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a. Category I: Ages 12 - 15
b. Category II: Ages 15 – 18
c. Category III Group 1: Ages 6 – 12
d. Category III Group 2: Other than Category I, II and Group1
*Ages are determined as the age of the participant on the day of March 21, 2016.
*Some singers of ages 12-15 (Category I) and ages 15-18(Category II) can participate in Group 1, only if the number of ages 6-12 must be biggest compared to ages 12-15 and ages 15-18 respectively.
*The singers of ages 12-15 (Category I) and ages 15-18(Category II) must sing as a children’s choir, when in Group 1.
*Overseas choirs wil be asked to perform at the Welcome Party on March
21 and Workshop on March 22 in addirion to the Category Competition.
*Overseas choirs, who enter Category Ⅲ, Group 1 or 2, will receive financial assistance of Max JPY 7,000 per night for 3 nights from March 19 to March 21 for each choir member (up to 18 persons). Please reger to the section of Accommodation and Financial Assistance in the Competition Brochure.
2-16 (no fewer than 2 and no more than 16) and member changes for musical pieces will be approved only within the registered members.
a. There is no compulsory work in any category.
b. Performance time
Category competition : up to 10 minutes
Grand Champion Competition : up to 15 minutes
*Tuning musical instruments on stage is included in the performance time.
*Tuning on the wings is not allowed. Only on the stage or in the rehearsal rooms you can tune.
The instruments and style of accompaniment shall be up to each competing choir.
The following judges will evaluate the competition.
Peter Phillips (Conductor)
Keiichi Asai (Chorus Master)
Fumiya Amamori (Chorus Master)
Tadashi Isoyama (Musicologist)
Maki Ueda (Composer)
Hiroto Kiyohara (Chorus Master)
Masahiro Sato (Conductor)
Gold titled choirs (top 5 choirs) in each category shall proceed to the Grand Champion Competition on the last day.
At least one choir from either one group shall be qualified for the Grand Champion Competition as an extra Gold winner in Category III, even though they are not selected as top 5 choirs, provided, however, that the number of participating choirs in that group is no fewer than 6.
a. Category Competition
Gold (Top 5 choirs in each category)
Prize of Excellency
b. Grand Champion Competition
1st prize / JPY 500,000 / “Governor of Fukushima” Award
2nd prize / JPY 300,000 / “Mayor of Fukushima” Award
3rd prize / JPY 100,000 / “Superintendent of Education” Award
Other finalists JPY 30,000