.
EVENT DETAILS
 
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.
COMPETITION CATEGORIES
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.
JUDGING PANEL
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
 
 
STAGE 1
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.
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.
FINAL STAGE
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
 

COMPETITION PRIZES

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 marimba solo for Marimbafest 2020 composed by Adam Tan (announced around April 2020)
FOR OPEN CLASS COMPETITORS
A new marimba solo 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:
GENERAL
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.
COMPETITION PROCESS
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.
PRIZE INFORMATION
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 marimbafestaustralia@gmail.com.
 
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