Woodwind Rules
Revised September 24, 2017
Replaces all previous versions; In effect until replaced by a later version
  1. Every student must be sponsored annually by an individual teacher. Music schools may not be sponsors. The sponsoring teacher must either
    1. be a paid-up member of THE SCHUBERT CLUB of FAIRFIELD COUNTY, INC. as of the deadline for Festival applications, or
    2. submit a sponsoring teacher fee of $65 for fewer than 10 student applications on the Teacher Registration Form.
    3. submit a sponsoring teacher fee of $75 for 10 or more student applications on the Teacher Registration Form.
  2. The YMF is a non-profit, volunteer enterprise that relies on the active participation of all teachers involved.
Teachers entering students are encouraged to volunteer some time to serve as room monitors, day chairs or assistant day chairs.
  1. Entrants must be under 19 years of age as of June 1st of the Festival year.
  2. Entrants may participate up to and including the senior year of high school.
  1. The cost for a solo or concerto application is $20; for a duo/duet application, $40, and for a quartet, $50.
  2. An accompanist fee of $50 is added if you employ our accompanists. This fee includes a rehearsal and the festival performance.
  3. Fees are not refundable.
  4. Only one check will be accepted from each teacher for all students (regular or special request)
  5. All checks must be postmarked no later than March 10, 2018.
  1. Applications (and the appropriate fees) with special requests must be received not later than February 20, 2017. Incomplete applications will be returned. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify entrants for infractions of these rules.
  2. One application must be completed for each soloist and one for each ensemble of two or more performers.
  3. In a given year, entrants may enter only one class in any one event.
  4. Include one check or money order payable to The Schubert Club. Multiple checks from individual families will be returned.
  5. No exceptions will be allowed for late registration nor will changes be made after the registration deadline.
  1. Published scores of the required and choice pieces (not photocopies) must be provided for the judges. Permission must be sought from the publisher for music that is out of print, not just unavailable or temporarily out of stock.
  2. Each performer is encouraged to play one selection from the suggested current YMF Syllabus, and a contrasting piece of your choice. Separate Syllabi are available for woodwind and brass instruments.
  3. Entrants in all solo events are encouraged to perform two contrasting pieces: one from the Syllabus of suggested pieces and one contrasting selection that represents a comparable level of difficulty.
  4. Entrants in the concerto event are not required to play a choice piece. Only one movement of one concerto from the Syllabus of Required Pieces should be played.
  5. Entrants in all ensemble events are incouraged play a choice composition in addition to the required piece. The choice piece may be selected from the same collection or be composed by the same composer as the required piece.
  1. Teachers are asked to observe the following guidelines for time limits (combined required and choice compositions). If pieces are likely to exceed these limits (perhaps the required piece or concerto is a long one), please attach a note to the application for the Registrar.
    Moderately Difficult - Difficult 8 minutes
    Very Difficult - Musically Advanced 10 minutes
    Concerti 15 minutes
  2. Repeats should generally be omitted.
In unavoidable circumstances a teacher or other student may substitute for an ensemble player (with no score being awarded to that player).
Video taping will be allowed during Festival performances. Parents will be guided by the Room Monitors to set up equipment in advance of the class performances and to operate cameras from the back of the room to keep disruption at a minimum.
Entrants who receive a Gold rating should progress to a higher class in the following year except in the following cases:
  • A new required piece at the old level works best for that student.
  • The highest level class in an event may be entered repeatedly with a different required and choice piece
  • Concerto entrants may stay in the same category (see Special Rules for the Piano Concerto Event below).
Note that this rule also varies by festival.

  1. Each performance will receive a rating from the presiding judges: Gold (5 points), Blue (4 points) , Red (3 points), Green (2 points) or Yellow (1 point). A large certificate of the appropriate color will be issued to each Festival participant for each event entered. The number of consecutive Gold ratings earned will be noted on the Gold certificates. Points will be accumulated for each Instrument-Event. When 15 points have been earned the first Gold Cup will be awarded, pending points going toward a second cup, etc.
  2. Points in Senior Concerto classes are awarded on a different scale: Gold (8 points); Blue (7 points); Red (5 points), Green (3 points) or Yellow (1 point). A Gold Cup is awarded each time 15 points are accumulated. Second, third and fourth Gold Cups are successively larger.
  3. In ensemble events, points are awarded separately to each performer.
All points counted toward a Gold Cup must be earned in the same event, with one exception. High school seniors may aggregate points across performance events on a given instrument (i.e. Piano Solo, Piano Concerto and Piano Duet) and with composition
Woodwind & Brass Chairperson: Festival Registrar:
Moira Schur Craw
Marjie Brake
46 Glenarden Road
Trumbull, CT 06611
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