Official Accompanists 2023
The Monash Youth Music Festival provides a free professional Accompanist for your performance so you don't have to book your own.
This service is included in your entry fee. All you need to do is check the box in STARDOM, and then contact the Accompanist. (WHY?).
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 ALWAYS CONTACT THE ACCOMPANIST.
You can use your own accompanist if you prefer, or you can perform unaccompanied. Most soloists perform with an accompanist. While performing with an Accompanist is optional, if the music you select requires accompaniment, then the adjudicator may penalise your performance if you perform without an accompanist.
Pre-recorded backing music is not permitted in any sections.
We are not offering an official accompanist for the VCE Music Recital section in 2024. If you are entering the VCE Music Recital section this year and need an accompanist, you are more than welcome to contact any of our Accompanists above. All are very fine musicians and are very experienced accompanists.
We strongly recommend that you have a rehearsal with the Accompanist. Please note that rehearsals are NOT included in your entry fee. While rehearsals with the Accompanist are not compulsory, they are strongly recommended 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. Best of all, you will be far more prepared and relaxed for your performance.
Please contact the Official Accompanist for your Discipline privately to ask about their rates and to arrange a rehearsal time as soon as possible and no later than 2 weeks before your performance day.
Even if you are unable to arrange a rehearsal time, then please send a copy of the accompaniment sheet music to the Accompanist as soon as possible and no later than 2 weeks before the Festival so that the Accompanist has time to read over your music and prepare.
1. COURTESY. It is not acceptable to present your music to the Accompanist on the day of performance without prior arrangement. You would never perform in public without sufficient preparation, and neither would your Accompanist! He or she has the right to familiarise themselves with your sheet music before the day.
2. IT'S IN THE RULES. Rule 9 states that "Entrants requiring the Official Accompanist must make contact and supply sheet music at least 2 weeks prior to the Festival. The Accompanist reserves the right to decline to accompany if this condition is not met." Yes, that's right. The Accompanist is entitled to refuse to accompany you if they hadn't heard from you before.
3. TO ORGANISE A REHEARSAL. As mentioned above, a rehearsal is essential to ensure a smooth performance for your benefit. The Accompanist can also offer extremely useful advice to help you achieve a more polished 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.