Pro Bohemia 2018 - Terms and conditions

– 16th International Competition for wind instruments (woodwinds, brass), piano, organ and voice.
 
Terms and Conditions:
The competition will be held on 5th – 8th April 2018 at Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava.
 
It will be hosted and administered by the state-funded Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava
 
The competition will be held in the following disciplines: wind instruments ((woodwinds, brass), piano, organ and voice.
 
The competition is designed as one-round in each of the disciplines and categories.
 
The age of a participant enrolled in a given category cannot, on the first day of the competition, exceed the upper age limit of the category.
 
Competitors who belong to a lower age category may also participate in a higher age category.
 
Competitors who belong to a higher age category may not participate in a lower age category.
 
How to Apply
Application form
The electronic application form will be available since 1st November 2017 online. Completed electronical application forms should be submitted by 31 January 2018 at the latest.
All fields of the application form must be completed. Receipt of each application will be acknowledged. (If you do not receive the confirmation, please contact us and check whether your application was delivered).
 
The organizers reserve the right to reject applications if the competition is oversubscribed.
Compulsory attachments
Please attach a copy of the birth certificate or any other official document showing the participant’s date of birth (insurance card, student card, student certificate, etc.). These documents can be sent as an attachment to the application online or via email info@jko.cz.
 
Another compulsory attachment is a copy of the receipt confirming payment of the competition fee.
 
Demanded attachments have to be received up to 31st January 2018.
 
No attachments will be returned.
 
In the case of any formal deficiency in the application form and/or the attachments, the application will be rejected by the organizers.
 
 
Competition Fee
 
0   category:    CZK 500,-
1st category:    CZK 500,-
2nd category:   CZK 800,-
3rd category:   CZK 1000,-
4th category:   CZK 1000,-
 
Participants from the Czech Republic are requested to pay the competition fee by bank transfer:
 
Československá obchodní banka, a.s.
Name of the account: Janáčkova konzervatoř v Ostravě, příspěvková organizace
Account number: 373548933/0300
Variable symbol: 417 and the date of birth (ddmmyy)
 
Competition fee must be paid until enrolment deadline, i.e. 31st January 2018.
 
Please, state the name of a competitor in the message for the payee.
 
Competition fees cannot be refunded.
 
Participants outside the Czech Republic are requested to pay the competition fee in cash in CZK at the office of the competition secretary or at the registration desk before the competition begins. The date and the time of the beginning of registration will be displayed on internet pages since 1st April 2018.
 
All travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participants themselves.
 
 
Categories, Time Limits, Repertoire:
 
Wind instruments:
 
Woodwinds:
The competition comprises the following disciplines: flute, bassoon, oboe, clarinet, saxophone.
Each instrument will be evaluated separately i.e. competitors playing the same instrument.
 
Categories                           /             Time Limits:
 
1st category:    12 years max.             3 - 5 min.
2nd category:   15 years max.             6 – 9  min.
3rd category:   18 years max.             9 – 12 min.
4th category:   21 years max.             12 – 15 min.
The repertoire must include one composition by a Czech composer. Transcriptions of pieces
are allowed. Playing from memory is not obligatory.
The organizer does not provide piano accompaniment. The contestant will perform together with his own pianist who is responsible for all his travel and stay expenses.
 
 
Brass instruments:
Brass instruments category includes playing the French horn, trumpet, trombone, tenor/baritone/key trombone, tube. Each instrument will be evaluated separately i.e. competitors playing the same instrument.
 
Categories         /             Time Limits:
 
1st category:    12 years max.             3 - 5 min.
2nd category:   15 years max.             6 – 9  min.
3rd category:   18 years max.             9 – 12 min.
4th category:   21 years max.             12 – 15 min.
The repertoire must include one composition by a Czech composer.
In the 4th category there is a compulsory composition by Bohuslav Martinů: Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano.
Transcriptions of pieces are allowed. Playing from memory is not obligatory.
 
The organizer does not provide piano accompaniment. The contestant will perform together with his own pianist who is responsible for all his travel and stay expenses.
 
 
Piano:
 
Category              /         Time Limits:
 
0   category:    8 years max.               4 – 6  min.
1st category:    11 years max.             6 – 9 min.
2nd category:   14 years max.             10 – 14 min.
3rd category:   17 years max.                         15 – 17 min.
 
Repertoire:
 
0       and 1st category - one piece from the period of Czech Classicism
      at least one piece by a Czech composer from different period
       2nd category - compulsory composition by Bohuslav Martinů – Etudes and Polkas (one     
                              polka according to your choice)                          
    - one piece from the period of Czech Classicism
                           - at least one piece by a Czech composer from different period
       3rd category - compulsory composition by Leoš Janáček – On the Overgrown Path/ Po
                             zarostlém chodníčku (Pojďte s námi)
                           - one significant composition from the period of Czech Classicism of the  
                             length from 5 – 10 minutes.
                           - at least one piece by a Czech composer from different period
Playing from memory is obligatory.
 
 
Organ play
 
Category                                       /                            Time Limits.
2nd category:   Up to 16 years old (including)          10 – 15 min
3rd category:    Up to 19 years old (including)          15 – 20 min
4th category:   Up to 22 years old (including)          20 – 25 min
 
Obligatory compositions:
2nd category: Jan Křtitel Kuchař – Pastorale G major
3rd category: Leoš Janáček – Adagio I (Two compositions for organ)
4th category: Antonín Dvořák – fugue g minor or D major from B 302
 
Repertoire:
 
The repertoire for the 2nd category must include the obligatory compositin and other  compositions within the time limit.
Competition repertoire for 3rd and 4th  category must include the obligatory composition, one composition in the form of a trio, and other compositions within the time limit.
We recommend to include Czech classicism compositions  in the repertoire.
 
The competitor may ask for the registrar or ensure  his / her own one.
 
 
Voice:
 
Categories                            /             Time Limits:
 
0   category:    8 years max.               3 - 4 min.
1st category:    11 years max.                         4 – 6 min.
2nd category:   14 years max.                         6 – 8 min.
3rd category:   17 years max.                         8 – 10 min.
4th category:   20 years max.             10 – 12 min.
 
Repertoire:
 
0   category     any songs of different character
1st category     any songs of different character – including one by a Czech composer
2nd category    two folk songs including one arranged by Leoš Janáček, at least two artificial  
                       songs
3rd category    Bohuslav Martinů –  one song from collection ´Songs on Two Pages´,
one folk song arranged by Leoš Janáček, one Baroque vocal composition,
one artificial song by a Czech composer from the Classical period
4th category    one Baroque vocal composition, one vocal piece by a Czech composer from Classical period, one vocal composition from the period of Romanticism,
one piece from the 20th century from the competitor´s country
 
The pieces must be sung in their original form (i.e. unarranged) and in their original keys. Singing from memory is obligatory.
 
 
The organizer does not provide piano accompaniment. The contestant will perform together with his own pianist who is responsible for all his travel and stay expenses.
 
 
 
Competition Regulations:
 
Participants in all disciplines and categories will participate in alphabetical order according to their last names.
Each participant is obliged to come in stated time to a certain concert hall before the competition.
If the participant does not arrive in the corresponding time, he/she will be disqualified from the competition. The chairman of the jury has got the right to allow the participant to continue in the competition on jury proposal for serious reasons.
The organizer or the chairman after agreement with the organizer can decide on changes in competition order because of arrangement or for other serious reasons.    
The competitors have to keep the minimal duration limit.
If the competitor does not keep the minimal duration limit, he/she will be disqualified. The total duration includes just the time of competition repertoire.
If the maximal duration limit is exceeded, the jury might ask to stop the performance with no influence on evaluation.
Each discipline will be assessed by a professional jury consisting of a chairperson, four or five judges and a secretary. If there are many contestants in woodwind category, saxophone is going to be assessed by a separate jury.
Secretaries cannot award points; their work is of a purely administrative character.
Chairpersons, judges and secretaries are appointed by the competition organisers.
Juries will work simultaneously.
Final overall placing will be determined by the number of points a competitor receives. The scale of points ranges from 1 – 25; judges cannot award points to their own students or to a competitor who is in close relation to the member of a jury or if the judge does not listen to the whole performance.
The total score is divided by the number of judges; the average number of points is calculated to two decimal places.
The chairperson of the jury in each discipline will announce the absolute winner in each particular discipline.
The prize includes financial reward and compulsory participation in the final prize-winner’s concert, which is unpaid and will be held within 43rd year of International Music Festival Janáčkův Máj at the beginning of June. The exact date will be arranged on the date of the competition at the latest.
Furthermore, the juries will award the first, second and third places in each discipline and, in some cases, honorary awards.
Participants awarded the first place also receive the title of laureate.
In the case of competitors achieving identical or near-identical scores, a jury may decide to award a prize or honourable mention to more than one competitor.
If the required score is not reached, or if a performance is deemed not to be of the required standard, juries reserve the right to not award a prize and/or to abstain from declaring an absolute winner.
All successful participants will receive a diploma.
If the jury agrees that the competitor did not keep the competition conditions or restrictions, he/she might be disqualified from the competition.
These regulations are mandatory for all participating juries.
Disagreements will be resolved by the organizer’s representative.
All the performances in all disciplines will be public.
Performing in public from a copy of a musical score is a contravention of copyright legislation. Participants will thus be fully responsible for any potential legal sanctions.
 
 
Agreement:
Application and participation in the competition gives the organiser the right to make audio-visual records and take photographs during competition performance or concert and use it to further presentation or promotion. Copyright cannot be applied in connection with this use. It is forbidden to make any other audio-visual records. This agreement will be provided either by the participant or his/her legal representative.
 
The competition conditions and regulations are published in Czech, Polish and English. In the event of a dispute, the Czech version will be regarded as binding.
 
Posting the application form is regarded to be agreement with conditions and regulations of the competition.
 
 
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