Ranney and Emel Songu Mize Graduate Division
The Ranney and Emel Songu Mize Graduate Division inspires, motivates and educates through goal-oriented performance and learning opportunities, offering motivated ensembles technical and interpretive guidance, perspectives on professionalism, and the necessary steps to reach their goals. The division encourages Graduate Ensembles to serve as leaders, inspiring younger ensembles through confidence, camaraderie and ambition. Students from across the country come together in New Orleans, raising the level of musicianship, motivating each other and immersing themselves in New Orleans’ thriving chamber music scene and community.
- Graduate includes groups whose members are enrolled in a graduate program (i.e. master’s degree, artist diploma, doctorate), or a combination of undergraduate and graduate students.
- The Graduate Division is open to any ensembles enrolled in any United States music programs during the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Division determination is made based on the oldest age of any member in each ensemble. For example, if three members of a quartet are enrolled in a graduate program and the other member has graduated and is playing professionally, they should enter in the Emerging Ensemble division.
- Ensembles entering in the Graduate Division may not have a faculty or staff member as part of their ensemble.
- Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 8 performers. If you have any questions about your ensemble’s eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINES + FEES
Preliminary Round recordings must be submitted with the ensemble’s registration.
- Friday, November 13, 2020SUPER early-bird registration deadline
$40 per person
- Friday, January 22, 2021
Early-bird registration deadline
$55 per person
- Friday, February 5, 2021
LAST CALL registration deadline
$70 per person
- Monday, February 22, 2021
Preliminary round results announced via email. Up to five ensembles from this division may be advanced to the live competition on March 20, 2021. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live audition round.Participation in the Judges’ Masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary round results. Space may be limited depending on the number of applicants. More information, including masterclass schedules, will be sent via email.
Each individual musician is required to submit a registration and pay a full registration fee for each ensemble they register with. Participants may enter in up to three ensembles. There will be an opportunity to identify the participant’s additional ensembles on their registration form.
Each registration fee covers 1/3 of the cost of programming for each participant. The other 2/3 of the fees are waived to make our festival more affordable. These heavy subsidies are made possible through generous donations. Donations of all sizes are welcome. If you are unable to make a donation, please consider volunteering. Encourage family, friends and employers to show their support by attending concerts and events, and/or making a donation. Donations can be made by check, cash, or online with a credit/debit card.
Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to assist you with any concerns regarding financial needs.
A non-refundable registration fee for each participant must be included with the registration form. To register and pay online, click the register button and fill out the online registration form via Active. All registrations must be completed online, however, payments can also be made via check. To mail your registration fee please make checks payable to Lyrica Baroque and mail to:
NOLA Chamber Fest
℅ Lyrica Baroque
P.O. Box 750524
New Orleans, LA 70175
PRELIMINARY ROUND RECORDING REQUIREMENTS
Ensembles competing in College, Graduate and Emerging Ensemble divisions are required to submit a preliminary round recording. (See repertoire requirements for each division above.) If your recording contains multiple movements, you can record each movement separately, however all tracks must be combined into one file for upload. Splicing within movements, addition of reverb, or other manipulation is not allowed. The preliminary recorded round will be blindly adjudicated by our Guest Artist Judges. Please note that not every group submitting a preliminary round recording will be advanced to the live competition.
All ensembles are required to submit a digital copy or scan of the score for the ensemble’s selected repertoire. If no score is available, individual parts will be accepted.
*For pre-screened groups only (College, Graduate, Community, Emerging Ensemble divisions): with the preliminary round recording, please submit *only* scores that correspond to the recorded material. If the ensemble is advanced to the live round, we will ask you to provide complete scores to the prepared pieces.
Upon submitting your ensemble’s registrations, you will be directed to a site where you can upload the required supplementary materials:
- Upload your preliminary round recording in any of the following formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, or M4A
- Upload the corresponding scores in PDF format.
- When uploading your recording, please specify exactly what portion of your competition repertoire is included on the recording (also please indicate any cuts), and be sure the PDF scores match the material submitted on the tape.
- If the ensemble is advanced to the live competition, additional scores may be required as needed.
Email email@example.com with any questions regarding submission of materials.
PRIZES (per ensemble)
- $650 cash 1st prize
- $350 cash 2nd prize
- $250 cash 3rd prize
- 1st prize will perform in the Interface Masterclass with Aizuri Quartet on Sunday, March 21, 2021.
- 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase on Monday, March 22, 2021, and will be notified no later than Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM.
- 1st prize will perform a full program for a Groupmuse performance in New Orleans, to be scheduled in 2021.
Included with your registration fee:
- Free admission to the Catalyst Quartet performance on UNO’s Musical Excursions series.
- Free admission to the Aizuri Quartet performance on the Friends of Music series.
- Detailed comment sheets from each of the Guest Artist Judges.
- A digital video of your performance via email.
- Perform in the Judges’ Masterclasses on Saturday, March 20, 2021, led by our Guest Artist Judges. Participation in the Judges’ Masterclasses is open to all registered ensembles, regardless of preliminary round results. Space may be limited depending on the number of applicants. More information, including masterclass schedules, will be sent via email.
All festival and prize related travel costs are the responsibility of the competing ensemble. For out-of-town ensembles, please contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding accommodations and/or travel. See our Resources Page or contact Jaren Atherholt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for ideas and more information.
- Results of the preliminary recording round will be announced via email no later than Monday, February 22, 2021.
- Results of the live competition will be announced via email no later than Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM.
- Ensembles performing in the Interface Masterclass and Winners Showcase will be notified no later than March 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM.
- Comment sheets and video footage will be provided within six weeks of the festival.
*We will be monitoring COVID-19 closely. Any changes to our in-person festival will be communicated through email, social media and posted on our website. Ensembles are expected to participate in as many festival events as possible.