IV. European Music Competition

The IV. European Music Competition is open to musicians of any nationality provided they have not been awarded the overall first prize in previous editions of the competition in the same category for which they are applying. The competition will be held from 5th to 13th May 2012 in Filadelfia (Vibo Valentia) ITALY at the Town Auditorium.

The last year participating nations were: Usa, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Albania, Spain, Germany, Taiwan, China, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Macedonia.

Beside Choirs and Opera Singing the competition has further sections for Pianoforte, Strings, Woodwind, Guitar, Accordion, Percussion, Chamber music, Lower Secondary school instrument classes, Jazz Combo, Brass Band and  Bands/Windbands.

Closing date for all applications is 5 April, 2012. Entry Fees for soloists are € 50 and for € 200 for choirs. The choir categories are:

  1. male or female voices , minimum 8
  2. mixed voices , minimum 8
  3. children´s or youth , minimum 12 , age limit 20 (10% up to 24)
  4. popular or spiritual/gospel (male, female or mixed) , minimum 8
Choir programmes

Categories A and B
Free programme comprising four pieces from the following groups as indicated:
a) One piece by a Renaissance, Baroque or Classical period composer. The jury will assess appropriate performance style.
b) One piece composed after the year 1900.
c) Two pieces of any period. The performance, intended as “pure music”, must last between 11 and 20 minutes. No more than two pieces may have instrumental accompaniment.

Category C
Free programme comprising four pieces from the following groups as indicated:
a) One piece composed before the year 1900 to be sung in any language and with or without instrumental accompaniment.
b) Two pieces composed after the year 1900 by composers of the same nationality as the participating choir. At least one of the pieces must be sung in the original language. At least one of the pieces must be unaccompanied.
c) One unaccompanied piece from any period sung in any language. The performance, intended as “pure music”, must last between 11 and 20 minutes. No more than two pieces may have instrumental accompaniment.

Category D
Free programme comprising four pieces as indicated: A programme of choral arrangements or traditional songs belonging to the repertoire of the country of the participating choir OR negro spirituals and gospel songs. Local folk instruments or instruments which may be justified from a historical or folk point of view are permitted. Stylistically coherent choreography will be appreciated and may lead to the awarding of a special mention. The performance, intended as “pure music”, must last between 8 and 20 minutes. No more than two pieces may have instrumental accompaniment.

Prizes

Overall winners of the Opera Singing section will be awarded the following monetary prizes:
Category A – 300 €
Category B – 500 €
Category C – 1000 €
The overall winners of the Choir section will win the following monetary prizes:
Category A – 1.000 €
Category B – 1.000 €
Category C – 500 €
Category D – 1.000 €

Further information with downloads and application forms: www.associazione-melody.com