Official Accompanists 2021
The Monash Youth Music Festival offers you a free professional Accompanist for your performance day. This service is included in your entry fee. All you need to do is check the box in STARDOM, and contact the Accompanist to let her know. You can return to STARDOM at any time to check the box, but ensure you do so NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE FESTIVAL AND CONTACT THE ACCOMPANIST.
You can use your own accompanist if you prefer.
Rehearsals are NOT included in your entry fee. While rehearsals with the Official Accompanist are not compulsory, they are essential for all senior sections and highly desirable for all others. Even a single rehearsal is beneficial to sort out phrasing, tempo and other details, and gives your performance greater musicality. Please contact the Official Accompanist for your Discipline privately to ask about their rates and to arrange a rehearsal time no later than 2 weeks before the Festival.
If you are unable to arrange a rehearsal time, please send a copy of the accompaniment music to the Accompanist as soon as possible and no later than 2 weeks before the Festival so that the Accompanist has time to prepare.
Note! It is not acceptable to present your music on the day of performance.
On your Performance Day
Please bring copies of your music on your performance day:
one for the Adjudicator with bars clearly numbered at the beginning of each system
one for the Accompanist (even if you have already sent a copy) , and
the original publication for you (unless you are playing from memory)
What do we mean by "accompaniment sheet music"?
This is the sheet music the piano accompanist needs to read in order to accompany you. The accompaniment sheet music is usually a separate supplement that comes with a soloist's music book.
Your music teacher may have a copy of the accompaniment sheet music specially for the music you are learning, so talk to your music teacher if you can't find it or are not sure.
You can recognise the accompaniment sheet music by the fact that there are (usually) three lines of music, one for the soloist, and two for the pianist (often) with a treble clef and a bass clef.
Please note that the Committee does not provide sheet music. You must find your own or ask your music teacher.