1. Festival vision

The aim of the Festival is the gathering of amateur wind orchestras on the base of competition, encouraging mutual cooperation, and improving the quality of wind music in the Central European region and beyond.

2. Right to participate on the Festival

All wind orchesters from the central European countries and the rest of Europe can participate on the contest. The conditions of the contest are mandatory and apply to all orchestras participating at the festival. The festival will allow not more than 25 participating orchestras. The orchestras are not allowed to exchange or substitute their members for the duration of the festival. The organizer allows the presence of professional musicians in each orchestra, but only if they are indeed full members of the orchestra. The orchestra can include not more than three supplementary performers – amateurs for the participation on the festival, but only if they are needed for the performance of the compositions.

3. Implementation

The festival consits of two parts:
3.1. The contest
3.2. The obligatory part of Festival

3. 1. The contest procedure
Those orchestras that choose to be in more difficult categories, can choose between:
a) the highest level,
b) the high level,
c) the middle level,

Youth orchestra:
d) the lower level
e) the enterance level

In those four categories they will have to perform three different compositions.

a.) Introductory composition
b.) Obligatory composition
c.) Composition of choice

The order of performance of the obligatory composition and the composition of choice is not set, but has to be duly announced to the jury prior to their performance. The introductory composition will not be graded. This composition has to be a work of a high artistic value.
The choice of the obligatory composition will determine the category to which the orchestra will be assigned to. The composition of choice has to be of the same or of the similar level as the obligatory composition. Instrumental or vocal soloist compositions are not going to be allowed.
The performance time in each of the four categories must not exceed 30 minutes.
The orchestras will exchange on stage every 45 minutes.
Each orchestra have to send the organizer five copies of the composition of choice by Februar 28th 2017.

Obligatory composition
a) highest level: Music for a Festival ( Philip Sparke ) Studio Music Company
b) high level: Festa Paesana (Jacob de Haan) De Haske Publishing BV.
c) middle level: Legacy (James Swearingen) C. I. Barnhouse Company

youth wind orchestra:
d) lower level: Encanto ( Robert W Smith ) Hal Leonard Corporation
e) enterance level: A Joyful Journey ( Robert Sheldon ) Alfred Publishing Co.

Musikverlag Abel
Uga 80
6884 Damüls
Tel. +43 (05510) 3050

Musikverlag Rundel
Untere Gewendhalde 27-29
88430 Rot an der Rot
Tel. +49 (08395) 94260

De Haske Publications BV
Businesspark Friesland-West 15
8440 AS Heerenveen
Tel. +31 (0513) 65 30 53

3. 2. The Obligatory part of Festival

- Grand Parade of the Orchestra (City park - Prokurative) the Orchestras are performing marches of free choice
- Joined Orchestras playing (after receiving the application of the festival the organizer will send the names of compositions and conductors)

4. Elements of evaluation

1. Overall impression
2. Music expression
3. Articulation
4. Performance technique
5. Measure and metric
6. Performance dynamics
7. Performance pace
8. Tone equalizing of orchestra
9. Music expression
10. Interpretation and style

Judges will give 10 maximum points for every element. The evaluation is next:

10 = „excellent,
9 = „very good“
8 = „good“
7 = „satisfactory“
6 = „unsatisfactory“

Each judge can therefore award maximum 100 points. The Introductory composition and the composition of choice are valued separately, so each orchestra can win 600 points. The sum of all individual points given by five members of the jury will be divided by five in order to come up with the final amount of points for each orchestra

5. Jury

The jury has an international character and is appointed by the organizer of the festival. It consists of five members. A judge can not be a member of a participating orchestra. The assessments and judges decisions are final and the orchestras do not have any rights to complain.

6. Awards and prizes

During the Award giving ceremony, each orchestra will be proclaimed with their achieved place and the final number of points won at the contest. At that time the orchestras will be awarded with these awards:

90,1 – 100 Punkte: „participated with outstanding success“
80,1 – 90 points: „achieved very good success at the festival“
70,1 – 80 points: „achieved a good success at the festival“
60 – 70 points: „participated in the festival“

For the first three orchestras will be in each category to assign the following awards:

1. Place: Golden plaquetes and awards A from Sponsor
2. Place: Silver plaquetes and awards B from Sponsor
3. Place: Bronze plaquetes and awards C from Sponsor

Apart from that, there will be one award given for the best interpretation of the obligatory composition by an orchestra. In all four categories there will be one joint cumulative award for the best conductor. Each orchestra will receive one award depicting their achievement at the festival and one short written statement from the jury stating their opinion and possible remarks linked to their overall performance

7. Application

Because of the limited number of orchestra places, please send your request for application as soon as possible. In order for the application to be validated, the wind music orchestras has to send to the organizer the exact documents stated below by January 31th, 2017.
1. Name of the composition and the composer of the introductory composition
2. Sheet music of the composition of choice
3. Current photo of the orchestra
4. Description of the orchestra (the year of Establishment, the eventual success of participation in various events, numbers of the participants and the youth orchestra)
5. Complete list of all performing musicians stating their position in the orchestra (see article 2)
6. The approximately number of the participants (including accompanying persons that do not themselves participate in the contest) in order to be able to reserve the hotel rooms (by April 02th, 2017.)

8. General regulations

All orchestras will receive the list of other participating orchestras one month before the start of the festival. The program booklets of the festival will be distributed at the start of the festival. All participants who are coming from abroad can also come earlier or stay a bit longer after the end of the festival itself. The price of such an arrangement can be furnished by the organizer of the festival. Organizer will take rights for all audio and video tracks from the festival. During the festival, orchestras are not entitled to monetary claims from the organizer.
The Organizer can not be responsible for possible theft, damage to the instruments, clothing or any items of value that are owned by the orchestra. The organizer has right to not include or disqualify orchestras that do not follow the propositions of festival.