flute-1427652_960_720Contemporary 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: occurs online each September and closes early October
  • Basic Fee: $32.00 per performer.
  • Dates: Preliminary Festival, October 27 & 28, 2018; Gold Medal Festival, November 11, 2018.

Repertoire Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. Music Allowed: Contemporary music from the last 100 years. (Note: composer must have lived within the last 100 years). Please request a list of composers who are NOT ALLOWED  in this festival if you do not already have one
  3.  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.  It is recommended they dress as follows:

  1. Boys: slacks with belt and tucked in buttoned shirt with collar with dress shoes. Jacket and tie are desirable.
  1. Girls: dress or a skirt and blouse and dressy shoes.

Shorts, t-shirts, blue-jeans and white or colored sneakers are not allowed (exception: black sneakers).

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 27, 2018 and Sunday, October 28, 2018

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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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Gold Medal Honors Recitals will be held two weeks following the Advanced Contemporary preliminary recitals held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and Sunday, October 28, 2018.

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