STRINGS & ORCHESTRA/CHAMBER GROUP
These disciplines are closely related and are scheduled during the same three days in the Mary Irwin Theatre.
This a celebration of all string instruments and repertoire as well as orchestra and chamber group music.
The string festival has been growing in popularity over the past couple of years and we anticipate even more performers and groups this coming year.
All festival performances will be on the stage of the theatre. Performers will have access to the sound-proof Green Room to unpack and tune their instruments prior to performing on the stage.
Prior to their performance, the adjudicator secretary will first call members of the recital group on stage and then collect their original music books and/or scores to give to the adjudicator.
Note: memorization of the music is encouraged, but not required. And, festival adjudicators will deduct marks from performers who have to use their books/scores during their performance.
Performances on the stage are arranged as in a recital. So members of the "group" will sit on the stage with their instruments awaiting their turn to perform. (a typical recital group is 4-8 performers.)
After performing, the performer returns to his/her seat on stage awaiting the adjudication. During the adjudication, the adjudicator will address the group as whole and each performer with constructive and encouraging comments. If time allows, the adjudicator may also do some workshop and masterclass activities with the performers individually and/or together.
No grades are ever announced: these are confidential and will never be released without written permission.
The focus of the recital is on performance--not competition. Performers should be encouraging and complimentary to each other!
Remember this festival is first and foremost a celebration of individual and group achievement in music!
After the recital, the adjudicator secretary will return the music to the performers along with a confidential percentage grade and written comments.
Once everyone in the recital group has received their music and written evaluations/grade, they leave the performance stage area and can return to the audience to watch more of the festival.
The results of the competition will be released a day or two after the festival is completed. Awards and scholarships will be handed out at the Gala Concert. The decision of the adjudicator in all cases is final and binding.
Provincial festival nominees will be contacted and offered performance and/or observer positions for the BC Provincial Festival.
The Chamber Group and Orchestra festival will also be held in the Mary Irwin Theatre.
Orchestras and Chamber Groups will have access to the Green Room and the Salloum Room to unpack and warm up their instruments prior to performing.
Orchestras and Chamber Groups will complete their performance as in one short concert program (15 minutes). Then, the adjudicator will address the group and may have time for some workshop/master class activities with the group.
After the adjudication, the group is free to join the rest of the audience and cheer on the other orchestras and chamber groups in the festival.