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Connie Masson 250-748-4124

This educational workshop style festival has been conceived by the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association to offer voice students of CVMTA members an opportunity to extend their music study by preparing and playing for an adjudicator and audience in a friendly, low-key atmosphere. Classes are kept small, and the emphasis is on encouragement and learning in a workshop setting. Next Songfest will be held May 3 - 2013. Registration Deadline is Sat, April 13, 2012; no late registrations will be accepted.

David Walden Memorial Scholarship Competition:

Friday, May 3, 2013. For more info please contact Ann Mendenhall

Information and Regulations for Classes

Entry for students is to be made through their voice teacher; students may not enter themselves. Students may register for a maximum of 2 classes only (and only one entry per class). Memorization is expected.

Unless otherwise stated, participants may choose their own pieces from any source, and a wide range of repertoire is encouraged. However, the SongFest Committee reserves the right to reclassify any selection for class consistency. All repertoire choices are to be age-appropriate.

Please bring a published copy of your music for the adjudicator. Photocopies may not be used. Make sure bar numbers are marked at the beginning of each line. If you don't have a published original copy, you will need a letter of permission from the publisher

Accompanists must also use an original copy of the music. Accompaniments may be with instruments other than piano. No recorded or electronic accompaniment will be permitted.

Students are expected to perform in the class scheduled, and scheduling is final. Refunds will be given in the case of illness, on receipt of a doctor's certificate. Please note that the Songfest organizers reserve the right to make the final decision on any questions and irregularities which may arise.

Classes will be grouped according to Age level and Style as follows:

Class Class Code Description
Canadian CS Canadian composers from 19th century to the present. Recognized unpublished compositions may also be used, such as material from CMC.
English Art Song EA Compositions of English language, not translations from other languages. Songs may be from the Renaissance Era to the present day.
Foreign Language Art Song FL All foreign languages are accepted from all historical periods to the present day.
Folk SongFS All recognized folk songs from countries world wide, in English or other languages. Accompaniment may be instruments other than piano; however, scores are required for both the instrumentalist and the adjudicator.
Musical Theatre TC Selections chosen from a musical play or film in the style of the genre; including comedy songs or soliloquy. Memorization is required. Individual ballads and contemporary pop music are not acceptable for this category. No microphones to be used. Before singing, the participant shall give a short introduction to 'set the scene'. One simple prop is permitted.
Sacred Song AS any style of sacred song including classical, traditional, gospel, spiritual.
Adult Song AS Adult participants may enter two pieces from any of the preceding categories.
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