NAFPLIO – ARTIVA

 4rd INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

ARTIVA Cultural Management & Advertising under the support of the MUNICIPALITY of NAFPLIO and D.O.P.P.A.T is pleased to announce the launch of the 4th INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL that will take place in Nafplio on 15th -19th November 2017.   The festival includes both singing competitions and festivals.  Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, a city of historical and cultural heritage has always held a prominent position in culture and by extension in tourism. Again this year, in November, Nafplio will honour renowned choirs from Greece and abroad, giving the public the opportunity to enjoy melodies and listen to voices from beyond the borders of Greece. Through this diverse range of festival choirs, everyone who attends will experience different cultures, meet a multi-cultural group of people and join their voice in singing melodies from all over the world; and what’s more, one will be able to rejoice the enchanting, historic town of Nafplion, built between the medieval castles of Palamidi and Akronafplia, opposite the historic Bourtzi fortress, take a romantic walk by the sea and explore the narrow, paved streets of the Old Town.

During the festival, choir concerts will take place in Vouleftiko (1st Hellenic Parliament). It is located in the center of the old town of Nafplio, in the historic Syntagmatos Square.


COMPETITION

Α.         PARTICIPATION
In the competition, all non-professional choirs from Greece and abroad have the right to participate and depending on the composition of their members they are classified into different categories.

Β.         CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION

 

1st  CATEGORY Mixed choirs – at least twenty four (24) chorists.

Programme:

a. Musical piece pre-1950

b. Musical piece post-1950

c. Musical piece from the choir’s home country

d. Joint musical piece (organizers choice)

Singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

2nd CATEGORY Vocal ensembles/chamber choirs, mixed, male or female – at least eight (8) chorists, maximum (20) chorists.

Programme:

a. Musical piece pre-1950

b. Musical piece post-1950

c. Musical piece from the choir’s home country

d. Joint musical piece (organizers choice)

Singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

 

3rd CATEGORY Equal voices/Male Choirs, Female Choirs – at least twenty-four (24) chorists.

Programme:

a. Musical piece pre-1950

b. Musical piece post-1950

c. Musical piece from the choir’s home country

d. Joint musical piece (organizers choice)

Singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

4th CATEGORY Youth choirs mixed or equal voices (male-female) – at least twenty five (25) chorists and up to twenty-five (25) years old.

Programme

a. One piece of their choice

b. One piece of their choice

c. Musical piece from the choir’s home country

d. Joint musical piece (organizers choice)

Singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

 

5th CATEGORY Children’s Choirs – at least twenty two (22) chorists and up to seventeen (17) years old.

 

Programme

a. One piece of their choice

b. One piece of their choice

c. Musical piece from the choir’s home country

d. Joint musical piece (organizers choice)

Singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

6th CATEGORY Sacred Choral Music – a cappella

Mixed Choirs, Equal voices/Male Choirs, Female Choirs

Programme

a. Musical piece pre-1850

b. Musical piece composed between 1851 and  1950

c. Musical piece post-1950

d. Joint musical piece (organizers choice)

Singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

7th CATEGORY Folklore

Mixed Choirs, Equal voices/Male Choirs, Female Choirs

Programme

Four (4) musical pieces of their choice. The performance in traditional costumes typical of the country is recommended.

The singing time should be at least 10 minutes and must not be longer than 20 minutes.

In all categories (except 6th category) one instrument is allowed only for one (1) piece of music (microphones or any other electronic equipment are not permitted)

All choirs will perform the joint piece of music a cappella.

 

  1. EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR COMPETING CHOIRS

The evaluation criteria for competing choirs are:

  • Technique on the rhythm and articulation
  • Intonation
  • Sound quality
  • Interpretation
  • Fidelity to musical style
  • Difficulty
  • Overall artistic Impression

An international jury consisting of experts in choral music will evaluate the competitors according to their performance. The results of the international jury will not accept disputes or challenges by any means or anybody.

  1. COMPETITION AWARDS

According to the score, choirs will be awarded by the festival organizers with Golden, Silver and Bronze award depending on the results of the presentation of their programme.

  • Gold metal will be awarded to choirs with score 90,00-100,00 points.
  • Silver metal will be awarded to choirs with score 80,00-89,99 points.
  • Bronze metal will be awarded to choirs with score 70,00-79,99 points.

Furthermore, the choir with a gold medal and with the highest points across all categories will also receive a cash prize of 2.000,00 euros. The choir with a gold medal with second highest score across all categories will also receive a cash prize for the amount of 1,000.00 euros. The choir with a gold medal with the third highest score across all categories will receive
a cash prize for the amount of 500.00 euros.

Ε.         GENERAL RULES

Α.         The choirs that can take part in the competition must be non- professional (their members are not allowed to earn money as professional singers).B.         The organizers have the right to split the choirs taking part in categories where age limits are listed (e.g youth – children ). The age limits may exceed by up to 10% those of the choristers in each choir.

  1. During the Festival, the participating choirs are not allowed to give further concerts or performances without the organizers’ prior approval.
  2. The choir members can’t participate in more than one choir in the same competition category. They are allowed to participate in a different category.

Ε.         Conductors are allowed to compete only with one choir in each category.

F.         Two (2) months before the opening of the Festival, choirs must send the musical pieces they will perform to the organizers. The scores of musical pieces should be legible, be written in pentagram and contain full details of the lyricist, composer. For each piece of music the choir should send five (5) copies. The compositions must be submitted to the organizing principle in their original form.  In case of a choir wishing to change the key from that the original form, it should inform the organizers one (1) month before the opening of the festival. The scores should be sent both electronically and in paper form (by post ) .G.         The choirs participating in the competition are allowed to participate in the festival at no additional cost according to the program being determined by the organizers. The artistic program of free participation may not exceed 20 minutes.

  1. To ensure the best possible conditions for the competition, choir members will not be able to attend the festival venue in times outside their appearance. Anyone wishing to attend the competition programme of the festival (except for the conductor and the controller of each choir participating in the festival) must pay an entry ticket of 8,00 euros on the particular day and hours e.g Saturday morning from 10.30 to 14.00 and Saturday afternoon from 16.00 until 19.00. The entrance or exit from the competition room during a choir’s competition performance, will be allowed only during the period between the end of a choir’s programme until the start of the next performance.

FESTIVAL (no-competition)

The artistic program of the choir has free character and its duration is 20 minutes. The festival will take place at Vouleftiko.

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