WCLV Jubilation 2009 Choir Festival Rules
The WCLV Jubilation 2009 Choir Festival is open to choral groups from any house of worship in Northeast Ohio wishing to participate. Because the mission of this choir festival is to remind Northeastern Ohio of the glorious and time honored tradition of choral music and to strengthen the standard of music in our houses of worship in the 21st century, Festival participation will be by audition, with six (6) finalist choirs singing before a live and broadcast audience on May 7th and 8th.
2: Goals or Objectives
The objectives of the Festival are:
Excellence in choral singing and to maintain the high level of choral singing in our region
Show a diversity of styles in a high level of choral technique
Promote choral singing in general
Choirs from any house of worship wishing to participate throughout the Northeastern Ohio region from the following counties may participate:
Choirs with section leaders and/or soloists
Choirs with section leaders and/or soloists are permissible within the confines of this Festival but the section leader and/or soloist must be a consistent member of the choir. To that extent, a list of the choir members must be provided with the attached entry form, and a signature stating that the section leader/soloist is a member of the choir on a consistent basis must be provided by the choir director.
4. Preliminaries - NOTE THAT THE PRELIMINARY ROUNDS HAVE TAKEN PLACE AND THAT THE FINALIST CHOIRS HAVE BEEN SELECTED. IF YOU MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE THIS YEAR, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTICIPATE NEXT YEAR.
The preliminary rounds are to be held by means of CD or tape recording and sent to the studios of WCLV 104.9 FM by March 18, 2009 in care of “WCLV Jubilation 2009 Choir Festival”, 26501 Renaissance Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44128 for adjudication by a panel of judges. The judges will decide from this pool of entries six (6) choirs that will go on to the final rounds.
In the preliminary rounds, choirs are asked to sing one (1) piece from the following list of required pieces and one (1) piece of their own choosing, of a contrasting nature whenever possible:
“Lord, for Thy Tender Mercies' Sake”, by Richard Farrant SATB a capella (any edition)
“Give Me Jesus”, African-American Spiritual, arranged by Larry Shackley (Alfred Publishing, SATB and piano, No. 20992; SAB and Piano, No. 20993.)
“The Lamb”, by John Tavener SATB a capella (Chester Music)
“How Lovely is thy Dwelling Place” by J. Brahms (English, any edition)
“He Watching Over Israel”, by F. Mendelssohn (any edition)
5. Final Rounds
- The final rounds will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 1007 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio at 8:00 pm both evenings May 7th and 8th. At the time of notification of the chosen choirs, WCLV will make the announcement of the six (6) finalists on the air at 104.9 FM on March 25, 2009. Finalists will also be listed on the WCLV web site at www.wclv.com. Rehearsal time for the six (6) finalists at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist will also be indicated at the time of notification, as well.
- Finalists will be asked to prepare and perform a complete 20 minute program for the final rounds. The 20 minute hour program must include at least one (1) selection that represents the Western Classical music era. The rest of program should represent a diversity of musical styles which may include sacred music from any era e.g., American Gospel, Folk, Western Classical, etc. Each choir in the final rounds will have fifteen minutes to assemble prior to performance and fifteen minutes to get off the stage after performance/broadcast time. Three (3) choirs on each evening of the Festival.
- Whenever possible the text in the music should be inclusive in language (for more information about inclusive language see (www.ucc.org/worship/inclusive-language/)
- Finalists will have access to a tuned grand piano and/or pipe organ for the performance, but must provide their own accompanists.
6. The Judges
The judges for the final rounds are:
Dr. Betsy Burleigh, Professor; Coordinator of Choral and Vocal Studies; Director, University Chorale and University Chorus, Assistant Director Choruses, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.
Dr. Craig Jessop, Head of Music Department, Utah State University and Former Director, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Dr. Joseph Martin, Famed Choral Director and Clinician, Director of Sacred Publications, Shawnee Press
The final six (6) choirs will be judged on their technical ability, their musicality and their work as an ensemble. We encourage choirs to demonstrate versatility via their programs. If your choir sings a particular style of repertoire then perform those pieces that serve to show further your technical prowess.
***Directors from each choir shall provide a signed waiver (provided on the entry form) giving their consent to WCLV to broadcast their ensemble live and to record the performance for later broadcast either/or on WCLV or archived on the WCLV website.***
First Prize is $1,000 toward the winning choir’s music program and trophy. Runners up 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th will also receive monetary prizes. All finalists will receive CD’s of their performances.
WCLV Jubilation 2009 Choir Festival Rules
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Pieces Chosen to perform:
(See rule #4 for required piece)
Media Type Enclosed:
Please return this entry form to: WCLV Jubilation 2009 Choir Festival, 26501 Renaissance Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44128. Entries MUST be received by March 18, 2009 to be eligible.
**Please attach a complete list of choir members.
For the director: I do hereby state that the choir members, including any and all section leaders and/or soloists participating in the WCLV Jubilation 2009 Choir Festival are consistent members of the choral ensemble for which I am director. I further give my consent for WCLV to broadcast my ensemble live and to record the performance for later broadcast either/or on WCLV or archived on the WCLV website.
Signature Choral Director