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.

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 venue for 2017 Brisbane Schools Music Festival is yet to be confirmed

ADJUDICATORS

Adjudicators for the Strings, Concert Band and Big Band sections for the 2017 Brisbane Schools Music Festival will be announced shortly

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