Organizers:

The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław
Faculty of Music Education, Choral Art
and Church Music
Choir Conducting Chair

Partners:

National Forum of Music

Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

 Honorary patronage:

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Wroclaw City Mayor
Wrocław - the meeting place

Marshal of Lower Silesia

Honorary Consulate of Austria

Honorary Consulate of Latvia

Honorary Consulate of Ukraine

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Italy

Rector of
The Karol Lipiński
Academy of Music
in Wrocław
The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

   

Competition Rules

7th International Choral Conducting Competition
TOWARDS POLYPHONY


 

I. GENERAL TERMS

  1. The 7th International Choral Conducting Competition TOWARDS POLYPHONY (the ‘Competition’) is being held by the Faculty of Musical Education, Choral Art and Church Music of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (the ‘Academy’).

  2. The Competition is part of the Musical Programme of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016.

  3. The Competition will take place from 7 to 10 December 2016 at the Academy’s registered office: pl. Jana Pawła II nr 2, 50-043 Wrocław.


 

II. PARTICIPANTS

The Competition is open to choir conductors, students of or graduates from Polish higher schools of music education or foreign art schools of higher education, born after January 1st, 1986.


 

III. ENTRY

  1. An entry is submitted by filling in a Competition entry form, posted on the Competition’s website: www.towardspolyphony.pl. A sample Competition entry form is attached to these Rules as Appendix No. 1.

  2. The following should be appended to the completed Competition entry form:

    1. a current portrait photograph,

    2. a scan of an ID document with the entrant’s date of birth,

    3. a scan of a higher education diploma or a certificate of the student status,

    4. a video recording (15-minute long, a working session with an ensemble – a rehearsal or a performance – made in the last two years).

  3. A reference from the Rector of the institution of higher education represented by the entrant, if any, would be welcome.

  4. The video recording, the photo and the document scans should be uploaded to one of the data storage services (e.g. Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box, Google Disk). The links to the documents and the recording should be provided in the form.

  5. The submission of a completed Competition entry form is regarded as acceptance of these Competition Rules.

  6. The deadline for submission of Competition entry forms is 10 September 2016.

     

IV. QUALIFICATION OF ENTRANTS

  1. Entrants will be qualified by a committee composed of the staff members of the Chair of Choral Art and Choir Conducting of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, on the basis of completed Competition entry forms including all the documents required under the Competition Rules.

  2. A maximum of 16 entrants will be admitted to the first stage of the Competition.

  3. The Committee may set up a list of stand-by entrants.

  4. The list of the entrants admitted to the first stage of the Competition will be posted on the website: http://www.amuz.wroc.pl and www.towardspolyphony.pl by 30 September 2016. Additionally, the successful entrants will receive a written notification from the Organisers by 5 October 2016.


 

V. FEES

  1. The entrants admitted to the Competition are required to pay a competition fee amounting to EUR 60.00 (or its equivalent in PLN at the mean rate of exchange prevailing on the day of payment) by 10 October 2016.

    Transfers to be made to:

    Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Lipińskiego we Wrocławiu

    50-043 Wrocław

    Pl. Jana Pawła II nr 2

    A/c:

    Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.

    40 1090 2398 0000 0001 0205 0428

    IBAN: PL 40 1090 2398 0000 0001 0205 0428, WIFT/BIC: WBKPPLPP

    Sender to receiver information: W STRONĘ POLIFONII

  2. A failure to pay the competition fee by the deadline specified in Sec. 1 above will be regarded as the entrant’s decision not to participate in the Competition.

  3. The Competition fee will not be refunded if the entrant decides not to participate in the Competition after 1 October 2016.

  4. The Organisers will provide board and accommodation to the competitors participating in a given Competition stage.

  5. From the moment of a failure to qualify for a successive Competition stage the costs of any further board and accommodation (i.e. starting from the hotel’s next check-in time) will be covered by the participant themselves.

  6. All accompanying persons will pay the costs of their stay in Wrocław on their own.

  7. The Organisers will not refund the participants’ travelling expenses.


 

VI. COMPETITION PROCEDURE

  1. The Competition will be composed of three stages, during which the participants will be evaluated on the basis of their work with choir ensembles.

    STAGE I. ROMANTIC LIED AND EARLY SACRED MUSIC

    • A: Romantic lied
      Time limit:
      10 minutes
      Ensemble: Feichtinum Choir of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

    • B: early sacred music
      Time limit:
      10 minutes
      Ensemble: Senza Rigore Chamber Choir of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław

    Work on twopieces of music chosen by lot drawn from the eight works given in the Stage I programme. For the purposes of the draw, the pieces have been divided into two groups (A ‒ Romantic lieder, B ‒ early sacred music).

    Each participant will choose by lot (without returning the drawn lot to the pool) one piece from each group. The draw will take place on 7 December 2016.

    STAGE II. 20TH CENTURY SECULAR MUSIC

    • A: song
      Ensemble:
      Choir of the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice

    • B: madrigal
      Ensemble:
      The National Music Forum Choir

    Time limit: 45 minutes; the participant will determine themselves how to split the rehearsal.

    Work on two pieces of music chosen by lot drawn from the eight works given in the Stage II programme. For the purposes of the draw, the pieces have been divided into two groups (A ‒ songs, B ‒ madrigals).

    Each participant will choose by lot (without returning the drawn lot to the pool) one piece from each group. The draw will take place on 8 December 2016.

    STAGE III. MODERN MUSIC

    • A: a modern piece in traditional notation
      Time limit:
      30 minutes (a morning rehearsal)
      Ensemble: The National Music Forum Choir (1st composition)

    • B: a modern piece in avant-garde notation
      Time limit:
      30 minutes (an afternoon rehearsal)
      Ensemble: The National Music Forum Choir (2nd composition)

    Work on and a concert performance of the two pieces chosen by lot out of the six listed in the stage programme. The pieces have been divided into two groups (A – traditional notation, B – avant-garde notation).

    Each participant will draw one piece from each group.

    Each participant will work in two stages: 30 minutes on piece A and – after the lunch break – 30 minutes on piece B. The draw will take place on 9 December 2016.

  2. A maximum of 16 entrants will be admitted to STAGE I, on the basis of the entries submitted by them.

    The eight participants with the highest STAGE I scores will be admitted to STAGE II.

    The five participants with the highest STAGE II scores will be admitted to STAGE III.


 

VII. PRIZES

  1. The Competition’s International Jury may award the following prizes:

    1st PRIZE

    A cash award of PLN 8,000

    A diploma

    2nd PRIZE

    A cash award of PLN 5,000

    A diploma

    3rd PRIZE

    A cash award of PLN 3,000

    A diploma

    DISTINCTIONS

    PLN 1,000

    A diploma

  2. Under the Competition Rules, other, special prizes may also be awarded.

  3. All Competition participants will receive certificates of participation.

  4. Decisions of the Jury are final.


 

VIII. COMPETITION SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2016

By 4.00 pm Arrival of jurors and participants

The Academy of Music Senate Hall:

7.00 pm Meeting of the participants with the jurors, draws to establish the order of performance and the pieces of music for Stage I

 

THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER 2016

The Academy of Music Concert Hall:

10.00 am Official inauguration of the Competition Presentation of the jurors and the participants

10.30 am-12.05 pm Stage I auditions (4 participants)

12.35 pm-2.10 pm Stage I auditions (4 participants)

4.00 pm-5.35 pm Stage I auditions (4 participants)

6.05 pm-7.40 pm Stage I auditions (4 participants)

Around 8.30 pm Announcement of Stage I results

Draws to establish the order of performance and the pieces of music for Stage II

 

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2016

The Academy of Music Concert Hall:

10.00 am-11.35 am Stage II auditions (2 participants)

12.00 pm-1.35 pm Stage II auditions (2 participants)

3.00 pm-4.35 pm Stage II auditions (2 participants)

5.00 pm-6.35 pm Stage II auditions (2 participants)

Around 7.30 pm Announcement of Stage I results

Draws to establish the order of performance and the pieces of music for Stage III

 

SATURDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2016

The Academy of Music Concert Hall:

9.30 am-10.00 am Stage III auditions – piece A (3 participants)

10.05 am-10.35 am

10.40 am-11.10 am

11.40 am-12.10 am Stage III auditions – piece A (2 participants)

12.15 pm-12.45 pm

1.45 pm-2.15 pm Stage III auditions – piece B (3 participants)

2.20 pm-2.50 pm

2.55 pm-3.25 pm

3.55 pm-4.25 pm Stage III auditions – piece B (2 participants)

4.30 pm-5.00 pm

Around 5.45 pm Announcement of results

8.00 pm The award ceremony, the Finalists’ Concert,

the official closing of the Competition


 

IX. COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

STAGE I

A: ROMANTIC LIED:

  • Johannes Brahms Nachtwache I Op. 104 No. 1

  • Johannes Brahms Nachtwache II Op. 104 No. 2

  • Johannes Brahms Letztes Glück Op. 104 No. 3

  • Johannes Brahms Verlorene Jugend Op. 104 No. 4

B: OLD SACRED MUSIC

  • Mikołaj Zieleński Benedicimus Deum Coeli (In Festo SS Trinitas)

  • Mikołaj Zieleński In monte oliveti

  • Bartłomiej Pękiel Missa pulcherrima: Kyrie

  • Bartłomiej Pękiel Missa pulcherrima: Sanctus i Benedictus


STAGE II

A. SONG

  • Karol Szymanowski A chtóz tam puka

  • Karol Szymanowski Niech Jezus Chrystus

  • Karol Szymanowski Bzicem kunia

  • Karol Szymanowski Panie muzykancie, prosim zagrać walca

B. MADRIGAL

  • Morten Lauridsen O've lass' il bel viso? (Madrigali: Six Fire Songs)

  • Morten Lauridsen Io piango (Madrigali: Six Fire Songs)

  • Morten Lauridsen Luci serene e chiare (Madrigali: Six Fire Songs)

  • Morten Lauridsen Se per havervi, oime (Madrigali: Six Fire Songs)

 

STAGE III

A. COMPOSITIONS THAT TREAT THE VOICE TYPICALLY

  • Andrzej Koszewski Ad musicam

  • Miłosz Bembinow Veni Sancte Spititus

  • Przemysław Szczotka Tutelaris Wratislaviae

(1st prize in the Polish Composition Competition in the section of choral composition WROCŁAW – THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE; a copy of the author’s score will be sent to the entrant after they have been admitted to the Competition)

 

B. COMPOSITIONS TREATING THE VOICE UNCONVENTIONALLY

  • Perttu Haapanen Readymade Alice

  • Frederik Nayrinck Quasi-Palindrom II

(The author’s score will be sent to the entrant after they have been admitted to the Competition)

  • Gundega Šmite Akmens Dziesma (Song of Stone)

The Organisers will provide the competition participants with original scores only for the duration of the Competition.

 

 

X. OBSERVERS

  1. Any person may attend Competition auditions and concerts in the capacity of an observer. A person interested in being an observer is required to fill in an Observer application form, which is posted on the Competition’s website at: www.towardspolyphony.pl. A sample Observer application form is attached to these Regulations as Appendix No. 2.

  2. Observers are required to pay a fee amounting to EUR 25.00 (or its equivalent in PLN at the rate of exchange prevailing on the day of payment) by 21 October 2016 to:

    Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Lipińskiego we Wrocławiu

    50-043 Wrocław

    pl. Jana Pawła II nr 2

    A/c: Bank Zachodni WBK SA

    40 1090 2398 0000 0001 0205 0428

    Sender to receiver information: W STRONĘ POLIFONII

    IBAN: PL 40 1090 2398 0000 0001 0205 0428, SWIFT/BIC: WBKPPLPP

  3. Payment of the fee is required for the registration of a person as an observer. Should a person registered as an observer decide not to participate in the event after 1 October 2016, the fee will not be returned.

  4. The Organisers will not provide observers with board or accommodation and will not cover their travelling expenses.

  5. The fee covers:

    1. An ID card and promotional materials,

    2. The right to participate in auditions and meetings with the jurors,

    3. Visual materials with the Competition’s repertoire,

    4. A standing ticket to the gala concert,

    5. A methodology meeting,

    6. The right to participate in an official dinner attended by the Competition laureates and jurors,

    7. A certificate of participation in the Competition in the capacity of an observer.

 

 

XI. COPYRIGHT AND PERSONAL DATA

Upon the submission of a completed Competition entry forms, the entrant:

  1. Agrees to photos being taken with their image during the Competition, their fixation, multiple use, processing and reproduction, by any means for the Academy’s promotional and archival purposes, without the need for an approval each time;

  2. Grants the Competition Organisers free of charge the right to use the audiovisual artistic recordings made during the Competition or the Finalists’ Concert exclusively for non-commercial purposes, including promotional and archival ones, in the following fields of use:

    1. as regards fixation and reproduction – recording by means of digital technology of sound and picture, making and releasing them on a CD and/or DVD or on other carriers,

    2. as regards trade in copies on which an artistic performance has been fixed – placing such copies on the market, lending or leasing them,

    3. as regards dissemination of performances in a manner other than that specified in Subsec. b) above – broadcasting, rebroadcasting and performing, and making the performance available to the public on selected web pages;

  3. agrees to the processing of their personal data for purposes related to the Competition, in accodance with the declaration made in the entry form. Personal data are provided by an entrant on a voluntary basis, but their submission is required for participation in the Competition.

 

 

FINAL PROVISIONS

  1. The Organisers reserve the right to amend these Rules.

  2. The Organisers may cancel the Competition for important reasons.

  3. These Rules come into force on 17 March 2016.

   

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