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The 36th Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest
-Conditions of Participation-

The unique choral competition only for the chamber choirs in Japan!
Please join TICC and make your beautiful harmony echo in the City of Music, Takarazuka!

Dates:
Saturday, July 18, 2020
10:00~ Senior Choir, Equal Voice Choir, Mixed Voice Choir, Open Category
Sunday, July 19, 2020
10:00~ Children’s & Youth Choir
13:00~ Grand Prix Contest

Venue:
Takarazuka Vega Hall
1-2-18 Kiyoshikojin, Takarazuka City, Hyogo 665-0836 JAPAN

Organizers:
City of Takarazuka,
Takarazuka Foundation for Culture Promotion,
Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest Committee

Sponsorship:
Hyogo prefecture, Takarazuka Board of Education, The Asahi Shimbun Company
NHK Kobe, Japan Choral Association, JCA Hyogo,
Takarazuka International Friendship Association,
Takarazuka Choral Association

CONTEST CATEGORY:
CHILDREN’S & YOUTH CHOIR
SENIOR CHOIR
EQUAL VOICE CHOIR
MIXED VOICE CHOIR
OPEN CATEGORY

REGULATIONS:
CHILDREN’S & YOUTH CHOIR
Size of Choir:
8 - 24 singers excluding conductors and accompanists.
Age:
under 19 years old (born after April 1, 2001)
Voices:
No restriction on voice parts
Performance Time:
8 min. -12 min. including intervals between songs
Conditions:
a. Program should include more than one song from Renaissance and Baroque, Classic or Romantic period (written before 1900).
b. Choirs must perform more than one song without accompaniment.
Participation fee:
Registration fee JPY20,000 per choir
Individual Registration fee JPY1,000 per person (including conductors and accompanists)
Individual Registration fee includes admission fee to the Children’s & Youth Choir contest on July 19. (Grand Prix Contest are not included.)

SENIOR CHOIR
Size of Choir:
8 - 24 singers excluding conductors and accompanists.
Age:
Each singer must be 50 or older (born before March 31, 1970). The average age of all singers must be 60 or older.
Voices: No restriction on voice parts
Performance Time:
8 -12 min. including intervals between songs
Conditions:
a. Program should include more than one song from Renaissance and Baroque, Classic or Romantic period (written before1900).
b. Choirs must perform more than one song without accompaniment.
Participation fee:
Registration fee JPY30,000 per choir
Individual Registration fee JPY3,000 per person (including conductors and accompanists)Individual Registration fee includes admission fee to the contest held on July 18.

EQUAL VOICE CHOIR
Size of choir:
8 - 20 singers excluding conductors and accompanists.
Age:
No restriction on ages
Voice:
Female voice or Male voice
Performance Time:
8 -12 min. including intervals between songs
Conditions:
a. Program should include more than one song from Renaissance and Baroque, Classical or Romantic period (written before 1900).
b. Choirs must perform more than one song without accompaniment.
Participation fee:
Registration fee JPY30,000 per choir
Individual Registration fee JPY3,000 per person (including conductors and accompanists)
Individual Registration fee includes admission fee to the contest held on July 18.

MIXED VOICE CHOIR
Size of Choir:
8 - 20 singers excluding conductors and accompanists.
Age:
No restrictions on age
Voice:
Mixed voice
Performance Time:
8 - 12 min. including intervals between songs
Conditions:
a. Program should include more than one song from Renaissance and Baroque, Classic or Romantic period (written before 1900).
b. Choirs must perform more than one song without accompaniment.
Participation fee:
Registration fee JPY30,000 per choir
Individual Registration fee JPY3,000 per person (including conductors and accompanists)
Individual Registration fee includes admission fee to the contest on July 18.

OPEN CATEGORY
Size of Choir:
4 - 24 singers excluding conductors and accompanists.
Age:
No restrictions on age
Voice:
No restrictions on voice parts
Performance Time:
Shorter than 6 min. including intervals between songs
Condition:
No restrictions
Participation fee:
Registration fee JPY10,000 per choir
Individual Registration fee JPY3,000 per person (including conductors and accompanists)
Individual Registration fee includes admission fee to the contest on July 18.
In the Open category, the audience judge the choir’s performance.

Singers are not allowed to participate in more than one choir in the same category in this concert. However, this case is not applied for conductors and accompanists.

★Instruments for accompaniment
The organizer will prepare a grand piano.
*Special method of playing the piano, for example, ‘prepared piano’ is prohibited.
In case choirs would like to use other instruments, prior permission from the contest committee is necessary.

★Awards
Gold, Silver, Bronze prize will be given in each category.
The 1st to 3rd place choirs will be selected from the overall choirs who performed in the Grand Prix Contest.
Prize money will be given as follows.
The 1st place: JPY500,000
The 2nd place: JPY300,000
The 3rd place: JPY100,000
*Choirs are not overlapped from the 1st place to the 3rd place.
The best scored Japanese choir among the Grand Prix Contest will receive the Hyogo Governor’s award.
The best scored choir of the Senior Choir category will receive the Takarazuka Mayor’s Award.
The best scored choir of the Children’s & Youth choir category will receive the Takarazuka Board of Education Award.
The best scored choir of the Open Category will receive the Audience Award.

GRAND-PRIX CONTEST
Participants: about 2 choirs will be nominated by juries from each category (except Open Category).
Size of singers: maximum number of singers must follow the number written in the regulation of each category.
Program: Program must include one or more different song(s) from songs performed in the first round of the contest.
Performance time: Shorter than 15 min.
*Qualified choirs must participate in the Grand Prix Contest on July 19.

AUDITION
Based on the audio recordings, choirs are selected by the contest committee and qualified for the contest as a participant. The order of performance is also decided by the contest committee.

MUSIC COPYRIGHT FEE
All the participating choirs are responsible for the cost of copyright use of the musical works used in the contest, including consumption tax. The total amount of copyright fee will be divided by the number of choirs.

JUDGES in alphabetical order
Matsumura Tsutomu, Mukai Masao, Nakanishi Akane, Saida Yoshio, Suwaki Mitsukazu, Weng Chia Feng,
and one more person (undecided)

OTHERS
1. The contest committee have an entry slot for local choirs based in Takarazuka.
2. Piano pitch is 442hz.

THE COST FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST
All the cost for travel, accommodation and meals in order to participate in the contest should be borne by the choirs. However, in case the qualified choirs stay in the appointed accommodation in Takarazuka City (The Washington Hotel), the room charge will be borne by the contest committee. (The contest committee will bear the room charge for two nights (Fri. July 17, 2020 and Sat. July 18, 2020) for 24 people on the first come first served basis.)

Audition
1. Audio recording or filming must be done by the contest participating singers.
Submitted recording must be done after March 1, 2019.
2. Songs must be recorded in stereo. Use CD in case you send by post. Track mark must be added between songs.
3. Performance must be between 3 min. and 12 min. (between 3 min. and 6 min. for Open category).
There is no restriction on selection of music and number of songs, however, songs must be selected from the category of participation. The songs are not necessarily performed at the contest.
4. There is no restriction on method of recoding, however, the condition (when and where it was recorded) must be written on the application form.
5. In case number of singers, performance time, or songs do not match the above rule, or recorded music do not match the condition of each category, submitted recording will be left out of audition. The application will not be accepted for any reason if the submission arrives after the deadline date.

How to apply for the audition
a. By Post
1. Name of choir must be clearly written on the surface of CD and CD case.
2. Submitted CD will not be returned.
3. Fill in the application form and send to the contest committee with CD by post.

b. By internet
1. Apply from the homepage below.
https://takarazuka-c.jp/ticc
2. Upload the audio file and the repertoire list (excel file). Or send CD with repertoire list by post.


Application fee: Free

The Deadline of Application: January 31, 2020 (Japan time)
The result will be announced around the beginning of March.

All the application and submissions should be sent to the following address.
Also if you have any questions, please make inquiry to the following e-mail address in English.

Addressee and Inquiry:
Takarazuka Vega Hall
Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest Committee
Person in charge of clerical work for the contest
(Please contact in English or Japanese.)
1-2-18 Kiyoshikojin, Takarazuka,
Hyogo 665-0836 JAPAN
Tel.: +81-797-84-6192 Fax: +81-797-84-9772
E-mail: ticc@takarazuka-c.jp

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