6th Per Musicam Ad Astra International Copernicus Choir Festival & Competition

Torun, Torun

6th Per Musicam Ad Astra International Copernicus Choir Festival & Competition

27 June -01 July 2018

PER MUSICAM AD ASTRA International Copernicus Choir Festival & Competition will for the 5th time present a great opportunity for integration of the choral community and promotion of choral music. Its name refers to the figure of the famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus who was born in the city of Toruń, which is a friendly host of this event. The Festival will include performances by Mixed, Male, Female, Youth and Children Choirs, Pop and Folklore and Vocal Ensembles from all over the world. Over the course of 4 days participants will compete for the Grand Prize, with more than a dozen accompanying events, including Friendship Concerts in the whole region. The beautiful settings make them an unforgettable experience. The optional educational program is an important part of the Festival. Join us and take part in workshops and seminars. Deadline for registration: February 25, 2018 Early bird deadline: December 15, 2017

Competitive Participation: Advice on your category and programme’s choice
I. Category choice
All choirs may participate in only one of categories A or B or G. Choirs may additionally choose to participate in categories S, F and P independent of their participation in categories A, B or G.
When choosing the category please, keep in sight your choir’s previous experience, results, capabilities in per-formances at home and abroad. Choirs with more experience in the international choral scene, at a higher grade of vocal and musical training, choirs of music schools and conservatories are advised to sign up for the A categories.
Choirs with less experience, with a less frequent rehearsal praxis or more limited rehearsal possibilities or re-cently founded choirs regardless of the number of singers are advised to sign up for B categories.
Female sections of choir competing in A categories may also compete in the A3, while male voices may partici-pate in the A2 category. Female and male sections of mixed choirs competing in B may also sign up for category B2 or B3 respectively.
Participation in the F, S and P categories is free of choice.
In categories with an age restrictions a limited number of singers may diverge from what is given, up to a cer-tain age. May you have questions, please always consult the organisers.

II. Programme choice
In the programme selection, when choosing the compositions, please consider the structure of the programme carefully. We suggest aiming at finding the right proportions in dramaturgy, the diversity of musical characters and the suitable order of the pieces. We advise to select pieces which best reflect the choir’s knowledge, the singers abilities, eventually their national choral traditions and age group of singers.

Competition Rules
GENERAL RULES
a) All non-professional choirs are welcome to compete in this event. With the exception of the con-ductors, its members must all be amateurs, e.g. they are not allowed to earn their livelihood by professional singing.
b) The order of performances within a category is scheduled at random.
c) INDIVIDUAL CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES:
Choirs are kindly asked to inform the organiser about their individual programmes during their stay.

MULTIPLE PARTICIPATION
a) Individual choir members may participate in smaller ensembles formed out of their primary choir but may NOT sing in more than one primary choir.
b) All choirs may participate in only one of categories A or B or G. Choirs may additionally choose to participate in categories F, S and P independent of their participation in categories A, B or G.
c) Female sections of choir competing in A categories may also compete in the A3 category, while male voices may participate in the A2 category. Female and male sections of mixed choirs com-peting in B may also sign up for category B2 or B3 respectively.

MUSIC
a) ACCOMPANIMENT
At least one pitched instrument is used. In categories requiring a cappella selections instruments without definite pitch may be used (percussion instruments).
b) CHANGES OF KEY:
In case, you wish to change the key of the pieces, please, inform the organizer prior to the com-petition.
c) ACTUAL SINGING TIME: Actual singing time is the duration of the performance time only. It ex-cludes entrance, exit, and applause. Participating choirs are asked not to sing a piece in different categories. Please, fill in separate repertoire pages for each category.
d) MUSIC SCORES
a. Five copies of every piece should be submitted at the latest by your arrival. The scores must conform to internationally recognized sheet music standards (five lines of notes).
b. Submitted score sheets will be given back to the choirs after the competition.
c. In case of scores with titles and names of composers not written in the Roman alphabet, please write them down with clear handwritten Latin letters.
d. Please note that published choral compositions may only be sung using the original scores or authorized copies. The use of unauthorized copies or handwritten copies is not allowed.
e. If your scores are published as score book, please preferably submit authorized copies.

Diplomas
According to the score, Bronze, Silver, and Golden Diplomas will be awarded.
In the event the choir does not achieve a diploma, the choir will receive a Certificate of Participation. The choir with a Golden Diploma and the highest score in each category becomes the Category Winner.

Costs
__Application Fee___________________________________________________________
To participate in the event the following registration fees have to be paid per choir/ensemble
Participation to the Festival and/or Competition* 200 € Additional Category and/or Festival Activity,                                          
each 200 € Early bird discount 100 €
*Includes one Category or one Festival Activity
In case of cancellation of your participation: we will refund the paid amount detracted from by the amount of 200 €.

__Event Package_____________________________________________________________
For organisational reasons and to ensure optimal conditions, a participation in the event is possible only if the accommodation is booked through the organisers.
The event package includes following services:
• Participation to the event in the chose Category/Activities
• A part of the non-subsidized organisation costs
• 4 nights’ accommodation in the following categories: (Economy), Standard, Comfort, Superior.
If a registration is received without specific information the down payment invoice will be made and sent on the basis of double rooms in Comfort Class.
Registration is binding for the choir, in regard to both participation in the festival and the travel services pro-vided by the organisers. Confirmation of the order (deposit invoice) through the organisers constitutes a travel contract in the sense of § 651a BGB (German Civil Code). The General Conditions of Travel of the organisers shall apply. They are enclosed in each offer. Please read these conditions carefully. Ignorance of these legally valid conditions does not provide exemption from any resulting obligations. The costs due to the organisers for the event package are due on the date indicated on the invoice. Banking information is also located on the invoice.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that participation in the event is only possible if the payment has been received net and by deadline. Delay in payments may affect your participation. Any costs incurred due to such action are to be borne by the group.

__Travel Expenses___________________________________________________________
The organisation of the journey to the event is responsibility of the choir members and additional persons.
The travel expenses and airport transfers are therefore not included.


Application Form

Costs
__Application Fee___________________________________________________________
To participate in the event the following registration fees have to be paid per choir/ensemble
Participation to the Festival and/or Competition* 200 € Additional Category and/or Festival Activity,                                          
each 200 € Early bird discount 100 €
*Includes one Category or one Festival Activity
In case of cancellation of your participation: we will refund the paid amount detracted from by the amount of 200 €.

__Event Package_____________________________________________________________
For organisational reasons and to ensure optimal conditions, a participation in the event is possible only if the accommodation is booked through the organisers.
The event package includes following services:
• Participation to the event in the chose Category/Activities
• A part of the non-subsidized organisation costs
• 4 nights’ accommodation in the following categories: (Economy), Standard, Comfort, Superior.
If a registration is received without specific information the down payment invoice will be made and sent on the basis of double rooms in Comfort Class.
Registration is binding for the choir, in regard to both participation in the festival and the travel services pro-vided by the organisers. Confirmation of the order (deposit invoice) through the organisers constitutes a travel contract in the sense of § 651a BGB (German Civil Code). The General Conditions of Travel of the organisers shall apply. They are enclosed in each offer. Please read these conditions carefully. Ignorance of these legally valid conditions does not provide exemption from any resulting obligations. The costs due to the organisers for the event package are due on the date indicated on the invoice. Banking information is also located on the invoice.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that participation in the event is only possible if the payment has been received net and by deadline. Delay in payments may affect your participation. Any costs incurred due to such action are to be borne by the group.

__Travel Expenses___________________________________________________________
The organisation of the journey to the event is responsibility of the choir members and additional persons.
The travel expenses and airport transfers are therefore not included.