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Orchestra/Band

Orchestra/Band (one entry per school)
Bands number 13 or more students. Bands will play two selections within 12 minutes total. Band music need not be memorized. Seventh and eighth grade students may compete. Bands may use a director.

General Rules for All Music Categories
1. Eligibility: students in grades 9-12 are eligible for all events. Students in grades 7-8 may participate in the orchestra/band and handbell categories.
2. Each category will have specific guidelines as to the number of students, number of selections, length of selections and eligible instruments. Please refer to the specific guidelines as you prepare. Exceptions to the printed guidelines should be addressed to the MACS music committee by the time of their January meeting.
3. Solos, ensembles, and large groups may be accompanied by piano. No other instrument may be used for accompaniment. Taped accompaniments of any sort are not allowed for festival use.
4. The accompanist must be provided by the participant and will not be considered part of the group in size determination. The accompanist may be an adult.
5. Each performer or group will provide one (1) copy of performance music to the judges at the performance time. These copies must have each measure clearly numbered. Full cores of ensembles and large groups should be provided; deviations from the printed score and personal arrangements should be clearly marked.
6. No participant will use photocopies of copyrighted music without written permission from the publisher. This includes accompanist and judges’ copies. Photocopies will be allowed only when written permission from the copyright owner is included with the judging form. This permission is often granted without charge for music festivals. Contestants who use unauthorized copies will not be allowed to perform.
7. All music used in the festival will be selected from the Recommended Repertoire List. Please see below for music selections guidelines.
8. Either the soloist, one member of a duet or small ensemble, or the director of a large ensemble group, or choir shall announce the name of the participant/group, the school, the title, and composer/arranger of this selection. Timing will then begin.
9. No participant or group will perform the same selection in two consecutive years.
10. The festival committee will provide practice rooms and a sign-up system for reservation. The festival committee will provide well-tuned studio pianos for vocal and instrument accompaniment. Grand pianos will be used for piano solo and duet categories. Microphones will not be used for any music category. It is expected that smaller groups and soloists will perform in rooms appropriately small for good performance and observation.
11. Failure to comply with MACS Festival rules will result in lowered ratings. In extreme cases, judges may disqualify participants with permission of the festival chair.
12. Individuals and groups who plan to compete at the AACS National Arts and Academic Competition are responsible to comply with national rules, some of which are different than state rules.

Music Guidelines
1. Selection Process
a. All music in the MACS State Festival will be selected from the Recommended Repertoire List.
b. Music which is not on the Recommended Repertoire List may be submitted to the MACS Music Committee for approval by the January date listed in the MACS calendar. Each piece submitted for approval to the committee should include two completed copies of the repertoire form.
c. Individuals or groups which submit music that is subsequently not approved will select music from the existing list or may submit a substitute piece for approval by January 15.
d. The Music Committee will be a five-member panel chosen by the MACS Arts and Academic Committee. The MACS Music Committee will consist of four members from different schools of the association and a fifth member independent of MACS. Music added to the Recommended Repertoire List will be added by a majority vote of the committee.

2. Guidelines for Selection of Music
The following will be used to evaluate music for the Recommended Repertoire List. These principles are set forth as a guide to selecting music for approval. It is realized that these guidelines are somewhat narrow in scope. Music which is appropriate in context of a particular school’s chapel or concert may not be appropriate for the MACS State Festival.

a. Lyrics
1. If it is a religious work, the lyrics must be theologically correct, proper for instruction, clearly phrased, and respectful of the dignity of God and the church. Participants should carefully avoid songs with trite messages or songs which project good morals without giving a clear gospel message.
2. If it is a secular work, lyrics must be consistent with the educational philosophy of MACS. The participant should carefully avoid songs of any era which contradict sound Bible teaching or include references to man-centered values.
3. If it is in a foreign language, the literal English translation should be made available to the MACS Music Committee.

b. Style of Music
1. Selections will be from religious, classical, or patriotic music. The term “classical” refers to serious concert music of any historical era, including folk songs and spirituals. Serious twentieth-century idioms are welcome, but not popular music or show tunes.
2. Music selected must be free of associations with ungodly lifestyles and ideals. Some idioms are too closely associated with immorality to be used in a Christian music festival setting. This includes rock and a variety of popular music genre. Even classical music will contain some material which is acceptable and some which should be avoided.
3. Songs on the Recommended Repertoire List should be well-written, showing a balance of melody, harmony, and rhythm. While rhythmic aspects will be of special concern, a piece of music may possess strongly marked rhythm without implying association with immoral idioms. In any case, the rhythm of the music should not be the dominant compositional technique.
4. Songs connected with the Christian Contemporary Music movement will pose special problems. It is recognized that the CCM movement has produced songs which may meet all of the other criteria given in this guide. Such songs may be disallowed if they have exclusive association with Christian performers of questionable testimony or standards of separation.
5. Hymns and gospel songs will form a major part of the Recommended Repertoire List. In festival catgeories where two selections are required, it is suggested that the participants present at least one “ministry”-type piece.
6. Hymns and gospel songs should be in the form of seriously-written musical arrangements. Simple hymnbook or chorus book accompaniments are not acceptable for soloists and groups;  full arrangements would be better given the nature of the music festival. Personal arrangements of an extended nature should be written and submitted in manuscript. Medleys are acceptable.
7. Finally, it must be realized that not all songs which fit into the context of a particular ministry will be appropriate for festival use. The purpose of the MACS Music Committee is only to select fitting music for our particular festival, not to pass judgment on any school’s institutional standards.

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