DIVISION OVERVIEW & REQUIREMENTS

The Generations in Jazz Festival Board each year collects comments and critiques from committee members, music directors, staff, students, adjudicators, volunteers and visitors to ensure we continue to improve the “Generations” experience. As a result and in response to feedback from participating schools, in 2017 we will see a number of new divisions and changes to division entry requirements.

The division overviews are defined as clearly as possible to be inclusive and allow all entries to perform in the most appropriate divisions.

In 2017 we will also see the introduction of a number of new divisions in both the Stage Band & Vocal Ensemble Awards and a new section of the weekend, the Jazz Combo Awards. Again the focus at Generations in Jazz is on being inclusive of all types of bands and ensembles and providing options for Music Directors to find the best fit for their ensemble. If you are unsure about where to place your  band or ensemble, please refer to the Division Overview and Requirements (links below) which clearly outlines the division definitions, band instrumentation, performance requirements, performance times and guides you to make the right choice.

Some of the criteria has changed, so please make sure read the supporting documents below so you can enter the most appropriate divisions. A Frequently Asked Questions page has also been added to the festival website which has been collated from the many questions asked of adjudicators, volunteers and committee members. It aims to assist Music Directors with answers to questions they may have about the event in general, registration process, stage band and vocal specific questions as well as questions you may have in the lead up to the festival. If you find you still have questions not listed please do not hesitate to contact us via email (admin@generationsinjazz.com.au) or phone (08) 8726 8144.

Stage Band Awards – Overview & Requirements – Click here to download

Vocal Ensemble Awards – Overview & Requirements – Click here to download

Small Jazz Combo Award – Overview & Requirements – Click Here To Download

 

STAGE BAND AWARDS – DIVISION STANDARDS

Division 1:

This division is intended for bands playing at the highest level of secondary school big bands. Bands should be comfortable with executing a very high level of stylistic interpretation, technique, and tone colour, with rhythm sections having an exceptional understanding and delivery of different feels and grooves. Bands should be performing professional level (Grade 5 and up) material. The set piece for Division 1 will be a professional chart, or of a professional standard.


 Division 2:

This division is for bands at an advanced level, or bands or who are transitioning from the intermediate level up to an advanced level. Bands should have a high level of understanding towards style and interpretation, and should be performing with good technique and definition of articulation. The set piece for Division 2 will be of a lower advanced to advanced level (grade 4, to 4 and a half).


  Division 3:

This division is for bands at an intermediate level. Bands should have a good level of understanding towards style and interpretation, and should be performing with sound technique and definition of articulation. The test piece for Division 3 will be of an intermediate level (grade 3, to 3 and a half).


 Division 4:

This division is for bands at an upper junior/lower intermediate level. Bands should have a good level of understanding towards style and interpretation, and should be performing with sound technique and definition of articulation within their chosen material. The test piece will be of an upper junior level (grade 2, to 2 and a half).


 Division 4+ Mixed Instrumentation: NEW IN 2017

A new division in the National Stage Band Awards Competition, Division 4+ (Mixed Instrumentation) is designed for mixed and or unusual instrumentation and for bands with severely reduced ensembles to be able to compete in an adjudicated division, on an even playing field.

This division is for bands at a upper junior/lower intermediate level, but who have unusual instrumentation, or very reduced or inflated line-ups. Bands should have a good level of understanding towards style and interpretation, and should be performing with sound technique and definition of articulation within their chosen material. The test piece will be of an upper junior level (grade 2, to 2 and a half).


 Division 5:

This Division is for young/junior ensembles, ensembles with usual instrumentation, ensembles with heavily reduced or inflated line-ups, or ensembles who simply want to perform in a non-competitive environment. Each ensemble will receive constructive comments and encouragements from an adjudicator, but will not be ranked in any order. The Set Piece for Division 5 will be of a junior level (grade 2 and lower), and will have optional instrumentation variations for schools with varied line-ups.


SMALL JAZZ COMBO AWARDS

This division is intended for small groups and combos with 4-9 members and is for groups playing small ensemble jazz, not big band material. Those entering this division will be required to play three pieces which must include one ballad and there is no set piece for this division.

This division is for small ensembles/jazz combos of all levels. 4 – 9 performers. This division is designed to provide an outlet for ensembles playing classic/modern small group jazz repertoire (eg: be-bob, hard-bop, cool jazz, trad jazz, fusion, etc…).


 VOCAL ENSEMBLE AWARDS – DIVISION STANDARDS

Division 1 (Large Ensemble):

This division is intended for experienced singers comfortable in close four-part vocal harmony and a relatively high level of jazz understanding and experience. They should be comfortable both performing a cappella and with a rhythm section. They are required to be able to execute the different rhythmic styles within the jazz genre (such as swing, Latin, and ballads) at an advanced level. Division 1 performers are expected to be able to connect with the audience in an authentic way to truly convey the message of a song.


Division 1 (Small Ensemble): NEW IN 2017

This division is intended for experienced singers comfortable in close four-part vocal harmony and a relatively high level of jazz understanding and experience. They should be comfortable both performing a cappella and with a rhythm section. They are required to be able to execute the different rhythmic styles within the jazz genre (such as swing, Latin, and ballads) at an advanced level. Division 1 performers are expected to be able to connect with the audience in an authentic way to truly convey the message of a song.

Designed as an elite division for groups consisting of 4, 5 or 6 singers, this division has been added to acknowledge the significant difference between one-voice-per-part singing and multi-voiced ensemble singing.

All groups made up of six or fewer vocalists in Division 1 are automatically placed in this new subdivision.


Division 2:

This division is intended for singers transitioning between the intermediate and experienced levels of jazz singing, who are becoming more comfortable with four-part harmony, in both the accompanied and a cappella realms. They should be developing a sound understanding of differing jazz styles, and an awareness of the communication aspect of performing.


Division 3:

This division is for ensembles who would like to stretch themselves beyond the beginner realm into the intermediate, and begin to immerse themselves more into jazz harmony. They should be able to sing in accompanied three-part harmony, and have some understanding of the different styles of jazz vocal performance.


Division 4:

This division is for ensembles and directors at the beginning of their jazz vocal ensemble journey. They need to be able to sing in accompanied two-part harmony, and will be exploring the jazz and jazz-based styles of singing.