SYLLABUS 2019

XΟΡΩΔΙΑ ΠΡΕΒΕΖΑΣ ΑΡΜΟΝΙΑ

37th International Choral Festival of Preveza

25th International Choral Competition

Preveza, 4 - 7 July 2019

 

Mark your calendar for July 2019 to be part of the 37th International Choral Festival of Preveza. The festival will be held from 4 to 7 of July 2019 in Preveza.

The International Choral Festival of Preveza counts 36 interesting and exciting years of high quality choral music, challenged by excellent choirs which are continuously raising its standards and a great variety of intercultural experiences with participants from all over the world.

The Festival includes numerous concerts given at idyllic locations of the area like the seaside fortress of Preveza and the historic Ancient Auditorium of Nikopolis “Odeon”. The other part of the Festival is the prestigious competition for which through the years we have been honored to have internationally been acclaimed experts of the field overseas.

For visiting choirs, Preveza provides an opportunity not only to perform; but also to experience some of the world’s best choral music, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the mingling, singing and fun, and explore the picturesque city of Preveza and its surrounds.

The festival will be managed by the Choral Society "Armonia" of Preveza, under the patronage of the city of Preveza. Choirs are eligible to join the festival either as non-competitive choirs participating in all the performances of the festival, or as competitive choirs.

 

Part I - Competitive part: 25th International Choral Competition

 

Competition’s Categories

All choirs can participate and compete in all six (6) categories. In the case of a choir wishing to participate in more than one category, they will not be charged with more than one participation fee. However they will have to fill in another application form for the second category, etc.

The categories of the competition are the following:

  • Category A: Mixed choirs. Minimum of twenty two (22) singers.

  • Category B: Equal Voices’ choirs (male or female). Minimum of twenty two (22) singers.

  • Category C: Children’s choirs. Minimum of twenty two (22) singers and age limit of 17 years.

  • Category D: Chamber choirs (mixed, male or female ensembles) with a maximum of  20 singers.

  • Category E: Youth choirs (mixed or female ensembles). Minimum of twenty two (22) singers and age limit of 25 years.

  • Category F: All kind of choirs.

 

International Jury Committee (I. J. C.)

An International Jury Committee, consisting of at least three well-known Greek and/or foreign musicians will judge the competitive part of the festival and mark each performance based on the following:

  • Technique (rhythm, articulation and sound)

  • Difficulty

  • Intonation

  • Interpretation, and

  • Stylistic fidelity

 

The International Jury Committee allocates marks for the technical and artistic quality of the chosen programme and the overall quality of its performance. It will also take into account how well the choir communicates with the audience in a performance situation.

The results of the marking process will be unappeasable and irrefutable in all aspects.

 

Repertoire Requirements

Each choir of categories A, B, D and E must prepare an "a cappella"15-20 minutes programme on free choice which should definitely include 3 pieces of sacred music (one composed before 1800, one composed between 1800 – 1950 and one composed after 1950 ) and a folk song from the choir's country of origin. If a choir wishes to include any other piece(s) of sacred music in the specific time, they can do so.

As far as category C (children's choirs) is concerned the choir should include all the above with the exception that two (2) of the pieces selected can be accompanied by piano.

For the category F each choir can perform any kind of programme it prefers. This category offers each choir the opportunity to express its own traditions and strengths. The program should reflect the choral music activities of different countries. Thoughtful consideration should be given to the dramatic arc of the overall program. The character and degree of difficulty of the program should correspond with the level of the choir. The performances could be “a cappella” or with instruments accompaniment.

All the choirs will be competing in works on free choice of intonation (identified in advance).

 

Marking - Medals

The I. J. C. will award prizes to the choirs, which will have achieved the following marks:

From 90, 00 to 100 points,                Gold medal

From 80, 00 to 89, 99 points,             Silver medal

From 70, 00 to 79, 99 points,             Bronze medal

 

Marking – Prize Money

           The following prize money will be awarded to the choirs with gold medal and with the highest mark in each category:

Category A:      500€ & 1st prize

Category B:      400€ & 1st prize

Category C:      400€ & 1st prize

Category D:      300€ & 1st prize

Category E:      400€ & 1st prize

Category F: 400€ & 1st prize

 

Marking – Special Prizes

The I. J. C. may award other special prizes:

For the best performance of orthodox chant

For the best folklore performance

For the best conducting, e.g.

 

Awarding Ceremony

All the prizes, certificates and diplomas will be announced and handed in at a special ceremony in the presence of audience and authorities, where the choirs selected by the International Jury Committee will perform one (1) or two (2) songs also chosen by the I. J .C.

 

Non – competitive concerts

The place and the time for the non-competitive concerts will be arranged by the Organizing Committee. Pieces of each choir’s choice will be performed “a cappella” within 10-15 minutes.

 

Application Procedure

Each choir is required to forward by 1 May 2019 latest:

  • A fully detailed application form (which is attached).

  • recent CD recording of the choir or approximately seven MP3 files sent by email

  • The choir’s proposed competition programme (see Repertoire Requirements detailed above). If accepted, this repertoire and its order of performance may not subsequently be altered

  • Six original score of each work (non returnable)

  • A short history of the choir and conductor detailing activities and achievements (English Text, 250 words)

  • recent photograph (suitable for publicity purposes) of the choir and the conductor.

  • list of the names and addresses of the choir members that do not hold EU passports.

 

All the above material is to be sent to the following address:

 

Choral Society “Armonia” of Preveza

P. O. Box 29

GR – 481 00, Preveza GREECE

 

For any further information, please contact us on the following:

 

Tel.                  0030 2682 0 24915

Fax.                  0030 2682 0 29852

Cell phone       0030 6973 0 50626

E-mail:             prevezachoralfestival@gmail.com, armonia4@otenet.gr

http://www.armoniachoir.gr/festival/index.php

 

Registration – participation fees

The selected choirs, after the acceptance of their participation by the Organising Committee, must pay a deposit of € 150, 00 (not refundable) towards the registration fees.

Subsequently – not after the 31st of May 2019 – you will be requested to pay € 30, 00 for each member of the choir, including the director, the pianist/musicians and the escorts (the fee does not include room & board). This includes entry fees for the competition and the festival. Please deduct the deposit of € 150, 00 Euros already paid from the total fee before paying the balance. 

The registration fee mailed to the address of the festival or transferred to the following account:

 

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE

Choral society “Armonia” of Preveza

Account number:        448/480188-16

Swift Code – Bic: ETHNGRAA

IBAN: GR 7201 1044 8000 0044 8480 18816

 

Travel Costs

The festival does not contribute to a choir’s travel costs to and from Preveza.

 

How you can get here:

  • By bus: Preveza is 370 km away from Athens (it takes about 5 hours to reach), which is the capital of Greece and 350 km from from Thessalonica(it takes about 5 hours to reach).

  • Airlines: From Athens (ATH) to Aktio (PVK) - (1h and 5min).

Aktion Airport, is located 3 Km south of Preveza, western Greece, close to the Ionian Island of Lefkas (approx. 15km), connected by a tunnel. Bus services run to Preveza and Lefkas. Taxi to Preveza should cost approximately € 20,00. Facilities include 3 bars/cafes, duty free shop, and an ATM. Every year an important number of charter flights (from Bern, Vienna, Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Rome, Amsterdam, Oslo, Stavanger, Birmingham, London, Manchester, etc.) have organized by various tours operators.

  • By sea: The closest port is that of Igoumenitsa, which is 85 km away from Preveza and we should notice that it has itineraries to and from Italy daily (Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, Trieste). You should come by bus.

 

 Accommodation, Meals & Transport

Each choir is responsible for all matters related to the organization, booking and payment of all accommodation and meals during their stay in Preveza. A comprehensive list of specially negotiated accommodation options in varied price ranges (including hotels, guest houses and restaurants) will be provided to all choirs selected to participate in our festival(September 2017). The festival is not responsible for any booking issues that may arise.

 


Selection

Only applications enclosing all of the requirements detailed under Application Procedure will be considered. Choirs are selected on the basis of their application material. Particular attention is paid to the repertoire and quality of performance presented on the audition CD submitted with the application.

 

Conditions of participation

  • Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1 May 2019.

  • Once the appropriate material is received, it will be evaluated and the applicant choir will be informed whether they are chosen to participate or not.

  • Registration fee (minus any bank charges incurred) will be refunded if a choir is not selected to participate in the festival.

  • Any selected choir that withdraws from the competition is not entitled to a refund of the registration fee.

  • It is contrary to law to perform music that has been reproduced illegally. Should a choir do so, the festival accepts no responsibility for any action taken by publishers.

  • The Organising Committee accepts no legal responsibility whatsoever in respect of anything pertaining to a choir’s participation in the festival.

  • The festival accepts no responsibility or liability for accommodation and meal costs incurred by the choir.

  • The festival accepts no responsibility for any expense incurred by any choir or individual chorister participating in the festival.

  • Participation in the festival implies acceptance of all the above rules and regulations

 

 Part II - Non-competitive Participation

 

For international choirs who do not wish to enter into competition but would still like to perform in the festival:

 

Introduction

The International Choral Festival of Preveza is an institution of high artistic quality, both in the Greek and in the international choral field. More than 350 choirs from all over the world have been on its stage, while great personalities have been accredit to its International Jury Committee with their presence, guaranteeing with their glory for the artistic status of the festival as well as the reliability of its procedures.

 

Participation

All kinds of choirs can participate in the non-competitive festivities of our festival. Working on the direction of its greater spread worldwide, we would like to inform that you will all find out a really attractive destination that manages to combine both high artistic value and quality, as well as the advantages of a beautiful tour, as our region is full of archaeological sites from the Ancient Hellenic period and areas of great natural beauty, too.  Besides, staying in Preveza could be an opportunity both for day trips to the surrounding area and excursions to the greater area of our precinct.

 

Organisation

Participating non-competitively gives choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across the city, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, see some of Preveza’s beautiful countryside and attend all the festival’s manifestations. Non-competitive choirs are free to organize their own tourist activities while here, but are asked to please keep the organizing committee informed as their itinerary comes together to ensure that no time-tabling cross over occurs. Different kinds of performances could be organised in cooperation with the participants. Opportunities to perform in different Greek cities (Lefkas, Ioannina, and Agrinio) are possible to be organised after choirs ask.

 

Timetable

The place and the time of the non-competitive concerts will be arranged by the Organizing Committee that will also choose which choirs will participate in each concert.  Pieces of each choir's choice (with a preference for sacred or folklore works) will be performed "a cappella" within 10-15 minutes.

 

Application Procedure

Each choir is required to forward by 15 May 2019 latest:

  • A fully detailed application form (which is attached).

  • recent CD recording of the choir or approximately seven MP3 files sent by email

  • Details of repertory 

  • A short history of the choir and conductor detailing activities and achievements (English Text, 250 words)

  • recent photograph (suitable for publicity purposes) of the choir and the conductor.

  • list of the names and addresses of the choir members that do not hold EU passports.

 

Festival registration fee

The selected choirs, after the acceptance of their participation by the Organising Committee, must pay a deposit of € 150, 00 (not refundable) towards the registration fees. Subsequently – not after the 31st of May 2018 – you will be requested to pay € 30, 00 for each member of the choir, including the director, the pianist/musicians and the escorts (the fee does not include room & board). This includes entry fees for the competition and the festival. Please deduct the deposit of € 150, 00 Euros already paid from the total fee before paying the balance. 

The registration fee mailed to the address of the festival or transferred to the following account:

 

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE

Choral society “Armonia” of Preveza

Account number:        448/480188-16

Swift Code – Bic: ETHNGRAA

IBAN: GR 7201 1044 8000 0044 8480 18816

 

Travel Costs

The festival does not contribute to a choir’s travel costs to and from Preveza.

 

How you can get here:

  • By bus: Preveza is 370 km away from Athens (it takes about 5 hours to reach), which is the capital of Greece and 350 km from from Thessalonica(it takes about 5 hours to reach).

  • Airlines: From Athens (ATH) to Aktio (PVK) - (1h and 5min).

Aktion Airport, is located 3 Km south of Preveza, western Greece, close to the Ionian Island of Lefkas (approx. 15km), connected by a tunnel. Bus services run to Preveza and Lefkas. Taxi to Preveza should cost approximately € 20,00. Facilities include 3 bars/cafes, duty free shop, and an ATM. Every year an important number of charter flights (from Bern, Vienna, Brno, Ostrava, Prague, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Rome, Amsterdam, Oslo, Stavanger, Birmingham, London, Manchester, etc.) have organized by various tours operators.

  • By sea: The closest port is that of Igoumenitsa, which is 85 km away from Preveza and we should notice that it has itineraries to and from Italy daily (Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, Trieste). You should come by bus.

 

Accommodation, Meals & Transport

Each choir is responsible for all matters related to the organization, booking and payment of all accommodation and meals during their stay in Preveza. A comprehensive list of specially negotiated accommodation options in varied price ranges (including hotels, guest houses and restaurants) will be provided to all choirs selected to participate in our festival(September 2016). The festival is not responsible for any booking issues that may arise.

 

  • All the above material is to be sent to the following address:

Choral Society “Armonia” of Preveza

P. O. Box 29

GR – 481 00, Preveza GREECE

 

For any further information, please contact us on the following:

 

Tel.                  0030 2682 0 24915

Fax.                  0030 2682 0 29852

Cell phone       0030 6973 0 50626

E-mail:             prevezachoralfestival@gmail.com, armonia4@otenet.gr

 

http://www.armoniachoir.gr/festival/index.php


Selection

Only applications enclosing all of the requirements detailed under Application Procedure will be considered. Choirs are selected on the basis of their application material. Particular attention is paid to the repertoire and quality of performance presented on the audition CD submitted with the application.