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2017 BCFC CHORAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS

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  1. AMATEUR CHOIR : The BCFC is only open to non-professional choirs (competitive teams only).
  2. MAXIMUM TWO CATEGORIES : All choirs are eligible to compete in a maximum of two competition categories. For choirs competing in two categories, the repertoire for each category must be different.
  3. PURE SINGING TIME : For all categories the allotted pure singing time limit is 15 minutes (minimum 10-minute). This time limit excludes the time incurred by applause or by stage entry/exit. Piece durations must be accurately submitted in the application form. CHOIRS CAN BE PENALIZED FOR NOT RESPECTING THE TIME LIMITS.
  4. CHOREOGRAPHY : While choreography is allowed, only the music will be judged during the competition (Except Ethnic Category).
  5. AUDIO FILE : All choirs (including 'festival only' choirs) MUST submit good audio recordings (2 works within 10 minutes) in mp3 format.
  6. SCORE : Choirs must send the digital copies of scores in PDF format via Email by JUL 31, 2017, AND send 5 original copies of each performance piece to the BCFC office IN THE MAIL until AUG 31, 2017. Submitted original copies of scores will be used only for judging and NOT BE GIVEN BACK. CHOIRS CAN BE PENALIZED FOR NOT SENDING THE 5 SET OF SCORES TO THE BCFC OFFICE IN THE MAIL UNTIL AUG 31, 2017 (postmark deadline).
  7. REPERTOIRE CHANGE : After application is submitted, repertoire changes (including an order of performance) are allowed by JUL 31, 2017.
  8. REGISTRATION FEE:
    Competition Choirs : $1,000 Registration fee per choir
    Non-competition Choirs : $1,000 Registration fee per choir
    Deadline : JUNE 30, 2017
    Coverage : All Tickets to BCFC concerts excluding the opening concert ($10 per person)
    3 Festival Chorale Choir Practice
    Grand Prix Concert and Award Ceremony
    Opening & Farewell Party Dinner
    Festival Gifts (Festival Program book and Echo bag)
    Interpreter
    All Prize Money, Trophy and Diploma/Certificate (1 per choir)
    Original Pictures & Videos from the competition via Email
    Scoring Sheet via Email
    Outreach Concert Opportunity with a Free Meal
  9. DISCOUNTS : 20% of early bird discounts will be applied to choirs who pay the fee by MAY 31, 2017.
  10. REFUND : 50% of Registration fee will be refunded to choirs who withdraw their participation by JUL 31, 2017 and non-refundable after then.
  11. COPYRIGHT : All participating choirs are individually responsible for honoring copyright and performance rights of the songs during the competition. The use of unauthorized/reproduced copies is strictly prohibited.
  12. PROHIBITION : Any use of unauthorized video or sound recording, MICROPHONE, amplification of voices or instruments other than the setup provided at the venues is strictly prohibited.
  13. AGREEMENT : With the application, all participating choirs agree to photography, recordings and broadcasts in sound or television as well as any other recordings made in conjunction with the BCFC.

Adjudication and Evaluation

The jury
  1. 1) The decision of the judge is final and cannot be contested.
  2. 2) In cases where the overall scores are the same, the final rankings will be discussed and decided via the jury.
  3. 3) Total score and juries comments per each category for each team will be sent to the choirs via Email within 2 weeks after the competition.
Assessment Criteria

Each choir will be assessed on a 100-point scale based on the following criteria:

  1. 1) Artistic Performance (50 points) - Fidelity to score and Interpretation, Phrasing and Musicality, Overall Artistic Impression
  2. 2) Technical Performance (50 points) - Blending and Balance, Accuracy of Pitch, Intonation and Rhythm, Tone Color and Choral Sound.
  3. 3) For the sake of fairness in assessment, the score of any juries who has teacher-student relations and kinship with the choir will be excluded.
  4. 4) Upon tabulation of scores, the highest and lowest combined score among the judges will be excluded and the choir will be awarded points based on the average of the remaining scores.
Special Adjudicator's Award

The jury can award special prizes or allow participation in the grand prix if they deem a particular choir or conductor to deserve so.

Category Regulations

Category A (Classical Mixed Voices)
  1. 1) Should have a minimum of 3 pieces that include the one required musical periods below:
    1. i. A choral work from the Renaissance or Baroque period (before 1750)
  2. 2) All competition repertoire must be performed in the original language and key
  3. 3) Accompaniment is NOT allowed while percussion is allowed.
  4. 4) No age limit
  5. 5) Group size (including conductor and accompanist) must be at least 16 persons.
  6. 6) These two categories might be merged into one category named "Classical Equal & Mixed Voices" if there will be less than 5 teams per category.
Category C (Ethnic/Traditional Music)
  1. 1) The pieces should be Ethnic/Traditional music from the choir's country of origin or pieces arranged from ethnic/traditional music.
  2. 2) Choirs should submit a document including a summary or description of each piece in English translation by JUN 30, 2017 (limited to 100 words).
  3. 3) The combination of choreographic movements together with singing is permitted and desirable. THIS MAY DESERVE SPECIAL MERITS.
  4. 4) Accompaniment is allowed for all pieces.
  5. 5) No age limit
  6. 6) No limitation on the size of the choir
Category D (Pop & Gospel)
  1. 1) Musical style includes: gospel, jazz, pop & barbershop, all kinds of popular music.
  2. 2) Accompaniment is allowed for all pieces.
  3. 3) Should have at least 3 FREELY CHOSEN pieces.
  4. 4) No age limit
  5. 5) No limitation on the size of the choir
  6. 6. No Spiritual
Category Y (Youth Choir)
  1. 1) Should have at least 3 FREELY CHOSEN pieces.
  2. 2) Should have at least 1 piece without accompaniment.
  3. 3) All members must be under 18 years of age (including 18-year old).
  4. 4) No limitation on the size of the choir.
Category S (Non-competitive, Festival only Choir)
  1. 1) Choirs accepted as 'Festival only' choirs will have:
    • - 2 arranged outreach concerts in Busan Metropolitan City area.
    • - More performance opportunities organized by the BCFC upon your request.
    • - Access to all competition and workshops
  2. 2) Free choice repertoire (10-15 min). Titles, composer, duration of the repertoire should be included for publicity purposes.
  3. 3) No age limit
  4. 4) No limitation on the size of the choir

Grand Prix

Choirs selected for the Grand Prix competition are required to perform 1 song of their winning category not exceeding the pure singing time of 8 minutes.

Festival Fees & Deadline

  • 1) Early Bird Discounts: By MAY 31, 2017
  • 2) Online Application: By JUN 30, 2017
  • 3) Registration Fee: By JUN 30, 2017
  • 4) Repertoire Changes: By JUL 31, 2017
  • 5) Sending All Digital Copies of Scores: By JUL 31, 2017 (via Email)
  • 6) Sending 5 Original Copies of Scores: By AUG 31, 2017 (in the Mail)

BCFC Bank Information(Choirs must deduct a commission and remit the net amount)

  • Beneficiary : KCI (Korea Choral Institute)
  • Bank : BUSAN BANK (Daeyeondong Branch)
  • Account Number : 154-2000-0274-07
  • Swift Code : PUSBKR2P
  • Address : 1740-8, Daeyeon-dong, Nam-gu, Busan

BCFC Bank Information(Choirs must deduct a commission and remit the net amount)

  • Busan Choral Festival & Competition / Busan Cultural Center, UN pyeonghwa-ro 76-1, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea 48534
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