Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China Online)

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China Online)

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2022 Theme:So far away, yet so close

February 8 – 10, 2022 (3 days)

About Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China)

About the Festival

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival -Founded in 2007 in the capital of music Vienna, Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival has received nearly 20.000 participants from 45 different countries over the past years, offered a music-focused international arts exchange platform for outstanding performers and ensembles from all over the world.

Proudly supported by Austrian Commission for UNESCO, having the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander van der Bellen as Honorary Board, the festival has become one of the most acclaimed and prestigious youth music festivals in Europe.

Since 2021, Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with ASDAN China to host Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China), allowing more Chinese young performers to participate in this prestigious international event and explore the beauty of music.

Although the global epidemic has changed the way of arts communication, it will not change our passion for arts. February 2022, we hereby sincerely invite all music-loving individuals and ensembles individuals and ensembles Summa Cum Laude Online Music Festival , using a special way to experience the magic of music and create new possibilities.

We sincerely welcome all music-loving individuals and ensembles to participate in our festival!

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China) Committee

Officially Supported By

Statements from Honorary Board

“The Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival once again brings young people from all over the world to Austria to communicate in the language of music and come to understand each other better. (…) I am very pleased that the Festival has already secured its place among the European music festivals, presenting a diverse and inspiring program each year. On that note, I warmly welcome the young artists and wish everyone involved great success and very pleasant memories to take home with them from Austria.”
 

Alexander Van der Bellen

Federal President of the Republic of Austria
‘I am very happy that many young artists will visit our beautiful city for the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival at Musikverein in 2010. A comprehensive program has been prepared for the young singers and musicians. The workshops and competitions create musical incentives and deepen the international contacts between the young artists. I would therefore like to wish all participants every possible success and an inspiring stay in Vienna. I am convinced that the festival isan unforgettable event for both the musicians and the audience.’
 

Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny

Former Executive City Councilor for Cultural Affairs and Science of the City of Vienna, Rector of Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna

Jury


Saul Zaks

Artistic Director, Head of Jury


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Saul Zaks

Saul Zaks

Artistic Director, Head of Jury

  Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and living in Denmark, Saul Zaks is and international conductor and mediator who connects people from different cultures and provides a cross-cultural communication through music and the arts. He has been the conductor of The Musicology Students Choir at the University of Aarhus, and of The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra. He has gained a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award 2016 in the category Best Tango Album - "Sax to Tango" - together with Pablo Ziegler, Julio Botti, Franco Pinna & The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra. Today Saul Zaks is the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna. In 2018 Saul Zaks was appointed Artistic Director for the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.

Tymur Melnyk

Western Classical Music (Ensemble + Solo) Jury


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Tymur Melnyk

Tymur Melnyk

Western Classical Music (Ensemble + Solo) Jury

  Austrian-Ukrainian violinist, Thomastik-Infeld Artist, president of Central International Music Academy Vienna (CIMA) since 2018, foreign expert at College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts. Graduated with distinction and an honorary prize awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Culture from the University of Music and performing Arts Vienna, Tymur is also the prize-winner at F. Kreisler International Violin Competition, as well as at J. Brahms and Osaka International Music Competitions. He is regularly performing as soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician all over the world.

Patrick Lechner

Western Classical Music (Solo) Jury


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Patrick Lechner

Patrick Lechner

Western Classical Music (Solo) Jury

  Austrian pianist, foreign expert at College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts. Graduated from Mozarteum University Salzburg and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the USA, he is the winner of several competitions such as the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition, the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Steinway Competition in Germany. He has given masterclasses at the Allegro Vivo Festival in Vienna and the Vienna Young Pianists Festival. He also has been a jury member of the German Youth Music Competition.

Bizhou Ren

Western Classical Music (Solo) Jury


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Bizhou Ren

Bizhou Ren

Western Classical Music (Solo) Jury

  Sub-Principal Double Bass of China National Symphony Orchestra, graduated from China Conservatory of Music. Recently, he performed with Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra etc. as guest principal double bass. In 2016, he won the first price of "Singapore International Chinese String Competition". In 2015, he collaborated with the legendary Chinese conductor Muhai Tang and participated in the Chinese premiere of Britten's chamber opera "The Turn of the Screw". He performed and recorded Stravinsky's chamber music "The Soldier's Tale" with the Castle Chamber Orchestra.

Vakulishyna Victoria

Vocal (Choir) Jury


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Vakulishyna Victoria

Vakulishyna Victoria

Vocal (Choir) Jury

  Ukrainian choral conductor, professor and doctoral supervisor of Xinghai Conservatory of Music, expert of International Federation for Choral Music, member of the International society of Children's Choral, founder of "East-West Cultural Interaction Association" of Guangzhou International Exchange & Cooperation Centre for Ukrainian Musicians. She is a senior expert in children's choral education, and a visiting professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and Central Philippine University. She has led the Victoria Choir to win more than 30 gold and silver medals in national and international choral competitions.

Shirong Zhang

Vocal (Solo) Jury


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Shirong Zhang

Shirong Zhang

Vocal (Solo) Jury

  Baritone singer of the China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus, board member of China International Cultural Exchange Centr and China Chorus Association. Chorus Conductor of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Political Department Song and Dance Troupe, and the Chinese People's Liberation Army Armed Police Male Chorus. He was awarded the "Best Choral Conductor Award" and "Choral Arts Achievement Award" by the American International Arts Festival. Author of the book “Zhang Shirong Children's Chorus Teaching Method”.

Bowen Wu

Vocal (Solo) Jury


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Bowen Wu

Bowen Wu

Vocal (Solo) Jury

  Tenor, graduated as master of folk vocal music from Xinghai Conservatory of Music, soloist of Southern Opera and Dance Company, member of Chinese Folk Vocal Art Research Association, member of Guangdong Musicians Association, Instructed by the famous singer Yan Weiwen and Wang Hongwei. Excellent student of the 9th Yan Weiwen National Vocal Master Class. Served as a vocal assistant teacher in the Department of Folk Vocal Music and the Department of Art Management, successfully held two solo concerts.

Chen Yang

Chinese Music (Solo) Jury


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Chen Yang

Chen Yang

Chinese Music (Solo) Jury

  Pipa teacher in the Department of Chinese Music of Xinghai Conservatory of Music, director of Pipa Association of Chinese Musicians Association, director of Pipa Professional Committee of Chinese National Orchestral Association, deputy director of Pipa and Sanshin Professional Committee of Guangdong National Orchestral Association, studied with Prof. Yin Huilin and Li Guanghua, graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music with a master's degree. She successfully held many solo recital concerts in Beijing, Guangzhou and other places.

Workshop Tutors


Shirong Zhang

Vocal Tutor


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Shirong Zhang

Shirong Zhang

Vocal Tutor

  Baritone singer of the China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus, board member of China International Cultural Exchange Centr and China Chorus Association. Chorus Conductor of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Political Department Song and Dance Troupe, and the Chinese People's Liberation Army Armed Police Male Chorus. He was awarded the "Best Choral Conductor Award" and "Choral Arts Achievement Award" by the American International Arts Festival. Author of the book “Zhang Shirong Children's Chorus Teaching Method”.

Ah-Xin

Beatbox Tutor


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Ah-Xin

Ah-Xin

Beatbox Tutor

  Singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, BeatBOX instructor, rap instructor World BeatBOX runner-up, China BeatBOX champion, China BeatBOX Crew champion, national BeatBOX competition judge, DoorKey hip-hop global tour concert guest, Street Dance of China S3 finalist. He has participated in many recordings and performances in various shows, such as "Who Can Who Up", "The Rap of China", "I want to be on the Spring Festival Gala" and "I am I'm CZR". His original works include the album "Hidden" and "Empty Enlightenment", and the video "Ah Xin teaches you to play BeatBOX". He has extensive teaching experience and is currently a rap tutor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a rap tutor at Top Class Idol Academy.

Shihua Ma

Improvisation Tutor


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Shihua Ma

Shihua Ma

Improvisation Tutor

  New media artist, teacher of electronic music in the composition department of the China Conservatory of Music, PhD in electronic music composition at the Central Conservatory of Music, under the supervision of Prof. Jin Ping and Prof. Zhang Xiaofu. He specialises in the study of computer music and audiovisual art. As a cross-media artist, he continues to present relevant works at major international art events. His interactive multimedia works have won several prizes in the MUSICACOUSTICA BEIJING composition competition and he has given lectures at several Asian New Media Art Days. His new media music works Cinemagic, Boundless and Hymn for creators have been performed at art events in China, USA and Europe.

Xin Yu

Percussion Tutor


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Xin Yu

Xin Yu

Percussion Tutor

  Young percussionist and a national percussionist with the Central National Orchestra, national-level performer He graduated from the China Conservatory of Music in 2000 and was admitted to the Central National Orchestra with distinction. In 2002, he won the silver medal in the young percussion category of the First National Instrumental Solo Competition organised by the Ministry of Culture. 2005, he performed with Professor Zhang Xiaofu of the Central Conservatory of Music in the Sino-French Cultural Year and completed China's first electronic music and percussion concerto "Norilang". The concert was a success. He has been teaching piano, percussion and music theory for a long time, and has participated in many important performances at home and abroad with his group.

Arts Journey

Online Opening

The opening ceremony will be held as an online conference. The artistic director and the jury of Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival will join and greet all the participants, present the outstanding performances of previous festival winners, introduce the schedule and highlights of the online festival.

Live Competition

Solo:Participants shall send 1 performance video within 5 mins to the organizing committee before the deadline, and perform in real time through live broadcasting during the solo competition (perform by memory requested). The jury will combine the performance of the contestants in the video recording and live broadcast to give them a comprehensive score
Ensemble:Participants shall send 1 performance video within 8 mins to the organizing committee before the deadline. The judges will watch the uploaded recordings during the ensemble competition and score them together online.

Online Music Workshop

Each participant can choose one online music workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon to attend, each workshop session lasts about 2 hours. After the workshop, participants can upload their work as a presentation of the musical knowledge just learned.

Online Award Ceremony

During the online award ceremony, the organizing committee will announce the winners and ensembles, and play the best performance videos of the winners. In addition, the outstanding works completed during the online music workshop will be presented.

Step1:Online Opening

The opening ceremony will be held as an online conference. The artistic director and the jury of
Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival will join and greet all the participants, present
the outstanding performances of previous festival winners, introduce the schedule and highlights of
the online festival.

Step2:Live Competition

Solo: Participants shall send 1 performance video within 5 mins to the organizing committee before
the deadline, and perform in real time through live broadcasting during the solo competition (perform
by memory requested). The jury will combine the performance of the contestants in the video
recording and live broadcast to give them a comprehensive score.
Ensemble: Participants shall send 1 performance video within 8 mins to the organizing committee
before the deadline. The judges will watch the uploaded recordings during the ensemble
competition and score them together online.

Step3:Online Music Workshop

Each participant can choose one online music workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon to
attend, each workshop session lasts about 2 hours. After the workshop, participants can upload their
work as a result presentation of the musical knowledge just learned.

Step4:Online Award Ceremony

During the online award ceremony, the organizing committee will announce the winners and
ensembles, and play the best performance videos of the winners. In addition, the outstanding works
completed during the online music workshop will be presented.

Schedule

Morning Afternoon
Day1 Online Opening Ceremony & Live Competition - Ensemble
Day2 Online Music Workshop: Vocal Technique / Beatbox Online Music Workshop: Percussion / Improvisation 
Day3 Live Competition - Solo Online Award Ceremony - Winner Concert & Workshop work show

[The Magic of Sound: Vocal Technique]

Aimed for students of all ages who want to improve their vocal skills. The instructor will teach proper vocal technique, breathing method, and articulation during the workshop, using a song as an example.

[Fantastic Hip Hop: Beatbox]

Suitable for students with fundamental music skills and are interested in hip-hop and vocal. The instructor will teach the basic vocal sounds of Beatbox and practice methods, compound beat training, show how to combine different tones and rhythms.

[Crazy Composition: Improvisation]

Suitable for advanced age students who have mastered some basic music theory and are interested in composition. The instructor will use a song as an example for appreciation and analysis, and introduce how to write, record melodies and arrange harmonies.

[Rhythm Beats: Percussion]

Aimed for younger children. The instructor will lead participants through simple percussion and rhythmic games to learn the fundamental skills of rhythm, how to play simple percussion pieces using ordinary objects as percussion instruments.

Category and Criteria

Vocal


Solo

Pop, Folk, Bel canto, Children

Choir

Children’ s choir, Mixed choir, A-Cappella

Western Music


Solo

Keyboard, String, Wind & Brass, Percussion, Plucked-String

Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Band

Chinese Music


Solo

Chinese Zither (as separate award), the rest according to Bowed String, Plucked String, Wind and Percussion

Ensemble

Unified Award

Judging Criteria

1. All individual participants should perform by memory during the live broadcasting competition. The jury has the right to interrupt or require the participants to play part of the music pieces, this rule shall not affect the final points
2. The jury will evaluate the participants based on different aspects like musical interpretation, rhythm, intonation, techniques, overall artistic impression
3. The jury reserves the right to reserve prizes, vacancies or ties depending on the situation. The results of the competition will not be changed once announced

Awards

Awards are set and presented based on different sub-categories / ages

The total number of the awards will be determined by the number of participants. We’d like to encourage every "young artist" who loves music to improve their performing skills and deepen their passion for music during the festival.

Solo: Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal and Merit Awards of each sub-category
Ensembles: Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal and Merit Awards of each sub-category

Besides, to enhance social and interactive experience, “Most Popular Performance” will be set up based on the results of the off-site online voting compaign during the live competition.

Age:

Children (6-12 years old)
Teenager (13-18 years old)

Participation Certificate will be awarded to individual participants who attend both competition and workshop

Advanced Events

【Event 1】
The winners of the competition will be invited as ambassadors of cultural exchange between Austria and China to participate in the celebration concert and reception hosted by the Austrian Embassy in China, where they will have a face-to-face meeting with Austrian diplomats and learn more about Austrian culture.
Date: April, 2022
Location: Austian Embassy in China (Beijing)

【Event 2】
The winners of the competition will be invited to participate in Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna in July 2022. At the global event, they will enjoy face-to-face live and alive music experience with the young artists from all over the world.
Date: July 1 – 6, 2022
Location: Vienna, Austria / Online*
• The opening ceremony held in the wonderful Grand Hall of the Konzerhaus
• Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world
• The Competition’s and Celebration’s concert, held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
• The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out (2000+ audience) Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus
• The closing ceremony in Vienna City Hall
* * The winners could have the opportunity to take part in the online competition / workshop if the international travel ban is still valid until then. Specific details will be released to the winners after the China Event in 2022.

Application Procedure

Location

Online

Requirements

Fill in the application form and submit your performance video before the deadline

Method

Click the "sign up" button on the top right to sign up

Categories

  • Vocal——Children / Bel canto / Folk / Pop / Choir
  • Western Music——Piano / Violin / Viola / Cello / Double Bass / Flute / Clarinet / Oboe / Bassoon / Saxophone / Trumpet / Trombone / French horn / Tuba / Harp / Percussion / Guitar / Other / Ensemble
  • Chinese Music——Erhu / Zhonghu / Gaohu / Dahu / Gehu / Yangqin / Liuqin / Guzheng / Guqin / Pipa / Bass Ruan / Tenor Ruan / Sanxian / Bamboo Flute / Paixiao (Pan flute) / Suona (Laba) / Sheng / Xun / Drum / Others / Ensemble

* Music ensemble application requires at least 10 people

Recording Requirements

1. Please pay attention to the lighting and angle when recording, and make sure that at least the upper half of your body is in the shot, your face and hand movements are clearly visible.
2. No editing, no filtering, no cutting, no post-editing are allowed.
3. Please start the recording with:“We are XX from XX school, participating in the vocal/western/folk music XX category, we are going to perform XXX today”, and bow after the performance.
4. The video file should be named as Category + Individual/Ensemble and sent to email scl@seedasdan.org before 28 January, 2022.
5. The video can be submitted as a web link or as a file, together with the score of the work. The file should be in MP4 or MOV format and should not exceed 1G. Please name the video file as Category + Individual/Ensemble name.
6. Solo: 1 performance video within 5 minutes, recorded within 6 months
Ensemble: 1 performance video within 8 minutes, recorded within 1 year

Timeline

October 2021 – January 2022

Sign up, submit application materials

January 25, 2022

Application deadline

January 28, 2022

Deadline for collecting videos

February 8-10, 2022

Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival (China Online)

Regional Consultants


Northern China

Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi, Shandong, Hebei, Henan, Inner Mogolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning

Ms. Zhao: 18310263191


Eastern China

Shanghai, Jiangsu

Ms. Zhang: 18616679881


Eastern China

Zhejiang

Ms. Wang 15618633087


Southern China

Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Overseas

Ms. Lin: 13147032703


Middle & Western China

Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Shaanxi, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Guizhou, Ningxia, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet, Xinjiang

Ms. Li: 18502808484

Q&A

Is it compulsory to attend all the session in the schedule?
Yes, otherwise the certificate cannot be obtained.
What instruments are included in the instrumental categories of individual competition?

Western Music
Piano / Violin / Viola / Cello / Double Bass / Flute / Clarinet / Oboe / Bassoon / Saxophone / Trumpet / Trombone / French horn / Tuba / Harp / Percussion / Guitar / Others
Chinese Music
Erhu / Zhonghu / Gaohu / Dahu / Gehu / Yangqin / Liuqin / Guzheng / Guqin / Pipa / Bass Ruan / Tenor Ruan / Sanxian / Bamboo Flute / Paixiao (Pan flute) / Suona (Laba) / Sheng / Xun / Drum / Others

Can individual participant register for more than one category if he/she has more than one speciality?
If the speciality is in a different competition category, you may sign up for the extra category to compete in a 2nd or 3rd category. For example, a student who masters both the Guzheng and the piano can register the competition twice, in the Chinese music category and in the western music category. But if he/she masters both the flute and the clarinet, he/she can only register the competition once, as these two instruments belong to the same category (Western Music / Wind & Brass
Who will be the instructors for the workshop?
Four kinds of online workshops will be held with the following instructors:
  • Vocal: Shirong Zhang
  • Baritone singer, choral conductor, former vocal director of the General Administration of Song and Dance, Author of the book Zhang Shirong Children's Chorus Teaching Method. He was awarded the "Best Choral Conductor Award" and "Choral Arts Achievement Award" by the American International Arts Festival
  • Beatbox: Ah-Xin
  • Singer-songwriter, scriptwriter, BeatBOX instructor, rap instructor, world BeatBOX runner-up, national BeatBOX competition judge, with extensive teaching experience
  • Improvisation: Shihua Ma
  • New media artist, teacher of electronic music in the composition department of the China Conservatory of Music. He had received his PhD in electronic music composition at the Central Conservatory of Music, continues to publish relevant works at major international art events
  • Percussion: Xin Yu
  • Young percussionist, solo percussionist of the Central National Orchestra. He has been teaching piano, percussion and music theory for a long time and has performed all over the world
    What is the refund policy of the online festival
    Refunds are not available after one week before the registration deadline.

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