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

CATEGORIES

  • Choir
  • Rap Solo
  • Rap Group
  • Songwriting (Exhibition)
  • Vocal Ensemble, Small
  • Vocal Ensemble, Large
  • Vocal Solo, Female
  • Vocal Solo, Male
  • Worship Team

A participant may enter the same song in more than one category. For example, the student may sing a solo version of a song that is used in a vocal ensemble. However, a student or group of students may not enter the same category twice.

Synthesizers / keyboards are only provided for Worship Team and Rap.

A piano or keyboard is provided for Songwriting, Vocal Ensemble/Solos and Choir.

VOCAL DIVISION RULES

  • 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.
  • Click tracks, metronomes, or other rhythmic stability assistance devices or technology are disallowed.
  • Choir is the only Vocal Division category allowed a conductor/director as part of the presentation. No other Vocal category is permitted to have a conductor. Participants in those categories receiving rhythm, balance/blend or cut-off cues from coaches or directors seated in the audience will receive rule-violation point deductions.
  • Choir, Vocal Ensemble/Solo Accompaniment:
    • Choir and Vocal entries may choose to have or not to have accompaniment.
    • Accompanists are not considered part of the entry.
    • The accompanist may be an adult or student.
    • Accompanists are allowed to use music.
    • A maximum of four instruments from the allowed instruments list may be used for live accompaniment. A piano is the only instrument that will be provided for Vocal Ensemble/Solo entries.

Worship Team

A Worship Team entry is the art of leading others in worship.

  • Worship Team entries may consist of two (2) to ten (10) eligible students.
  • Worship Team is allowed a time limit of seven (7) minutes with a 2 and 1/2 minutes for set up and 2 and 1/2 minutes for tear down. Participants may have assistance with set up.
  • All individuals within a Worship Team entry must meet the age or grade requirements. No adult accompanists, vocalists are allowed.
  • Worship Team entries must consist of both vocalists and instrumentalists. Entries are required to have more than one vocalist.
  • All music must be memorized.
  • Additional instruments and equipment and/or additional percussion accessories are permitted but must be provided by the participants and only if they can be set up and torn down within the allotted time limit. Individuals are not allowed to bring their own drum sets.
  • Sound engineers are provided by the festival.

Rap

Rap is the urban art of communicating through rhythm and rhyme.

  • A Rap Group entry may consist of two (2) to ten (10) eligible students.
  • Rap entries must be the original words of the student(s) and not previously submitted in this festival.
  • All Rap entries have a time limit of five (5) minutes. There are 90 seconds for set up and 90 seconds for tear down.
  • Three sets of lyric sheets must be hand delivered to the evaluators at each level of participation. Lyric sheets must be typed with the lyrics divided into the sections of the song (chorus, verse, bridge, etc.) and must have a title page or heading that includes the following information:
    • Title
    • Category
    • Composer(s)
    • School name, city and state
  • A keyboard and standard drum set are provided. Students wishing to use drum machines must provide their own equipment and adhere to the set up and tear down time limits.
  • All entries must be memorized.

Songwriting

Songwriting entries are not evaluated on the presentation of the performer(s). However, the performance of the song can either strengthen or weaken the entire presentation. The criteria used to evaluate Songwriting entries will not support Rap entries.

  • Songwriting is the art of writing a Christian or sacred composition including both music and lyrics.
  • Songwriting entries may consist of one (1) to five (5) eligible students.
  • Songwriting entries are allowed five (5) minutes to present their selection. There are 90 seconds for set up and 90 seconds for tear down.
  • Three sets of lyric sheets must be hand delivered to the evaluators at each level of participation. Lyric sheets must be typed with the sections of the song clearly marked (chorus, verse, bridge, etc.) and must have a title page or heading that includes the following information:
    • Ttile
    • Category
    • Composer(s)
    • School name, city and state
  • Songwriting entries must be entirely the original work of the student(s) and not previously submitted in this festival.
  • If an accompaniment track is created for the Festival, all musicians used to create the accompaniment must meet the age or grade requirements of the Festival but do not need to register as participants.
  • A maximum of four (4) instruments may be used for accompaniment (either recorded or live).
  • Songwriting entries may be performed by the composer(s) or by another student or group of students.
  • All music performed live must be memorized.
  • The students who perform live at the Festival must meet the age or grade requirements of the Festival. Students performing live as accompanists do not need to register as participants. No adult accompanists or group members are allowed.

Vocal Ensemble/Solo

An entry in a Vocal Ensemble/Solo category is for the art of presenting a vocal song selection with ministry effectiveness in mind.

  • A Vocal Ensemble, Small may consist of two (2) to four (4) eligible students.
  • A Vocal Ensemble, Large may consist of five (5) to ten (10) eligible students.
  • Bilingual entries are not permitted.
  • A time limit of five (5) minutes is allowed for all vocal solos and ensembles. There are 90 seconds allowed for set up and 90 seconds for tear down.
  • Music must be memorized.
  • Participants may not ask for special sound settings. To ensure consistent sound level, microphones are set prior to the Festival by an official sound technician. It is the responsibility of the participants to make sure the microphones are turned on and to move microphones to accommodate blend and volume.
  • Soundtrack levels may be adjusted to compensate for different recording levels. Background vocals are allowed for solo entries. Background vocals are not allowed for group entries.

Choir

A Choir is for the art of presenting a sacred choral song selection with ministry effectiveness in mind.

  • A Choir entry must consist of 11 to 75 eligible students.
  • Choirs are allowed five (5) minutes to present their entry. There are 2 1/2 minutes for set up and 2 1/2 minutes for tear down.
  • Background vocals are not permitted on soundtracks.
  • Soundtrack levels may be adjusted to compensate for different recording levels.
  • A director is allowed. This person may use music.

VOCAL DIVISION EVALUATION CRITERIA

Worship Team

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

  • Selection
  • Christian message – presents a clear Christian message with ministry effectiveness in mind
  • Arrangement – well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
  • Originality – use of original and creative ideas; demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival
  • Musical transitions – thoughtful flow of music; theme unity (holiness, the cross, etc.); smooth flow from one song to the next
  • Communication
  • Posture – relaxed body stance for proper breath control
  • Expressiveness – both facial expression and use of body language to lead in worship
  • Stage presence – command of stage and/or 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 – cohesiveness of vocalists and instrumentalists
  • Worshipful lyrics – appropriate lyrics for application of audience; avoiding trite expressions
  • Presentation / Technique
  • Dynamics – effective use of contrasting volumes
  • Phrasing – completeness of a musical statement
  • Intonation – ability to sing in tune
  • Tone quality – ability to produce clear and pleasant tone
  • Diction – proper enunciation of words
  • Articulation – executes articulate phrases (i.e. ‘staccato’ – short, ‘marcato’ – marked, and ‘legato’ – connected)
  • Breathing – proper breath management
  • Rhythmic precision – ability to internalize the pulse
  • Blend – creates a balanced sound
  • Energy – demonstrates vitality appropriate for the selection
  • Harmony – knowledgeable and effective use of unison and multi-part harmony
  • Effectiveness
  • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion; able to draw a worshipful response
  • Preparation – an apparent effort of thought and time in preparation
  • Memorization – strong knowledge of the lyrics and melody  of the song(s)
  • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation / technique, and effectiveness in attaining a response

Rap

Each entry will be evaluated on this criteria established by LCS Festival:

  • Selection
  • Christian message – presents a clear Christian message with ministry effectiveness in mind
  • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival
  • Arrangement – creative structure of verse and/or chorus with music and vocals
  • Originality – use of original and creative ideas; demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Communication
  • Clear concept – understandable concept of lyrical message
  • Expression – facial expression and body language that reflect the tone and intent of the lyrics
  • Stage presence – command of stage and/or instrument; control, confidence and comfort
  • Vocal clarity – enunciation of words, projecting with the correct, clear inflection and control appropriate for the presentation
  • Interpretation – overall effectiveness/impact of the message
  • Presentation / Technique
  • Motions – hand and arm gestures that enhance the performance
  • Precision / stability – lyrics, motions and music compliment each other
  • Energy – demonstrates the emotion with exaggerated energy for the lyrics
  • Creativity – unique physical response to rhythm and rhyme
  • Timing – allows for lyrical delivery and audience response
  • Phrasing – employs creative and innovative wording rather than trite or cliche
  • Control – maintaining quality sound with appropriate volume
  • Synchronization – multiple vocalists’ gestures or movements in proper rhythm with each other and the music (ensemble)
  • 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 lyrics and melody of the song(s)
  • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique, and effectiveness in attaining a response

Songwriting

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

  • Selection
  • Christian message – presents a clear Christian message with ministry effectiveness in mind
  • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival
  • Arrangement – well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
  • Originality – original in its concept, lyrics, and melody; demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Communication
  • Use of poetic language – employs poetic language, such as similes and metaphors
  • Rhyme scheme – follows a rhyme scheme that is unique in its wording
  • Lyrical hook – composed around a lyrical concept/phrase that is restated or woven throughout the selection
  • Clear message – reveals a message that is clearly understood by the listener
  • Presentation / Technique
  • Introduction/song length – an introduction that sets the mood of the song; a song that is not too long or too short
  • Harmonic structure – the harmonic structure of the song must follow acceptable musical practice and should be enriched beyond the primary chords of I, IV and V
  • Phrasing – melodic and lyrical phrasing follows the concepts of the song
  • Melodic development – variations in the melody after being stated in its initial form
  • Song form – structure of the composition is in “song” form (for example, introduction, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, modulation into chorus, coda/tag)
  • Use of figurative language – creative and effective use of descriptive words, creates a mental picture
  • Time frame / development – develops of the overall harmonic structure that fits into a proportional time frame where one section is not emphasized to the detriment of another section
  • Contrast/variation – variations and contrasts in the harmonic structure and the melodic line
  • Clear theme – overall concept and motif clearly developed
  • Memorable tune – melody is memorable and singable
  • Effectiveness
  • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
  • Interpretation of clear thought – consistent interpretation of the musical style and lyrical line throughout the song
  • Relevance – music and lyrics are in a style and form that connects with the listener
  • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique and effectiveness attaining a response

Vocal Ensemble/Solo

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

  • Selection
  • Christian message – presents a clear Christian message with ministry effectiveness in mind
  • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival
  • Arrangement – well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
  • Display of vocal range – demonstrates a wide vocal range
  • Communication
  • Posture – relaxed body stance for proper breath support and management
  • Expressiveness – both facial expression and use of body language
  • Stage presence – command of stage; control, confidence and comfort
  • Communicative skill – ability to connect with audience
  • Presentation / Technique
  • Dynamics – effective use of contrasting volumes
  • Phrasing – completeness of a lyrical statement
  • Breathing – proper breath management
  • Intonation – ability to sing in tune
  • Tone quality – ability to produce clear and pleasant tone
  • Diction – proper enunciation of words
  • Articulation – executes clear and coherent phrases (i.e. ‘staccato’  – short, ‘marcato’ – marked, and ‘legato’ – connected)
  • Rhythmic precision – ability to internalize the pulse
  • Effectiveness
  • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
  • Preparation – an apparent effort of thought and time in preparing the selection
  • Memorization – strong knowledge of the lyrics and melody of the song(s)
  • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique, and effectiveness in attaining a response

Choir

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

  • Selection
  • Christian message – presents a clear Christian message with ministry effectiveness in mind
  • Appropriate – appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival
  • Arrangement – well-rounded, cohesive musical statement
  • Display of vocal range – demonstrates a wide vocal range
  • Communication
  • Posture – relaxed body stance for proper breath support and management
  • Expressiveness – both facial expression and use of body language
  • Stage presence – command of stage; control, confidence and comfort
  • Unity – demonstrates ensemble cohesiveness
  • Communicative skill – ability to connect with audience
  • Presentation / Technique
  • Dynamics – effectiveness use of contrasting volumes
  • Phrasing – completeness of a lyrical statement
  • Breathing – proper breath management
  • Intonation – ability to sing a tune
  • Tone quality – ability to produce clear and pleasant tone
  • Diction – proper enunciation of words
  • Articulation – executes clear and coherent phrases (i.e. ‘staccato’ – short, ‘marcato’ – marked, and ‘legato’ – connected)
  • Blend – creating a balanced sound
  • Rhythmic precision – ability to internalize the pulse
  • Harmony – knowledgeable and effective use of unison and multi-part harmony
  • Effectiveness
  • Evident ministry – evidence of spiritual motivation demonstrated with sincerity and passion
  • Preparation – an apparent effort of thought and time in preparing the selection
  • Memorization – strong knowledge of the lyrics and melody of the song(s)
  • Understandable concept – the combination of music selection, communication, presentation/technique, and effectiveness in attaining a response