All participants are required to read the General Rules and Regulations.

CATEGORIES

  • Piano Solo
  • Percussion Solo
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Instrumental Solo
  • Instrumental Ensemble
  • Orchestra

INSTRUMENTAL DIVISION RULES

  1. These apply as general rules for all Instrumental Division categories.
  2. An instrumental ensemble/solo is the art of presenting a musical composition using only musical instruments.
  3. An instrumental ensemble may be comprised by two (2) to ten (10) eligible students.
  4. An orchestra is an instrumental ensemble exceeding ten (10) eligible students.
  5. A time limit of 5 minutes is allowed for instrumental entries (except for Percussion Ensemble categories). There are 90 seconds allowed for setup and 90 seconds for tear down (except for Instrumental Ensemble, Contemporary). The instrumentalists may use this time to tune their instruments or conduct a brief warm-up.  Orchestras have a three (3) minute setup and a three (3) minute tear down.
  6. Music must be memorized for all solo entries.
  7. Participants must introduce their selection by stating the composer, arranger, and selection title. Introductory comments count toward the overall presentation time limit.
  8. Ensembles and orchestras do not have to memorize their music. Using the musical score does not affect the evaluation.
  9. A conductor or director is permitted for orchestra only. A conductor providing timing, cues, or cutoffs from the seat will result in a point violation.
  10. To ensure consistent sound level, microphones, if used, are set prior to the Festival by an official sound technician. Participants may not ask for special sound settings. It is the responsibility of the participants to make sure the microphones are turned on and to move microphones to accommodate blend and volume.
  11. Soundtrack levels may be adjusted to compensate for different recording levels.
  12. A participant may play more than one (1) instrument in an Instrumental entry as long as the setup and tear down time limits are not exceeded.
  13. Use of pre-programmed or pre-recorded loops/software is not allowed; any looping or sequencing technology must function only in response to manual and live hands-on control.
  14. Piano Solo and Percussion entries are not allowed accompaniment (either live or recorded).
  15. Click tracks, metronomes, or other rhythmic stability assistance devices or technology are disallowed.
  16. Accompaniment:
    • Instrumental entries may choose to have or not have accompaniment (except for Piano Solo and Percussion)
    • An accompanist is not considered party of the entry.
    • The accompanist may be an adult or student.
    • Accompanists are allowed to use music.
    • Only a piano, keyboard, or acoustic guitar may be used for live accompaniment. (Guitar may not be used to accompany a Guitar Solo.) Only a piano is provided by the Festival.
    • If a CD or MP3 accompaniment track is used, the instrument(s) played by the student(s) cannot be predominant on the accompaniment track.
    • Neither live nor recorded background vocals are permitted.

Percussion Rules

The following will be provided by LCS Festival for Percussion Solo/Ensemble, Traditional entries:

  • Solo – 1 standard drum set
  • Ensemble – 2 standard drum sets
  • 4′ – 6′ table for handbell entries
  1. A Percussion Ensemble/Solo entry is the art of presenting a musical entry using percussion instruments and techniques.
  2. A Percussion Ensemble entry consists of two (2) to ten (10) eligible students.
  3. Instruments from the approved percussion list may be used to create the Percussion entries.
  4. Personal drum sets may not be brought to the Festival.
  5. A time limit of five (5) minutes is allowed for Percussion, Solo entries. There are 90 seconds for set up and 90 seconds for tear down.
  6. A time limit of seven (7) minutes is allowed for Percussion, Ensemble including unconventional entries. There are 90 seconds for set up and 90 seconds for tear down.

Instrumental Ensemble Rules

  1. Instrumental Ensemble is the art of performing an instrumental selection without lyrics.
  2. Instrumental Ensemble entries may consist of two (2) to ten (10) eligible students.
  3. Instrumental Ensemble have a time limit of five (5) minutes with 2 1/2 minutes for set up and 2 1/2 minutes for tear down.
  4. Instrumental Ensemble selections do not have to be original but originality is encouraged.
  5. A conductor or director is not permitted. Participants receiving rhythm, balance/blend or cut off cues from coaches or directors seated in the audience will receive rule-violation point deductions.
  6. All individuals who perform live in an Instrumental Ensemble must meet the age or grade requirements for their category, register as participants and pay the appropriate registration fee.
  7. Instrumental Ensemble entries do not need to be memorized. Using the musical score will not affect the evaluation.
  8. A keyboard is provided; any additional keyboards must be provided by the participant. Any use of pre-programming or sequencing of keyboards is not allowed; the keyboard should function only in response to manual, hands-on control.

INSTRUMENTAL DIVISION EVALUATION CRITERIA

Piano Solo

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival
    • Arrangement / Composition – a well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
    • Originality – if written or arranged by the student, use of original and creative ideas; demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Communication
    • Posture – conducive for performance
    • Expressiveness – appropriate musical interpretation
    • Stage presence – command of stage and instrument; control, confidence and comfort
    • Interpretive skill – interprets the overall musical intent (i.e. emotion, energy, musical line, personal involvement/connectivity to theme of arrangement)
    • Communication – ability to connect with audience
  • Presentation / Technique
    • Dynamics – effective use of contrasting volumes
    • Phrasing – produces complete musical sentences
    • Rhythmic stability – evenness of rhythm
    • Precision / accuracy – skillful exactness of the presentation
    • Chording technique – if the piece is improvised, skillful use of various chords, progressions, inversions, etc. to enhance the arrangement
    • Fingering – smooth dexterity in chords, scales, arpeggios and patterns
    • Modulating technique – accurate key changes (if it is improvised, the effective use of chords, progressions, scales, and arpeggios, etc. in making key changes)
    • Control – command of the instrument to produce desired tone and affect
  • Effectiveness
    • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
    • Preparation – an apparent effort of thought and time in preparation
    • Memorization – complete knowledge of the piece from memory
    • Overall effectiveness – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique, to achieve overall effectiveness

Percussion

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this Festival
    • Arrangement / Composition – a well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
    • Originality – use of original and creative ideas; demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Communication
    • Posture – posture conducive for performance
    • Expressiveness – appropriate musical interpretation; musical and facial expression
    • Stage presence – command of stage and instrument; control, confidence and comfort
    • Communicative skill – interprets the overall musical intent (i.e. emotion, energy, musical line, personal involvement/connectivity to theme of arrangement)
    • Unity – demonstrates the art of working together (ensemble)
    • Communication – ability to connect with audience
    • Interpretation – actual conveyance of the message of the piece through the presentation
  • Presentation / Technique
    • Dynamics – effective use of contrasting volumes
    • Phrasing – produces complete musical sentences
    • Tone quality – a musical sound having a definite pitch, volume, or time line
    • Rhythmic stability – evenness of rhythm
    • Precision / accuracy – skillful exactness of the presentation
    • Control – command of the instrument(s) to produce desired effects
    • Blend – achieves balance between instruments or movements of the piece
  • Effectiveness
    • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
    • Preparation – an apparent effort of thought and time in preparation
    • Memorization – strong knowledge of the melody of the song(s)
    • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique, and effectiveness attaining a response

Instrumental Solo

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this Festival
    • Arrangement / Composition – a well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
    • Originality – use of original and creative ideas; demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Communication
    • Posture – conducive for performance
    • Expressiveness – appropriate musical interpretation; musical and facial expression
    • Stage presence – command of stage and instrument; control, confidence and comfort
    • Communicative skill – interprets the overall musical intent (i.e. emotion, energy, musical line, personal involvement/connectivity to theme of arrangement)
    • Communication – ability to connect with audience
  • Presentation / Technique
    • Dynamics – effective use of contrasting volumes
    • Phrasing – produces complete musical sentences
    • Intonation – accurate pitch of the instrument, maintaining correct intervals
    • Tone quality – a musical sound having a definite pitch, volume, and timbre
    • Rhythmic stability – evenness of rhythm (timing, vibrato, etc)
    • Precision / accuracy – skillful exactness of the presentation
    • Fingering – smooth dexterity in chords, scales, arpeggios, and patterns
    • Technique – if bowed – proper bow hold; if plucked – proper tension and control
    • Control – command of the instrument to produce desired tone and effect
  • Effectiveness
    • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
    • Preparation – an apparent effort of thought and time in preparation
    • Memorization – strong knowledge of the melody of the song(s)
    • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique and effectiveness in attaining a response

Instrumental Ensemble

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this Festival
    • Christian message – presents a clear Christian message with ministry effectiveness in mind
    • Overall arrangement – well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
    • Originality – use of creative ideas; demonstrates a fresh approach; creative in its concept and structure
  • Communication
    • Posture – conducive for effective performance
    • Expressiveness – appropriate musical interpretation; musical and facial expression
    • Stage presence – command of stage and instrument; control, confidence and comfort
    • Communicative skill – interprets the overall musical intent (i.e. emotion, energy, musical line, personal involvement/connectivity to theme of arrangement)
    • Communication – ability to connect with audience
  • Presentation / Technique
    • Dynamics – effective use of contrasting volumes
    • Phrasing – interesting melodic and instrumental phrasing
    • Intonation – accurate pitch of the instrument, maintaining correct intervals
    • Tone quality – clarity and accuracy of pitch, volume, and timbre
    • Rhythmic stability – evenness of rhythm (timing, vibrato, etc.)
    • Precision / accuracy – skillful exactness of the presentation
    • Fingering – smooth dexterity in chords, scales, and patterns
    • Control – command of the instrument(s) to produce desired tone and effect
  • Effectiveness
    • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
    • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation / technique and effectiveness
    • Interpretation of clear thought – consistent interpretation of the musical style and lyrical line throughout the song
    • Relevance – music is in a style and form that connects with the listener