Music & Signing Competition

Karen Bugbee, Committee Chair
(402) 366-6172  |  kjbjbugbee@hotmail.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.

Bethel Choir & Small Ensemble Competition (Cancelled)

To keep Grand Session safe for everyone - we have decided to cancel these two competitions this year.

Group Signing Competition

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 plus girls).

GUIDELINES for the Group Signing Competition:

  • Signing will be done to the song “Nearer My God to Thee”, both verses as per the Music Ritual.

  • Signing must be in compliance with the Nebraska Signing Video that can be found here: https://youtu.be/L4ODxYMQ1GM

  • A CD accompaniment, including the words, will be provided for the performance and the practice room.

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

  • Each group will enter the competition room and arrange themselves so the judges can see them clearly.

Each Group will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall impression and painting an accurate picture in space.

  • Accuracy of signs as demonstrated on the video (no finger spelling).

  • Eyes and head should follow the direction of the sign, i.e. upward when signing “God”.

  • 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.

Group Registration
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Individual Voice Competition

There will be four divisions for vocal competition as follows:

  • Division JTB:   Ages 8-9 years old as of 6/16/2021

  • Division I:        Ages 10 – 13 years as of 6/16/2021

  • Division II:       Ages 14 – 16 years as of 6/16/2021

  • Division III:      Ages 17 – 19 years as of 6/16/2021
     

GUIDELINES:

  • ONE vocal solo allowed PER DAUGHTER.

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

  • The selection must be APPROPRIATE and MEMORIZED.  If the competitor has participated at a previous Grand Session in individual voice, the musical selection must be different from the previous year.

  • 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 piano and CD player will be provided unless the Daughter prefers to use her own device.

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

  • If appropriateness is in question, please seek the advice of the Bethel Guardian Council.  Judges will be instructed to lower a score for inappropriateness.

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 15, 2021 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.

Individual Signing Competition

There will be three divisions for competition as follows:

  • Division I:        Ages 10 – 13 years as of 6/23/2021

  • Division II:       Ages 14 – 16 years as of 6/23/2021

  • Division III:      Ages 17 – 19 years as of 6/23/2021

 

Daughters may choose 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.

 

OPTION 2:  A song of your choosing.

  • List the name of the song you have chosen on the registration form.

  • You must provide a URL where an exemplification of your song can be found (such as a link to a YouTube video), OR provide a video that can be viewed by the judges to check against your performance.
     

GUIDELINES:

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

  • Each individual will enter the competition room and arrange herself so the judges can see her movements clearly.

  • Each Daughter 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.

Individual Registration
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