Available Divisions for 2019


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


• Novice Alternate Instrument (beginning instrument ability, any age)
• Novice Celtic ( beginning fiddle ability, any age)
• Alternate Instrument (any age, any instrument)
• 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 (except for Celtic, which is done without accompaniment). 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, and 2 separate judges for the novice 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. 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 and posted on facebook.

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

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

Please arrive at least 30-60 minutes early to check in, find and rehearse with accompanist, view order of play, and be ready to go on stage on time.

There will be awards for the top 5 contestants in all divisions. Top three in each division (except Novice divisions) receive prize money.

Tunes must be memorized. Only the Novice divisions are allowed to use sheet music, but memorization is highly encouraged.

Novice divisions play in the Music Theory Room. All other divisions are played on Goranson Hall stage. There are individual warm up rooms on a first come basis. The Choir Room, adjacent to the stage is open for all warm ups and a place to find and rehearse with accompanists.

Division Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

Adult/Senior NOVICE:
Ages 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.

 

 

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

Anything Goes 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. 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 3 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.

Alternate Instrument:
Limit to 10 entries. Open to any age. This division is designed specifically for competitors whose main instrument is something other than a violin (i.e. cello, mandolin, viola, guitar, bass, banjo, piano, trumpet, etc.). There will be only one round consisting of one fast tune and one slow tune from the fiddle/folk genres. Judging based off of rhythm and timing, dance-ability, command of instrument, clear tone quality, and intonation.

NOVICE Alternate Instrument:
Open to any age. Same as above, but contestant is "beginning level" ability on their chosen instrument. There will be only one round one fast tune and one slow tune from the fiddle/folk genres..

Celtic:
Limit to 10 entries. Open to any age. In this division the fiddler will play two tunes without stopping between, a [hornpipe/jig/strathspey/march] and a reel. Unlike other categories, each fiddler plays WITHOUT an accompanist. Key juding factors are rhythm and intonation, smooth transition between tunes, and "Celtic-style" ornamentation

NOVICE Celtic:
Open to any age. Same as above, but contestant has "beginning level" fiddle ability.

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 where the contestants 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.