CHORAL COMPETITION RULES

Group Eligibility

  • Participants must be members in good standing of the Greek Orthodox Church.
  • Choral group directors and parish priest will enforce this rule.
  • Failure to meet this standard may result in disqualification of the group from competition, or forfeiture of awards.

Required Music Standards
The FDF Choral Competition has been an integral part of this annual event for many years. The goal of the choral competition is to enhance the music ministry of the Metropolis through encouraging youth participation; and, to promote the study and performance of the sacred music of the Greek Orthodox Church, and secular music of Hellenic heritage.  For singing of religious music no favor will be given based upon language of delivery.  Pieces performed in Greek or English will be treated as equal.

Group Eligibility:

  • Participants must be members in good standing of the Orthodox Church.
  • Choral group directors and parish priest will enforce this rule.
  • Directors must have the blessing of their parish priest to perform any piece of music.
  • Failure to meet these standards may result in disqualification of the group from competition, or forfeiture of awards.

Division I – Age Requirement: Average age of 13 years and older.
Division II – Age Requirements: Average age up to 13 years old.

Required Music Standards:
Each group will sing ONE of the following required pieces:

Ti Ipermacho/ O Champion General
So Son Kyrie/ Save, O Lord, Your People
Idomen to Fos/ We have seen the Light
Tis Theos Megas/ Who is so Great a God
Evloghitos I Christe/ Blessed are You Christ our God
Kyrie to Dynameon/ Lord of the Powers
Enas Pefkos
Karagouna
Iha Mian Agapi
Horos to Zalogou
Saranta Palikaria
Ta Kalanda

  • Each group will sing 1 piece representing the heritage of the Orthodox church. Including pieces from any service (e.g., Divine Liturgy, Orthros, Vespers, etc.) You may use one of the pieces from above (from the Required Music Standards)
  • Each group will sing 1 piece representing folk songs of the Greek/Hellenic peoples in the traditional style of the region from which the piece originates. You may use one of the pieces from above (from the Required Music Standards)
  • The rest of the competition program may be built around discretionary pieces set by the director of each group.

Judging Criteria and Scoring System
Musicianship (60% of score): technical ability in music, including intonation, phrasing, pitch, dynamics, diction, and ensemble singing (how well the group sings together).
Presentation (30% of score): includes memorization, stage presence, a cappella singing, accompaniment (and how accompanying musicians are featured).
Interpretation (10% of score): liturgical hymns are sung/chanted with an appropriate style and reverence; folk songs are sung with an appropriate traditional style.

Time Limits and Exceeding the Time Limit
Each choral group will be allotted a maximum time of twelve (12) minutes for their performance. Timing begins once the group has begun singing their first piece. Unless technical difficulties arise beyond the control of the group, any choral group exceeding the maximum time allotted will be penalized as follows:

  • Less than one minute over maximum time allotted: penalty of 5% subtracted from total cumulative score.
  • One minute or more over maximum time allotted: penalty of 10% subtracted from total cumulative score.

Singing With Teams From More Than One Parish
A singer may compete with teams from more than one parish provided a written consent is furnished by the parish priests (the priests of all parishes concerned) to the FDF Board of Trustees no later than 30 days prior to the annual event. Each consent form must list all the groups in which the singer will perform.

Questions or Comments
If you have any questions regarding Choral Competition please contact Kathy Meck,
Director of Choral Competition at: competition@yourfdf.org

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