ORGAN MUSIC SOCIETY OF SYDNEY

2011 COMPETITIONS

 


The competition will be held by The Organ Music Society of Sydney Inc. (the "OMSS") on Saturday 8 October 2011 at The Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney commencing at 10.30 am. Details of the organ are on the OMSS website: www.sydneyorgan.com The Competition is administered by the committee of OMSS. The Adjudicator will be Thomas Wilson.

Admission is free to members of the Society, friends and members of the public, all of whom will be very welcome at both or either of the sections. The committee of OMSS is most anxious to have substantial audiences at both sections to encourage the contestants.

Entry forms may be obtained by clicking here.  Each entry must include the following:

(a) a completed entry form;

(b) the payment of the appropriate entry fee (either by cheque or money order payable to The Organ Music Society of Sydney Inc.)

(c) a short musical biography, not exceeding 200 words; and

(d) a head-shot photograph.

The photograph must be in digital form, of at least 3 Megapixels and of a quality and definition suitable for publication.

The entry, payment, biography and photograph must be sent by post to

The Secretary,
The Sydney Organ Music Society Inc.,
PO Box 587,
Roseville, NSW, 2069.

The closing date for entries is 16 September 2011. Each entry must be postmarked no later than the closing date. The entry fee is $25.00

 

 

JUNIOR SECTION

The Junior section is open to organists fifteen years of age or younger at the closing date.

There are three prizes available, namely, The Organ Music Society of Sydney Prize: $250, The Organ Music Society of Sydney Encouragement Award: $100, and The Ron Roberts Prize: $100. The Ron Roberts Prize is awarded for the best performance of a baroque work.

The repertoire required is a balanced programme comprising two contrasting pieces or movements (one baroque) with a total playing time (in aggregate) not exceeding twelve minutes.

 

INTERMEDIATE SECTION

The Intermediate section is open to organists eighteen years of age or younger at the closing date.

There are two prizes available, namely, The Doris and George Vern-Barnett Memorial Prize (which is made available by the generosity of the Vern-Barnett family): $500, and The Organ Music Society of Sydney Encouragement Award: $200.

The repertoire required is a balanced programme comprising two contrasting pieces or movements (one by J. S. Bach) with a total playing time (in aggregate) not exceeding twenty minutes.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND ARRANGEMENTS

The following is applicable to both Junior and Intermediate Sections.

A competitor in the Junior Section is allowed one session of one hour in the week before the competition. A competitor in the Intermediate Section is allowed one session of two hours in that week. A competitor in both sections is allowed two sessions, one session of one hour and one section of two hours, in that week . Warm-up sessions on the day of the competition may be possible. Competitors will be notified of their practice time or times and any warm-up time or times. These will be arranged by the OMSS and, as far as is reasonably possible, each competitor will be allocated a time or times convenient to each competitor.

No competitor should contact the church authorities for permission to play the competition organ during August, September or in October prior to the practice week except as authorised by the OMSS.

A competitor whose performance exceeds the time limit for the relevant section will be disqualified.

If the adjudicator decides that no performance is of a sufficient standard to merit the prize in a particular section, the adjudicator may determine that the prize will not be awarded.

The competitions will be recorded and some or all of the performances in the competitions may be broadcast by 2MBSFM. By entering a competition, each entrant gives their consent to their performances being recorded and broadcast and permission to OMSS to use the biographical details and the photograph supplied with the entry for publicity, in its magazine and for other related purposes.

For access in the week before the competition or for information on any other issue, please contact Neil Cameron on telephone 02 94992776 or e-mail nmc1938@gmail.com