Competition Overview

Competitor Eligibility | Competition Process | NEW for 2017 | Recordings | Application Fees
Cancellation and Refund Policy | Competitor Responsibilities | Notifications | Problems

Competitor Eligibility

Artist Eligibility

Participants must not be a full-time paid professional in either a performance position or a college teaching position at the time of the competition. There is no age limitation, and participants may be of any sex, race, or nationality.

Student Eligibility

There is an age limit for the student divisions. Participants must not have reached their 20th birthday prior to December 1 of the Festival year. For the 2017 Festival, a participant who will be 20 years old or older on December 1, 2017, is NOT ELIGIBLE to apply in either student division. There are no exceptions. Applicants in either student division will also need to supply proof of age with their application. Acceptable proof includes a scanned copy of a birth certificate, passport photo page, or driver's license. File size for proof of age is limited to 500KB. (Allowed file formats are .pdf,.jpg, .gif, .png) No exceptions.

Participants may be of any sex, race, or nationality.

Previous first place winners of the Student Level Competition must enter the Artist Level should they compete in ensuing years.

Competition Process

Preliminary Round

An online registration program is used by the Festival for submission of applications, audio recordings and payments by the deadline of midnight, March 31, 2017 Eastern Daylight Saving time. This is the same time zone as the US East Coast. Only credit cards will be accepted (unless special accommodation is made in advance). Multiple work/movement and multiple excerpt submissions must be contained on ONE (1) MP3 format file, maximum size 15MB, and ONLY in the order specified in the required music listing. The audio recording of the preliminary round music must contain no spoken words or have identifying information in the title or inside the file (i.e. no names of individuals, schools, or teachers in the file title or in the metadata). Specific details concerning repertoire are provided on the Information page for each division. The recordings will be presented to the Preliminary Round adjudicators anonymously in a random order; they will listen to and rank the recordings for selection of Festival participants (semi-finalists and alternates) in each division.

Written comments may be requested at the time of application. Applicants will receive comments on their audio recording from all three preliminary judges for their division. These judges will make comments as if teaching a private lesson: suggesting ways to improve, referencing literature and recordings, etc. Comments will be sent out by the end of May.

Semi-finalists and alternates are announced around May 1st. If a semi-finalist cannot attend, the alternate list would be consulted for the next person to be invited to attend.

Semi-Final Rounds

Participants prepare required music, both accompanied and unaccompanied pieces. Festival adjudicators listen to and rate the performances at the Festival, but competitors are identified by letters, not by name. Performances are NOT open to the public. It is the responsibility of the contestant to bring the piano accompaniment.

Final Round

Finalist competitors are announced at the Sunday luncheon and have until the following day to polish and rehearse. All Festival adjudicators rate the final round competitors. The public is invited to all finals. It is the responsibility of the contestant to bring the piano accompaniment.

NEW for 2017

  • The registration site we are using this year is hosted and supported by International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA), programmed by Jason Smith. This cooperation is most appreciated by the Falcone Festival Board.
  • This site is where registration takes place: the audio recording is uploaded, payment of fees made, and proof of age submitted (for student divisions). You must be prepared to upload audio recording and proof of age (for student divisions) during this application process.
  • Multiple work/movement and multiple excerpt submissions must be contained on ONE (1) MP3 format file, maximum size 15MB, and ONLY in the order specified in the required music listing.
  • We have updated our frequently asked questions (FAQ). Click here to read FAQ.
  • Our cancellation fee has decreased to $25.

Recordings

The applicant will submit an audio recording for the 2017 competition. Multiple work/movement and multiple excerpt submissions must be contained on ONE (1) MP3 format file, maximum size 15MB, and ONLY in the order specified in the required music listing. The audio recording of the preliminary round music must contain no spoken words or have identifying information in the title or inside the file (i.e. no names of individuals, schools, or teachers in the file title or in the metadata). Specific details concerning repertoire are provided on the Information page for each division. The recordings will be presented to the Preliminary Round adjudicators anonymously in a random order; they will listen to and rank the recordings for selection of Festival participants (semi-finalists and alternates) in each division.

If you need help consolidating your recordings into one single track and/or converting it to the MP3 format for submission, download a FREE version of WAVEPAD at http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/

Recordings should be made with a high degree of integrity that represents your best musical interpretation and effort. Consult the frequently asked questions (FAQ) for additional information.

Application Fees

All fees are listed in US dollars.

 
EUPHONIUM Regular Fee With Comments
Artist Division $100 $150
Student Division $85 $135

 

TUBA Regular Fee With Comments
Artist Division $100 $150
Student Division $85 $135

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of an application prior to April 1, 2017 will result in a refund of application fees paid, minus a $25 processing fee.

There will be no refund given for cancellation of an application after preliminary judges have begun their ranking of recordings for selection to compete at the Festival.

Competitor Responsibilities

Each applicant is responsible to read, understand, and abide by the guidelines published herein.

Once an applicant is selected as a semi-finalist to compete at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in August, s/he is responsible for travel and accommodations at the Festival. Detailed information about accommodations, etc. will be provided by the Festival Logistics Co-chairs prior to the end of May for each semi-finalist and alternate selected. Semi-finalists at the Festival will either provide their own accompanist or pay a fee ($45 for Artist divisions; $40 for Student Divisions) to utilize the appropriate Festival collaborative pianists for the accompanied rounds. It is the responsibility of the contestant to bring the piano accompaniment. For more detail about events happening at the Festival, please refer to Daily Events on this website.

For more specific information, please click on one of the links at the left.

Notification of Semi-Finalists and Receipt of Comments

Notification of semi-finalists and alternates should occur around May 1, 2017. Comments will be sent by the end of May 2017.

Problems?

  • For music questions contact Ben Miles, music coordinator, at milestba@gmail.com
  • For application/recording issues contact Jane Goodrich, preliminary round application coordinator, at goodric7@msu.edu
  • If a credit card is not available, contact Sue Topping, treasurer, at toppingsm@aol.com

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2017 FESTIVAL DEADLINES
March 31...Application Deadline
May 1...Semi-Finalists Notified
August 11-14...Festival Competition 

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