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The XXXV International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov will be held from 15 /Thursday/ to 18 /Sunday/ May 2014 in the city of Varna, Bulgaria.

1. Only choirs of amateur singers may take part in the competition (it does not concern the conductors of the choirs).

2. The choirs compete in four categories:

CATEGORY – MIXED CHOIRS (from 24 up to 45 singers)
CATEGORY – MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHOIRS (to 40 singers)
CATEGORY – CHAMBER CHOIRS – mixed and men’s and women’s ones (from 12 up to 18 singers)
CATEGORY – YOUTH CHOIRS (from 24 up to 40 singers)
/The singers in the category YOUTH CHOIRS should be born after 1994. This category features children’s choirs up to 14 years old and youth choirs up to 20 years old /.

3. The choirs may compete in more than one category if they wish.

4. The competition shall take place in one round.

5. The programme in all categories is freely chosen. It should include works at least from two styles chosen among the following:
a) Renaissance and Baroque (from 14th century – mid 18th century);
b) Classicism (18th century);
c) Romanticism (19th century);
d) Contemporary music (20th – 21st century)

6. The programme of each choir should obligatory include:
a) One choral piece written by a contemporary composer of the nationality of the participating choir (freely chosen).
b) One obligatory song by a Bulgarian composer, submitted by the Organizing Committee of the Competition;
Notice: Rules, mentioned in art. 5, do not concern the participants in category YOUTH CHOIRS. The youth choirs shall present a freely chosen programme at conductor’s choice. The choirs from this category should observe the rules in art. 6.
The total duration of the choir’s performance on the stage should be:
a) not shorter than 15 min.
b) not longer than 25 min.
The duration only of the real choir’s performance (net music) shall be counted out and shall not include the time necessary for entering and leaving the stage. 2 points will be withdrawn from the total result of each choir who does not comply with this rule.
Notice: It is acceptable for one of the pieces to be with instrumental accompaniment.

7. The order of the performed songs is up to the conductor’s choice.
Notice: The order of the performed songs should be submitted in advance at the Organizing Committee but not later than 50 days before the beginning of the Competition and it is not subject to change.

8. All competition performances shall take place in front of an audience.
The order of the choirs’ performance in each category shall be chosen by lot, drawn by a Commission appointed by the Organising Committee.
The choirs, wishing to take part in more than one category, should prepare a different programme for each category. The choir breaking these rules will be penalized.

9. The choirs’ performances shall be evaluated by an International Jury. Its decisions are final and irrevocable.
10. Prizes of the XXXV International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov – Varna 2014:
GRAND PRIX VARNA 2014 – 1 000 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque

CATEGORY – MIXED CHOIRS

FIRST PRIZE – 600 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
SECOND PRIZE – 400 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
THIRD PRIZE – 300 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FOURTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FIFTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque

SECOND CATEGORY – MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHOIRS

FIRST PRIZE – 550 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
SECOND PRIZE – 350 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
THIRD PRIZE – 250 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FOURTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FIFTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque

CATEGORY – CHAMBER CHOIRS

FIRST PRIZE – 450 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
SECOND PRIZE – 300 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
THIRD PRIZE – 250 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FOURTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FIFTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque

CATEGORY – YOUTH CHOIRS

FIRST PRIZE – 550 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
SECOND PRIZE – 350 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
THIRD PRIZE – 250 EURO, Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FOURTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque
FIFTH PRIZE – Honorary Diploma and Memorial Plaque

11. The Jury will also grant the following special prizes awarded by other institutions and organizations:
a) Special prize for conductor performance „Prof. Marin Chonev“
b) Special prize for the best performance of Bulgarian song by a foreign choir–awarded by Petko Gruev Staynov Foundation;
c) Special Prize for performance of a song by the Bulgarian composer Ivan Spasov –awarded by Ivan Spasov Foundation;
d) Special prize for young conductor with a bright presence at the Competition – this prize is awarded by the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers
Notice: All awards shall be paid in BGN at the current bank rate.

12. After the conclusion of the competition programme, the first prize-winning choirs from the three categories will compete in a separate competition for the GRAND PRIX – Varna 2014. Each choir should present a freely-chosen programme lasting up to 20 min. The programme for the GRAND PRIX – Varna 2014 should be different from the competition one and it could include maximum 2 pieces performed in the previous rounds. One of the songs could be with instrumental accompaniment.
As an exception the Jury could decide at its session that a second prize-winner could also take part in the competition for the GRAND PRIX – Varna 2014.

13. The Grand Prix winner at the XXXV International May Choir Competition – Varna 2014 will be nominated for participation in the International Competition of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in 2015.

14. The choirs willing to participate in the XXXV IMCC Prof. Georgi Dimitrov should send a filled-in application form, identical with the one enclosed with these Regulations by February 28, 2014 to the following address:
International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov

Varna Municipality – Department of Culture
43, Osmi Primorski Polk Blvd.
9000 Varna, Bulgaria
tel: ++ 359 52 820 667; ++359 884 661 464 – Artistic Secretary
e-mail: office@choircomp.org; www.choircomp.org;

15. The following papers should be enclosed with the application forms for participation:
a) Short CV of the choir (not more than 1000 characters in Word format);
b) Short CV of the conductor (not more than 1000 characters in Word format);
c) Declaration that the choir consists of amateur singers and that the singers in the fourth category are born after 1994;
d) Colour photograph of the choir and a portrait photo of the conductor;
e) Recording of the choir on audio, video tape, CD or in video or audio format by e-mail, not shorter than 15 min (recorded last 2 years).

16. The Organizing Committee covers the expenses of the choirs for their stay in Varna during the competition period – accommodation and food, (breakfast and lunch or dinner) from 12:00 p.m. on May 15, 2014 till 09:00 a.m. on May 18, 2014. If the participants wish, a second main course will be provided at cost.
Transportation charges to Varna and back should be at the participants’ expenses.

17. Besides the two artistic directors for each of the participating choirs it is acceptable not more than two additional persons to accompany them (it includes as well the drivers of the groups arriving by their own bus).

18. Till 5 March 2014, the Organizing Committee will send an answer in writing to the applicant choirs approved for participation in the competition and will forward them the scores of the obligatory Bulgarian songs.
19. Up to 25 March, 2014 the choirs approved for participation should send:
a) Titles of the pieces for the performance (no abbreviations);
b) Names of the composers and the authors of the lyrics (no abbreviations);
c) Duration of the separate pieces and the order of their performance;
d) 10 scores of the chosen songs, necessary for the jury members, including the songs for participation in the competition Grand Prix – Varna 2014;
e) 3 copies of the name list and the birthdates of all people from the group arriving in Varna;
Notice: Titles of songs and authors’ names should be clearly written in their original language in print letters in Latin alphabet .
f) An entry fee should be deposited to:
Central Cooperative Bank; BIC: CECBBGSF , IBAN: BG36 CECB 9790 3124 1896 00
Municipality of Varna, Department of Culture as follows:
- a sum of 300 (three hundred) EURO per each choir of category CHAMBER CHOIRS;
- a sum of 400 (four hundred) EURO per each choir of category MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHOIRS, MIXED CHOIRS and YOUTH CHOIRS.
The choirs taking part in more than one category should pay only one entry fee (the higher one).
The fee could be paid in cash at the cash-desk of the Competition and the Organizing Committee should be informed in writing about the transaction, not later than 18:00 on 15 May, 2014.

20. Choir which did not submit the required documentation in due time forfeits a right to take part in the Competition. It should be replaced by the next choir approved through the selection.

21. The Organizing Committee has the right to organize concerts during the time of the Competition without remuneration for the performers.

22. All participating choirs are obliged to observe the programme schedule exactly and to take part in all concerts, going along with the Competition.

23. The participating choirs should give free of charge their copy rights for broadcasting their live and recorded performances (including radio and TV), presented during the competition. The scores submitted by the participating choirs should not be given back and should remain for the archive of the Competition.

24. The performers are not paid for any of the recordings, made during the competition.

25. In case of misunderstandings on the interpretation of these Regulations, the Bulgarian text is the only valid one to be considered.

Organizing Committee

Regulations

Regulations for competition 2014 ...

Registration

- Registration for competition 2014

- Songs registration for competition 2014

- Songs registration for the Varna Grand-Prix Contest 2014

Dates:

2014 - 15-18 May

2015 - 14-17 May

2016 - 12-15 May

2017 - 11-14 May