MYMF e-News No. 2,  April 2019                                                                     View this email in your browser
Entries are Open for the 2019 MYMF!

Entries are open to the 2019 Monash Youth Music Festival! 

With more sections than ever 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 something for every music student. This year, we introduce a new Senior Recorder Ensemble section for years 18 and under, suitable for both secondary schools and non-school groups. More details will appear in Issue No. 3 in May 2019, but you can view the entire FESTIVAL SCHEDULE today.
Check the FESTIVAL SCHEDULE today today and make sure you get your entries into STARDOM early this year. Places in many sections are strictly limited, so get your entries into Stardom early. You can always modify your entry later!  Start practising and good luck!
Instrumental Ensembles
The Instrumental Ensemble and Chamber Music sections will be held in the beautiful state-of-the-art Huntingtower Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 17 August 2019.

We are delighted to have Joannes Roose as our adjudicator this year.

This discipline has four sections:


E01 Large Instrumental Ensemble

14 years and under, size 10 through 60 players.

E02 Junior Instrumental Ensemble

15 years and under, 3 to 9 players.

E03 Senior Instrumental Ensemble

18 years and under, 10 to 60 players.

E04 Chamber Music Group

21 years and under, up to 9 players.

Please note that the upper limit of the two Large Instrumental sections, (E01 and E03) has returned to 60 players.

Ensembles achieving First, Second and Third place in the Chamber Music Group section will be awarded cash prizes, and place winners in the three Instrumental Ensemble sections will receive trophies.

A variety of ensembles enter these sections. In previous years, the two large ensemble sections attracted mostly orchestras and concert bands, but also “Jazz” and “Irish” bands, and a guitar ensemble. The sections for smaller ensembles drew entries from classical piano trios and quintets, string and wind ensembles including a clarinet choir, and a guitar trio.

The Instrumental Ensemble/Chamber Music sections are for acoustic ensembles. Minimum amplification is permitted (see ‘Notes’ in the Schedule). One or two instruments within a large group may be amplified, but this should be kept to a minimum and should not dominate the sound. For example, one might use an electric bass in a concert band, or include an electronic keyboard in an orchestra to cover missing instruments.

Please do not bring your own drum kit! The venue supplies a drum kit, keyboard and piano.

A sketch stage plan of your ensemble would be greatly appreciated, so please submit your stage plan when you register, to help us run the day smoothly.

For information about the Ensembles disciplines, please contact the Strings and Ensembles Registrar John Wise.

Download our Schedule for more information
Ensemble Musicians!

Why not enter your ensembles students into some Solo sections?

Woodwind & Brass Solos

W07    Wind Solo, 8 – 16 years AMEB Grade 1 – 3 or equivalent
W08    Wind Solo, 8 – 16 years AMEB Grade 4 – 6 or equivalent‡

These competitive sections are generally fairly small, and prizes of medals and certificates are awarded at the end of each section. Every participant receives a critique sheet.  
There are also non-competitive sections (see below) for you to enter!

Read more in our Schedule. Download here!
This year all our Choral Competitions will be held in the Robert Blackwood Hall Monash University on Monday 19 August, 2019.

The Primary School Choirs competition will be held during the day and the Secondary School Chamber Choir and the Middle School Choir competitions will be held in the late afternoon and evening.

Give your school's choir the wonderful experience of standing on stage at the Robert Blackwood Hall! This year's Choral sections include:

C01 Primary School Choir 

Limit 60 voices. Each Choir will sing ONE Unison Song plus ONE Part Song. You will be able to choose whether to go into the AM or PM session in Stardom.

C02 Middle School Choir 

(Year Levels 5-9) Limit 60 voices.
Each choir will sing TWO songs in contrasting styles.

C03 Secondary School Chamber Choir

Limit 30 voices. Each Choir will sing TWO songs in contrasting styles.

A grand piano and choral risers are available for all sections. We do not provide an accompanist. Your choir will be offered a warm up room prior to their performance, and ushers will be on hand to ensure your choir gets onto stage on time.

Section C01 Primary School Choir is strictly limited to 11 choirs in each session so enter early to ensure your place!

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 Choral Registrar, C/o PO Box 121 Mount Waverley 3149.

If you have any queries, please contact our Choral Registrar, Gordon Pyke
Encourage your students to sign up for this free newsletter!
New Mini Recital Series

Duets and Solos

For music students new to eisteddfods and competitions, this year's Music Festival will again 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

So, find a buddy who is also learning music and have some fun! They might be at your school, in your choir, or among the other students of your music teacher.

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 practise 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 feel pride in having performed in public! The Adjudicator's critique sheet gives you great feedback on how you went, and this well greatly 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 rehearsals are not included in your entry fee.
Support Us!

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. If you have a family member, friend or student performing in any of the many events, or you would simply like to listen to local young talent, do come 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.

Please join the Committee!

Right now we are desperate for new members.

Without new parents and teachers joining our Committee, we will have to cut sections. Give something back to your community and join us. It's only one short sharp meeting a month, and you don't have to go to all of them. 

Meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month at the High Street Road Uniting Church, 482 High Street Road, Mount Waverley, starting at 7.30pm. Come along to see what it's all about.

You might even find that it is actually lots of fun!


Entries Open

April 22, 2019

Entries Close

June 21, 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!


CREDIT CARD: via Stardom

CHEQUE: Print off your STARDOM invoice and mail it, together with your cheque, to:

The Registrar,  PO Box 121
Mount Waverley, Vic 3149. 

BSB: 633 000
Account No: 130830052

Pinewood Community Bank® Branch Bendigo Bank
Payment reference: Your NAME & INVOICE NUMBER

Contact us if you need help


After four long years, we are thrilled to return to the Huntingtower PAC to hold the Ensembles sections! 

The beautiful, large venue allows us to welcome large ensembles up to 60 players, so bring all your students together, enter early, and start rehearsing! You have two whole months to practise, so don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for your eager young musicians to perform on his magnificent stage.
Robert Blackwood Hall and Huntingtower

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

Audience Tickets will be on sale via
We are delighted to have the following Official Accompanists for this year's Music Festival.

Mini Recitals
Melanie Lee, M: 0412 664 044

Strings (Tuesday & Saturday) 
Anne Lewitzka, M: 0455 848 209

Elisabeth Middleton 
M: 0452 211 840

Strings (Sunday)
Stephanie Lewendon-Lowe
M: 0405 371 975 
Linda O’Brien, P: 03 9380 8800
M: 0409 130 789

Woodwind & Brass

Please indicate whether you require the Official Accompanist on your entry. Contact the Accompanist at least 2 weeks prior to your performance. 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

This year, more than ever, we need you to help us run this year's Festival. Please have a go at being Registrar's Assistant, for example - it's fun and very rewarding! 

Why not sign up to be a Registrar's Assistant now?
Hot Food! 
To add to the festive feel, there will be a sensational food stall and sausage sizzle to whet your whistle, and a coffee cart selling delicious, frothy hot beverages.
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e-News Issues
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 our new 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.

Express your interest in joining our Committee!
Thank you to our Generous Sponsors


Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 Monash Youth Music Festival close very soon. See Your Company Logo on our next e-newsletter, on our 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.
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