Jubilation! The Elizabeth Stuart Church Choir Festival Rules - 2013
WCLV's Jubilation! Church Choir Festival was established in 2008 to showcase sacred choral music that is recognized as part of the core classical repertoire, to encourage a heightened standard of choral music in houses of worship, and to celebrate choirs that joyfully strive for excellence. Festival participation is by audition, with six finalist choirs singing before a live audience on May 9th and 10th at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. WCLV will broadcast the performances.
Choirs from any house of worship located in the following counties may participate: Cuyahoga; Lorain; Stark; Geauga; Summit; Lake; Ashtabula; Medina.
The preliminary round is held by recorded submissions sent to Jubilation!, WCLV, Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Deadline for entry is March 26, 2013. In the preliminary round, choirs are asked to submit two pieces that meet the parameters outlined below:
· Any piece from a Baroque, Classical, or Romantic era cantata or oratorio. Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, etc.;
· Any choral selection from a Requiem;
· Any selection from the English choral tradition - Vaughan Williams, Britten, Elgar, etc.;
· Any spiritual or work in the African-American Gospel tradition;
· Any Renaissance a capella selection. (Finalist choirs will be required to sing at least one a capella piece.)
From the pool of entries, six choirs will be selected to participate in the final round which will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at 1007 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, at 8:00 pm on May 9th and 10th. WCLV will announce the six finalists on the air at 104.9 FM on April 5, 2013. The list of finalists will also be posted at wclv.com, and choir directors will be directly notified by phone and/or and email.
Finalists will be asked to prepare and perform a 20 minute program for the final round. The program must include at least one selection from a list of repertoire that will be provided, with the rest of the program reflecting a variety of musical styles. Three choirs will perform on each evening of the Festival. Finalists will have access to a tuned grand piano for the performance, but must provide their own accompanists.
Choirs will be judged on their technical ability, their musicality, and their work as an ensemble. The finals will be judged by Robert Page, former director of choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra; Frank Bianchi, Director of Baldwin Wallace Men's Chorus and Adjunct Professor; and Peter Jarjisian, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies, Ohio University.
First Prize is a trophy and $1,000 toward the winning choir's music program. Each of the other finalist choirs will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque. All finalist choirs will receive CDs of their performances.
If you have questions, please call 216.916.7144.