Conquer the Rhythm DVHS Percussion Ensemble Festival 2019
***PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING RULES AND INFO CAREFULLY AS SOME ASPECTS HAVE CHANGED

Welcome to the eighth annual Del Valle High School Percussion Ensemble Festival!!! The festival will consist of two days. Solos will compete on Friday the 26th and ensembles will compete on Saturday the27th. Both days will take place in the Del Valle High School Theater. There will also be clinics given by our judges throughout the two days. The Festival will consist of several parts:

High School Individual Competition/Ratings (Includes Snare/Tenor/Multi-Percussion/Keyboard and Timpani categories)
High School Competitive Percussion Ensemble (Includes Bass Drum, Tenor and Cymbal Ensembles)- 2+ players
Middle School Competitive Percussion Ensemble (Includes concert percussion ensembles only)- 2+ players

AND NEW THIS YEAR:
College Individual Competition/Ratings (Includes Snare/Tenor/Multi-Percussion/Keyboard and Timpani categories)
College Competitive Percussion Ensemble (Includes concert percussion ensembles only)- 2+ players


Fees - $10 per student/per event. For example, if a student performs in one ensemble and one solo their fee would be $20. If a student performs in two Ensembles, their fee would be $20. If a student just performs one solo OR only performs in one ensemble their fee would be $10. If your ensemble consists of seven players, the fee for the ensemble would be $70.

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS APRIL 15

For time purposes, we will have a maximum amount of 40 solo slots and 18 ensemble slots. Entries are first come, first served. Any changes to these slot numbers are at the discretion of the festival director.




Ensemble Guideline:
Trophies will be handed out to the top three placing ensembles in the College, High School, and Middle School categories.

Categories: Percussion (All Levels), Bass Drum (High School Only), Tenors and Cymbal Ensembles (Hight School Only)
Bass drum ensembles may use bass drums only. Cymbal ensembles may use cymbals only. Both categories must be 3–6 players.

Concert Percussion Ensemble: (2+ players) Instrumentation is limited to those instruments typically utilized and recognized as part of a percussion family (this includes all world percussion instruments). Electronic instruments recognized as normal stage and band rhythm section instruments are also allowed. Conventional wind and/ or string instruments (other than string bass and guitar) may not be used. Single tone, non-keyed horns (i.e. whistles, sirens, animal calls, ect.) may be used only if generating an effect and may not be used in any melodic form.

Ensemble Rules:

TIME LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE
High School Percussion Ensemble 4–10 minutes (2-10 minutes for Middle School)
Bass Drum Ensemble 2–4 minutes
Cymbal Ensemble 2–4 minutes

PERFORMANCE
Bass drum, tenor, and cymbal ensembles may NOT be accompanied.

PENALTIES
Any severe divergence from the time guidelines is subject to penalty by contest director.

ENSEMBLE RUBRIC:

Program
Consider: the musical journey/presentation, creativity, clarity of thought, musical content
60 pts.

Fulfillment
Consider: communication, musicianship, presence, idiomatic interpretation, expression, and excellence (as it relates to effectiveness)
40 pts.

Total 100 pts

Judging will be based on the criteria listed above. Judges’ scores will be averaged to determine the final score. In the event of a tie, the Fulfillment score will be used as the first tiebreaker. If there is still a tie, then the rankings by each judge will be used. If there is still a tie after that, then we will have co-winners. Both winners will receive awards.




Individual Solo Guideline:
Soloists will receive ratings as follows: Rating of I for a solo 85pts or higher, rating of II for a solo 70-84pts, rating of III for a score 69 and below. Top three solos in each category will receive a Trophy, respectively.

Solo Rules:

TIME LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE Snare Drum Solo (minimum 2 minutes/maximum 4 minutes) Keyboard Solo (minimum 2 minutes/maximum 5 minutes)
Multi-Tenors Solo (minimum 2 minutes/maximum 4 minutes) Timpani Solo (minimum 3 minutes/maximum 5 minutes) Multiple-Percussion Solo (minimum 2 minutes/maximum 4 minutes)

Solos must be within the time limit mentioned or are subject to penalty by the contest director. If a solo is over the time limit it must be cut. Soloists may be accompanied.

PENALTIES
Any severe divergence from the time guidelines is subject to penalty by contest director.

SNARE/TENOR RUBRIC:

Execution/Technique
Consider: quality of sound, clarity of articulation, timing and rhythmic accuracy, implement control, demand, precision, consistency.
50 pts.

Repertoire/Music Effect
Consider: range, construction and complexity, variety/vocabulary, exposure to error (timing, speed, tempo, meter, stamina), musicality (dynamics, expression), showmanship/communication, and professionalism
50 pts.

Total100 pts.

KEYBOARD/TIMPANI/MULTIPLE PERCUSSION RUBRIC:

Performance
Consider: precision, technique, interpretation, clarity, implement control, complexity of repertoire, intonation, tone quality
50 pts.

Musical Effectiveness
Consider: overall effectiveness, musicianship, expression, professionalism, showmanship, creativity
50 pts.

Total
100 pts.

SHEET MUSIC GUIDELINES
To facilitate effective comments, all soloists/ ensembles must provide 3 copies of the score for judges to review during the performance. Any self-composed solos must be fully notated and submitted to Matt Fernandez (contact info listed at the bottom of the page) at least two weeks prior to the festival for approval pending its clarity of notation to ensure accuracy in judging.


Judging will be based on the criteria listed above. Both Snare/Multi-Tenors and the Keyboard/Timpani/Multiple Percussion categories will be evaluated on their own sheets, respectively. Judges’ scores will be averaged to determine the final score. In the event of a tie in the snare drum/multi-tenors competition, the Execution Score will be used as the tie-breaker. In the keyboard/timpani/multiple percussion competition, in the event of a tie, the Performance score will be used as the tie-breaker. If in either category there is still a tie after the first tie-breaker, then the rankings by each judge will be used. If a tie exists after that, we will have co-winners. Both winners will receive awards.

Contact:

Matt Fernandez
mattfernandezpercussion@gmail.com
(915) 261-2195
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