Brisbane Schools Music Festival

21st Annual Brisbane Schools Music Festival

In partnership with Ellaways Music, Jazz Music Institute is sponsoring the 21st Annual Brisbane Schools Music Festival on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017

The aim of the Brisbane Schools Music Festival is to encourage the performance by school ensembles in a friendly and non-competitive environment. Adjudication is based on an award system, which is designed to build confidence – groups do not compete against each other, but to the best of their own ability.

Adjudication criteria includes 3 levels, gold silver and bronze, with sound quality, technical ability, musical interpretation and programming and communication all taken into account. Groups are not required to perform a “test” piece, but music of their own choice. The Festival is supported by Ellaways Music and Jazz Music Institute both of whom are dedicated to furthering quality school music education.

PERFORMANCE LENGTH

The following times are allocated to ensembles performing in the festival including set up time.

Primary School Strings & Concert Bands
10 minutes (recommended to perform 3 pieces with performance no longer than 6 mins)
Secondary School Strings & Concert Bands – Elementary & Intermediate
15 minutes (recommended to perform 3 pieces with performance no longer than 12 mins)
Secondary School Strings & Concert Bands – Advanced
20 minutes (recommended to perform 3 pieces with performance no longer than 16 mins)
Big Bands – Elementary and Intermediate
15 minutes (recommended to perform 3 pieces with performance no longer than 12 mins)
Big Bands – Advanced
20 minutes (recommended to perform 3 pieces with performance no longer than 16 mins)

Adjudicators

Strings – Mark Sullivan

Mark is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has completed orchestral conducting studies with Jerry Nowak, William La Rue Jones and Marvin Rabin.

He has worked as a String Specialist and Orchestra Director in over thirty schools in Australia and the USA directing many award-winning orchestras and ensembles.

In addition, he has been a part time lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.

Mark was the recipient of the ABODA Outstanding Ensemble Director’s Award and the 2010 ASG State and National Inspirational Teaching Award.

He maintains an active interest in the wider music community, founding the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra, leading camps and clinics, and adjudicating at festivals and eisteddfodau.

Mark recently retired after a distinguished career as the Director of Instrumental Music at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, to work as a visiting clinician mentoring staff and supporting music programs throughout the country.

Concert & Big Bands – Dr Rob McWilliams

Professor Rob McWilliams, an internationally accomplished musician, conductor, and educator, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. A United States resident from 1991 to 2014, Prof. McWilliams holds a Ph. D. in Music/Music Education from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to his time in the USA, Prof. McWilliams served on the faculty of the University of Melbourne Institute of Education where he taught and coordinated courses in brass, jazz, and instrumental music pedagogy and conducted the Wind Symphony, Brass Choir, and Jazz Big Band. In the USA Dr. McWilliams served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh from 1996 to 2014 where he also served as Head of the Music Department from 2011. Prof. McWilliams conducted most of the university’s symphonic and jazz ensembles, including the University Orchestra, and held primary responsibility for the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He also taught courses in instrumental music education, conducting, and jazz.

As a guest conductor and musician, Dr. McWilliams has traveled and worked extensively with groups at all stages of development. In the USA he worked with ensembles at the national, state, and regional levels and served as guest conductor and clinician in Alabama, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, North Dakota, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Utah.

Dr. McWilliams has also conducted and presented at major music conferences in all states of Australia and internationally in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Europe, and China including performances at the Japan Band Clinic and conferences of the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles in Manchester, England and Hamamatsu, Japan. He was a member of the faculties for the Bonyi International Youth Music Festival in Brisbane in 2007 and the Tutti International Festival in Beijing, China in 2011 and 2013 and has served as an invited conducting clinician for the Singapore Ministry of Education.

Dr. McWilliams has been published in a number of professional publications including the Journal of Band Research, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, and is a published composer/arranger with Alfred’s Music. In early 2015 he relocated to Brisbane, and currently works for Yamaha Music Australia as an Educational Outreach Clinician and freelances as a musician, educator, conductor, adjudicator, and composer/arranger.

Adjudication Criteria & Entry Levels

Performance Levels / Music Difficulty

Beginner – Level 1 music
Elementary – Level 1 – 1.5 music
Intermediate – Level 2 – 2.5 music
Advanced – Level 3 + music

All participating ensembles will be assessed using the criteria below and will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze. Performance will be assessed on programme balance, choice and presentation. It is stressed that the purpose of assessment is to measure the group’s attempt to achieve a particular level of performance and not to make comparisons with other groups.

Criteria 1 – Sound Quality

Gold Silver Bronze
The ensemble has demonstrated a consistently excellent standard in the areas of blend, balance, tone and intonation The ensemble has demonstrated a high standard in the areas of blend, balance, tone and intonation The ensemble has demonstrated a satisfactory standard in the areas of blend, balance, tone and intonation
Blend – The matching of tonal qualities within a section and from section to section.
Balance – Achieving the appropriate volume levels within sections and between sections.
Tone – Playing with individual and group tonal quality that includes richness of sound, a centred tone, and tone which is even throughout register and dynamic changes.
Intonation – Playing in tune by individuals, within sections, and from section to section.

 

Criteria 2 – Technical Elements

Gold Silver Bronze
The ensemble has demonstrated a consistently excellent standard in the areas of technical accuracy and tuning, rhythm and articulation The ensemble has demonstrated a high standard in the areas of technical accuracy and tuning, rhythm and articulation The ensemble has demonstrated a satisfactory standard in the areas of technical accuracy and tuning, rhythm and articulation
Technical Accuracy and Tuning – Performing the music with pitch, rhythmic and harmonic accuracy.
Rhythm – Playing with rhythmic pulse, rhythmic accuracy and displaying strict consistent rhythm across the ensemble.
Articulation – Performing with the appropriate attacks, length of notes, accents, uniformity and consistency of attacks.

 

Criteria 3 – Musical Interpretation

Gold Silver Bronze
The ensemble has demonstrated a consistently excellent standard in the areas of style/phrasing and dynamics The ensemble has demonstrated a high standard in the areas of style/phrasing and dynamics The ensemble has demonstrated a satisfactory standard in the areas of style/phrasing and dynamics
Style/Phrase – Performing the selections with correct stylistic considerations including clarity and definition of phrase and overall care to present the work as the composer intended.
Dynamics – Accomplishing the indicated dynamics including crescendos, decrescendos, dynamic nuances, tiered dynamics and accents.

 

Criteria 4 – Programming and Communication

Gold Silver Bronze
The ensemble has demonstrated a consistently excellent standard in the areas of programming suitability and overall presentation The ensemble has demonstrated a high standard in the areas of programming suitability and overall presentation The ensemble has demonstrated a satisfactory standard in the areas of programming suitability and overall presentation
Literature – Suitability of chosen music for the type of group, the instrumentation and the demonstration of a variety of styles of composition and playing.
Overall Presentation – Includes the appearance, musical presentation, stage presence, conduct, posture and level of confidence which is conducive to a strong level of communication with the audience.

 

VENUE

The 2017 Brisbane Schools Music Festival will be held at Centenary State High School Performing Arts Complex, 1 Moolanda Street Jindalee 4074

CONTACT

For more information regarding the Brisbane Schools Music Festival, please contact Festival Producer Nick Quigley on 07 3216 1110 or e-mail nick@jazz.qld.edu.au