Celebration and Competition

Celebration and Competition

On their free will, participating orchestras can choose and join in one of the following two kinds of the main categories:

1. Celebration:
Let's play together for the "One Future, Our Better Future!
All orchestras are welcome to join in the "Celebration" (non-competitive) category of the festival!
In addition to the regular concerts and performances provided by the festival, workshops coached by Univ.-Prof. Helmut Zehetner (member of the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna) and other renowned Austrian music experts and educators will be offered to the orchestra which chooses this category. Also, charity concerts and performances in local culture center/churches/social institutions in and around Vienna can be organized for the orchestras additionally. Orchestras, conductors and each orchestra member will receive an honorary award for their spirit, excellent artistic and social contribution.

2. Competition:
Let's try our best for the "One Future, Our Better Future"!

Even competition is not the ultimate goal of the festival, but to encourage further development of the orchestras and their musicians, the festival provides an open and fair chance for orchestras, on their free will, to present themselves in a way of competition. The jury consists of world well-known orchestral conductors and experts. 

Orchestras participating in the category "Competition" should follow rules and conditions described below:

2.1 Competition categories:

According to the types of the orchestra and ages of its members, there are following competition categories:

Notice: orchestras must meet the age requirements. Max. 10% of the orchestra members of each orchestra are allowed to exceed the upper age limit.

2.2 Performance and duration:

Each orchestra has to play as follows:
1) The music pieces  appointed by the Festival Artistic Committee according to the related competition category. The Festival Organizer will announce more details later;
2) 1 music piece, free choice by the orchestra itself;
The total time of the performance has to be less than 15 minutes. In case the total time of the 2 music pieces is much less than 15 minutes, the orchestra can play an additional composition at its free choice.

2.3 Score:

The printed scores of the music works have to be sent to the Festival Artistic Committee in advance (3 months prior to the festival begin). In case of the text of the composition is not written in alphabetic language, alphabetic notes have to be provided (e.g. Chinese composition could use pinyin and add some English notes). 

For each composition, the orchestra must provide 5 copies of the scores. The score provided must be universal stave.

The scores provided will not be returned to the orchestra.

2.4 Original works:

The use of original works means the music that musicians express coincides with the original composer (true original composer or inferred composer). For the repertoire before baroque period, the playing forms could have some change only if the subject coincides with the original music. 

The adapted work by other composers is also welcome.

The Festival Artistic Committee reserves the right to return works which do not meet regulations or which are controversial.

2.5 Alteration of repertoire:
Once the repertoire is confirmed by the Festival Artistic Committee, the orchestra can not change the repertoire and the playing order without the written permission of the artistic committee of the festival. Any change without authorization the artistic committee of the festival will lead to disqualification of the orchestra.

2.6 Sound amplification, accompanying Instruments:

1) no sound amplification/microphone is allowed;
2) no recorded playback is allowed;
3) piano accompaniment is allowed.

2.7 The starting order:
The starting order of the competition uses draft lottery drawn by the Festival Artistic Committee and generally cannot be changed, except in special cases.

2.8 The jury:
The members of the jury consist of world well-known orchestral conductors and experts. The decision of the jury shall be deemed final.

2.9 Evaluation of the achievement:
The jury will use a 30 points system and judge according to following rules;

Scoring Criteria
Technical criteria (Intonation, Tone, Rhythm, dynamics, speed, agogic, integration of different instruments, etc) 10 points

Music and artistic criteria (interpretation, style, etc) 10 points

Artistic overall Impression (program selection, integrity of program, stage presentation, artistic expression etc.) 10 points

Total Score
30 points

2.10 Awards:

In each category the prizes of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Recognition will be awarded.

Special awards in relation to special outstanding performances and quality of the orchestra, its conductor, etc. could be awarded, based on the decision of the Festival Artistic Committee.


Cancelled because of the influence of the Covid-19, 

Welcome to the online event of World Orchestra Festival in 2021!

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