Musical Performance, Mixed Ensemble

(Revised May 2004)

Mixed Ensemble Musical Performance; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of entry including some of the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Lists methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period composition and does it play in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—harmony/melody/rhythm.
  • Materials—period music, instrument.
  • Design, style—style, use of instrumentation.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (number of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—facial or other physical motions to convey the performer’s interpretation of the piece to the audienc.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—phrasing, dynamics, tempo, etc.; Use of percussion or other instrumental accompaniment.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—instrument construction or adaptation; original composition or embellishment; instrumentation; physical setup (dress or livery, stand construction, seating, music manuscript or folder, etc.).
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Effective quality of performance, audience reaction.
  • Intonation: A good sense of pitch. With stringed instruments, keeping the strings well tuned; with wind instruments, maintaining good embouchure —a clean accurate pitch..
  • Tone: Defined as sound or timbre pleasing to the ear. The words associated with this term might be "evenness" and "direction". In ensemble playing, the coordination of individual sounds in order to make an effective blend should be highly considered. Also, balance of parts should come under the heading. No one instrument should stick out overly much. Vibrato should not be used if inappropriate to the period or style of the music.
  • Rhythmic Integrity: "Integrity" applies to a sensitivity to the main pulse of the music. Too much rushing and slowing down will tend to distract from good communication of the music and is quite noticeable. Ensembles particularly need to pay attention to rhythm in order to maintain cohesiveness.
  • Musicianship: Sensitivity to all aspects of execution in order to make an effective musical result: phrasing, dynamics (good sense of loud and soft singing), good attack. Anything that will convey a sense of security in the performance and will not distract the listener. This should portray the performer’s mental preparation of the music Has the performer thought carefully of how the music should be done?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.

Mixed Ensemble Musical Performance; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Some discussion of methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and one visual or descriptive reference, includes a reference sheet (bibliography) or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period composition and does it play in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—harmony/melody/rhythm.
  • Materials—period music, instrument.
  • Design, style—style, use of instrumentation.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind that not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (number of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—facial or other physical motions to convey the performer’s interpretation of the piece to the audienc.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—phrasing, dynamics, tempo, etc.; Use of percussion or other instrumental accompaniment.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—instrument construction or adaptation; original composition or embellishment; instrumentation; physical setup (dress or livery, stand construction, seating, music manuscript or folder, etc.).
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Effective quality of performance, audience reaction.
  • Intonation: A good sense of pitch. With stringed instruments, keeping the strings well tuned; with wind instruments, maintaining good embouchure —a clean accurate pitch.
  • Tone: Defined as sound or timbre pleasing to the ear. The words associated with this term might be "evenness" and "direction". In ensemble playing, the coordination of individual sounds in order to make an effective blend should be highly considered. Also, balance of parts should come under the heading. No one instrument should stick out overly much. Vibrato should not be used if inappropriate to the period or style of the music.
  • Rhythmic Integrity: "Integrity" applies to a sensitivity to the main pulse of the music. Too much rushing and slowing down will tend to distract from good communication of the music and is quite noticeable. Ensembles particularly need to pay attention to rhythm in order to maintain cohesiveness.
  • Musicianship: Sensitivity to all aspects of execution in order to make an effective musical result: phrasing, dynamics (good sense of loud and soft singing), good attack. Anything that will convey a sense of security in the performance and will not distract the listener. This should portray the performer’s mental preparation of the music Has the performer thought carefully of how the music should be done?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.

Mixed Ensemble Musical Performance; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the item, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare) must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period composition and does it play in a period way (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—harmony/melody/rhythm.
  • Materials—period music, instrument.
  • Design, style—style, use of instrumentation.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, keeping in mind that not all period items are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (number of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of design elements used—facial or other physical motions to convey the performer’s interpretation of the piece to the audience.
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted—phrasing, dynamics, tempo, etc.; Use of percussion or other instrumental accompaniment.
  • Difficulty/variety of media, materials, tools used—instrument construction or adaptation; original composition or embellishment; instrumentation; physical setup (dress or livery, stand construction, seating, music manuscript or folder, etc.).
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, based on the following:

  • Effective quality of performance, audience reaction.
  • Intonation: A good sense of pitch. With stringed instruments, keeping the strings well tuned; with wind instruments, maintaining good embouchure —a clean accurate pitch.
  • Tone: Defined as sound or timbre pleasing to the ear. The words associated with this term might be "evenness" and "direction". In ensemble playing, the coordination of individual sounds in order to make an effective blend should be highly considered. Also, balance of parts should come under the heading. No one instrument should stick out overly much. Vibrato should not be used if inappropriate to the period or style of the music.
  • Rhythmic Integrity: "Integrity" applies to a sensitivity to the main pulse of the music. Too much rushing and slowing down will tend to distract from good communication of the music and is quite noticeable. Ensembles particularly need to pay attention to rhythm in order to maintain cohesiveness.
  • Musicianship: Sensitivity to all aspects of execution in order to make an effective musical result: phrasing, dynamics (good sense of loud and soft singing), good attack. Anything that will convey a sense of security in the performance and will not distract the listener. This should portray the performer’s mental preparation of the music Has the performer thought carefully of how the music should be done?
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You want to take it home because it is really outstanding.