General Guidelines for Vocal Competitions

  • Selections are to be memorized.

  • The accompanist may be either an Adult or a Daughter.

  • A piano will be provided. If a Bethel needs an accompanist, please indicate this on the registration form. We can help you coordinate with one.

  • A piano and CD player will be provided unless the group/individual prefers to use their own.

  • All vocal competitions will be judged on Tempo, Dynamics, Technique, Blending, Tonal Quality, Interpretation, Rhythm, and Stage Presence. Degree of Difficulty and Appropriateness will also be judged for vocal small ensemble and individual voice.

Bethel Choir

  • 5 or more girls is a choir, there is NO limit to the number of girls that may compete.

  • There are no age divisions. All groups compete against each other.

The following songs have been chosen for the competition:

  1. “Forward All Job’s Daughters” Music Ritual

  2. “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid. . The sheet music will be sent to the mailing address provided on the Bethel Choir registration form.

Vocal Small Ensemble

  • This competition is designed for a small group that numbers a minimum of two (2) to a maximum of four (4) Daughters.

  • There are no age divisions. All groups compete against each other.

  • Each small group sings one (1) song of their choosing.  The selection must be appropriate. If you have any questions regarding your selection, we would be happy to review it ahead of time.  Groups are encouraged to sing a song that has some harmony included, at least for a portion of the song.

  • Maximum time allowed per small group is six (6) minutes.

  • Don’t forget your sheet music! Each small group must have 2 copies of the music with the measures numbered to be handed to the judges at the time of competition.

Individual Voice Competition

There will be four divisions for vocal competition. Age as of 6/17/2022.

  • Division JTB:   Ages 8-9 year

  • Division I:        Ages 10 – 13 years

  • Division II:       Ages 14 – 16 years

  • Division III:      Ages 17 – 20 years
     

GUIDELINES:

  • ONE vocal solo is allowed PER DAUGHTER.

  • Maximum time limit for a vocal solo is five (5) minutes.

    The selection must be appropriate. If you have questions about your selection, we would be happy to review it ahead of time. If the competitor has participated at a previous Grand Session in an individual voice, the musical selection must be different from the previous year.

  • Don’t forget your sheet music! You must have 2 copies of your music with the measures numbered to be handed to the judges at the time of competition.

  • Each Daughter must be responsible for accompaniment.  Accompaniment on a personal device (i.e. phone, bluetooth speaker) may be used, but it must not include any background voice(s). A great place to look for accompaniment tracks is on Youtube, search for an instrumental or karaoke version of your song.   A piano and CD player will be provided unless the Daughter prefers to use her own device.

Music & Signing Competition

Julia Sanford, Committee Chair
juliabradley95@yahoo.com

DEADLINE: MAY 1

General Information for Music Competitions – Please read ALL guidelines and rules.

  1. A practice room will be available with a piano and CD player for warm-up prior to competition.  Each individual or group entrant will be given 15 minutes prior to their performance for time in the practice room.

  2. No spectators will be allowed in any competition rooms.

  3. Apparel for all competitions should be official Job’s Daughter regalia (white or purple cord), no capes and crowns or costumes or props. Daughters accompanying should also be in regalia.

  4. Awards will be presented in each competition.

  5. If you are a Grand Bethel Officer, Grand Bethel Representative, Miss Nebraska Job’s Daughter Candidate or Spirit Ambassador Candidate, please check the guidelines given to you by those in charge of your practices and activities to make sure you are eligible to enter the music competition.  If you are, please note any conflicts with scheduling on the Music Competition Registration Form.

 
 

Individual Instrumental Competition (includes Piano)

There will be three divisions as follows:

  • Beginner:             Playing for 3 years or less

  • Intermediate:      Playing for 4-6 years

  • Advanced:           Playing for 6 or more years

GUIDELINES:

  • Maximum time allowed per selection is ten (10) minutes.

  • Daughter chooses an individual performance piece of her choice. Please advise what instrument you will be playing so that we may provide proper judges.

  • Please bring your own instrument. Piano is the only instrument that will be provided.

  • If you play an instrument that is impossible to bring to Grand for competition, we will schedule a Zoom live performance on Monday June 13, 2022 for you so the same judges can judge all entries. Please note this request on the registration form.

  • The selection DOES NOT have to be memorized.

  • You must have 2 copies of your selection with the measures numbered to be handed to the judges at the time of competition.

  • The Daughter IS ALLOWED TO HAVE ACCOMPANIMENT, either by piano or personal device. If using other accompaniment, track must be only instrumental, meaning no background voice(s) or background singing. A CD and/or piano will be available for use and the Daughter must provide her own accompanist.

  • Each individual will be judged on Tone, Interpretation, Tempo, Proficiency, Dynamics, Technique, Stage Presence and Degree of Difficulty.

General Guidelines for Signing Competitions

  • Daughters may sing along with the music, if they so choose, but will not be judged on vocal ability.

  • Daughters will enter the competition room and arrange themselves so the judges can see each movement clearly.

  • Each Daughter/Group will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Overall impression and painting an accurate picture in space.

    • Accuracy of signs as demonstrated on video.

    • Eyes and head should follow the direction of the sign.

    • Signs should be large enough to be seen across a Bethel Room, as opposed to signing within a 3” box directly in front of you.

    • Groups will be judged on the uniformity of signs and synchronization of movements
       

Choose ONE song selection option 1 or 2, NOT both

  • OPTION 1: "Nearer My God to Thee"
    CD accompaniment, including the words, will be provided for the performance and in the practice rooms. Please find an instruction video here.

  • OPTION 2:  “ Brave” by Sarah Bereilles.
    CD accompaniment, including the words will be provided for the performance and in the practice rooms. Please find an instruction video here.

Individual Signing Competition

There will be three divisions for competition. Age as of 6/17/2022.

  • Division I:        Ages 10 – 13 years

  • Division II:       Ages 14 – 16 years

  • Division III:      Ages 17 – 20 years

Group Signing

The Group Signing Competition will have two divisions: Small Ensemble and Large Ensemble.

There will be awards for each division (Small Ensemble 2-4 girls and Large Ensemble 5+ girls)