2017 Rules and Conditions of Entry

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest, run by Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) encompasses: An Instrumental Performance Section and the Original Composition Section.

Download a PDF of the 2017 Rules and Conditions of Entry

Entry Fees

Instrumental Peformance

  1. $20 per student per entry for all entries in the Instrumental Performance Section, with a maximum fee of $100 per group.  Your entry will be deemed valid when payment is made in full.
  2. If groups are playing a piece entered in the Original Composition Senior Section, the Instrumental Performance entry fee is waived.
  3. There is no additional entry cost to your group if selected to play at the Regional Finals, Semi Finals or Finals.
  4. Entry fees a non-refundable in the event of withdrawal after Friday 5 May 2017. 

Original Composition

  1. $25 per composition for all entries in the Original Composition Section. Your entry will be deemed valid when payment is made in full.
  2. A copy of the score must be submitted to reach the National Contest Organiser by Monday 15 May 2017. Your name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the score, but your entry number must be clearly shown on every page.
  3. If the work is to be performed in the Instrumental Performance Section, an Instrumental Performance entry form must also be completed and submitted online. No additional fee is required.
  4. Entry fees are not refundable in the event of withdrawal after Friday 5 May 2017

Instrumental Performance Section

Online entries will open on Tuesday 7 February 2017 and will close at 5pm on Monday 3 April 2017.  Entries received after Monday 3 April will not be accepted.

General

  1. ONE tuned piano (tuned to A440hz) will be provided by CMNZ. For any performance requiring an additional /different keyboard or variant tuning it will be the responsibility of the group to source the instrument and pay any hireage/tuning/moving costs at all levels of the Contest.
  2. If the group wishes to employ prepared piano, or play the instrument in any unconventional manner (including touching the strings), then highlight this on your entry form. Please note that this remains at the discretion of the individual venues/ piano owners and may not be permissible in every district. Any additional hireage fee, tuning or repair of damage to the piano is at the cost of the group at all levels of the Contest.  Your District Contest Organiser will confirm whether this option will be possible.
  3. Any recording of performances (audio or visual) during a session that are not organised by CMNZ are to be made for archival or educational purposes only. If you wish to make a recording you must get permission from the District Contest Organiser before the Contest starts and agree to abide by any instructions given by the District Contest Organiser.  Failure to do so may result in such persons being excluded from the sessions.
  4. Page Turners must be full-time school students at all levels of the Contest. In the National Semi Finals/ National final the page turner may not be from another group who are also still competing at that stage of the Contest.
  5. By entering this Contest you agree that Chamber Music New Zealand may use your name, photograph or any video footage for publicity purposes, including video footage of any of the performance rounds, which may be made available online as a webcast or for live streaming. 

Group Personnel

  1. All entrants of the Performance Section of the Contest must be full-time students from Years 9 to 13, with an upper limit of 19 years of age as at 6 August 2017.
  2. Groups of three to eight performers can enter. Any combination of instruments may be used, and the group may include a single voice but may not include a conductor.
  3. Students may compete in no more than TWO groups nationwide.
  4. No adult may perform in any group.
  5. If a group is comprised of individuals from different districts, that group must perform in the District Round in which the majority of entrants reside.  If a group is comprised of an equal number of entrants from different districts, they may choose which of those districts they will perform in.  Written approval from the National Contest Organiser must be obtained before entering if either of these situations apply (contest@chambermusic.co.nz)
  6. A District Round group cannot perform, even non-competitively, in a district in which none of the members reside.

Repertoire

  1. At District, Regional and National levels, each group is required to present a programme of music consisting of a movement, or movements of works.
  2. The total performance time for each group must not be less than 4 minutes nor more than 15 minutes.  Tuning time and pauses between movements will not count as performing time.  Groups failing to comply with the duration requirement will not be considered for a District Round placing or inclusion in the Regional Finals and National Semi Finals / National Final.
  3. Groups may perform multiple works by more than one composer at District and Regional levels providing they keep within the set time limits (see above); however, they will not be considered for selection for the National Semi Finals.
  4. To be eligible for selection to the National Semi Finals, a group must perform an entire work, or movements from a single work, by one composer.  Single works or movements of works must be heard in their entirety. No cuts to music will be allowed, unless under special dispensation (see 5. below).  Repeats are optional.
  5. Consent will occasionally be given for cuts to the music.  This will only be given in special circumstances. Applications for cuts to music must be made in writing to the National Contest Organiser at your time of entry (contest@chambermusic.co.nz)
  6. Amplification is not permitted except in the case of instruments which by their nature require it (eg. Theremin) or where required by the score. Vocalists are not permitted to use a microphone.  If you require clarification or wish to request a waiver, you must contact the National Organiser in writing at your time of entry (contest@chambermusic.co.nz)
  7. At all levels of the Contest, groups may perform from photocopied music, but must have a copy of the original published score with them for the District Contest Organiser to sight.  If the score has been downloaded, either having been purchased or from the public domain, then a letter to verify the source (from the music teacher or similar) must be affixed to any copy submitted.  If the musicians are going to deviate from the music in the score in any way, these changes must be clearly marked in the adjudicator’s copy.
  8. Audio-visual, digital or computer equipment is the responsibility of the individual. Please let us know if your repertoire incorporates any of these elements so sufficient set up time can be included in the competition schedule.  Any additional venue or technical costs will be paid for by the group at all levels of the Contest.
  9. For a resource list of where works can be sourced, please go to Chamber Music New Zealand’s website: www.chambermusic.co.nz/repertoire

District Rounds

  1. All groups will perform at a District Round to be organised during the period from Tuesday 6 June to Friday 16 June 2017 by a local District Contest Organiser from CMNZ.  Session times will be advised after all entries have been received.
  2. A group may enter the District Rounds regardless of whether or not they wish to be considered for selection in the Regional Finals.
  3. All groups will receive a written report from the District Round Adjudicators.
  4. For a full list of District Round Awards, please go to: www.chambermusic.co.nz/Awards

Regional Finals

  1. The Regional Finals will take place on Saturday 24 June 2017,
  2. The 15 districts are divided evenly into three regions with Regional Finals taking place in Auckland (Northern), Napier (Central) and Christchurch (Southern).
  3. A total of 12 groups are selected to play at each of the Regional Finals (36 groups nationwide).
  4. The winning group from each District is automatically selected to perform in their Regional Final.
  5. The remaining seven groups will be selected on merit from any of the districts within each region.  These will be announced at the conclusion of the District Rounds on the CMNZ website on Monday 19 June 2017.
  6. Groups selected for the Regional Finals must perform the same work, with the same personnel, as at their District Round.
  7. If a group is selected to perform at the Regional finals and fails to do so, the group will not be eligible for consideration in the National Semi Finals.
  8. Groups selected for the Regional Finals must perform in the Regional final connected to the District Round they played in.
  9. All groups participating in the Regional Finals will be Bronze Award winners, recognising their achievement at this level, and receive a written report from the Regional Finals adjudicators.
  10. A Regional Final Winner’s Award will be presented to the best group overall in each region.  All members of the group must reside in that region to be eligible for this award.
  11. If selected to play at the Regional Finals, the entrants will be responsible for organising and funding their travel and accommodation.  Upon request, Chamber Music New Zealand may contribute towards these costs for group members.  This contribution must be agreed upon prior to the Regional Finals.

National Semi Finals and National Final

  1. The National Finals weekend 2017 will take place in Wellington on Saturday 5 August (Semi Finals) and Sunday 6 August (Finals).
  2. At the conclusion of the Regional finals, up to twelve (12) groups will be selected from any of the 36 Regional Finals groups who meet the 2017 Rules & Conditions, to perform at the National Semi Finals.  Groups will be selected solely on merit, and there will be no obligation for groups to represent any particular region or district. 
  3. Groups selected for the National Semi Finals must perform the same work, with the same personnel, as at their Regional Final.
  4. Following the National Semi Finals, up to six groups will be selected to perform at the National Final. Groups will be selected solely on merit, and there will be no obligation for groups to represent any particular region or district.  Groups selected for the National Final must perform the same work, with the same personnel, as at the National Semi Final.
  5. The overall winning group will receive the Wallace Foundation prize of $6,000 to be split equally amongst all group members.
  6. For a full list of all National Finals Awards, please go to: www.chambermusic.co.nz/Awards
  7. If selected for the National Semi Finals, the entrants will be responsible for organising and funding their travel and accommodation.  Upon request, Chamber Music New Zealand may contribute towards these costs for group members.  This contribution will be agreed upon prior to the National Semi Finals. 

Original Composition Section

Online entries will open on Tuesday 7 February 2017 and will close at 5pm on Monday 3 April 2017.  Entries received after Monday 3 April will not be accepted.

  1. All entrants of the Composition Section of the Contest must be full-time students from Years 9 to 13, with an upper limit of 19 years of age as at 6 August 2017.
  2. This section is split into two categories: Junior and Senior (see below).
  3. A copy of the score must be submitted to reach the National Contest Organiser by Monday 15 May 2017. This can be emailed as a PDF or printed and posted. Your name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the score, but your entry number must be clearly shown on every page.
  4. Only Senior Composition entries can be performed competitively as part of the Instrumental Performance Section as they meet the Performance criteria. However, if you wish to play a Junior Composition Entry as part of the Instrumental Performance Section, you may do so as a demonstration performance.
  5. There is no limit to the number of compositions one person can enter. However, an entry fee of $25 must be paid for every composition entered, and if the composition/s are to be played in the Instrumental Performance section, then the performance rules and criteria must also be adhered to.
  6. A composer can enter compositions in both the Junior and Senior sections of the Contest.  However, an entry fee of $25 must be paid for every composition entered.
  7. Compositions will be judged directly from the scores.
  8. All entries will receive a written report from the Composition Adjudicator.
  9. The winners of this section will be announced after the completion of the Regional Finals and will be invited to attend the National Final in Wellington on Sunday 6 August 2017.
  10. For a full list of Composition Awards, please go to: www.chambermusic.co.nz/Awards

Junior Composition Section

  1. This section is open to all students from Year 9 to Year 13.
  2. This section is open to compositions which involve any combination of two to four instruments.  The combination may include a single voice.
  3. The duration of the composition must be not less than 1 minute or more than 4 minutes.  Composers are asked to use a separate stave line for each instrument in the composition.
  4. The winning Junior Composition will be recognised and acknowledged at the National Final in Wellington on Sunday 6 August 2017.

Senior Composition Section

  1. This section is open to all students from Year 9 to year 13.
  2. This section is open to compositions which involve any combination of three to eight instruments.  The combination may include a single voice.
  3. The duration of the composition must be not less than 4 minutes or more than 15 minutes.  Composers are asked to use a separate stave line for each instrument in the composition.
  4. Senior Compositions that are entered in the District Rounds Instrumental Performance Section will also be eligible for a SOUNZ and CANZ Original Composition Performance Award.
  5. The winning Senior Composition will be recognised and acknowledged and, if possible, performed at the National Final in Wellington on Saturday 6 August 2017.
  6. If the winning composition is entered in the Instrumental Performance Section, the group performing the winning composition may be asked to perform the work at the National Finals in Wellington, Saturday 6 August 2017.  Group members will be responsible for organising and funding their travel and accommodation.  Upon request, Chamber Music New Zealand may contribute towards these costs for group members.  This contribution must be agreed upon prior to the National Final.

 

THE DECISIONS OF THE AJUDICATORS WILL BE FINAL.  NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.

Any queries should be referred to the National Contest Organiser:

E: contest@chambermusic.co.nz
P: 0800 CONCERT (266 2378)