MYMF e-News No. 3,  May 2019                                                                    View this email in your browser
Monash Youth Music Festival entries are open!
Register to perform in the 2019 Monash Youth Music Festival! 

The 2019 Monash Youth Music Festival in the City of Monash is the Waverley Music Eisteddfod Inc. Committee's 41st consecutive music eisteddfod. Now with forty eight sections on offer in piano, orchestral strings, woodwind and brass, recorder, vocal, instrumental ensembles, chamber music, recorder groups, primary and senior choirs, as well as non-competitive duets and mini recitals/workshops, there is more on offer for every music student.
Check the FESTIVAL SCHEDULE and make sure you get your entries into STARDOM early this year, as places in many sections are strictly limited. You can always modify your entry later.  Start practising and good luck!

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The piano sections will be on on the days as shown in our MYMF Events Diary on our website. Please note that all weekday sessions will commence after 5.30 pm.

This year we offer eleven piano sections. You may enter as many sections as you like, but you must perform a different piece for each section. You can also enter the Mini Recitals sections to gain even more performance experience! (see below)

P01  Piano Solo

8 years & under

P02  Piano Solo

10 years & under

P03  Piano Solo

12 years & under

P04  Piano Solo


P05  Piano Solo

12 to 14 years: ONE piece ONLY from Baroque or Classical period  – the FRANCES FRIEE AWARD

P06  Piano Solo

16 years & under

P07  Piano Solo

18 years & under – the HOWARD FRIEE MEMORIAL AWARD

P08   Piano Solo - Senior


P09  Piano Solo

8 to 16 years –  students studying AMEB Preliminary – Grade 2 (or equivalent standard*)

P10  Piano Solo

8 to 16 years – students studying AMEB Grade 3 – 4 (or equivalent standard*)

P11 Piano Solo

8 to 16 years – restricted to students studying AMEB Grade 5 – 6 (or equivalent standard*)
 *These Sections are open to anyone studying piano, not necessarily in the AMEB program or using the AMEB syllabus. Please consult your piano teacher if you are not sure what level your pieces fit into!

Please ensure that you dress appropriately for your performance! If you are not sure what to wear, check out our website.

If you have any questions, please contact your friendly Piano Registrar, Judy Serelis.
Download our Schedule for more information

Announcing a new Senior Recorder Ensemble section!

We are delighted to introduce a new Senior Recorder Ensemble section, open to both secondary school and non-school groups. Enter your group, and encourage members to enter the solo sections as well! And don't forget the non-competitive Mini Recital /Workshops are perfect opportunities to perform if you haven't entered eisteddfods before.

The Recorder Discipline will be held on Wednesday, 14 August on the days as shown in our MYMF Events Diary on our website. The evening will begin with the Junior Recorder Ensembles, followed by the solo sections, and end with our Senior Recorder Ensembles.
Competitions offered this year are:

R01 Recorder Solo

10 years & under 

R02 Recorder Solo

12 years & under 

R03 Recorder Solo

13 to 18 years  –  the DON COWALL MEMORIAL TRUST AWARD 

R04 Junior Recorder Ensemble

12 years & under, 3 – 30 players
(Percussion & other instruments allowed) Min. 6 to Max. 30 players –  the GEOFFREY HUGHES MEMORIAL AWARD

R05 Senior Recorder Ensemble

18 years & under, 3 – 30 players
(Percussion & other instruments allowed) Min. 6 to Max. 30 players –  the VICTORIAN RECORDER GUILD AWARD

If you have any questions, plesae contact your Recorder Registrar, Sue Lyons.

Read more in our Schedule. Download here!
This year our solo Strings Competitions S01 - S07 will be held in the Orchestral Room of Huntingtower School, Waimarie Drive, Mount Waverley, on the days as shown in our MYMF Events Diary on our website.

Details on how to enter are on our Festival Schedule, posted on our website in the How to Enter page.

This year's Strings sections include:

S01 Strings Solo

8 years  & under

S02 Strings Solo

10 years  &  under

S03 Strings Solo

12 years  &  under

S04 Strings Solo


S05 Strings Solo

16 years  & under

S06 Strings Solo


S07 Strings Solo

BOWS FOR STRINGS AWARD, 21 years  & under

Our preferred way of receiving entries is via Stardom. If you need to pay by cheque then simply print your invoice and send it with the cheque to: The Strings Registrar, C/o PO Box 121 Mount Waverley 3149.

If you have any queries, please contact our Strings Registrar, John Wise.
Need more information about Strings? Contact us today.
Due to last year's successful introduction of the V01 Junior Vocal Solo 12 years and under, it will be included in this year's Festival. This gives very young vocalists a more appropriate age group in which to perform, and of course they can still enter the V02 section as well! The Vocal Sections are to be held in the Orchestral Room of Huntingtower School on the days as shown in our MYMF Events Diary on our website. . You are very welcome to perform with our Official Piano Accompanist (and indicate your wish when filling out your entry form), or you may perform with your own accompanist (piano or other acoustic instrument, such as guitar), or you may sing unaccompanied. Neither pre-recorded backing music, nor amplified instruments is permitted in these sections. 

V01 Junior Vocal Solo

12 years & under

V02 Junior Vocal Solo

14 years & under

V03 Vocal Solo

15 years to 18 years

V04 Senior Vocal Solo

Contemporary or Theatre Music - 18 years to 25 years

V05 Vocal Solo

25 years and under

If you have any queries, please contact your Vocal Registrar, Rae Kum!
Do you have any questions? Contact us.
The Wind sections will be held on the days as shown in our MYMF Events Diary on our website in the Orchestral Room of Huntingtower School.

Due to popular demand, we have increased our age range for the AMEB grade limited sections to 8 - 16 years.  These sections are perfect for those who may have waited until secondary school to start playing a wind instrument. You are also welcome to enter other wind sections, of course, to gain extra performance experience, assuming these are also of the same standard.

You are welcome to engage the services of our Official Accompanist at no extra cost (private practice sessions may be arranged, however, at your own cost). 

If your school is entering any of the Ensembles sections, then why not have a go at the solo sections?

The Wind sections offered are:

W01 Wind Solo

12 years & under

W02 Wind Solo

14 years & under 

W03 Wind Solo

16 years & under 

W04 Wind Solo

18 years & under

W05 Wind Solo

18 years & under – any piece from Baroque or Classical periods

W06 Wind Solo

21 years & under – Murray Farrell Scholarship Awards

W07 Wind Solo

8 to 16 years – restricted to students studying AMEB Grade 1 - 3

W08 Wind Solo

8 to 16 years – restricted to students studying AMEB Grade 4 - 6

Select your sections, choose your music, and start practising today!
Any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact your Wind Registrar, Majella Drew.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.
New to Competitions?
For music students new to eisteddfods and competitions, this year's Music Festival will offer five non-competitive "Mini Recital" sections that give performers the opportunity to perform under similar conditions to our competitive sections, but in a more relaxed atmosphere. Each section concludes with a mini master class. The Mini Recitals Day is set for Sunday August 4.

Duet sections offered this year:

N01 “Two of Us” Duet

Duet, any instrument and/or voice. 14 years & under, any standard 

N02 “Two of Us” Duet

Duet, any instrument and/or voice. 18 years & under, any standard

There are also three graded open age solo sections, perfect for novice entrants of any standard:

N03 Solo instrument, including voice

Any age, AMEB Grades 1 – 3 or equivalent*

N04 Solo instrument, including voice

Any age, AMEB Grades 4 – 5 or equivalent*

N05 Solo instrument, including voice

Any age, AMEB Grades 6 +*

*You don't have to be doing the AMEB syllabus, but your piece should be of an equivalent standard. Please check with your music teacher if you are not sure.

Do you have a favourite piece of music you are working on? Why not enter the Festival and perform it? There is plenty of time to practice and polish between now and August, so put your entry in as soon as entries open. You gain valuable performance experience, receive a detailed critique sheet, and pride in having performed in public! You get an Adjudicator's report too, so you can see how you went, and this well help you in your preparation for any future music exam or performance. 

There will be a piano accompanist on the day, free of charge for you. You will need to send your music score, with accompanist part, to the accompanist no later than July 20. You may organise a rehearsal with the Accompanist, but please note that this is not included in your entry fee.

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Entries Open
April 22, 2019
Entries Close
June 22, 2019
(or earlier, if section reaches capacity before the closing date)
First day
Saturday August 3, 2019
Last day
Monday August 19, 2019

Enter via STARDOM

Entries via STARDOM only.
No late entries accepted!

Contact us if you need help
Robert Blackwood Hall and Huntingtower

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

Audience Tickets on sale via
Important Notice!
One of our long-standing committee members will be retiring this year, and we will need at least two new people to replace him!

Without your help, we will be UNABLE to continue to offer all the following disciplines:
♪ Choral
♪ Ensembles
♪ Mini Recitals
♪ Piano Solos
♪ Recorder Solos and Ensembles
♪ String Solos
♪ Vocal Solos
♪ Woodwind and Brass Solos

If you don't want to see any of these disappear from our Festival, PLEASE join the Committee!

It's deeply rewarding and easy to pick up. We meet only once a month at the High Street Road Uniting Church. Just come along to a meeting or two to see what it's all about! More information HERE.
Contact us today!
Food Stall
The Huntingtower Community will again provide delicious refreshments and sausage sizzles during Ensembles Day on

Saturday August 17

for your convenience, so bring your loose change.
There will also be a coffee cart selling fresh, hot barista quality coffee!
This year's Music Festival is honoured to have engaged the services of the following Adjudicators:


Jenny Mathers


Joannes Roose

Mini Recitals

Joannes Roose


Kristian Chong
Peter Hurley


Ryan Williams


George Vi


Carole McKenzie

Woodwind & Brass

Jason Xanthoudakis

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.
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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

Elisabeth Middleton,
M: 0452 211 840,

Anne Lewitzka,
M: 0455 848 209,

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

Woodwind & Brass
Anne Lewitzka,
M: 0455 848 209,

Please indicate whether you require the Official Accompanist on your entry.Contact the Accompanist at least 2 weeks prior to your performance. Private rehearsals may be arranged directly with the Accompanist. Please note that rehearsals are not included in your entry fee.
Mr Gordon Pyke
M: 0408 597 086

Mr. John Wise
M: 0412 596 299

Mrs. Judy Serelis

Sue Lyons
M:  0438 821 889

Mrs Rae Kum

Miss Majella Drew

Contact us if you are interested!

Be part of the audience

Parents, friends, and the general public are welcome to come and watch all the performances at the Monash Youth Music Festival. Do come and support our young musicians, and enjoy a musical treat!

We are a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, and proceeds from all ticket sales go towards the cost of running of our Festival.
You can purchase tickets to any of our events via Trybooking!
Our E-News
Issue No 1 - President's Welcome and introduction to the Monash Youth Music Festival, with messages to teachers, musicians, first-time entrants, parents and friends.

Issue No 2 - News on our Instrumental Ensembles and Choral  sections, and the Mini Recital series.

Issue No 3 - News on our Piano, Recorder, Strings, Vocal and Wind competitions.

Issue No 4 - Bumper issue including special tips on performing at your best in our Festival.

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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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