JUNIOR BACH FESTIVAL 2017
The AGE LIMIT is 18 years as of February 1,
2017, except for vocalists, gambists, harpsichordists,
organists, and accompanists who may be as old as 20 years
on that date. Young unchanged voices are welcome.
MUSIC must be identified by Schmieder index
number, as listed in the current Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis
(BWV) catalog of works composed or arranged by J. S. Bach.
Urtext (authentic) editions are highly recommended.
Recommended editions of Bach's works are Henle,
Barenreiter, and Peters. Transcriptions (but not
arrangements) for modern instruments may be entered.
Suites and concerti may be submitted by selected movements
or as complete works. Please Email
firstname.lastname@example.org if there are questions
regarding eligibility of entries.
MEMORIZATION is required for solo performance on
all instruments, with the exception
of organ and harpsichord. Members of ensembles, defined
as 2 or more players, may
use music. This includes concertos with keyboard
memorization by the solo instrument is still
PLAYING TIME in minutes must be stated
accurately. Suites and concerti may be
submitted by selected movements or complete. Judges
reserve the option to select only
certain movements for Festival performance. Complete works
rarely exceed 20 minutes.
An entry may consist of more than a single short piece
(but not more than 3 compatible
pieces) on the same instrument, providing total audition
time does not exceed 10
minutes. Repeats should not be played unless ornamented
differently. Da capo repeats
are permitted, but factor that into duration calculations.
ACCOMPANIMENT: Although original instrumentation
is preferred, solo works requiring
a chamber ensemble may be auditioned with a keyboard
reduction instead. In Festival
performance, keyboard accompaniment may be replaced or
supplemented by an
ensemble assembled by Junior Bach if available. The
keyboard part of a duo or trio
sonata is not an accompaniment. Sonata keyboard performers
are therefore subject to
the appropriate age limits… 18 for pianists, 20 for
organists and harpsichordists.
CHORAL GROUPS & CHAMBER ENSEMBLES up to 16
members are preferably
auditioned live. Larger groups will be auditioned by
recording only. For choruses,
audition accompaniment by the group’s usual adult
accompanist is acceptable, though
substitution by a student accompanist or youth ensemble
for Festival performance is
JUDGING: Panels of qualified judges chosen by
the Association hear all auditions.
Judges may halt an audition before completion of the
piece, and may select only
portions of larger works for performance.