Inaugurated in 2006, the biennial Performers' Festival (PF) gives musicians of all ages a public platform to showcase their talents before a live audience. It is a festival and not a competition, so you are not being compared to other performers. You have the chance to select music that you like and can play well, and perform it to the best of your ability in a professional setting before an international adjudicating panel. You are not vying for a grade - you are reaching for your personal best!
by April 30th
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Receive Email Confirmation
by June 4th
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Perform
from June 18th - 24th
Categories
Piano
Solo Piano
Piano Duet
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Strings
Violin
Viola
Cello
String Duo
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Solo Voice
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Chamber Music
Competition &
non-competition options
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Composition/
Arrangement
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Eligibility
  • Open to the public (local & overseas, non-members & members) of all ages (children and adults) and all levels.
 
Repertoire
  • Free choice of repertoire
  • Any number of work(s) for Solo Piano, Piano Duet (1 Piano, 4 Hands)
  • Solo Piano participants are required to perform from memory.
  • Piano Duet participants need not perform from memory.
  • Participants performing with scores shall be awarded “Certificate of Participation”.
  • Repeats are optional.
 
Performance date
  • Days 1 - 5 (June 18 - June 22)
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Eligibility
  • Open to the public (local & overseas, non-members & members) of all ages (children and adults) and all levels.
 
Repertoire
  • Free choice of repertoire
  • Any number of work(s) for Violin, Viola or Cello (either solo or with piano accompaniment, or a combination of both).
  • Violinists, violists and cellists who perform a sonata (composed for violin AND piano) or movements thereof need not perform from memory. Any other pieces MUST be performed from memory.
  • Participants performing with scores shall be awarded “Certificate of Participation”.
  • Repeats are optional.
 
Accompanists
  • String performers must provide their own accompanists should they be required.
  • Accompanists need not perform from memory.
  • The quality of the entire performance, including accompanist, will be taken into consideration.
  • Minus-one accompaniment recordings is not allowed.
  • SMTA shall not be held responsible if performers engage their accompanists before the performers' schedule is announced.
 
Performance date
  • Violin: Days 4-5
  • Viola, Cello, String Duo: Day 5
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Eligibility
  • Open to the public (local & overseas, non-members & members) of all ages (children and adults) and all levels.
 
Repertoire
  • Free choice of repertoire
  • Any number of work(s). Repertoire for solo voice must be age appropriate.
  • A mixture of genres is allowed, but the entire program must be within your booked duration, including breaks in between songs.
  • Songs from musicals or movie genres need to be well-arranged.
  • No minimum age requirement. Choice of repertoire should be AGE APPROPRIATE.
  • Solo Voice participants are required to perform from memory.
  • Repeats are optional.
 
Accompanists
  • Voice performers must provide their own accompanists should they be required.
  • Accompanists need not perform from memory.
  • The quality of the entire performance, including accompanist, will be taken into consideration.
  • Minus-one accompaniment recordings is not allowed.
  • SMTA shall not be held responsible if performers engage their accompanists before the performers' schedule is announced.
 
Performance date
  • Day 5 (June 22)
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Chamber Music
 
Chamber Music Categories
Piano Trio
One piano & any 2 bowed-string instruments
Piano Quartet
One piano & any 3 bowed-string instruments
Piano Quintet
One piano & any 4 bowed-string instruments
String Trio
Any combination of 3 bowed-string instruments
String Quartet
Any combination of 4 bowed-string instruments
String Quintet
Any combination of 5 bowed-string instruments
 
Eligibility
  • Competitive: Age 18 & below
  • Non-competitive: No age restriction
 
Repertoire
  • Free choice of repertoire
  • Any number of work(s)
  • Participants need not perform from memory
  • Participants performing with scores shall be awarded “Certificate of Participation”
  • Repeats are optional
 
performance date
  • Day 6 (June 23)
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Calling all novice and budding composers/performers of all ages

The theme for this inaugural composition category is: ‘SINGAPORE’.

Composition

  1. Any solo or combination of instrumental ensemble work.
  2. Vocal works are accepted. However, the lyrics must not present copyright problems.
  3. There is no limit to the number of works performed within the registered time block.
  4. Composers are to present at least one work that is inspired by Singapore.
  5. Singapore sources of inspiration may include but not restricted by local history, festivals, legends, locations, nature, food or anything that is uniquely Singapore.

Arrangement

  1. Any solo or combination of instrumental ensemble work
  2. Arrangements may be based on local folk songs or national songs.
  3. Participants must clear any necessary rights on their own while using national songs except the following list.
  4. SMTA will not be liable nor responsible for any non-clearing of rights.
  5. Composers may choose to use the following National Songs as a basis of their composition or arrangement. This is made possible through a temporary Copyright License from the National Arts Council of Singapore to be used during the Performers’ Festival.
  6. For songs marked with asterisks **, check with the songwriter/COMPASS on whether other rights clearances are needed.
  7. The arranger of the listed national songs shall credit the Singapore Government by inserting copyright notices with the Content: "Source: [state Content] © Government of the Republic of Singapore. Permission required for reproduction."
  8. The arranger shall submit two copies of the arrangement to SMTA for the submission to the National Arts Council (NAC).

S/NSongComposerLyricist
1 Stand Up For Singapore Hugh Harrison Hugh Harrison
2 Count On Me Singapore Hugh Harrison Hugh Harrison
3 We Are Singapore Hugh Harrison Hugh Harrison
4 One People, One Nation, One Singapore ** Jeremy Monterio Jim Aitchison
5 It's The Little Things Patrick Seet Ivan Chua
6 My Singapore Story ** Jeremy Monteiro Jim Aitchison
7 Moments of Magic Ken Lim Ken Lim
8 Together Ken Lim Ken Lim
9 We Are The Ones Clement Chow Clement Chow
10 Shine On Me Jim Lim Jim Lim
11 Where I Belong Tanya Chua Tanya Chua
12 A Place In My Heart Kevin Quah Kevin Quah


Performance

  1. The composer is also to be featured as performer of his/her own work(s). The composer may perform solo or as an ensemble player or both.
  2. The composer is responsible for the other players and for the rehearsals of the ensemble pieces.
  3. Participants are encouraged, but not required to perform solo works from memory.
  4. One or more compositions/arrangements may be performed. All works should be presented within the registered time blocks. That includes instrument set up, breaks between pieces, and on-off the stage.

Scores and Write-Up

  1. TWO copies of your score(s) including a brief write-up of each work are to be submitted for the adjudicators’ use when you report at registration on the day of your performance. The scores will be returned after the performance.
  2. Scores may be submitted as either typeset or handwritten. Handwritten scores must be legible with a proper layout.
  3. The title of the composition, name of participant and the instrument(s) must be clearly typed on the cover of the composition. The brief write-up appears on the next page, followed by the music score in the subsequent pages.
  4. Bar numbers must be indicated at the start of each line.

Adjudication

  1. Adjudication will primarily focus on the strength of the composition(s). Nevertheless, the performance standard will also be considered.
  2. Adjudicators will select and award the best Singapore-inspired string composition/arrangement for Belcanto Award. Such work will be featured at the Gala Concert.
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Dates
 
Dates
Venue
Categories
Day 1–5
18–22 June
(OH)
Piano Solo and Piano Duet (1 piano, 4 hands)
Session 1: Morning (9am-noon)
Session 2: Afternoon (Noon-4pm)
Session 3: Evening/Night (4pm-9pm)
Day 2
19 June
(RS)
Composition (Solo)
Composition (Ensemble)
Day 4 & 5
21 & 22 June
(RS)
Violin
Session 1: Morning (9am-noon)
Session 2: Afternoon (Noon-4pm)
Session 3: Evening/Night (4pm-9pm)
Day 5
22 June
(ER)
Viola
Cello
String Duo
Solo Voice
Day 6
23 June
(OH)
Chamber Groups (non-competitive)
Chamber Competition
Day 7
24 June
2:00-5:00/5:30pm
(CH)
GALA CONCERT & AWARDS CEREMONY
 
Performance Guidelines (Very Important)
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Eligibility
  • The festival is open to the public (local & overseas, non-members & members) of all ages (children and adults) and all levels.
Duration
  • Duration is 10 minutes (your programme can be less than 10 minutes) which can be extended by blocks of 5 minutes.
  • Performers may perform for more than 10 minutes. The appropriate fees apply.
  • Performers can perform more than one work within the duration, during which it must include time for breaks in between each work.
  • The whole performance (starting from the time you enter to perform) must not exceed your booked duration. You are advised to do a run-through of your COMPLETE performance (including bowing, adjusting your seat/tuning, breaks in between pieces) to ensure that your booked duration is well sufficient.
  • Performers will be stopped should they exceed their booked duration.
  • The duration of each work (including any repeats) must be stated on the Registration Form.
Entries
  • Participants may enter for more than one category. Separate applications for each category.
  • Solo categories: Individual registrations must be made for each individual participant. (No sharing)
Scores
  • 1 set of ORIGINAL scores (no unauthorised photocopies) must be provided on the performance day for the adjudicators' reference. Please remember to collect your scores back from the registration desk before you leave.
  • Bar numbers: Scores should be marked with bar numbers at the start of each line
Performance Attire & Etiquette
  • Musical performance is as much a visual experience as it is an aural one. As such, performance etiquette should be practiced; appropriate performance attire and footwear should be worn. Attire and performance etiquette will be taken into consideration in the adjudication
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AWARDS/PRIZES
Awards
- Platinum
- Gold
- Silver
- Bronze
- Certificate of Participation
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Competition Prize
Total value SG$1,600
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String Award
More than US$15,000 of Paul Goh Handmade Bows
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Scholarship Awards
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Belcanto Awards
Cash voucher Total value $3000
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PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY
Perform with Orchestra at Victoria Concert Hall
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Dakademy SCHOLARSHIP
Total value 5000€
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Based on your performance, participants shall qualify for one of the five levels of awards:

Platinum
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Certificate of Participation

Trophies will be awarded to Platinum and Gold recipients during the Awards Ceremony on Day 7. Platinum and Gold recipients' names will be announced on the SMTA website.
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Forte Musicademy Chamber Music Competition Prize

The TOP THREE winning groups shall receive cash prizes of $800, $500 & $300 respectively.

The 1st prize group will perform in the Gala Concert.
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Handcrafted bows by Paul Goh

Judges shall propose any deserving Violin, Viola &/or Cello performer(s)* to each receive the special award of a customised hand-crafted bow (total value more than US$15,000) by Singapore's first and only Archetier, Paul Goh.

(*Only students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible for the consideration.)

JOIN MEMBER HERE
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SMTA Scholarship Awards

Scholarships will also be awarded (not for Chamber Music Competition), at the discretion of the organisers, to selected outstanding Platinum recipients* who show potential for further development. Selected participants may receive a maximum of one scholarship regardless of the number of entries in the same category, for e.g. Solo Piano.

(*Only students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible to be considered for these scholarships. Music students who are already on scholarships are not eligible.)

JOIN MEMBER HERE

Academic School Membership (ASM) Academic schools* can apply as members under "Academic School Membership" (ASM). Students of the member school will be considered as students of ASM members. Please propose to your school if it is not yet a member.

*"Academic schools" refer to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions, schools that offer Music Elective Programme (MEP), and music institutions such as School of the Arts (SOTA), LaSalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS.
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Belcanto Violinist Awards

Adjudicators will select and award two outstanding violinists a $1,000 cash voucher each to purchase instruments or bows from Belcanto Violins. https://belcantoviolins.com/about/

Belcanto String Composition Award

Adjudicators will select and award the best Singapore-inspired string composition/arrangement a $1,000 cash voucher to purchase instruments or bows from Belcanto Violins.
The Belcanto Composition/Arrangement work will be featured at the Gala Concert.

(Only students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible for all the above awards.)
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Opportunity to Perform with Orchestra at Victoria Concert Hall

During the upcoming 7th Performers' Festival, adjudicators shall be recommending the most outstanding performer(s) to collaborate with the Kids' Philharmonic orchestra. They are the premier Orchestra for young children in Singapore led under the baton of Maestro Luo Wei (Music Director). Venue: VCH. Date: TBA.

Please note that to qualify for this opportunity, the choice of a concerto work (or any orchestra work with soloist) written in its originality must be undertaken and presented as repertoire during the festival. Such works are to be performed with piano accompaniment in lieu of the orchestra. All Pianists participants will be considered for this opportunity and have a free choice of music repertoire. (Concerto/orchestral works will not be advisable to be presented for the piano category due to having only a single piano available during the festival. However, if a pianist participant is chosen, he may present with the orchestra, a solo work with orchestra of his choice.)
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Dakademy Music Study Scholarship

Dakademy scholarship awards will be provided to the most outstanding performer(s) who has demonstrated during the Festival, his or her capability and interest to pursue a career in music. There will be four awards awarded from Dakademy:
  1. One full Dakademy scholarship (value at 5000€)
  2. One or two concert: This will be held in one of Dakademy’s partner venues in Asia
  3. One or two music masterclass with one of Dakademy’s prominent concert artists.
  4. One or two CD / DVD recording.
(Only SMTA members OR students of SMTA members are eligible for the consideration for this award)

As a limited offer to all participants, adjudicators, staff members & anyone connected to the WiFi at the locations of the Festival, DakApp will be providing complimentary full access to DakApp’s website content for all.
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All participants will receive Adjudication Reports, Certificates and Video Recordings
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For the Festival, a panel of two adjudicators will adjudicate each category. You will receive constructive written feedback from internationally renowned musicians based on how well you perform your chosen music. The evaluation is not based on how you play in comparison with another performer, nor will it take into consideration the age of the performer or the difficulty of the music.

To commemorate your special moment, participants will receive a complimentary video recording of their performance which may also serve as their music portfolio or for audition purposes. (Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography.)

For Teachers: Members will enjoy complimentary 2-year SMTA membership (2019 and 2020) when he/she registers 10 or more students for the PF. Platinum and Gold recipients’ names and their teachers’ names will be listed on the SMTA website.
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Announcement of awards
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Adjudication Reports - will be emailed to your registered email address (July-Aug)

Certificates - will be mailed to your address submitted on your form (July-Aug)

Video Recordings - a link will be emailed to you for download (tentatively in September)

PLEASE ENSURE YOU TYPE & CHECK YOUR DETAILS BEFORE SUBMITING YOUR REGISTRATION. SMTA will not be held responsible for any errors made by the registrant.

Only recipients' names for the following awards will be announced on the SMTA website on DAY 6. • Platinum & Gold Awards • Scholarship Awards • Paul Goh Bow Award • Chamber Music Competition Prize Winners

N.B. Participants must check their names on the SMTA website to come and receive their awards at the Awards Ceremony on Day 7.

No phone calls will be made.

A representative can come and collect on the recipient's behalf. Please inform SMTA. Any uncollected awards will need to be arranged for collection from SMTA (within one month).

Recipients of Silver, Bronze and Certificate of Participation will receive their certificates by post (July-August).

GALA CONCERT & AWARDS CEREMONY (Day 7):
Outstanding performers (contacted via phone by Day 6) and the winning group of the Chamber
Music Competition will perform in the Gala Concert on Day 7.
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ADJUDICATION PROCESS
PERFORMANCE ADJUDICATION
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Based on your performance, participants shall qualify for one of the five levels of awards:

Platinum

  • Demonstrates a high level of technical accuracy and command of the instrument
  • Displays an exceptional sense of musicality, maturity and attention to musical detail
  • Demonstrates a strong awareness of refinement of sound
  • Communicates very effectively and shows strong personality, resulting in a very persuasive performance

Gold

  • Demonstrates a good technical command of the instrument
  • Displays clear musicality and sensitivity to musical detail
  • Consistently produces nice and beautiful sound
  • Produces a real feeling of performance

Silver

  • Demonstrates a competent technical command of the instrument (some minor inaccuracies, but no major errors)
  • Displays a musical approach and some sensitivity to musical detail
  • Adequate sense of sound production, but not always ideal
  • Gives some feeling of performance

Bronze

  • Has some technical errors within a reasonably accurate performance
  • Musicality and sensitivity are apparent, but not always consistent
  • Mildly aware of sound and tone quality
  • A sense of communication and performance is sometimes obscured by a preoccupation with the technical demands of the music

Certificate of Participation

  • Performed with score(s)
  • Technical weaknesses are immediately apparent
  • Little feeling for the spirit of the music
  • Sound production is not a priority
  • Could try to give more thought to the requirements of a performance
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COMPOSITION ADJUDICATION
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Adjudication will primarily focus on the strength of the composition(s). Nevertheless, the performance standard will also be considered.

Platinum

  • Demonstrates a high level of compositional craft (i.e. structure)
  • Demonstrates highly effective and innovative idiomatic writing for the instrument(s)
  • Displays great attention to musical detail in both the score(s) and the performance
  • Exhibits a fully professional quality score
  • Demonstrates a vivid sense of creativity and imagination
  • Communicates with consistent clarity and sincerity
  • Exhibits a high degree of originality

Gold

  • Demonstrates a good level of compositional craft (i.e. structure)
  • Demonstrates overall effective and innovative idiomatic writing for the instrument(s)
  • Displays good attention to musical detail in both the score(s) and the performance
  • Exhibits a professional quality score
  • Demonstrates a sense of creativity and imagination
  • Communicates generally with clarity and sincerity
  • Exhibits evidence of originality

Silver

  • Demonstrates a generally competent level of compositional craft (i.e. structure)
  • Demonstrates a reasonably effective idiomatic writing for the instrument(s)
  • Displays reasonable attention to musical detail in both the score(s) and the performance
  • Exhibits a generally professional quality score
  • Demonstrates some elements of creativity and imagination
  • Communicates generally with clarity

Bronze

  • Demonstrates some degree of compositional craft (i.e. structure)
  • Demonstrates a reasonable understanding of the instrument(s) involved
  • Displays some evidence of musicality and detail in both score(s) and the performance
  • Displays some inadequacies in the layout of the score
  • Demonstrates some attempt towards creativity
  • Communicates at some basic level

Certificate of Participation

  • Demonstrates a rudimentary level of compositional craft (i.e. structure)
  • Demonstrates a lack of understanding of the instrument(s) involved
  • Displays a lack of detail and in both the score(s) and the performance
  • Displays serious inadequacies in the layout of the score
  • Communication is not clear
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Venue
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore) 3 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117376
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Audience & Admision
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Promoting, publicising and getting audience to your performance is just as essential as preparing for your own performance. Hence, participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to come and support their performance. It is also an opportunity for participants to benefit from watching fellow performers as well as to interact and forge new friendships.

Free public admission to watch:

• The Festival performances (Days 1-5) and
• Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony (Day 7)

First-come, first-served.

Entry and exit is permitted only at appropriate times during the performance. Out of respect to other audience members, children under the age of 6 will not be allowed admission. Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography.
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