MYMF e-News No. 3,  May 2018                                                                     View this email in your browser
Take part in the Monash Youth Music Festival!
Entries are open to the 2018 Monash Youth Music Festival! 

This is the Waverley Music Eisteddfod Inc.'s 40th year of music competitions in the City of Monash. 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!

Visit our Monash Youth Music Festival facebook page - if you like us, please like us!    
The piano sections will be on Saturday 4, Tuesday 7, Thursday 9, Friday 10, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August, 2018. 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

12 to 16 years – restricted to students studying AMEB Preliminary – Grade 2*

P10  Piano Solo

12 to 16 years – restricted to students studying AMEB Grade 3 – 4*

P11 Piano Solo

12 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!

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

The Recorder Discipline will be held on Wednesday, August 8. The evening will begin with the Recorder Ensembles, followed by the solo sections. 
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 Recorder Ensemble

– Year 6 and under (Percussion & other instruments allowed) Min. 6 to Max. 30 players –  the GEOFFREY HUGHES MEMORIAL AWARD

We review all our entries and value your feedback each year. If you have any questions, 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.

This year, we are very excited to introduce a brand new Strings Recital section —THE SIR ZELMAN COWEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AWARD! Read more under the heading "Strings News" on the right. 
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

S08 Strings Recital Solo


The Official Accompanist is available for all Strings sections except the S08 Strings Recital Solo. Entrants must arrange their own accompanist for the S08 section.

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.
We are very pleased to announce that we have a new section this year - the V01 Junior Vocal Solo 12 years and under. This gives very young vocalists a more appropriate age group in which to perform, and of course they can still enter the V02 secion as well! The Vocal Sections are to be held in the Orchestral Room of Huntingtower School on Saturday August 4 and Saturday August 11. 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 insturments 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 Monday 6 & 13 August, & Wednesday 15 August, after 5.30 pm in the Orchestral Room of Huntingtower School.
We are thrilled to introduce a second 12 - 16 years, AMEB grade limited section.  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

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

W08 Wind Solo

12 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 5.

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.

Come and support our young musicians

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.
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Entries Open
April 20, 2018
Entries Close
June 22, 2018
(or earlier, if section reaches capacity before the closing date)
First day
Saturday August 4, 2018
Last day
Monday August 20, 2018

Enter via STARDOM

Entries via STARDOM only,
April 20 - June 22.
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
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
Food Stall
The Huntingtower Community will again provide delicious refreshments and sausage sizzles during Ensembles Day on

Saturday August 11

for your convenience, so bring your loose change.
There will also be a coffee cart selling fresh, hot barista quality coffee!
Strings News


This is an exciting new audition-based competition offering six lucky Finalists the invitation to compete at the 2018 Monash University Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, July 29.

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

There is a strict limit of 16 entrants in this section.

This section comprises a video audition, in which the entrant records a 15-minute programme with accompaniment, and submits it together with Programme Notes. A panel will view all videos and select six Finalists, judged as having performed a balanced program of the highest musical quality, to perform at the Monash University Chamber Music Festival, to be held at the Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music on the evening of Sunday July 29.

Music performed for this section shall consist of a balanced programme of three or more pieces not to exceed the overall performance time-limit of 15 minutes. Music should be of a standard similar to pieces in the VCE or AMEB Grade 8 syllabuses or higher.

You must arrange your own accompaniment for this section. 

Details are in our SCHEDULE

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


Mark Puddy


Dr Mario Dobernig

Mini Recitals

Joannes Roose


Christine Luo
Helen Kasztelan


Hannah Coleman


Adam Piechocinski


Vivien Hamilton

Woodwind & Brass

Melissa Doecke

Please note that students are not eligible to enter sections adjudicated by their music teacher. 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

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

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

Woodwind & Brass
Coady Green M: 0488 129 088,

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!
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 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.

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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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