A presentation by Andrea
Angelini

HOW TO GET A GOOD
RESULT IN A CHOIR
COMPETITION ?
An Opportunity for every Choir
Introduction
Why a Choir should compete?
Motivation
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To be in touch with
other choirs
To know different
cultures
To listen different
repertoire
To ge...
How to plan a Competition
When can I travel with my
choir?


According with the kind of
your choir, you know when
the choir is allowed to travel.
U...
How long before I have to prepare for the
trip?


Depending by the
place/country where the
Competition takes part!
Whilst...
Which Festival is the best for my
Choir?


There are actually so many
Festivals and Competitions
for Choirs that you will...
What repertoire is best to bring?






Some Competitions
require a choir brings
at least one obligatory
piece.
Some le...
Don’t wrong the repertoire!
I have seen many times choirs presenting a
wrong repertoire… like:






Repertoire too di...
How to win a Competition?
Will you win?

Some suggestions
to get a prize and/or a
good placement in a
Choir Competition!
Suggestions for a good
performance
INTONATION


It’s one of the most
important quality for a
choir. When I’m sitting
in a...
Suggestions for a good
performance
FIDELITY TO THE SCORE


Especially for Renaissance
and Baroque music there
are some ru...
Suggestions for a good
performance
SOUND QUALITY


Creating a good
balanced and blended
sound requires
experience and lot...
Suggestions for a good
performance
UNDERSTANDING
THE TEXT


Obviously the singers need
to know the meaning of the
text th...
Suggestions for a good
performance
PRONOUNCING
THE TEXT


Understanding the
meaning it’s not enough, of
course! The text,...
Suggestions for a good
performance
RIGHT REPERTOIRE


I have told before
why it’s important to
chose the right
repertoire...
Suggestions for a good
performance
OVERALL ARTISTIC
IMPRESSION


The choir needs to find a
correct way to present
itself ...
Good Luck!
Andrea Angelini
Born in Bologna, Italy, Andrea Angelini began his piano studies as a child, at the
Rimini Lettimi School. ...
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  1. 1. A presentation by Andrea Angelini HOW TO GET A GOOD RESULT IN A CHOIR COMPETITION ? An Opportunity for every Choir
  2. 2. Introduction Why a Choir should compete?
  3. 3. Motivation      To be in touch with other choirs To know different cultures To listen different repertoire To get suggestions and opinions by the jury To measure its skills
  4. 4. How to plan a Competition
  5. 5. When can I travel with my choir?  According with the kind of your choir, you know when the choir is allowed to travel. Usually summer is the best time because students are in holiday and workers as well. Time around Christmas is usually fine and weekends too. If you are particularly interested to attend a Competition outside of usual vacation slots you need to consider people asking permission to be free of their job. Attending a Competition in the frame of the Academic year could be considered part of the school programme!
  6. 6. How long before I have to prepare for the trip?  Depending by the place/country where the Competition takes part! Whilst it could be enough 2-3 months before for a national Event, a Competition abroad needs a long preparation, about 6 months and over. Please consider aspects like:     The needing of a visa Raising funds Buying air tickets Planning the trip
  7. 7. Which Festival is the best for my Choir?  There are actually so many Festivals and Competitions for Choirs that you will find the best option for you! Points to be considered:     Find a Competition which includes the right category for your choir. Be honest about your skills. Do not enter a Competition too difficult for your choir possibilities. Budget of your choir. Choose a Country you like to visit… Why not?
  8. 8. What repertoire is best to bring?    Some Competitions require a choir brings at least one obligatory piece. Some leave the choice to the choir (free repertoire). Other festivals require that the choirs choose the repertoire within specific music eras (Renaissance, Classi cal, Romantic, Moder n ...).
  9. 9. Don’t wrong the repertoire! I have seen many times choirs presenting a wrong repertoire… like:     Repertoire too difficult according the skills of the choir Repertoire too easy Repertoire too similar (it’s difficult to judge when the pieces look like the same) Repertoire too long or too short (check the rules about the timing!)
  10. 10. How to win a Competition?
  11. 11. Will you win? Some suggestions to get a prize and/or a good placement in a Choir Competition!
  12. 12. Suggestions for a good performance INTONATION  It’s one of the most important quality for a choir. When I’m sitting in a jury and I listen a choir not in tune (flat, sharp, bad internal intonation) I loose soon my attention…
  13. 13. Suggestions for a good performance FIDELITY TO THE SCORE  Especially for Renaissance and Baroque music there are some rules for a correct performance practice that you need to know! Modern music must be performed in the full respect of what the composer wrote in the score. You can perform with your own idea but always trying to respect the intention of the composer or of the practice of the time
  14. 14. Suggestions for a good performance SOUND QUALITY  Creating a good balanced and blended sound requires experience and lot of work. Consider that this issue makes the difference between a good and a normal/bad choir!
  15. 15. Suggestions for a good performance UNDERSTANDING THE TEXT  Obviously the singers need to know the meaning of the text they are singing (Latin, French, English, German, Russian…). It’s absolutely impossible to give the right interpretation without the knowledge of the meaning!
  16. 16. Suggestions for a good performance PRONOUNCING THE TEXT  Understanding the meaning it’s not enough, of course! The text, must be pronounced in the right way. The conductor must be very careful about this point. Particular attention to the Latin and to its different ways of pronunciation (for Classic Latin and Church Latin see here)
  17. 17. Suggestions for a good performance RIGHT REPERTOIRE  I have told before why it’s important to chose the right repertoire. Avoid monographic or too similar pieces that make the jury bored
  18. 18. Suggestions for a good performance OVERALL ARTISTIC IMPRESSION  The choir needs to find a correct way to present itself on the stage! Too many times I have seen choirs standing motionless like soldiers during a parade or waving too much like at the football stadium. The middle is always the best! Costumes must be carefully chosen.
  19. 19. Good Luck!
  20. 20. Andrea Angelini Born in Bologna, Italy, Andrea Angelini began his piano studies as a child, at the Rimini Lettimi School. He later earned a Doctorate of Music at Ferrara's Frescobaldi Conservatory. After earning a Master in Choral Conducting he studied music therapy with Professor Cremaschi of Milan University. His interests led him to the choral field, and he earned a Bachelor studying at the International Art Academy in Rome with Fulvio Angius. He also studied organ at Pesaro's Conservatory of Music. Finally he got his PHD in Choral Music at the Cesena Conservatoire of Music. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional group Musica Ficta Vocal Ensemble that frequently performs in important Festivals in Italy and abroad. For many years, Andrea Angelini has conducted concerts with the choir Carla Amori, in Italy and abroad. Named Director of the Rimini Community Choir, Alessandro Grandi, he led this choir in several performances, including in important venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome where he was able to personally meet Pope John Paul II - and in Milan’s Cathedral. He has also conducted the Belarusian National Capella Choir, the Lithuanian Jauna Muzika Choir, the Latvian Ave Sol, the Ukrainian Ave Musica and the Tudor Consort from New Zealand. Dr. Angelini is the Artistic Director of the Choral Festival Voci nei Chiostri held annually in Rimini each spring. He has been member of the Jury at many International Choir’s Competitions in Italy, Europe and Asia. He frequently leads choral workshops in Italy and abroad. Recently his Masterclass about the “Venetian Renaissance choral music” has been presented to the students of the prestigious Liszt Music Academy of Budapest and in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) for the Young Choral Academy. He has led similar workshops in Romania, Russia, Belarus and China too. He is the artistic director and one of the tutors at the Rimini International Choral Workshop, where he teaches with Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Angelini is also the artistic director of the Rimini International Choral Competition, of the Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral Festival and Competition and of the Liviu Borlan Choral Festival. He is the Editor of the International Choral Bulletin (ICB), the membership magazine of the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music). He has written numerous transcriptions and arrangements for choirs and chamber ensembles. His transcription of Faure's Requiem is published by Gelber Hund Verlag of Berlin. For the American CanticaNOVA Publication, he has prepared transcriptions of important Renaissance Motets. He has published his composition with Eurarte and
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