flute-1427652_960_720Advanced Contemporary Music Festival is our largest branch program and second biggest of all events (behind Certificate of Merit). This program is the first part of a two-part event, and at times, it is 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.

Each year the preliminary festival is judged by a panel of 3 stellar adjudicators. Those students scoring high enough are invited to play at the Gold Medal Festival held 2 weeks following at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

  • Who may enter: Level 5 – Advanced Panel
  • Registration: September 1 – October 4 2020 (at 11:59 PM)
  • Preliminary Event (tentative date): October 24-25, 2020
  • Basic Fee: TBD
  • Gold Medal Festival: TBA

Repertoire Requirements:

  • Time Limit: Although pieces may be played in their entirety at the Gold Medal Festival, there is a 4 minute time limit at the preliminary event.
  • Music Allowed: Contemporary music from the last 100 years which must exhibit 20th-21st century compositional techniques.
    • Repertoire using Romantic idioms is strongly discouraged, even if the composer is eligible.
    • Not all pieces listed under 20/21st Century in the CM syllabus are eligible for this festival.
    • The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza does not permit any form of manipulations, markings, or objects placed on the piano strings. If a student is performing a composition that requires manipulation of the piano, the teacher should “edit” the piece and omit the parts that require altering the piano. However, if manipulation of strings is necessary, or is very essential to the piece, teachers should be aware that the students will NOT be allowed to play their piece at TOCAP, but can still receive a Gold Medal.
    • MTAC Conejo Valley Teachers, a list of composers who are NOT ALLOWED  in this festival is available in the Teacher Portal.
  • 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. So that students have adequate time to prepare for the festival please submit your repertoire to the Festival Committee in a timely manner.
  •  Memorization: Pianists may not use music during performance. Other disciplines may use music as is customary to their discipline.

Dress and Decorum: It is requested that students show respect for this event through their dress.  

Special Instructions: Students are to number the first measure of each line of their music and bring it to the performance for the judges use. Students are to arrive no less than fifteen minutes prior to his or her group’s start time.

Venue Information

United Methodist Church, Westlake Village
1049 S Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, CA 91361

Date & Time To Be Announced

We often use this venue. The venue location may be updated at a later date.

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 Venue Information

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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