Competition Rules (6,838KB)
Preliminary Screening Application Form
Ages 12 - 15 (no younger than 12 and no older than 15 on the day of the
(Junior high school students for Japan-based choirs)
Ages 15 - 18 (no younger than 15 and no older than 18 on the day of the
(High school students for Japan-based choirs)
Other than Category I and II
■ Entry Qualification
・ For Japan-based choirs, choir members in Category I or II could be students
of the same school or several different schools.
・ Category III could be any choirs other than Category I or II ; i.e. university,
・ The number of singers should be 2-16(no fewer than 2 and no more than
16) and up to and including 16, and member changes for musical pieces will
be approved only within the registered members.
・ A conductor and an accompanist will be included in the singers when they sing in the choir.
・ No singer shall compete as a member of more than one choir in the competition,
regardless of the categories. A conductor and an accompanist will not be
included in this regulation.
・ No qualification is required for a conductor or an accompanist. For Japan-based
choirs, a principal shall approve a conductor or an accompanist for Category
I or II.
・ The Gold titled choirs (5 choirs in each category) shall proceed to the
Grand Champion Competition on the last day.
・ In principle, a singer who has not performed in the category competition
will not be able to perform in the grand champion competition.
・ There is no compulsory work in any category. All music pieces performed
will be determined by the competitors.
・ For each category, the overall duration of performance time from the beginning
of the first piece until the end of the last piece (including time between
songs) must not exceed 10 minutes.
・ For the Grand Champion Competition, the overall duration of performance time from the beginning of the first piece until the end of the last piece (including time between songs) must not exceed 15 minutes.
・ Failure to comply with the above rules will result in disqualification.
■Order of Performance
・ The order of performance in each category, including the performing day
for Category II shall be determined by lot, drawn by representatives from
each choir at the organizer’s office on a specified date. Choirs that cannot
attend the sortition shall leave the selection to the organizer.
・ The order of performance in the competition for the Grand Champion Competition
shall be determined by lottery, drawn by the organizer.
・ The instruments and style of accompaniment shall be up to each competing
・ A piano (Steinway&Sons), a cembalo (J.C.Neupert), a positive organ
and a pipe organ (Marcussen&Sons) will be provided by the organizer.
The pitch of the piano will be A=442Hz.
・ If the contestants use musical instruments other than the above, they are expected to carry their own instruments, and will be responsible for the required expenses.
・ If the contestants require a person to turn the pages of notes, each choir
shall prepare for it.
■ Judging and Evaluation
・The following judges will evaluate the competition.
Carl Høgset (Chorus Master), Kunio Imai (Chorus Master),
Shinsuke Kishi (Chorus Master), Masatoshi Sasaki (Vocalist),
Rikuya Terashima (Composer), Tatsuo Minagawa (Music Historian),
Saburo Watanabe (Chorus Master)
・ Each competition is evaluated according to a round system specified separately.
■ Prizes and Awards
・ The competition will be evaluated in each category, and Gold (Top 5 choirs
in each category), Silver, Bronze or Excellence prizes will be awarded
to every participating choir in each category.
・ In the Grand Champion Competition, JPY 500,000 will be awarded to the
best choir, JPY 300,000 to the 2nd winner, JPY 100,000 to the 3rd winner
and JPY 30,000 to other finalists.
・ In addition, the "Governor of Fukushima" Award will be awarded
to the best choir, "Mayor of Fukushima" Award to the 2nd winner,
"Superintendent of Education" Award to the 3rd winner.
■ Special Concert
・ All overseas choirs are asked to perform at the friendship concert on
the last day. We will announce detailed information after the preliminary
・ On the day of the performance, the participating choir will be able to
do a rehearsal twice at the venue. For the further details, you will be
separately informed after the preliminary screening.
・ The travel agency authorized by the organizer will be able to book a rehearsal
room in the city, upon request. Please see the information provided by
the travel agency separately.
・ Up to 2 members of the participating choirs can look over the competition hall on the day before the performance at a time specified later.
・ Copyright royalties for the pieces managed by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) will be paid by the organizer.
・ .If the competitors partially omit or rearrange the piece, they have
to gain an approval from the composer (the copyright holder) in advance.
・ The information provided by the participating choirs will be used for
organizing the competition, such as posting on websites, printing in publications,
recording to CDs or DVDs, and provided to the mass media and parties related
to management of the competition.
・ The organizers or the companies authorized by the organizer may use pictures,
sound recordings and video recordings on the Internet, in publications
and broadcasting, and provide the information to the mass media. The companies
authorized by the organizer will sell pictures and recordings in the form
of photos, CDs or DVDs.
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