Synopsis: The non‐competitive Early Level Contemporary Festival provides beginning through intermediate students an opportunity to perform 20th and 21st‐ century repertoire in a public recital before an adjudicator, while at the same time gaining experience needed to later compete in the ACF.
This year’s event will be online, both for judging and for performance. The student videos will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, most likely via Zoom. The number of students will determine programs, intermissions, etc.
Our judge this year: I am excited to announce that our judge is the outstanding composer and performer, Michael Williams. An Eastman graduate, Michael was instrumental in designing the current Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, he was the driving force behind The Chopin Project, and is a prolific arranger and composer of performance and video game music.
Special allowance for LEVEL 5: Every year I receive requests from teachers who say they have a Level 5 student who has worked hard but is just not ready to play in he Advanced Contemporary Festival (ACF), and I have evaluated these case by case. THIS YEAR, all Level 5 students who are not ready for the ACF may play, no questions asked. The only provision is that they MAY NOT play in both this and the ACF.
• Levels: Preparatory through and including Level Five.
• Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM, Sunday afternoon, October 4, 2020
• Fee: $14.00 per performer.
• Date and Time: October 18, 2020, 2:30-8 pm. Exact time may vary.
• Location: Online.
1. Music allowed: Music of 20th and 21st-century composers, Preparatory through level Five, which displays compositional techniques such as pointillism, modes and contrived scales, polyrhythm and polytonality, jazz idioms, etc. The solo compositions of pedagogic composers such as Mier, Faber, and Vandall are allowed. Teachers may find it helpful to consult the CM syllabus for selections. JAZZ IS PERMITTED!
2. Time limit: Three minutes. More than one piece by the same or by different composers is allowed if within the time limit.
3. Memorization: Pianists may not use music during the performance. Other disciplines may use music as is customary to their discipline.
Dress and Decorum: MTAC Conejo Valley requests that all students and attendees show respect for this event through their dress. Recommendations as follows:
Girls: Dress or a skirt and blouse and dressy shoes.
Boys: Slacks and a long-sleeved shirt. Solid black sneakers are acceptable.
Prohibited: Shorts, t-shirts, blue-jeans and white or colored sneakers. It is unlikely that your feet will show, but wear nice shoes or solid black sneakers.
Recording instructions—your safest bet: I realize that parents may well be responsible for making these videos and there is a learning curve involved if you haven’t done it. Just letting you know that the audio and video quality from most phones and pad devices is more than adequate for this purpose. If you have a keyboard rather than an acoustic piano to record on, that will be absolutely acceptable.
1. SUBMISSION: Students are to submit their video performances to email@example.com. in either .mov or MP4 (MPEG-4), or. wmv (the most common compressed video formats) by anytime on October 4.
2. RECORDING DEVICE: Set up your device such as an Apple or Android phone to the right side of the performer (if pianist), looking slightly down and capturing the hands and face. Record your movie in one take with the camera to the right side of the piano looking slightly down so that the judge can see the players hands.
3. START YOUR RECORDING WITH ANNOUNCEMENT: Start your video, take your seat at your instrument, and then face the camera and clearly state your name and tell us everything you are about to play. This is called “slating.”
4. 10 SECOND PAUSE: If you play more than one piece, record all of your pieces in one “take” or sitting with 10 seconds between each piece. This will give you a moment to reset after the first piece and also give the judge a moment to pause the recording while he finishes his comments on that piece.
5. TAKE A BOW!, YOU’RE WORTH IT! Once the Video is through, STAND UP, FACE THE CAMERA, AND TAKE A BOW. Count to two while your head is lowered. YOUR AUDIENCE WILL BE BEHIND THAT CAMERA SOON! After your nice bow, stand up straight, still facing the camera for a couple of seconds and then go turn off recorder.
IF YOU FIND YOUR VIDEO IS TOO BIG TO SEND, JUST TO REMIND, YOU CAN ALSO UPLOAD TO ICLOUD, GOOGLE CLOUD, OR ONEDRIVE. THERE IS ALSO A FREE PROGRAM CALLED “WE TRANSFER” WHICH IS VERY EASY TO USE. OTHERWISE, EMAIL ME AND WE WILL FIGURE OUT SOMETHING.