Community Choirs

COMMUNITY CHORAL NOTES AND REGULATIONS
In addition to the following discipline specific information, please refer to the general rules and regulations.
AGE LEVELS: In Choral Classes divided by age levels, the choir can be entered in the class corresponding to the age of the oldest choir members
or the class corresponding to the average age of all choir members. If the latter option is chosen, the average age of choir members must be entered
on the entry form.
CHOIR/CHORUS: A group of 13 or more singers. Community Choirs shall include any group, the majority of who are from a specified geographical
area or are connected through involvement in a school division or an organization/facility. This designation shall include University and Conservatory
Choirs.
DESIGNATION: Choirs must enter either School Choral Classes or Community Choral Classes and stay within those classes for all choral entries.
LANGUAGE: Selections may be in any language unless otherwise specified. For selections sung in a language other than English, a translation
must be provided with the music.
MADRIGAL: An unaccompanied choral composition in several parts usually dating from the 14th to 17th centuries, usually polyphonic in style, and
with secular text.
SERVICE GROUP: Groups such as: Brownies, Beavers, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Explorers, C.G.I.T., Pioneers Girls, C.S. Brigade, 4-H, Cadets,
Fraternal Organizations, Service Clubs, etc.
FOLK SONG (Traditional or Traditional Style): Songs in any language, with the composer unknown, that have endured and been passed down by
oral tradition often with considerable variation OR songs by known composers (for example J.J. Niles, Ralph Vaughan Williams, etc.), in which the
form and the sentiment are as in the traditional folk songs.
TRANSPOSITION: Unless otherwise indicated, selections may be transposed to suit the individual group. Performance key should be indicated on
the music given to the adjudicator.
TWO-PART SONGS: Two-part songs are those that require a significant part of the song to be sung in two-part harmony.
VOCAL ENSEMBLE: Includes from 5 to 12 singers. (In order to be eligible for the Richard W. Cooke Memorial Trophy National class, the ensemble
must include from 8 to 12 singers.)

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COMMUNITY CHORAL NOTES AND REGULATIONS

In addition to the following discipline specific information, please refer to the general rules and regulations.

AGE LEVELS: In Choral Classes divided by age levels, the choir can be entered in the class corresponding to the age of the oldest choir members or the class corresponding to the average age of all choir members. If the latter option is chosen, the average age of choir members must be entered on the entry form.

CHOIR/CHORUS: A group of 13 or more singers. Community Choirs shall include any group, the majority of who are from a specified geographical area or are connected through involvement in an organization/facility. This designation shall include University and Conservatory Choirs.

DESIGNATION: Choirs must enter either School Choral Classes or Community Choral Classes and stay within those classes for all choral entries.  

LANGUAGE: Selections may be in any language unless otherwise specified. For selections sung in a language other than English, a translation must be provided with the music.

MADRIGAL: An unaccompanied choral composition in several parts usually dating from the 14th to 17th centuries, usually polyphonic in style, and with secular text.

SERVICE GROUP: Groups such as: Brownies, Beavers, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Explorers, C.G.I.T., Pioneers Girls, C.S. Brigade, 4-H, Cadets. Fraternal Organizations, Service Clubs, etc.

FOLK SONG (Traditional or Traditional Style): Songs in any language, with the composer unknown, that have endured and been passed down by oral tradition often with considerable variation OR songs by known composers (for example J.J. Niles, Ralph Vaughan Williams, etc.), in which the form and the sentiment are as in the traditional folk songs.

TRANSPOSITION: Unless otherwise indicated, selections may be transposed to suit the individual group. Performance key should be indicated on the music given to the adjudicator.

TWO-PART SONGS: Two-part songs are those that require a significant part of the song to be sung in two-part harmony.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE: Includes from 5 to 12 singers. (In order to be eligible for the Richard W. Cooke Memorial Trophy National class, the ensemble must include from 8 to 12 singers.)


COMMUNITY CHOIR CLASSES

COMMUNITY CHOIRS

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND JUNIOR CHURCH CHOIRS
CLASS 8251 SUNDAY SCHOOL OR JUNIOR CHURCH CHOIR, HYMN CLASS
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any hymnal, unison only.

CLASS 8252 SUNDAY SCHOOL OR JUNIOR CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, 12 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8253 SUNDAY SCHOOL OR JUNIOR CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, 16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8254 SUNDAY SCHOOL OR JUNIOR CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, 19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8255 SUNDAY SCHOOL OR JUNIOR CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, ANY AGE COMBINATION
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CHURCH CHOIRS

CLASS 8261 CHURCH CHOIR, HYMN CLASS
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any hymnal, any number of parts.

CLASS 8262 CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, MIXED
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8263 CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, FEMALE
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8264 CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, MALE
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8265 CHURCH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, ANY
COMBINATION OF VOICES
Two contrasting sacred selections, own choice, any number of parts.

YOUTH CHOIRS – 12 YEARS AND UNDER

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS – 12 YEARS AND UNDER
CLASS 8301A CHILDREN’S CHOIR, OWN CHOICE,
12 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8301B CHILDREN’S CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, GIRLS,
12 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8301C CHILDREN’S CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, BOYS,
12 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8302 CHILDREN’S CHOIR, FOLK SONG,
12 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8305 CHILDREN’S CHOIR, OPERETTA/MUSICAL
THEATRE EXCERPTS, 12 YEARS AND UNDER
One selection of an excerpt from an operetta or musical, including any optional solo parts, to be acted out as well as sung, with participants costumed and using a minimum of stage sets. Preparation and performance time not to exceed 12 minutes. Any live accompaniment may be used. Speaking parts should be kept to a minimum. It is highly desirable that the conductor not be on stage.

CLASS 8306 CHILDREN’S CHOIR, CONCERT GROUP,
12 YEARS AND UNDER
Three contrasting selections by various composers, representing a variety of styles and periods. 20 minute time limit includes adjudication. The artistic arrangement of the selections and the quality of the music chosen will be taken into consideration. All choirs will receive adjudication only.

CLASS 8341 CHILDREN’S CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, SERVICE
GROUP, 12 YEARS AND UNDER
One or two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

YOUTH CHOIRS – 16 YEARS AND UNDER

CLASS 8311 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8312 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, FEMALE,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8313 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, MALE,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8314 YOUTH CHOIR, FOLK SONG,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, one must be two or more parts.

CLASS 8317 YOUTH CHOIR, OPERETTA/MUSICAL THEATRE EXCERPTS, 16 YEARS AND UNDER
One selection of an excerpt from an operetta or musical, including any optional solo parts, to be acted out as well as sung, with participants costumed and using a minimum of stage sets. Preparation and performance time not to exceed 12 minutes. Any live accompaniment may be used. Speaking parts should be kept to a minimum. It is highly desirable that the conductor not be on stage.

CLASS 8318 YOUTH CHOIR, CONCERT GROUP,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Three contrasting selections by various composers, representing a variety of styles and periods. 20 minute time limit includes adjudication. The artistic arrangement of the selections and the quality of the music chosen will be taken into consideration. All choirs will receive adjudication only.

CLASS 8342 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, SERVICE GROUP, 16 YEARS AND UNDER
One or two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

YOUTH CHOIRS – 19 YEARS AND UNDER

CLASS 8321 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8322 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, FEMALE,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8323 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, MALE,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8324 YOUTH CHOIR, FOLK SONG,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8327 YOUTH CHOIR, OPERETTA/MUSICAL THEATRE EXCERPTS, 19 YEARS AND UNDER
One selection of an excerpt from an operetta or musical, including any optional solo parts, to be acted out as well as sung, with participants costumed and using a minimum of stage sets. Preparation and performance time not to exceed 12 minutes. Any live accompaniment may be used. Speaking parts should be kept to a minimum. It is highly desirable that the conductor not be on stage.

CLASS 8328 YOUTH CHOIR, CONCERT GROUP,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Three contrasting selections by various composers, representing a variety of styles and periods. 20 minute time limit includes adjudication. The artistic arrangement of the selections and the quality of the music chosen will be taken into consideration. All choirs will receive adjudication only.

CLASS 8343 YOUTH CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, SERVICE GROUP, 18 YEARS AND UNDER
One or two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

 

ADULT CHOIRS

CLASS 8331 ADULT CHOIR, OWN CHOICE
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8332 ADULT CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, FEMALE
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8333 ADULT CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, MALE
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8334 ADULT CHOIR, FOLK SONG
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8336 ADULT CHOIR, CONCERT GROUP
Three contrasting selections by various composers, representing a variety of styles and periods. 20 minute time limit includes adjudication. The artistic arrangement of the selections and the quality of the music chosen will be taken into consideration. All choirs
will receive adjudication only.

CLASS 8337 ADULT CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, SENIOR CITIZENS
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8338 ADULT CHOIR, OPERETTA/MUSICAL THEATRE EXCERPTS
One selection of an excerpt from an operetta or musical, including any optional solo parts, to be acted out as well as sung, with participants costumed and using a minimum of stage sets. Preparation and performance time not to exceed 12 minutes. Any live accompaniment may be used. Speaking parts should be kept to a minimum. It is highly desirable that the conductor not be on stage.

CLASS 8344 ADULT CHOIR, OWN CHOICE, SERVICE GROUP
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

COMMUNITY CHOIRS

CLASS 8350 COMMUNITY CHOIR, BARBERSHOP, OPEN
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8351 COMMUNITY CHOIR, MADRIGAL, OPEN
Two contrasting selections, own choice, unaccompanied part songs from the Renaissance or early Baroque period.

CLASS 8352 COMMUNITY CHOIR, MULTILINGUAL, OPEN
Two contrasting selections, own choice in any language other than English, any number of parts.

CLASS 8353 COMMUNITY CHOIR, FOLK SONG, OPEN
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8354 COMMUNITY CHOIR, CONCERT GROUP, OPEN
Three contrasting selections by various composers, representing a variety of styles and periods. 20 minute time limit includes adjudication. The artistic arrangement of the selections and the quality of the music chosen will be taken into consideration. All choirs will receive adjudication only.

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CHOIRS

CLASS 8221 COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CHORUS, OWN CHOICE
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8222 COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CHORUS, SACRED
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8223 COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CHORUS, CONCERT GROUP
Three contrasting selections by various composers, representing a variety of styles and periods. 20 minute time limit includes adjudication. The artistic arrangement of the selections and the quality of the music chosen will be taken into consideration. All choirs will receive adjudication only.

VOCAL ENSEMBLES
A vocal ensemble includes from 5 to 12 singers. Please state on the entry form if the ensemble is conducted or unconducted.

CLASS 8001A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OWN CHOICE,
12 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice.

CLASS 8002A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OWN CHOICE,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, one of which must be in two or more parts.

CLASS 8003A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, MADRIGAL,
16 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, in two or more parts. Unaccompanied.

CLASS 8004A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OWN CHOICE,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, one of which must be in two or more parts.

CLASS 8005A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, MADRIGAL,
19 YEARS AND UNDER
Two contrasting selections, own choice, in three or more parts. Unaccompanied.

CLASS 8006A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OWN CHOICE, OPEN
Two contrasting selections, own choice, any number of parts.

CLASS 8007A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, MADRIGAL, OPEN
Two contrasting selections, own choice. Unaccompanied.

CLASS 8008A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OPERETTA/MUSICAL
THEATRE EXCERPTS, UNCONDUCTED, OPEN
Own selection of an excerpt from an Operetta or Musical, which may include the spoken or musical passages leading up to it. Participants may use hand props, costumes and movement. Time limit 10 minutes.

CLASS 8009A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OPERA, UNCONDUCTED, OPEN
Own selection from any of the Standard Grand Operas.
Time limit 10 minutes.

CLASS 8010A VOCAL ENSEMBLE, GILBERT & SULLIVAN,
UNCONDUCTED, OPEN
Own selection from any of the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, which may include the spoken or musical passages leading up to it. Participants may use hand props, costumes and movement. Time limit 10 minutes.

NATIONAL CHORAL CLASSES

For National Festival eligibility information, please refer to the National Festival class section.