GENERAL THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PIANO ENSEMBLE CLASSES
Each ensemble should register once per selection they wish to perform. At the time of registering, each participant’s name will need to be entered – whoever is registering the ensemble should take special care to spell all names correctly. For competitive duets and trios, the ensemble must enter into the category that reflects the ensemble’s average solo level and must play repertoire that reflects that level’s difficulty. For example, in a piano duet where one player is entered in level 1 solo classes and the other player is entered in level 2 solo classes, the average level is 1.5, so this piano duet would enter the elementary piano duet class. Elementary is considered level 2 and lower. Junior is considered level 3, 4 and 5. Intermediate is considered level 6, 7 and 8. Senior is considered level 9 and higher. In situations where the average level of the ensemble crosses over between classes, the ensemble must register in the class that reflects the level of the more advanced player, even if this means that a level 5 solo player is competing in an intermediate duet class, for example. For quartets, family duets, and non-competitive duets, the ensemble should register according to the level of the repertoire selection they intend to perform. Duets are for one piano, four hands. Duos are for two pianos, four hands. Trios are for one piano, six hands. Quartets are for two pianos, eight hands.
FAMILY & NON-COMPETITIVE DUETS
Family duets and non-competitive duet classes are non-competitive. Ensembles will receive written and verbal feedback from the adjudicator. No marks, ribbons or seals will be given in the spirit of non-competitiveness for family classes. Family classes are for sibling or child-parent combinations.
PIANO QUARTET NIGHT
Unlike the past several years where all piano quartets performed one after each other regardless of being in different classes, piano quartets will now run like all other classes. The recipients of the Dairy Queen Award, the Second Top and the Top Quartet (recipient of the Ursula Yundt Memorial Trophy) will be announced at the end of the evening, and awards will be given out at the Finale Concert.
CLASS SIZE & AGE DELINEATION BY ENROLMENT
When you register for a class, you will be asked to declare the ensemble’s average age (their age is calculated according to how old they were on December 31st of the year prior to the festival year). After registration closes, the festival schedule’s construction begins. Schedule protocol is that no class will exceed eight participants or ninety minutes in length. In situations where there are more than eight participants registered for a class or a class exceeds ninety minutes in length, participants will be separated according to their age group and then sorted randomly into classes of eight or fewer participants.
PRICE OF CLASSES
Piano ensemble classes are $30.00 each.
- Registration is open annually from December 1 until January 22, with late registration ending on January 31
By registering for the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival, you agree to be bound by its rules and regulations. They are available in the Syllabus and online at www.kwkiwanismusicfestival.com/rules.