22° ‘RAINBOW’ International Festival and Choir Competition - Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg

XXII ‘RAINBOW’ International Festival and Choir Competition
Saint Petersburg - March 29 – 31, 2019
Founders:
• Interregional Conductors Association of Children and Youth Choirs of North-West
• St. Petersburg Committee for culture
• “Lira” Choral Society (Warsaw)
Supported by:
• Estonian Choral Association
• St. Petersburg State Academic Capella

The Festival and Choir Competition is held for the 22nd time. Children, Youth choirs and non-professional adult choirs with concert programs corresponding to the following regulations are welcome to participate in the competition. Each choir gets an opportunity to take part in competitive and festival concerts, to establish contacts with other collectives, to participate in the seminar and attend workshops held by jury members and leading specialists in choral arts.

Aims and objectives:
1. To support and develop choir performing in academic manner
2. To improve technical skills and stimulate professional advancement
3. To exchange experience between Russian and foreign choral directors

Schedule
• March 29, Friday. Petrikirche, Opening concert, 12:00 – 14:00
• March 29, Friday. Capella, Evaluation performance, 16:00 – 21:00
• March 30, Saturday. Capella, The concerts of participants, 18:00 – 21:00
• March 31, Sunday. Capella, Awards and Gala, 11:00 – 13:00

Seminar and workshops by jury members
March 30, Saturday. Chamber hall of Capella, 10:00 – 14:00

Competition categories
А1: Children choirs up to 10 years, 16 participants min.
А2: Children choirs up to 14 years, 16 participants min.
A3: Children choirs up to 18 years, 16 participants min.
B1: Youth equal voices choirs up to 25 years, 16 participants min.
B2: Youth mixed choirs up to 25 years, 16 participants min.
C1: Equal voices choirs (no age limits), 16 participants min.
C2: Mixed choirs (no age limits), 16 participants min.
D: Children and adult Chamber choirs and vocal/choral ensembles, children and adult, 16 participants max.
E1: Pop, jazz, rock, sacred ensembles and vocal groups (no age limits), 3 to 11 participants
E2: Pop, jazz, rock, sacred choirs, ensembles and vocal groups (no age limits), 12 or more participants

Competition terms and conditions
The order of performances inside the categories is defined by organizers. Choirs and ensembles perform 3 compositions.
Performance time:
• for categories A: 10 minutes including entrance and gaps between compositions
• for categories B – E: 12 minutes including entrance and gaps between compositions
The choirs are responsible for exceeding time limits. The performance could be stopped by the jury secretary. 10% of choir participants are allowed to be younger or older than their corresponding age groups.

Repertoire requirements
Categories A – D
The participants perform a program of 3 compositions, at least 2 of them must be performed a capella (Category A1 is allowed to perform just one a capella composition)
1. Sacred or classic composition written before XX century
2. Folk song arrangement or a composition based on folk tunes
3. Contemporary composition written after 1980

Only compositions in their original notation are allowed.

Category E
The participants perform a program of 3 contrasting composition, at least 2 of them must be performed a capella. Rock, pop, folk-rock, spirituals, jazz standards, folk songs arrangements, Russian and foreign pop songs arrangements can be performed. Choirs and ensembles are responsible for observance of copyrights.
Each choir can take part in 2 categories maximum with different repertoire and no repetitions.
Phonograms are not permitted.

Jury
International jury consists of leading choral masters and evaluates performances on a 100-point system based on the following criteria:
- intonation
- level of vocal skills
- persuasive power of compositions interpretation
- stylistic variety of program

The decisions of the jury cannot be contested and changed.

Awards

Participants scored from 90 to 100 points are awarded by Golden diploma and get the 1st Prize and the title of Prize winner.
Participants scored from 75 to 89 points are awarded by Silver diploma and get the 2nd Prize.
Participants scored from 60 to 74 points are awarded by Bronze diploma and get the 3rd Prize.
Participants scored less than 60 points get the Certificate of Participation.
The jury may award special prizes.
The organizers reserve the full right to make a video and audio recording, photographing, CD recording and broadcasting competitive auditions and festival concerts on television and radio.

Grand Prix competition

The participants scored from 90 to 100 points regardless of category take part in Grand Prix competition.
The participant must perform one composition, not included in main program of the competition, and no more than 5 minutes. Participant involved in several categories should present only one composition.

The Grand Prix competition is held in the Capella on March 31 at 11:00.

In case of one participant in Grand Prix competition, the Grand Prix is awarded automatically. In case of no participants scored from 90 to 100 points, the Grand Prix is not awarded.

Registration fee

Categories A-D

 

If paid before December  1

If paid after December 1

Choirs

10 000 rubles /  125 euro

15 000  rubles /  200 euro

Participating in additional category

8 000 rubles  /   100 euro

10 000 rubles  /  125 euro

Ensembles

8 000 rubles  /   100 euro

10 000 rubles  /  125 euro

Category E

 

If paid before December  1

If paid after December  1

Ensembles 3-9 persons

4 000 rubles    /   50 euro

6 000 rubles    /  75 euro

Ensembles 10-19 persons

8 000 rubles    /   100 euro

10 000 rubles  /  125 euro

Choirs from 20 and more persons

10 000 rubles  /   125 euro

15 000 rubles /   200 euro

Russian residents make a payment in rubles. The participants pay a fee of Intermediary Banks located in the payer’s country. All other fees of Intermediary Banks are paid by payee.

The deadline for registration is December 30, 2018.

Payment confirmation should be enclosed to the registration form.
The full document package necessary for participating in XXI ‘Rainbow’ International choir competition:

1. Registration form containing the information about participant and competition program: title, composer, duration (see Appendix)
2. Participant biography in Russian and English (10 rows)
3. Participant photo (in soft copy and good quality)
4. 5 hard copies of music scores for each competition composition
5. Audio recording (mp3, WAV) of 1 composition not older than 2 years
6. Registration fee payment confirmation

Music scores should be sent by Post to the following address:
191186, Saint Petersburg, Griboedova channel, 5, office 520, LLC «Rossi Tour Business»

Accommodation and cultural program
All costs regarding transport, accommodation and meals during the competition and stay in St. Petersburg are paid by participant. 50% of accommodation and meals costs must be paid before February 1, 2019.


Application Form

Registration fee

Categories A-D

 

If paid before December  1

If paid after December 1

Choirs

10 000 rubles /  125 euro

15 000  rubles /  200 euro

Participating in additional category

8 000 rubles  /   100 euro

10 000 rubles  /  125 euro

Ensembles

8 000 rubles  /   100 euro

10 000 rubles  /  125 euro

Category E

 

If paid before December  1

If paid after December  1

Ensembles 3-9 persons

4 000 rubles    /   50 euro

6 000 rubles    /  75 euro

Ensembles 10-19 persons

8 000 rubles    /   100 euro

10 000 rubles  /  125 euro

Choirs from 20 and more persons

10 000 rubles  /   125 euro

15 000 rubles /   200 euro

Russian residents make a payment in rubles. The participants pay a fee of Intermediary Banks located in the payer’s country. All other fees of Intermediary Banks are paid by payee.

The deadline for registration is December 30, 2018.

Payment confirmation should be enclosed to the registration form.
The full document package necessary for participating in XXI ‘Rainbow’ International choir competition:

1. Registration form containing the information about participant and competition program: title, composer, duration (see Appendix)
2. Participant biography in Russian and English (10 rows)
3. Participant photo (in soft copy and good quality)
4. 5 hard copies of music scores for each competition composition
5. Audio recording (mp3, WAV) of 1 composition not older than 2 years
6. Registration fee payment confirmation

Music scores should be sent by Post to the following address:
191186, Saint Petersburg, Griboedova channel, 5, office 520, LLC «Rossi Tour Business»

Accommodation and cultural program
All costs regarding transport, accommodation and meals during the competition and stay in St. Petersburg are paid by participant. 50% of accommodation and meals costs must be paid before February 1, 2019.