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Las Vegas Music Teachers Association Roger Bushell Scholarship Competition

Rules and Procedures 2019

2019 Competition Dates: March 29-31, Woodwind, Voice, Chamber, and Strings at Clark H.S.

Piano Events at Southern Nevada Music

 

Registration Period: March 2-9, 2019 

Winners’ Recitals: 

March 31, 2019 5:30 pm at Clark for Woodwind, Voice, Chamber & Strings

March 31, 2019 5:30 pm at Southern Nevada for Piano Events.

A first-place winner MUST perform in the designated recital in order to retain his or her title. 

 

Event Chair: Spencer Baker                                                                 

Senior Piano Chair: Pierce Emata                 

Junior Piano Chair: Polya Bankova                  

Winds Chair: Marlene Meagher            

Strings Chair: Iona Weathers               

Piano Ensemble Chair: Cheryl Thornton                    

Chamber Music Chair: Shakeh Ghoukasian          

Voice Chair: Suzanne Stone                          

Hospitality: Hanah Shields                 

 

Click here to download contact info for Bushell Administrators

Entrant Eligibility

Competitors must be no younger than 9 years of age and no older than 18 by March 29, 2019

Previous winners are eligible to compete in subsequent years.

 

 

Registration Procedures

     

The following was enacted June 3, 2005, by the LVMTA Board of Directors, and will apply to all LVMTA events. "Please do not enter this event if you, the participating teacher, will not be available to assist with this event in some way, either before, during or after."

Teachers are responsible for the online submission of registration forms, proof of age, student biographies, and entry fees by the end of the specified registration period. Please take extra precautions to confirm the following:

Students' names are spelled correctly. 

Repertoire is in correct style periods.

Students' ages are listed correctly (yes, they do grow up - please double-check your memory!)

Students' biographies are in proper biography format (paragraphs, not lists!)

Accepted formats for proof of age include a copy of a birth certificate, passport, or government-issued ID. Proof of age must be in English and must contain the date of birth.

Proof of Age is due at the competition. Bring it with you to the competition. A photo of it on your smartphone is acceptable.

Student biographies must not exceed 50 words and must be written in biography format. Resumes and lists will not be accepted.

Teachers will be notified of their students' competition times at least ten days before the event.

 

 

Application Fees

 

Solo:

LVMTA members: $75 per entrant

Non-members: $90 per entrant

 

Piano Ensemble:

LVMTA members and non-members: $35 per entrant

 

Chamber:

LVMTA members and non-members: $25 per entrant

Vocal Ensemble :

LVMTA members and non-members: $15 per entrant

 

Application fees are non-refundable, with the following exception: Fees will be refunded if a category is

cancelled for insufficient entries.

 

 

Divisions

Entrants may compete in the following divisions. An entrant may compete in more than one instrument or in both solo and chamber capacities, but an entrant may only compete in one age group per division.

Age groups are to be determined by the entrant's age as of March 29, 2019. Competitors falsifying their ages will be disqualified. Please double-check your students' ages and birth dates.

Piano ensemble, vocal ensemble and chamber groups are classified according to the age of the oldest competitor.

The category will be cancelled if there are fewer than three entries in a category, and applicants will be refunded.

 

Junior Piano Solo

Ages 9-10

Ages 11-12

Ages 13-14

 

Senior Piano Solo

Ages 15-16

Ages 17-18

 

Junior Strings Solo

Ages 9-10

Ages 11-12

Ages 13-14

 

Senior Strings

Ages 15-16

Ages 17-18

 

Junior Winds Solo

Ages 9-13

 

Senior Winds Solo

Ages 14-18

 

Junior Voice Solo and Vocal Ensemble

Ages 9-13

 

Senior Voice Solo and Vocal Ensemble

Ages 14-18

 

Junior Piano Ensemble (Duets/Duos)

Ages 9-13

 

Junior Piano Ensemble (Trios/Quartets/Quintets)

Ages 9-13

 

Senior Piano Ensemble (Duets/Duos)

Ages 14-18

 

Senior Piano Ensemble (Trios/Quartets/Quintets)

Ages 14-18

 

Junior Chamber

Ages 13-15

 

Senior Chamber

Ages 16-18

 

 

Time Limits

 

Each competitor will have a specified amount of time in which to perform his/her program.

Each competitor will be allowed to take up to a one-minute pause in between each piece. The pause is not required, but it will not count against the time limit.

Performances should flow in recital format. Judges will not interrupt performances. Performances exceeding the time limit will be stopped by the monitor, without penalty to the competitor.

 

Junior Solo - Piano, Strings

Ages 9-10: Not to exceed 10 minutes total

Ages 11-12: Not to exceed 10 minutes total

Ages 13 -14: Not to exceed 15 minutes total

 

Senior Solo - Piano, Strings

Ages 15-16: Not to exceed 20 minutes total

Ages 17-18: Not to exceed 20 minutes total

 

Junior Solo - Winds, Voice

Ages 9-13: Not to exceed 12 minutes total

 

Senior Solo - Winds, Voice

Ages 14-18 - Not to exceed 20 minutes total

 

Junior Piano Ensemble

Ages 9-13: Not to exceed 12 minutes total

 

Senior Piano Ensemble

Ages 14-18: Not to exceed 20 minutes total

 

Junior Chamber

Ages 13 -15: Not to exceed 15 minutes total

 

Senior Chamber

Ages 16-18: Not to exceed 20 minutes total

 

 

Repertoire

Solo Divisions

No competitor may use a musical selection that he/she has performed in previous years of this competition.

In the solo category, each competitor must perform a program that fits within the time limit specified for his/her division.

The program must feature one selection from two contrasting style periods from the following classifications: one from Baroque or Classical, and one from Romantic, Impressionist, or 20th Century. For the purposes of this competition, composers are classified according to the Music Teachers National Association classification system, available for reference at http://www.mtna.org/media/7 4548/ComposerClassifications.pdf.

Concerti are not allowed in the piano divisions.

Solo programs must be performed entirely by memory and should be of recital quality.

Neither cuts nor editing are allowed, even to stay within specified time limits.

If a concerto has a cadenza the student is expected to play the entire cadenza.

Student must provide an original copy of the cadenza being performed. 

Students are allowed to re-use only one piece from 2018 MTNA or Silver State Competitions this year due to the 2019 timeline of securing venue information and dates.  

Piano Ensemble Divisions

 

A piano ensemble is defined as a group consisting of two or more pianists, with no additional instruments. The ensemble may use a maximum of five pianos.

Concerto transcriptions are not allowed.

Chamber Divisions

Entrants may perform one movement of a chamber work from any style period, composed or arranged specifically for their instruments.

The movement performed must stay within prescribed time limits.

A chamber ensemble is defined as a group consisting of two or more different instruments. Piano ensembles (groups consisting only of piano) are not allowed.

Concerto transcriptions for solo instrument and piano accompaniment are not allowed. String and Wind competitors may enter such arrangements in the solo divisions.

Vocal Solo Divisions

No Competitor may use a musical selection that he/she has performed in previous years of this competition.

In the solo category, each competitor must perform a program that fits within the time limit specified for his/her division.

The program must feature selections from at least two contrasting style periods listed in the voice categories. The same goes for the CCM category, there are different style periods within each genre listed.

Solo programs must be performed entirely from memory and should be of recital quality.

Neither cuts nor editing are allowed even to stay within specified time limits.

 

Scholarships

 

A first-place winner will be selected in every division. Second place and honorable mentions may or may not be awarded, at the discretion of the judge(s).

The first-place winner of each division will receive a monetary prize and a performance in the winners’ recital. Winners of second place and honorable mentions will receive certificates of recognition.

If a winner does not perform in the recital, his or her title will be rescinded and awarded to the second-place winner. In the event that there is no second-place winner, no first place will be awarded.  

The monetary honorariums will be as follows

 

Junior Solo - Piano, Strings

Ages 9-10: $50

Ages 11-12: $75

Ages 13-14: $100

 

Senior Solo - Piano, Strings

Ages 15-16: $100

Ages 17-18: $100

 

Junior Solo - Winds, Voice

Ages 9-13: $75

 

Senior Solo - Winds, Voice

Ages 14-18 - $100

 

Junior Piano Ensemble

Ages 9-13: $100 (to be divided equally among the members of the winning ensemble)

 

Senior Piano Ensemble

Ages 14-18: $200 (to be divided equally among the members of the winning ensemble)

 

Junior Chamber

Ages 13-15: $100 (to be divided equally among the members of the winning ensemble)

 

Senior Chamber

Ages 16-18: $200 (to be divided equally among the members of the winning ensemble)

Junior Vocal Ensemble

Ages 9-13: $100 (to be divided equally among the members of the winning ensemble)

Senior Vocal Ensemble

Ages 14-18: $200 (to be divided equally among the members of the winning ensemble)

 

Judges

Piano, strings, piano ensemble, and chamber divisions will be adjudicated by three judges, one of whom resides outside of southern Nevada.

Winds and voice divisions will be adjudicated by one judge who resides outside of southern Nevada.

If there are fewer than five entries in a category, the category may be adjudicated by one local judge.

During the judges' residence in Las Vegas preceding and throughout the competition, only the chairperson and designated competition personnel shall interact with the judges.

Any competitor who is found to be interacting with the judges during this period will be disqualified.

Any competitor whose teacher or parent is found to be interacting with judges during this period will be disqualified.

Except in the case of competitor disqualification, judges' decisions are final.

Judges must select one first place winner per age group. Judges may also select up to one second place winner and up to two honorable mention recipients. Judges are not required to award any second place or honorable mention distinctions.

Vocal Adjudication Criteria

The adjudicators will be music professionals currently working in the music industry. Singers are adjudicated on beauty of voice, technical skill, musicality, accuracy, communication of text, diction, and presentation.

 

Accompanists

Competitors are responsible for securing an accompanist for the competition, as well as for the appropriate winners' recital in the event that the competitor is the first-place winner.

Teachers may not accompany their own students in the competition.

 

 

Competition Day Procedures

Each competitor must arrive and register at least 30 minutes prior to his/her scheduled audition time.

Each competitor will be provided with a warm-up room. All rooms are reserved for competitors just prior to their audition times, and other competitors may be asked to vacate rooms for competitors who are on the warm-up schedule.

Competitors must present to the judges published original scores of all music to be performed. At least one original score must be present in the room for the entire duration of the performance. Absolutely no photocopies or digital print music will be allowed. No IMSLP music will be allowed. The only exception to this rule is for out-of-print works, in which case the competitor must present written authorization from the publisher testifying to its out-of-print status and explicitly permitting the use of the photocopy for this competition. Plan ahead: the process of obtaining such written authorization can take a substantial amount of time, and no exceptions will be granted in its absence.

Measures must be numbered; at least the first number of every system. Teacher marks are admissible, but no names should be visible on the music. Music should be prepared in advance, with names covered and measures numbered.

 

Additional Rules and Procedures

Parents and entrants should not contact the competition committee for any matter. All communication regarding the competition should pass through the entrant's teacher. Any entrant or parent who contacts the committee will be redirected to the entrant's teacher.

The competition is open to the public. No one is allowed to enter or leave the room once the recital group has begun. Please do not bring young children to observe the competition.

Under no circumstances should teachers make obvious which competitors are their students. (This includes helping with tuning, adjusting the bench or any other equipment, page turning, giving instructions to students while judges are present, etc.)

Failure to follow the above-stated rules and procedures will result in the entrant being disqualified.

Audio or video recording and photography of the competitions and winners’ recitals are allowed, as the competition is open to the public. However, any recording devices or equipment may NOT block the adjudicators table or interfere with the flow of the competition and are only authorized for personal use. LVMTA Roger Bushell Competition does not record or video competitors nor take any responsibility for any media or online materials.

Teachers, double check your volunteer assignment, room number and time, and fulfill your assignment.

Vocal Ensemble Division

A vocal ensemble is defined as a group consisting of two or more vocalists. The ensemble may use instruments appropriate to the style.

 

 

Winners’ Recitals

Winners’ recitals are held the same day 5:30 pm at Clark High School and Southern Nevada Music. Winners play at their respective venue.

Each winner must play in his or her division's designated winners’ recital in order to retain the winning title

Performance is mandatory in order to receive the Scholarship check.

$10 Suggested donation per family and teachers to attend the recital and scholarship presentation.

For each entrant, a parent will be required to sign a commitment to arrange transportation to and from the winners’ recital, should the entrant receive first place.

It is the responsibility of all entrants to confirm their accompanists' availability for both the competition and winners’ recital. The winner may use a different accompanist in the recital if the competition accompanist is not available, but all repertoire that is accompanied in the competition must be accompanied in the recital.

Judges select the recital repertoire, and each contestant may only play one selection.

Warm-up time for the winners’ recitals is limited to participants arriving 45 minutes early. The venue does not accommodate private rehearsals, but there is a general warm-up area. Solo piano winners may warm up on the performance piano, but absolutely no warm-ups will be allowed within 20 minutes before each recital.

All participating teachers are strongly encouraged to attend both winners’ recitals in support of the competition, regardless of whether their students are performing.

Each winner is required to attend the full duration of the designated recital, in order to receive his or her monetary award.

Categories

Entrants may compete in the following categories. An entrant may compete in more than one instrument or in both solo and ensemble capacities, but an entrant may only compete in one age group per division. 

If there are fewer than three entries in a category, the category may be cancelled.

Vocal Categories 

Opera, Operetta, Art Song and Musical Theater

Vocal Ensemble3

Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM): 

A Cappella  

Country 

Folk 

Gospel 

Hip Hop 

Jazz 

Pop 

Rap 

R&B 

Rock 

Soul 

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