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Festival Schedule

The Monash Youth Music Festival offers both competitive and non-competitive performance opportunities. If you have little or no eisteddfod experience, we highly recommend that you enter the non-competitive Mini Recitals instead of, or as well as, the competitive sections.

Download our complete Schedule by clicking on the image to the right. 👉

 

The entrant's age is calculated to be as of 1 July as calculated from their date of birth.

Decide which disciplines and sections you wish to enter, read the Rules & Conditions of Entry, and, then (when entries have opened), go to Stardom and register.

 

For more details, go to the How to Enter page.

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Non-Competitive Disciplines

Mini Recitals

D01    “Two of Us” Duets - any two instruments including voice, 15 years & under. (NOT running in 2024)
D02    “Two of Us” Duets - any two instruments including voice, 21 years & under. (NOT running in 2024)
 

N01    Mini Recital Piano Solo, non-competitive.   AMEB Grades Preliminary – 2 or equivalent
N02    Mini Recital Piano Solo, non-competitive.   AMEB Grades 3 – 4 or equivalent
N03    Mini Recital Piano Solo, non-competitive.   AMEB Grades 5 and above
N04    Mini Recital String, Wind or Vocal Solo, accompanied, non-competitive.   

           - AMEB Grades Preliminary – 2 or equivalent
N05    Mini Recital String, Wind or Vocal Solo, accompanied, non-competitive.   

           - AMEB Grades 3 – 4 or equivalent
N06    Mini Recital String, Wind or Vocal Solo, accompanied, non-competitive.   

           - AMEB Grades 5 and above

We welcome any type of strings or wind instrument or voice in N04, N05 and N06. Soloists in N04, N05 and N06 may perform unaccompanied or  accompanied (by a single acoustic instrument such as piano). We offer you a free professional accompanist for your performance, and opportunities to rehearse with the accompanist on the morning of your performance. We make it easy for you to perform accompanied!

 

These sections are non-competitive, and offer the perfect introduction to eisteddfod performance without the pressure of competition. Participants gain valuable performance experience in front a warm and appreciative audience and receive a detailed Adjudicator’s report based on the standard of their piece. Each section features a mini master class conducted by the Adjudicator.

 

This experience is invaluable for participants to prepare for future music festivals and eisteddfods, music exams, school concerts and any occasion where your music may be shared.

VCE Music Performance Recitals

VCE 01  VCE Music Recitals - Piano, Instrumental and Vocal Solos

This section is open to students currently doing VCE Music Performance only. At least one of the pieces played must be from the current VCE list of Prescribed Works. 

This section is non-competitive and offers the VCE student a valuable opportunity to gain performance experience and feedback from a qualified VCE examiner, to assist them in perfecting their music for VCE music exams. The Adjudicator gives every participant a detailed Adjudicator’s report and conducts a short master class at the end of the section to provide musical insights, feedback and practice techniques to help improve the VCE student's performance outcome.

Participants may choose more than one piece, provided that the total playing time does not exceed the time limit of 8 minutes.

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Competitive Choral and Ensemble Disciplines

Choirs

 

C01    Primary School Choirs - limit 50 voices

C02    Secondary School Chamber Choirs - limit 30 voices

 

Performers may appear in more than one group in a section, but there must not be more than a 40% overlap between groups.

Instrumental Ensembles  

This discipline welcomes orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, percussion groups , chimes and bell ringers, string orchestras, brass bandswind ensembles and single instrument groups such as guitar ensembles, oboe choirs and recorder consorts.

We warmly welcome music groups of all kinds!


E01    Junior Large Ensembles 13 – 50 players
E02    Junior Small Ensembles 3 – 12 players
E03    Senior Large Ensembles 13 – 50 players
E04    Senior Chamber Music Groups 3 – 12 players

NOTE: Pre-recorded accompaniment is not accepted in any section. 

These sections are for acoustic ensembles. One or two instruments within a large group may be amplified, but this should be kept to a minimum and should not dominate the sound. For example, one might use an electric bass in a concert band, or include an electronic keyboard in an orchestra to cover missing instruments. Ensemble pianist MUST be within the age group specified for the section entered.

Music chosen for these sections may be two contrasting pieces

A stage sketch plan must be submitted to the Registrar at least 1 week before Ensembles Day.

 

Performers may take part in more than one ensemble, but Large Ensembles must not interchange more than 40% of players to another group competing in the same section.

Small Ensembles – a performer cannot participate in more than three ensembles using the same instrument in a given section.

Provided: Full drum kit with cymbals, bass drum and 2 timpani will be provided, so please refrain from bringing your own. Approximately 30 music stands will also be provided.

Not provided: keyboard percussion, traps, idiomatic instruments, sticks, mallets or beaters.

Competitive Solo Disciplines

✨NEW SECTION✨

Guzheng Solos

G01    Guzheng Solo - 12 years & under
G02    Guzheng Solo - 16 years & under

This is a new discipline for 2024. Entrants must provide a photocopy of their sheet music in cypher (Jianpu) notation for the adjudicator.

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Guzheng Solos

Piano Solos


P01    Piano Solos – 8 years & under
P02    Piano Solos – 10 years & under 
P03    Piano Solos – 12 years & under
P04    Piano Solos – 14 years & under               
P05    Piano Solos – 12 to 14 years - Baroque or Classical 
P06    Piano Solos – 16 years & under              
P07    Piano Solos – 18 years & under 
P08    Piano Solos – 21 years & under

P09    Piano Solos – AMEB  Preliminary to Grade 2 or equivalent†
P10    Piano Solos – AMEB Grades 3 – 4 or equivalent†
P11    Piano Solos – AMEB Grades 5 – 6 or equivalent†

Please note that the standard for the age limited sections is quite high, so if this is your first music competition, we recommend that you enter one of the Mini Recital sections N01, N02 or N03, as well as P09, P10 or P11.

String Solos

S01    String Solos  –  8 years & under
S02    String Solos  –  10 years & under
S03    String Solos  –  12 years & under
S04    String Solos  –  14 years & under
S05    String Solos  –  16 years & under
S06    String Solos  –  18 years & under
S07    String Solos  –  21 years & under

Please note that the standard for the age limited sections is quite high, so if this is your first music

competition, we recommend that you also enter one of the Mini Recital sections N04,  N05 or N06.

Vocal Solos


V01    Junior Vocal Solos – 12 years & under
V02    Junior Vocal Solos – 14 years & under
V03    Vocal Solos – 15 to 18 years
V04    Senior Vocal Solos – Contemporary or Theatre Music – 18 to 25 years
V05    Senior Vocal Solos – Art Song Classical Solo – 15 to 25 years

If this is your first music competition, we recommend that you also enter one of the Mini Recital

sections N04,  N05 or N06.


Woodwind & Brass Solos

B01    Brass Solo - 12 years & under
B02    Brass Solo - 14 years & under
B03    Brass Solo - 16 years & under
B04    Brass Solo - 18 years & under

W01    Woodwind Solo - 12 years & under
W02    Woodwind Solo - 14 years & under
W03    Woodwind Solo - 16 years & under
W04    Woodwind Solo - 18 years & under
W05    Woodwind Solo - 21 years & under

W06    Woodwind & Brass Solo - AMEB Grade Preliminary – 2 or equivalent†
W07    Woodwind & Brass Solo - AMEB Grade 3 – 4 or equivalent†

If this is your first music competition, we recommend that you also enter one of the Mini Recital

sections N04,  N05 or N06.

NOTE! Pre-recorded accompaniment is not accepted in any competitive section. 

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The AMEB Grade or equivalent is the level at which the entrant is studying at time of competition. Entry is open to all music students learning AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity College, Suzuki, Yamaha or any other music education system.

 

Please verify with your music teacher that the grade or level of the piece to be performed is equivalent to the specified AMEB grade of the section to be entered to ensure fairness of competition. 

NOTE! The Adjudicator may choose disqualify you from a placing if they consider that the music you perform is not within the standard prescribed.

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