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SYF 2017: What You Need to Know

Singapore Youth Festival 2017: Arts Presentation
for (Secondary School & Junior College / Centralized Institute Levels)

Order of Appearance Here

Secondary School Level

28-31 March, 3-7 April, 24-26 April
Venue: University Cultural Centre Hall / 9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Junior College / Centralised Institute (JC/CI)

26 April, 2 – 3 May
Venue: University Cultural Centre Hall / 9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Registration
The registration period is between 9 January and 24 February 2017 via the SYF Registration Portal .
Secondary School Level: 9 January to 6 February
JC/CI Level: 9 January to 24 February

Briefing
7 March 2017 (Tuesday)
MOE Edutorium | Podium Block, Level 4
Ministry of Education HQ Building (1 North Buona Vista Drive), 3-5pm (Registration starts from 2.30pm)

Each school may nominate up to two teachers-in-charge per school for the briefing session. Please bring your PS card for admission.


Festival Details

Sub-Categories

  • Band (Concert)
  • Band (Brass Ensemble): Combination of two or more sections from the brass family of the concert band, e.g. B-flat Trumpet and Trombone. The ensemble cannot comprise instruments from one section only.
  • Band (Percussion Ensemble): Combination of instruments from the percussion section of the concert band.
  • Band (Wind Ensemble): Combination of two or more sections from the woodwinds family of the concert band, e.g. Clarinets and Double Reeds. The ensemble cannot comprise instruments from one section only.

A school may participate in up to two sub-categories, and up to one entry per sub-category.

Programming

All bands in the Band (Concert) category will perform the following in this order:

  1. Set piece
  2. Choice piece

All bands in Band (Ensemble) categories will perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice (e.g. traditional/folk pieces vs. contemporary compositions, or pieces from differing musical styles), and may perform with/without conductors.

A student representative from the band must be nominated to introduce the pieces presented. This introduction must be kept under one minute, and should include the following:

  • Name of school
  • Name of conductor (where applicable)
  • Titles and composers/arrangers of all pieces presented
  • Students’ key musical learning through the preparation process and highlights of the pieces they will be performing

This introduction will not be assessed by the adjudicators.


Set Pieces – Band (Concert)

Secondary School Level:
Sunny Island by Wong Kah Chun (S$140 via [email protected])

JC/CI Level:
Escape Velocity by Dr Kelly Tang (S$180 via [email protected])

Kindly send an email to the respective composers with the following information from 7 October 2016 onwards:

  • Name of school
  • Name and telephone contact of teacher-in-charge
  • Payment mode (indicate e-invoice or cheque)

Meet-The-Composer sessions

Secondary School Level

Friday, 28 October 2016
Ministry of Education (21 Evans Road) Auditorium, 3-5pm (Registration starts from 2.30 pm)

Junior College / Centralised Institute Level

Friday, 21 October 2016
Ministry of Education (21 Evans Road) Music Studio, 3-5.30pm (Registration starts from 2.30 pm)


Choice Piece(s)

Five sets of conductor scores for the choice piece(s) must be submitted at the registration desk at the AP venue on the day of AP concerned. These scores will be returned at the end of each AP session. Uncollected scores will be duly destroyed at end of the AP for each category.

In compliance with Intellectual Property law, schools need to ensure that they own the original scores of pieces that they perform. As the organiser obtains a yearly copyright permit for the SYF, participating schools need not obtain separate individual permits from COMPASS for their SYF performances.

For Band (Concert)

  • Bands may not present the same choice piece performed at the SYF 2015 AP for Band.
  • Electric guitars, electric pianos, synthesisers, organs and all other electronic devices are not allowed.

For Band (Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble)

  • Playing in unison is not encouraged. Solo performances with accompaniment are not allowed.
  • Electric guitars, electric pianos, synthesisers, organs and all other electronic devices are not allowed.

Provided Instruments

Standard percussion instruments will be provided (More information to be released at a later date)

For Band (Concert, Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble)

  • Schools must adhere to the fixed seating plans provided on the SYF Registration Portal. Preset chairs and music stands may not be moved during the AP. Special requests (e.g. the use of piano) must be made via the online registration portal by 6 February 2017 (Secondary School level) or 24 February 2017 (JC/CI level).

For Band (Percussion Ensemble)

  • The percussion instruments are preset as shown in the stage plan, provided on the SYF Registration Portal, at the beginning of each band’s performance. These preset instruments may be moved at the start of each performance but must be restored to their original positions at the end of the performance.

Duration

  • Secondary School Level – Band (Concert): Duration of Choice Piece no more than 8 minutes
  • JC/CI Level – Band (Concert): Duration of Choice Piece no more than 10 minutes
  • Secondary School and JC/CI Levels – Band (Ensembles): Total performance no more than 8 minutes

Five marks will be deducted for any performance exceeding the stipulated.

Participants

Schools must observe the following number of participants for each sub-category:

  • 24 to 80 current students for Band (Concert)
  • 8 to 24 current students for Band (Ensemble)

Ten marks will be deducted for bands that do not observe this rule.
Bands that involve performers who are not current students of the school will be disqualified.

Each school may submit only one entry per sub-category for Band (Concert), Band (Brass Ensemble), Band (Percussion Ensemble) and Band (Wind Ensemble), up to a maximum of two entries in all.

IP schools may submit one entry for the Secondary School level, and one entry for the JC/CI level.

  • Years 1-4 (Equivalent to Sec 1-4): Eligible for Secondary School Level
  • Years 5-6 (Equivalent to JC 1-2): Eligible for JC/CI Level

Awards

Certificate of Distinction ≥ 75.0
Certificate of Accomplishment 60.0 – 74.9
Certificate of Commendation ≤ 59.9

The maximum number of marks that can be deducted is ten marks.

Results

Results will be published on www.singaporeyouthfestival.sg on

  • 10 April (Concert Band – Secondary)
  • 27 April (Ensembles – Secondary & JC/CI)
  • 4 May (Concert Band – JC/CI)
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