Available Divisions for 2018


Contestants may enter only one of the following:

• Novice Small Fry (age 0-8)
• Novice Jr. Jr. (age 9-12)
• Novice Junior (13-17)
• Novice Adult (age 18-39)
• Novice Senior (age 40+)
• Alternate Instrument (any age, any instrument)
• Small Fry (age 0-8)
• Jr. Jr. (age 9-12)
• Junior (age 13-17)
• Adult (age 18-39)
• Senior (age 40+)
• Golden Fiddle Championship (any age)
Single or additional enrollment allowed for the following categories,
but capped at 10 entries maximum, each:


• Open Celtic (any age, fiddles only)
• Harmony (any age, fiddle duet)
• Anything-Goes Entertainment (any age, any instrument(s), single or multiple people)

Rules

General Rules:

Accompanists:
Each division may have up to three accompanists. If you do not have one predetermined, the contest provides a guitarist that is knowledgeable of all standard fiddle tunes. If you are playing something that is not standard or an original tune, please provide the chords in a lead sheet for the guitarist. There is no extra fee, although it is customary to tip your guitarists or to pay them at least 10% of any prize money earned.

Contestants must not repeat a tune they already played any time during the contest.

Scores from both rounds are tabulated to determine final standings within each division. No scores are thrown out.

Judging is mostly based off of rhythm, timing, dance-ability, intonation, and difficulty (although the judges would much rather listen to someone play something easier and perfect, than complex and messy!).

There will be 2 judges for the regular divisions, 2 separate judges for the novice divisions, and 2 separate judges for the Celtic and harmony divisions. They will not be sequestered; they will be in the audience.

Judges decisions are final. They do their best to be objective and as fair as possible. If you have any questions you can address them to the judges during the morning judges meeting (see schedule tab). It is the contestants' responsibility to attend the judges meeting to know and understand rules. You are responsible for any information missed from not attending the judges' meeting.

Try to stay within a 4-minute time limit for each round (three songs). There is not an official timer at this contest, but most contests do have time limits and you'd get 10 points deducted for every 10 seconds you go over time.

The contestants' scoring sheets with comments from the judges and overall tabulation will be available at the end of the contest. If you do not pick them up, they will be mailed to you.

There is no time limit although excessive repeats will result in a score deduction from the judges.

No fancy or trick fiddling in any division allowed save for the "Entertainment" division.

Tunes must be memorized. Only the novice division is allowed to use sheet music, but it is discouraged and may diminish the final score.

Division Discriptions

Small Fry NOVICE:
Ages 8 and under by the date of the contest, and have NEVER competed in a fiddle contest or placed in the top 3 in any fiddle contests before. Will play one round only. All contestants will play a hoedown and waltz. Round will begin at approximately 9:00am in the Music Theory room, please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. Awards will be around 12:00pm in the Music Theory room. There will be awards for the top 5 contestants.

Junior Junior NOVICE:
Ages 9-12 years old by the date of the contest, and have NEVER competed in a fiddle contest or placed in the top 3 in any fiddle contests before. Will play one round only. All contestants will play a hoedown and waltz. Round will begin at approximately 9:30am in the Music Theory room, please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. Awards will be around 12:00pm in the Music Theory room. There will be awards for the top 5 contestants.

Junior NOVICE:
Ages 13-18 years old by the date of the contest, and have NEVER competed in a fiddle contest or placed in the top 3 in any fiddle contests before. Will play one round only. All contestants will play a hoedown and waltz. Round will begin at approximately 10:15am in the Music Theory room, please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. Awards will be around 12:00pm in the Music Theory room. There will be awards for the top 5 contestants.


Adult NOVICE:
Ages 18-49 years old by the date of the contest, and have NEVER competed in a fiddle contest or placed in the top 3 in any fiddle contests before. Will play one round only. All contestants will play a hoedown and waltz. Round will begin at approximately 11:00am in the Music Theory room, please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. Awards will be around 12:00pm in the Music Theory room. There will be awards for the top 5 contestants.

Senior NOVICE:
Ages 50+ years old by the date of the contest, and have NEVER competed in a fiddle contest or placed in the top 3 in any fiddle contests before. Will play one round only. All contestants will play a hoedown and waltz. Round will begin at approximately 11:30am in the Music Theory room, please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. Awards will be around 12:00pm in the Music Theory room. There will be awards for the top 5 contestants.

Golden Fiddle Championship:
Open to any age. Will play two rounds total. The first round will consist of a Hoedown, Waltz, and Tune of Choice. This will begin at approximately 5:00pm in Goranson Hall. Please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. In the second round, only the top five contestants will continue to play a round robin, which will begin at approximately 9:00pm in Goranson Hall. The five contestants will be seated on the stage. They will draw a number from a jar indicating their order of play.

As each contestant takes his or her turn, the emcee with spin a wheel on the stage indicating the song that will be played. The options are a hoedown, a waltz, or a tune of choice. You cannot repeat a tune that was previously played by an earlier contestant in the round robin, or a tune that was previously played by the same contestant in an earlier round. The judge’s decisions will be final. Awards will be announced at approximately 9:30pm in Goranson Hall. 8 will go to finals and there will be prize money for each and trophies for the top 3. Visit the prize money tab for $ amount.

 

You may only enter one of the above divisions, but you may also enter in addition any of the following divisions.

Entertainment:
Limit to 10 entries. Open to any age. This division will have only one round that will begin at approximately 8:00pm in Goranson Hall. Please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. In that round the entry must only play 1 song/medley and the act must stay under 5 minutes. The judges will score based off of difficulty, execution, stage presence, audience participation, and overall ability to entertain. The act can consist of any style of music or any voice/instrument, but must be music related. There will be cash awards for the top 5 contestants based off of their scores from the judges, as well as an “Audience Choice” award in which the audience will vote for their favorite act during intermission. Awards will be around 9:30pm in Goranson Hall. Visit the prize money tab for $ amount.

Celtic:
Limit to 10 entries. Open to any age. This division will have only one round that will begin at approximately 2:45pm in Goranson Hall. Please arrive plenty early to check in, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. In that round the fiddler will play two tunes, a [hornpipe/jig/strathspey/march] and a reel. Unlike other categories, each fiddler plays WITHOUT an accompanist. Awards will be around 5:30pm in Goranson Hall. There will be prize money for the top five contestants.

Harmony:
Limit to 10 entries. Open to any age. Description: any two instruments playing a fiddle style in harmony. This division will have only one round that will begin at approximately 2:00pm in Goranson Hall. Please arrive plenty early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time. In that round the entries will play two tunes, one fast and one slow. Judges decision will be final. They will judge off of good harmonies, bowing/rhythm in sync/togetherness, intonation, style, dance-ability, and overall technique. Awards will be around 5:30pm in Goranson Hall. Prize money for the top 5.