flute-1427652_960_720Advanced Contemporary Music Festival is our largest branch program and second biggest of all events (behind Certificate of Merit). In 2019, this program is the first part of a two-part event, and at times, it was also called the preliminary event. During this preliminary competition, close to 200 applicants of all disciplines play in front of a panel of adjudicators for a performance spot on the Gold Medal Honors Recitals (second part) at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza stage. Repertoire is chosen from the contemporary period (a list of approved composers is provided ahead of time), and 4-minute time limit is applied during the preliminary event. Detailed rules will be sent through email closer to the date of the competition.

Contemporary Music Festival was created around the year, 2000. Goals and objectives of the festival are as follows:

  • Provide local performance opportunities for advanced students.
  • Promote the performance of contemporary-style works by composers of the last 100 years that showcase 20th 21st century compositional techniques, including: pointillism, serialism, modes and contrived scales, polyrhythm, polytonality, etc.
  • Encourage students to perform contemporary music, especially those written in the last 50 years, (1966 or after).

Teachers entering compositions that may be doubtful at meeting either level or stylistic requirements are encouraged to submit the repertoire to the Contemporary Music Festival committee well in advance of registration for verification of eligibility.

The preliminary event of the Contemporary Music Festival is held in various venues, which will be announced before the event.

Synopsis: The Advanced Contemporary Festival encourages the performance of Contemporary style works of the last 100 years. The composer must have been alive during the last 100 years and must exhibit 20th-21st century compositional techniques, including, pointillism, serialism, modes and contrived scales, polyrhythm, polytonality, etc.

This year, ACMF 2020 is going virtual! Three stellar adjudicators will be judging performers’ videos uploaded on YouTube. They will offer their invaluable comments and pick out winners, who will be awarded with medals.

Repertoire Requirements:

  • Music Allowed: 
    • Contemporary music must exhibit 20th-21st century compositional techniques.
    • Composer’s death date must be within the last 100 years.
    • Multiple pieces must be by the same composer and from the same collection, suite, or opus.
    • Repertoire using Romantic idioms is strongly discouraged, even if the composer is eligible. (Please click on the INELIGIBLE COMPOSERS LIST above for details.)
    • Not all pieces listed under 20/21st Century in the CM syllabus are eligible for this festival.
  • Repertoire Approval Process: Teachers, once the registration is due in October, students submitted to the festival playing “not eligible” pieces will be automatically disqualified and registration fees will not be refunded. If you have concerns as to whether your repertoire selections for your students “exhibit 20th-21st century compositional techniques” and are eligible for the festival please contact Festival Chair Emily Wu, who will present your repertoire to the Festival Committee for approval.
  •  Memorization: Pianists may not use music during performance. Other disciplines may use music as is customary to their discipline.

Dress and Decorum: Students are required to dress in formal attire when recording, as if they are performing at a live recital.

 Venue Information
For Future Live Performances

A MTAC Conejo Valley Online Event

Date & Time To Be Announced

 Venue Information
For Future Live Performances

Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Saturday, October 24, 2020 and Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Gold Medal Honors Recital Venue Information

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, Scherr Forum
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Gold Medal Festival Recitals Date: TBD

The Gold Medal Honors Recitals will be held two weeks following the Advanced Contemporary preliminary recitals held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 and Sunday, October 25, 2020.

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