Rules 2024

MAJAOJA RULES 2024:

MAJAOJA PERCUSSION COMPETITION 26.-28.9.2024

The official language of the rules is Finnish. The rules are also translated into English.

I

The Majaoja Percussion Competition is organized by the Tampere Conservatory and Majaoja Foundation in cooperation with the Pori Palmgren Conservatory. The competition takes place 26.-28.9.2024 in Tampere, Finland.

II Eligibility and Categories

The competition is open to all percussionists, regardless of nationality except citizens of Russia and Belarus.

The competition is divided into three age categories and an open Review Category:

  • A: Open to all with no age restrictions
  • B: Participants born in 2003 or later
  • C: Participants born in 2008 or later
  • Review Category has a focus on chamber music and has no age limit.

III Prizes

Category A

  • 1st prize 6 000 €
  • 2nd prize 3 000 €
  • 3rd prize 1 500 €

The competition jury may redistribute the prize sums as they see fit. The total sum must still be 10 500 €.

Category B

The total prize sum is 4 500 €, which the jury will distribute as they see fit.

Category C

The total prize sum is 1 000 €, which the jury will distribute as they see fit.

Review Category

No monetary prizes. A jury consisting of competition board members will give a short oral evaluation after the performance.

IV Registering

Registration is done via the competition website at www.majaojapercussion.fi. A link to the online application opens on the 1st of February 2024.

Category A

The deadline for registrations for Category A is 15 May 2024. The first round is based on video selection. Participants will play on video the following pieces:

1. A work of one’s own choice for snare drum

2. Marimba solo, one of the following pieces:

  • Bach, Solo violin sonatas and partitas, Sonata no. 1 fugue in g minor
  • Bach, Solo violin sonatas and partitas, Partita no. 1 Bourre
  • Bach, Lute serie in e minor, Allemande
  • Bach, Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: I. Prelude

Total duration of the music is max. 10 minutes. The pieces or their movements must be recorded on video live with no editing. The snare drum piece and the marimba piece can be video taped separately. The two takes are to be combined into one video. The video may not include pieces to be performed in the second and third rounds.

The pre-selection jury consisting of competition board members and the jury will select 12 participants for Category A.

Along with the registration form, participants must submit the following documents:

– A short curriculum vitae.

– A YouTube link to a file containing the recording of the 1st round assignment as described above.

The selected participants will be notified by e-mail by 31.5.2024.

Category B

Registration by 15.5.2024, 12–14 participants will be chosen based on the applications.

Along with the registration form, participants must submit a short curriculum vitae.

The selected participants will be notified by e-mail by 31.5.2024.

Category C

Registration by 15.5.2024, 12–14 participants in registration order.

The selected participants will be notified by e-mail by 31.5. 2024.

Review Category

Registration by 1.9.2024 approximately 10 groups in registration order.

V

The registration fee for Category A is 120 € (charged from the competitors who pass the first round), for Category B 80 € (charged from the competitors chosen to participate), and for Category C 60 € (charged from the competitors chosen to participate). For the Review Category, the registration fee is 40 € (charged from the groups chosen to participate). The participants and the guardians of participants under 18 have free entry to concerts connected to the competition.

VI

The performance order will be determined by a draw by 23.9.2024 and announced on the competition website at majaojapercussion.fi.

VII

The competition board may change the schedule if needed.

VIII

Competitors and their guardians must arrange their own travel, accommodation, and meals.

IX

The competition and related events are open to the public. The organizers reserve the permission to record, photograph, film, and broadcast on radio, television, or online the participants’ performances. All recording without the organizer’s permission is prohibited.

X

Competitors are not allowed to use background tapes or works that include other electronics in the competition performances.

XI

The jury and review board have the right to interrupt the performance if the maximum duration is exceeded.

XII

The rules were drawn by the competition board. The competition board also answers all questions regarding the following of the rules. The competition jury decides the winners and runners-up and distributes the prize sums as stated in the rules. Questions about the practical arrangements of the competitions are to be directed to the producer of the competition.

Competition Repertoire

Category A

2nd round (12 competitors) Thu 26.9. Pyynikkisali

Snare drum:

One of the following pieces:

  • Masson: Prim
  • Gautheux: American Suite for snare drum (movements I, II and IV)
  • Benson: Three Dances for Snare Drum
  • Martynciow: Impressions for Snare Drum (movement I)
  • Martynciow: Tchik
  • Macarez: Etyde 15 (from Snare System vol. II)
  • Gerassimez: Asventuras
  • Ono: Clock Speed for Snare Drum
  • Wooton: Rudimental Clave for Snare Drum

and

Vibraphone:

A solo work for vibraphone of one’s own choice

Total duration of the music is a maximum of 15 minutes.

3rd round / Finale (6 competitors) Sat 28.9. Pyynikkisali

Marimba:

A work of one’s own choice

and

Multiple percussion:

One of the following pieces:

  • Xenakis: Rebonds A
  • Volans: Asanga
  • Vallejo: Tactus
  • Kitazume: Side by Side
  • Masson: Frum
  • Cangelosi: Sick 6erpent

Category B

Fri 27.9. Pyynikkisali:

1st round (12–14 competitors)

Snare drum:

One of the following pieces:

  • Campbell: Symphonic Dances for Solo Snare Drum (movements I and III)
  • Novotney: A Minute of News 3
  • Markovich: The Winner
  • Kotepztki: Suite for Snare (movements Prelude, Ground I and Ground II)
  • Delécluse: Test Claire
  • Gerassimez: Asventuras
  • Beck: Stuart`s System for Success
  • Martynciow: Truc á Trac

and

Vibraphone

A work for solo vibraphone of one’s own choice.

The max. duration of the music is 10 minutes.

2nd round / Finale (6 competitors) Sat 28.9. Pyynikkisali

Multiple percussion:

One of the following pieces:

  • Beck: West Side Impressions for percussion
  • Kraft: French Suite (movements I, III and IV)
  • Floyd: Chatterbox
  • Cangelosi: Einhejir
  • Cangelosi: Ogre Ballet
  • Kitazume: Side by Side
  • Masson: Frum
  • Hamilton: Funketyde
  • Goldenberg: Concert Etude
  • Goldenberg: Resonances

and

A work for solo marimba of one’s own choice.

The maximum duration of the music on the second round is max. 15 minutes.

Category C

Fri 27.9. Pyynikkisali

Three works of one’s own choice for the following instruments: marimba, vibraphone, snare drum, timpani, drum set and multiple percussion (in multiple instrument work performer must provide ones own instruments. They should be ready in stands to be carried with the assistant in a single delivery. The maximum duration of all the music is 10 minutes. The competitor can play only one piece on each instrument (an example: snare drum, timpani, marimba). No accompanied pieces nor pieces with background tape or other electronics.

Review Category

Sat 28.9. Pyynikkisali

A short chamber music performance without background tapes or other electronics.