Advanced 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.