June 2021                                                                                                      View this email in your browser
HERE'S THE BUMPER ISSUE OF THE MONASH YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL E-NEWS with (almost) everything you need to know and special tips on performing at your very best.  

This issue features sheet music preparation, how to arrange an accompanist, what to bring on the day, and what to do when it's your turn to perform.  Scroll down to check it out!

Please forward this newsletter to everyone you think might be interested.


Due to an unprecedented number of entries being received unusually early in some sections this year, these sections have already reached capacity and have closed before Friday 11 June 2021. At the time of the release of this e-news, the following sections were at, or near, capacity:

P01  Piano Solo 8 years & under CLOSED
P02  Piano Solo 10 years & under CLOSED
P03  Piano Solo 12 years & under CLOSED
P04  Piano Solo 14 years & under NEAR CAPACITY
P06  Piano Solo16 years & under NEAR CAPACITY
N04 Mini Recital Solos AMEB Grade 3 - 4 CLOSED
There are spots still available in other sections and in other Disciplines. 

Get your school ensembles, big and small, choirs and woodwind and brass students to enter. You still have time to rehearse and get ready!


Please volunteer this year - we need you!

Every solo section requires a minimum of seven people, and the coral and ensembles sections even more!
1. Supervisor
2. Adjudicator’s Assistant *
3. Compere / MC *
4. Registrar
5. Registrar’s Assistant *
6. Ticket / Programme Sales *
7. Usher *
All the above marked by an asterisk (*) are easy and fun to do, and are essential for the running of our Music Festival. A section usually only takes 1 - 3 hours, and we offer unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits to keep up your energy!

To register your interest for a position as a committee member or a volunteer for the 2021 Festival, please contact us!
Time Limits
You are welcome to perform just about any type of music you like, except where the SCHEDULE clearly states the type of music to be performed. But the one thing you must ensure is that your performance finishes within the time limit as specified on the SCHEDULE. You may perform one, two or even three pieces, but the total performance time cannot exceed the time limit. Of course, if your piece is short of the time limit, that's perfectly fine - you don't have to play to the limit!

According to Rule 12 of our Rules and Conditions of Entry, "Performance selections must be chosen to finish within time limits prescribed. A bell or signal will indicate the expiration of the time and the point at which adjudication ceases. Performers have 20 seconds to cease playing without penalty. Performers exceeding the 20 second overtime limit may be disqualified." So, if you hear a bell while you are performing, there is no need to stop immediately, just find a logical spot in the next few bars to come to a close.

If you are not sure what the time limits for your sections are, check the Monash Youth Music Festival Schedule which has the time limits from our website.

If your chosen piece is likely to go over the time limit, but you really want to perform it, you can always trim it down - for example, leave out the repeats, and delete some sections so that the piece still sounds balanced. Otherwise, you must choose a shorter piece. Don't try to play the piece any faster - most pieces have a metronome mark, and your Adjudicator will mark you on how well you keep to it!

If you do decide to change your piece, make sure you return to STARDOM and click   to change the title and composer.

Read more about Sheet Music below.
Download our Schedule for more information
Notice of Appearance

Watch your inbox!

A few weeks before the Festival starts, you will receive your "Notice of Appearance" so you will know where and when to perform.

Make sure you return to STARDOM to add or update your music pieces by clicking  . Please check the spelling too, as this is exactly how it will appear in your Adjudicator's Report!

What to do on the day

On the day of your performance, arrive 20 minutes before the section starts. Find your friendly Registrar at the desk, and register by stating your name and handing in your copy of your sheet music (to be used by the Adjudicator). If your performance is accompanied, please find your Accompanist and give him or her the Accompanist's copy of your sheet music. When you have registered, feel free to enter the venue and sit down. Just relax and enjoy the experience! If you arrive and register before the previous section has ended, you are welcome to enter the venue between performances and listen to the competitors. You can take this opportunity to see how the section runs.

The Compere will give you plenty of guidance as to when to perform. Do buy a programme, as this lists all the performers and their order of appearance, so you will know when it will be your turn.As you are introduced, simply walk to the stage, turn to the audience, smile and bow from the waist (a bow of 2-3 seconds is perfect). Then take your position, and, if necessary, adjust your seat. Make sure you stand while you adjust the seat, as trying to adjust it while sitting on it can break the mechanism.

Take a moment to relax, think about the tempo of the piece, and then perform! When you are done, smile again, bow again, and walk back to your seat. You should feel proud that you did it!

No matter how your performance goes, always remain positive - try not to show frustration or disappointment if something doesn't go quite right. Keep in mind that the audience won’t know the piece as well as you do, and may not even notice! No performance is perfect, and Adjudicators also judge your performance on how well you recover and maintain a steady tempo. At the end, regardless of how well (or otherwise) you played, stand up, SMILE at the audience and bow as before – long enough to think the words, “Thank you for listening”, smile when you hear the clapping, then walk proudly off the stage. After all, you performed to the end, and even that is something to be proud of.

Remember: everyone makes errors occasionally, so relax! This is only an opportunity to performNOT AN EXAM, so there are no consequences if things don't quite go to plan.

Stay until the end of the section - and make sure you pick up your Adjudicator's Critique Sheet to see how you went! These sheets are collected from the Registration Desk after the end of the section. It is always worth staying (apart from being the polite thing to do), as the Adjudicator's summation is always inspirational and offers valuable advice to all competitors. Furthermore, even if you think you have missed out on a prize or Honourable Mention, the Adjudicator might have a different view of your performance!

Go to our website for more information
The Monash Youth Music Festival offers you a professional Accompanist for your discipline. This service is included in your entry fee. You can, however, use your own accompanist if you prefer.

While rehearsals are not compulsory, even a single rehearsal with the Official Accompanist is highly beneficial to sort out phrasing, tempo and other details, and gives your performance greater musicality. Please contact your Official Accompanist (listed in the column on the right) for an appointment as soon as possible, and no later than 2 weeks before the Festival. (Please note that the cost of the rehearsal is not covered by the Festival.)

If you are unable to arrange a rehearsal time, then at the very least, please send a copy of the music you will be playing complete with the accompaniment to the Official Accompanist no later than 2 weeks before the Festival so that the Accompanist has time to prepare.

It is not acceptable to present your music on the day of performance.
Click here for more information
Sheet Music

To comply with copyright, you should have purchased the sheet music you will perform, unless you are performing music that is:

  • Your own composition, or
  • In the public domain  

Most performers in the Monash Youth Music Festival will be performing copyright protected music. 
Before your performance day, check that you have sufficient copies of your sheet music. You will need:

  • One copy for the Adjudicator with with bars clearly numbered at the beginning of each system,  and 
  • One copy with accompaniment part for the Accompanist,
  • The original sheet music for yourself (unless you are playing from memory). You should not perform using a photocopy.

On the day of your performance, go to the Registration Desk and hand the Adjudicator's copy of your music to the Registrar. The bars should be numbered so that the Adjudicator can provide valuable and precise feedback for you. If the bars are not numbered, the Adjudicator will find it difficult to count the bars quickly to make reference to a specific bar, and may either skip the comment altogether, or miss an important part of your performance. 

Please note that the Adjudicator's copy will not be handed back to you, but will be shredded afterwards to comply with copyright laws. So please don't ask us to give your photocopies back! 

If you had handed in your original sheet music for use by the Adjudicator, this will be returned to the Registration Desk at the conclusion of the section for collection. Please label your property clearly on the cover to minimise likelihood of sheet music going to the wrong home! If your sheet music is particularly valuable to you, please  hand in a photocopy, as there is always a risk that your original is accidentally lost or picked up by someone else. The Monash Youth Music Festival cannot be held responsible for lost property.

What to wear on the day
Dress like you really want to be there! You can never go wrong with "Concert Dress." A white shirt and black pants look great with a black jacket. While a tie is not essential, either a bow tie or a simple narrow tie is fine.

Girls can wear a wide variety of formal or semi formal dresses or tops with skirts or smart pants. Medium to low heel shoes are best, as long as you are comfortable while performing.

Google "Concert dress" to get some ideas.

DO NOT look like you would rather be skateboarding! NO SPORTS SHOES, NO TRACK SUITS, NO JEANS, AND DEFINITELY NO HOODIES! 
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- Mario Dobernig at the 2018 Monash Youth Music Festival Ensembles Day

Mario Dobernig  is Artistic Director and Conductor in Chief for the Art of Sound Orchestra. He has organized and produced a number of highly successful festivals in multiple cities and countries. The Monash Youth Music Festival was honoured to have Mario adjudicate on Ensembles Day in 2018. Throughout that day, Mario was genuinely surprised and pleased to see so many bright, eager and talented young musicians and said that he was privileged to witness the music "superstars of the future".

Musicians need more than just music lessons and practice; they need to PERFORM in front of an audience; and the Waverley Music Eisteddfod Inc. Committee has been giving young musicians the opportunity to do exactly that for over 42 years!

Our efforts have helped provide a stage for many young musicians who have gone on to highly successful careers here and internationally. Our past participants include: vocalist Eddie Perfect, pianists Amir Farid, David Tong, Dr Julie Haskell, Ian Munro, Louisa Breen, Majella Drew, Oliver Ng, Rebecca Chambers and Richard Jackson; guitarist Slava Grigoryan; cellists Ewen Bamble and Jonathan Hines, violinists Andrew Hines, Brian Campbell, Erica Kennedy and Joanne Wallwork, and opera singers Danielle De Niese, Elena Xanthoudakis, Siobhan Stagg, Christopher Busietta, Susan Gamble, Nathan Lay, Suzanne Shakespeare, and Jenna Roubos, as well as many ensemble musicians in major symphony orchestras and elite ensembles across Australia and overseas.

This major youth music festival in the City of Monash usually draws hundreds of young musicians from all over Melbourne each August  to compete in over forty music competitions, while young musicians new to competitions and eisteddfods can also enjoy the thrill of performing to a live audience in the new non-competitive “Mini Recital” sections.

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Entries Open
April 26, 2021
Entries Close
June 11, 2021 or earlier
NOTE! Entries are strictly limited this year. Ensure you enter early before your chosen section reaches capacity before the closing date.

First day
Saturday July 31, 2021
Last day
Monday August 15, 2021
How to Enter

Enter via STARDOM

Entries via STARDOM only.
No late entries accepted! Once a section is closed, it is closed and stays closed.

Contact us if you need help
Audience Tickets
Due to COVID-19 restrictions
we can only allow audience members into the Orchestral Room with prepaid Trybooking tickets. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

Audience tickets will go on sale July 2021.

Please note that numbers may be strictly limited to one or two audience members, plus competitor.
Please check for updates regularly as these rules may change closer to the Festival.

We are a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, and all proceeds from tickets and programmes go towards the cost of running of our Festival.


Adults (16 and over) $5
Multi Session Ticket $15
Children under 16 FREE
Competitors FREE

Audience Tickets on sale only via
Food Stall
Come to the Huntingtower P&FA's famous food stall and sausage sizzle on

Saturday August 7

This year's Music Festival is honoured to have engaged the services of the following Adjudicators:


Beth Ylvisaker


Peter Bandy

Mini Recitals

Hilary Travers


Dr. Kenji Fujimura
David Soo


Hannah Coleman


Dunja Lavrova Fleury

VCE Recitals

Helen Kasztelan


Curtis Bayliss

Woodwind & Brass

Dr. Brigid Burke

Students are not eligible to enter sections adjudicated by their music teacher.

Please note that entrants must not communicate with the Adjudicator until after their final section is completed.

Official Accompanists
We are delighted to have the following Official Accompanists for this year's Music Festival.

Mini Recitals
Melanie Lee
M: 0412 664 044


Anne Lewitzka,
M: 0455 848 209,

Linda O’Brien,
P: 03 9380 8800,
M: 0409 130 789

Woodwind & Brass
Jodie Lockyer
M: 0403 052 165

Please indicate whether you require the Official Accompanist on your entry. You can return to STARDOM at any time to do this.

Contact the Accompanist at least 2 weeks prior to your performance. Private rehearsals may be arranged directly with the Accompanist at their rates. Please note that rehearsals are not included in your entry fee


Choral Registrar

Mr Gordon Pyke

Ensembles Registrar

Dr Bill Miles

Mini Recitals Registrar 

Mrs Judy Serelis

Piano Registrar

Ms Wendy Wang

Recorder Registrar

Mrs Sue Lyons

Strings Registrar

Ms Myfanwy Bramble

VCE Recitals Registrar

Miss Majella Drew

Vocal Registrar

Ms Rae Kum 

Woodwind & Brass Registrar

Miss Majella Drew

We still need Assistant Registrars. Why not join our Committee? It is fun and rewarding!


1. In the event of changes to Victorian COVID-19 policy – the Committee will respond with their COVID-19 Plan. This plan will outline how the Festival events will be run to help protect the health of everyone.

2. The Committee will ensure that all the measures in their Plan follow the current directives from both the Victorian State and Federal governments that are relevant to this sector. 

3. As State and Federal government directives can change quickly and frequently during a public health crisis, the Plan will also change accordingly. These changes are most likely to include: 

a. entry procedures on arrival at the venue 
b. restrictions to audience numbers; 
c. seating and distancing; 
d. hygiene practices; 
e. use of changing areas; 
f. what to do while warming up or waiting to go on to perform.

Please check our Website regularly for the latest COVID-19 PLAN

Shall I volunteer?


We Committee members are ALL VOLUNTEERS, aspiring to help YOUNG MUSIC STUDENTS to have performance experience in front of a warm and appreciative audience and a highly qualified professional music adjudicator.

But only with your help, we will be able to continue to offer all the following disciplines for the benefit of your children or students:
♪ Choral
♪ Ensembles
♪ Mini Recitals
♪ Piano Solos
♪ Recorders
♪ String Solos
♪ VCE Recital Solos
♪ Vocal Solos
♪ Woodwind and Brass Solos

Volunteering is easy  and fun to do, deeply satisfying, and is essential for the running of our Music Festival. A section normally takes only 1 - 3 hours. 

To register your interest to volunteer for this year's Festival, or to join as a committee member, please contact us today!
Contact us if you are interested!
Our e-news normally only comes out March, April, May and June so it won't bombard your inbox!  We never share subscriber info as we respect your privacy.
Issue No 1 - News on our VCE Music Recitals, Instrumental Ensembles, Choral sections and Mini Recitals.

Issue No 2 - News on our Piano, Recorder, Strings, Vocal and Wind competitions.

Issue No 3 - bumper issue including special tips on performing at your best in our Festival.
Thank you to our Generous Sponsors




Jennifer Boyle Memorial (Felicity Rixon)



Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Monash Youth Music Festival close very soon. See Your Company Logo on our website, in our next e-newsletter, on our foyer and stage banners and in our Festival Programme! 

The Monash Youth Music Festival is is entirely not for profit and is organised and run by the Waverley Music Eisteddfod Inc. Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers. Join us today!
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