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SAN JUAN CANTA
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

San Juan - Argentina, August 16th - 20th, 2018

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COMPETITION:  RULES AND APPLICATION FORM (both categories)

The International Choir Competition SAN JUAN CANTA will take place in San Juan, Argentina, between August 16th - 20th, 2018.
Its main seat will be Auditorio Juan Victoria, situated at Avenida 25 de Mayo 1215 oeste (San Juan)
Other concerts will be performed in churches, museums and other cultural venues.

It will be done in two categories:

a) Universal choral repertoire. Open to amateur mixed choirs, female, male, youth and chamber groups (minimum 16 singers).
b) Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music. Open to amateur mixed choirs, female, male, youth and chamber groups (minimum 12 singers).

Participants can choose one or another category, or compete in both.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Category Universal choral repertoire:

Each choir has to perform at least four compositions:
- three contrasting works of different styles and periods at the choice of the conductor (i.e.: Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary or others)
- and at least one composition or arrangement by an author of the country the choir comes from.
Traditional/folk instruments are admitted for accompaniment. The use of traditional or folk clothing of each country is welcome.

Category Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music:

It must contain at least four works freely chosen by the conductor among the popular, folkloric and/or traditional repertoire (original compositions and/or choral arrangements)
Traditional/folk instruments are admitted for accompaniment. The use of traditional or folk clothing of each country is welcome.

MANDATORY WORK (Out of competition): all choirs (in Festival, Competitions and Grand Prix) must participate in the Closing Concert performing Gustav Holst’s Psalm 148. The work must be studied deeply in advance, will be pre-rehearsed and will be performed as the closing work of SAN JUAN CANTA under the direction of a prestigious guest conductor.

Any doubt about these requirements will be answered by the previous consultation with the Chairman of the Artistic Committee Prof. María Elina Mayorga (sanjuancanta@gmail.com) or will be resolved by the Jury.
The decision will be final.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION:

The Competition will be held in a single event at Auditorio Juan Victoria
- Saturday, August 18th, 8.30 pm: category Universal choral repertoire
- Sunday, August 19th, 11.30 am: category Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music

In both of the categories:
- the total duration of the audition will be at least 18 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes, net time of the stage (counting from the beginning of the first piece to the end of the last one);
- the time of performance will not be interrupted by applause;
- in case of free time after fulfilling the requirements of repertoire, it can be completed with works freely chosen by the director within the same framework of requirements for each category;
- the repertoire cannot be replaced after July 15th;
- only a cappella works, or with piano/organ accompaniment will be accepted. Other instruments will not be admitted except for those of folk and/or popular roots required for the interpretation of the works;
- the scores must be in the key in which they will be interpreted and the works will be sung in their original language;
- choirs must use legal copies of their scores;
- amplification and encores are not allowed;
- at the time of accreditation (on Thursday, August 16th, at 12.00pm in the classroom 10 of Auditorio Juan Victoria), each choir will deliver to the Jury seven (7) bound and sorted copies of the entire repertoire.

ADMISSION:

The Artistic Committee will select the choirs that will participate in the Competition based on the documentation and demos received. Choirs will be notified of the result of the selection by May 30th.
The Artistic Committee and the President of the Jury will supervise the fulfillment of the requirements by the applicants.
The list of choirs that will participate will be informed by email to the applicants and publicly broadcasted through the press and via internet.

ABOUT THE JURY AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:

SAN JUAN CANTA will be entirely supervised by the President of the Artistic Committee Prof. María Elina Mayorga. The Jury will be composed of a President and four (4) members, all professionals of great prestige and international trajectory.
The choirs will be evaluated with a score of up to 10 points maximum (it is admitted up to a decimal: for example, 9.5, but not 9.75). In case a choir exceeds the time limit for more than 30 seconds, each extra minute will mean one less point in the score. The same rule will apply for each minute less than the minimum required performance time.

The evaluation of the Jury will especially address the following criteria:
a) technical performance: intonation, rhythm, phrasing, accuracy to score and pronunciation.
b) artistic performance: tempo, agogic, dynamic flexibility, text interpretation, style, choral sound quality, balance, repertoire selection criteria and level of difficulty, comprehension of the meaning of the text and its emotions. The general presentation and the duration of the performance will also be evaluated.
The decisions of the Jury are final and may not be legally appealed.

PRELIMINARY COMPETITION SCHEDULE 2018 (Subject to change)

The competition will be held in a single event.
The order of performance will be determined by raffle on Thursday, August 16th, at 12.00pm in the classroom 10 of Auditorio Juan Victoria. Members of the Organizing Committee and the Jury will participate in this draw. Each conductor or a representative must be present on behalf of each of the contestants.

Competition:

- Saturday, August 18th: Category Universal choral repertoire
8.30pm: Competition auditions, open to the public. Auditorio Juan Victoria

- Sunday, August 19th, 2018: Category Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music
11.30am: Competition auditions, open to the public. Auditorio Juan Victoria
4.30 pm: Extraordinary Session of the Jury, notification of the winning choirs of the Competition (both categories)
Grand Prix: The order of performance will be determined by raffle at the end of this Extraordinary Session of the Jury

- Monday, August 20th:
9.00pm at Auditorio Juan Victoria
Great Gala Concert for the winners in every category.

The competition of each category will be open to the audience, who will participate with their vote awarding a prize to the choir of their preference.
The votes recount will be in charge of the Organizing Committee and the President of the Jury. The result will be immediately notified to the Jury in writing.
The Competition ends on Monday, August 20th at 9.00pm with the Awarding Ceremony and the Great Gala Concert of the winning choirs.

Disqualifications
Each choir must respect the performing order. If it is not present when called to stage it will be immediately disqualified though allowed to stay in the concert hall as a part of the audience.
The list of choir members included in your application form cannot be changed. Replacements or absences must be notified and justified to the Organizing Committee before July 15th.

ABOUT THE PRIZES:

The Competition will be endowed with two prizes in each category:

Category Universal choral repertoire
First Prize GOVERNMENT OF SAN JUAN: $ 40,000 (forty thousand Argentine pesos) diploma and trophy (minimum 9 points)
Second Prize ARTURO BERUTI: $ 25,000 (twenty-five thousand Argentine pesos) diploma and trophy (minimum 8 points)

Category Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music
First Prize: $40.000 (forty thousand Argentinean pesos) diploma and trophy (minimum 9 points)
Second Prize: $25.000 (twenty-five thousand Argentinean pesos) diploma and trophy (minimum 8 points)

On Sunday, August 19th at 4.30 pm, at Auditorio Juan Victoria, the Jury will notify the participants of the results of both categories of the competition over an Extraordinary Session. All the conductors of the competing choirs must attend.

The winners of the first and second prizes in both categories will be invited to participate in the Grand Prix SAN JUAN CANTA to be held on Sunday, August 19th at 8.30 pm at Auditorio Juan Victoria.
The winners of the first and second prize in both categories of the Competition will perform in the Great Concert of Winning Choirs at Auditorio Juan Victoria on Monday, August 20th at 9.00 pm. The Jury will determine the order of performance and will indicate to each winner the work to be performed.

The Jury may declare some of the prizes deserted as well as redistribute or institute other prizes and/or special mentions.
Among them and as an example:
Best interpretation of a sacred composition,
Best interpretation of a romantic, contemporary or other work,
Best interpretation of a popular or folkloric work,
Best artistic performance of the conductor,
Best repertoire selection,
Best interpretation of new works.
Other prizes and awards are at the discretion of the Jury

The decisions of the Jury will be final and unappealable.
All prizes will be announced during the closing ceremony in the presence of the audience, the Jury and members of the participating choirs.
All choir conductors must be present on stage during this ceremony.

CHORAL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

1) Compulsory activities:

a) Accreditation: Thursday, August 16th, at 12 pm in San Juan Canta's office at Auditorio Juan Victoria.
b) Welcome cocktail: a brief performance by all choirs on Thursday, August 16th, at 8.00 pm
c) Competition performances at Auditorio Juan Victoria:
- Saturday, August 18th, at 8.30 pm Category Universal choral repertoire.
- Sunday, August 19th, at 11.30 am Category Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music
d) Closing Ceremony by all choirs and Grand Gala Concert (performance of the winning choirs at Auditorio Juan Victoria) and Closing joint performance of the mandatory work: Monday 20th, 9.00 pm.
e) Choral Fraternity Concerts: to be held on Friday the 17th, together with the festival and competition participating choirs in various cultural spaces of the city and surroundings ( a free-choice program of 20 minutes net of the stage including applause)
f) Rehearsals of the mandatory work (out of competition)

2) Optional activities:

- Lectures and workshops open to conductors, singers and musicians who wish to participate individually. These activities are optional for the contestants, for which they must complete the corresponding application form.

Concert tours:
Contacts in other provinces and limiting countries will be provided to choirs that wish to organize other concerts before or after the competition. SAN JUAN CANTA is part of the Puente Coral Latinoamericano, altogether with ALACC (Latin American Choral Association, Chile) and Cantapueblo (Mendoza, Argentina)

TRANSFER AND ACCOMMODATION EXPENSES:

Completely on each choirs’ own expense, from and to their original city and during their stay in San Juan.
The organization will provide information on accommodation, meals, and tourism to give guidance to the participants, who may choose their accommodation freely and according to their own financial possibilities and interests.
We are ready to give all our help to facilitate your participation and make your concert tour an unforgettable experience.

We suggest to contact our official travel agent: Carsos Viajes & Turismo +54 264 4200586 / 4322544 - Movil: +549264 5420428 - Email to ricardocarcamo@carsos.tur.ar

APPLICATION:

To participate you must send by email to sanjuancanta@gmail.com or postal mail no later than May 25th, 2018 the following material:

1) Complete and signed application form (all pages)
A registration form must be submitted for each category chosen. In case you want to participate in both categories, you must submit two forms with their respective repertoire.
2) Short CV of the conductor (in .doc/.docx format - 500 words maximum) and the choir (also in .doc/.docx format - 500 words maximum)
3) Two recent digital photos of the choir and director in high resolution (in .jpeg color format)
4) Recent recording (audio or video demo) with a minimum of 15 minutes of classical and popular a cappella music, along with all scores of all recorded works
5) Proposal of a programme (in .doc/.docx format) that meets the repertory requirements, including:
- lists of proposed works,
- duration of each work,
- complete names and dates of birth/death of the composers and arrangers,
- translations into Spanish of all those works in other languages
- copies of all scores, complete and legible, of the proposed program.
This proposal may be modified in compliance with the repertoire requirements until July 15th, 2018.
Note: The organization does not provide instruments except for those that are in the Auditorio Juan Victoria (piano and organ)
6) List of members including full name, ID, age and choir section (in a Word or Excel table).
This list may be modified for reasons of force majeure until July 15th, 2018.
7) Payment of a single registration fee: 40 US $ for each singer except for the conductor. A copy of the deposit receipt must be sent by email to sanjuancanta@gmail.com
The deposit must be done to the following bank account:

Coro Arturo Beruti
Banco San Juan
Caja de Ahorros en pesos Nº 500 - 207795/4
C.B.U. nº: 04505006 02800020779548
CUIT: 30-69191244-9

Note: In case of being a winner of the first or second prize and participating in GRAND PRIX SAN JUAN CANTA, you will not have to pay another registration fee. This is unique and covers all activities.
- Due to current restrictions on international bank transfers from abroad, foreign choirs will pay for their full application fee immediately after their arrival in San Juan.
The data included in the registration application has the weight of an affidavit.
Incomplete documentation or sent after May 25th, 2018, will not be admitted.
The complete documentation must be sent by email to sanjuancanta@gmail.com or by postal mail to:

María Elina Mayorga - SAN JUAN CANTA COMPETITION
Pasaje Cervantes 1625 - MZ 1 - Casa 7 - Barrio SMATA
5400 San Juan
República Argentina

The material sent will not be returned. All the applicants must wait for their admission notification from the Organizing Committee.

GENERAL SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Thursday, August 16th:
- 12 pm: Accreditation of the participants (classroom 10 of the Auditorio Juan Victoria) Drawing of the order of performance for Contestants in the office of the Competition in the Auditorio Juan Victoria and delivery of the seven (7) required bound copies of the entire repertoire proposed for the Contest.
- Morning and afternoon: Choral fraternity concerts in schools, museums and various halls of the city and its surroundings.
- 8.00 pm: Welcome cocktail. Choral Round (Festival, Competitions and Grand Prix)

Friday, August 17th:
- Morning and afternoon: Choral Fraternity Concerts in schools, museums and various halls of the city and its surroundings
- Rehearsal of the mandatory work (out of competition)
- 8.30pm: Concerts of the Festival. Open to the public

Saturday, August 18th:
- Workshops and lectures
- Soundcheck (will be distributed equally among the contestants and informed in a timely manner)
- Rehearsal of the mandatory work (out of competition)
- 8.30 pm Competition at Auditorio Juan Victoria. Category Universal choral repertoire. Open to the public

Sunday, August 19th:
- 11.30 am Competition at Auditorio Juan Victoria. Category Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music. Open to the public
- 4.30 pm: Extraordinary Session of the Jury, notification of the winning choirs of the Competition (both categories)
Grand Prix: The order of performance will be determined by raffle at the end of this Extraordinary Session of the Jury
- Workshops and lectures
- Soundcheck
- Rehearsal of the mandatory work (out of competition)
- 8.30 pm: Grand Prix performances at Auditorio Juan Victoria. Open to the public

Monday, August 20th:
- Workshops and lectures
- 10 am: Extraordinary Session of the Jury, notification of the Grand Prix winning choirs on August 19th. Determination of order of performance for the Closing Ceremony and Grand Gala Concert of the winners at the Auditorio Juan Victoria
- Rehearsal of the mandatory work
- 9.00 pm: Closing Ceremony and Grand Gala Concert of the Winners at the Auditorio Juan Victoria. Closing joint performance of the mandatory work under the direction of a prestigious guest conductor.
- Farewell party

Tuesday, August 21st:
- Free morning and afternoon: optional touristic and recreational activities
- The departure of the choirs and special guests.

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE COMPETITION:

The choirs commit to respect these Rules and to accomplish all of the programmed activities, not being allowed to perform any other concerts in San Juan other than those that take part in the Competition.
It is compulsory to respect punctuality and attendance to all of the competition’s activities, as well as the obligatory deference towards performance duration.
In case that a visa or other entry paperwork is needed, each choir will be responsible for those.
The organization will help the applicants by sending an official invitation letter to anyone who requires it.
There will be no reimbursements under any circumstances after the definitive application.
The organization may modify the activities and schedule for reasons of force majeure.
When applying all the choirs and artists involved yield absolutely and freely to the organizers all legal rights to photograph and record all performances; as well as to produce CD and/or DVD, publish and/or broadcast through any means their performances, among other aims.
The organizers take no responsibility for any kind of accident, disease, loss of luggage or other traveling risks that could occur during SAN JUAN CANTA, International Choral Competition and Festival. We suggest taking all precautions through travel insurance that foresees any medical and/or legal situation before your arrival in San Juan.
Any interpretation concern will be resolved on the official drafting in Spanish.
Any situation not considered in this Basis and Conditions will be resolved unilaterally by the Organizing Committee and its decision will be final and unappealable.

Organizer: Coro Arturo Beruti Asociacion Civil
President: Sergio Daniel Fernández
Address: Pasaje Cervantes 1625 - Mz. 1 Casa 7 - Barrio SMATA
5400 - San Juan, Argentina
Phone: +54 264 4234284
Email: sanjuancanta@gmail.com

Coro Arturo Beruti
Artistic Committee President: Prof. María Elina Mayorga

SAN JUAN CANTA meets the quality standards established by IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music) and CFN (Choral Festival Network) for International Choir Festivals and Competitions.