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SAN JUAN CANTA
INTERNATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

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

FESTIVAL: BASIS AND APPLICATION FORM 

The International Choir Festival SAN JUAN CANTA will take place in San Juan, Argentina, between August 16th - 120h, 2018. Its main seat will be Auditorio Juan Victoria, situated at Avenida 25 de Mayo 1215 oeste (San Juan)

It is a non-competitive festival, for mixed, female, male and/or chamber amateur choirs. Children and youth choirs are also welcome. A concert circuit in Auditorio Juan Victoria and other concert halls, museums and other cultural spaces of the province will be organized.

The Artistic Committee will select the choirs that will participate in the Festival based on the documentation and demos received.

Choirs will participate in three concerts:

a. Choral Fraternity concerts, in a hall to be assigned, with a maximum duration of 35 minutes, on August 16th and 17th;
b. in Auditorio Juan Victoria, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes of stage time (from the beginning of the first piece until the end of the last one - not just the singing time)

The Jury can invite a choir of the Festival to participate in the final Grand Gala Concert on August, 20th (to be confirmed)

APPLICATION

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

1. Application form, duly printed, filled and signed on all pages.
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. A 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 pieces.
5. Two concert program proposals, 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.
Note: The organization does not provide instruments except for those that are in the Auditorio Juan Victoria (piano and organ). These programs may be modified until July 15th, 2018.

Note: In case you opt for your evaluation to participate also in the competitive mode (except children and youth choirs) you must clarify it explicitly in your application and meet repertoire requirements of the competition (you can choose one or another category: Universal choral repertoire, or Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music)
6. Choir members list including full name, ID number, age and choir section. This list may be modified for reasons of force majeure until July 15th, 2018.
7. A copy of the deposit receipt of the application fee.
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: Due to current restrictions for international bank transferences from abroad, foreign choirs will pay for their full application fee immediately after their arrival in San Juan.

The information given in the application form has the same weight as an affidavit. Incomplete information or that sent after May 25th, 2018 will not be admitted.
The complete material for admittance must be sent by email to sanjuancanta@gmail.com or by postal mail to:

Maria Elina Mayorga FESTIVAL SAN JUAN CANTA
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.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

The repertoire to be interpreted in the Festival’s concerts will be chosen freely by each choir.
The organization does not provide instruments nor have any responsibility towards its transportation and care.
Amplification and encores are not allowed.

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.

Note: In case you opt for your evaluation to participate also in the competitive mode (except children and youth choirs) you must clarify it explicitly in your application and meet repertoire requirements of the competition (you can choose one or another category: Universal choral repertoire, or Popular, folk and/or traditional choral music)
The use of traditional instruments is admitted. The use of traditional or folkloric clothing is also welcome.
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.
These repertoire requirements give each choir the possibility to choose those works that allow them to show their interpretive strengths and their best musical qualities.

ADMITTANCE

The Artistic Committee of SAN JUAN CANTA is responsible for the admission of the choirs to the Festival, based in the documentation and demos received.
A merit order of the applicants will be established so in case of cancellation of any of the selected choirs another one is called to fill that vacancy.
Choirs will be notified of the selection results by May 30th, 2018.
The complete list of participating choirs will be informed via e-mail and spread out publicly in the press and internet

SELECTED CHOIRS: FINAL APPLICATION

Selected choirs for the Festival must ratify their participation until June 15th, 2018 through a reliable communication sending a participation commitment letter to the Organizing Committee and a copy of the bank deposit of the definitive application fee.

APPLICATION FEE:

The application fee consists of a total of 30 US$ per person excluding the conductor.
That includes:
• Participation certificates
• Credentials
• Free access to all concerts
• Informative schedule
• Welcoming cocktail
• Farewell party
A copy of the deposit receipt of the application fee
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: Due to current restrictions for international bank transferences from abroad, foreign choirs will pay for their full application fee immediately after their arrival in San Juan.

TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION COSTS:

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.

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

CHORAL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

1) Compulsory activities:

a) Accreditation: Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 12 pm.
b) Welcoming cocktail: a brief performance of each choir on Thursday, August 16th, at 8.00 pm
c) Choral Fraternity concerts (two in total) in schools, museums and Auditorio Juan Victoria according to the schedule on August 16th and 17th.
d) Gala Concert at Auditorio Juan Victoria on August, 17th at 8.30 pm
The Jury can invite a choir of the Festival to participate in the final Grand Gala Concert on August, 20th. (To be confirmed)
e) 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.
f) Rehearsals of the mandatory work

2) Optional activities:

Conferences and workshops open to conductors, singers and other musicians who wish to participate individually. These activities are optional for the participants, so they will have to 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)

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

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
- 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 FESTIVAL

The choirs commit to respect this Basis and Conditions 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 Festival.
It is compulsory to respect punctuality and attendance to all of the Festival’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 Choir Festival and Competition. 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 Asociación 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 (The Choral Festival Network) for International Choir Festivals and Competitions.