16th European Conductors Competition 2013, Oslo Norway
Conductors are invited to apply for a place in the 6
Competition, to be held in Oslo, Norway in 2013 as part of the 36
Brass Band Championships. The Competition will take place from 28
May 2013, and will consist of two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and a
final. The final will take place in Oslo’s main concert hall, Oslo Konserthus
(Oslo Concert hall), where the finalists will conduct one of Norway’s leading
There will be prizes of EUR 3’000, 2’000 and 1’000, as well as special awards
for the finalists. All competitors who reach the semi-final will receive a
Applicants must have been born on or after January 1
, 1978. For an
application form and further details, see the rules and regulations or please
European Brass Band Association, EBBA
Norges Musikkorps Forbund
boks 674, Sentrum
M: 47/90 65 60 89
E: firstname.lastname@example.org 2
Rules and regulations
Conductors who are native Europeans or resident in Europe are invited to compete in the 6th
European Conductors Competition organised by the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) from
Sunday 28th April until Thursday 2 May 2013 in Oslo, Norway.
The EBBA will be responsible for the planning and running of the competition and will set up the
Juries. The Juries will consist of musicians and conductors of prominent standing and will judge
under the set rules of the competition. The event will be organised together with the organisers of
European Brass Band Championships 2013 in Oslo.
Conditions of the competition
European Conductors Competition is open to all conductors of all European nationalities or
residents in Europe born on or after January 1
, 1978. No exception will be made. Winners of the
first prize at a previous European Conductors Competition (ECC) are not eligible in the same
For registration, please fill in:
http://www.ebbc2013.no/Registration+form.b7C_wZvKXp.ips after reading the rules
By submitting or filling in the entry form, the candidate accepts the conditions of the
– Official certification of the candidate’s age (copy of birth certificate or photocopy of the
– Recent portrait photographs
– Proof of payment of the registration fee must.
– A short video (of maximum 10 minutes in length) of the candidate working with/rehearsing
and conducting a band or orchestra, this to be supplied by a method agreed by EBBA.
The material should be placed in http://www.dropbox.com . Please create a folder named EBBA and your
name and invite email@example.com as collaborator to this folder. Or send as paper version to:
European Brass Band Association, EBBA
c/o Norges Musikkorps Forbund
M: 47/90 65 60 89
E: firstname.lastname@example.org 3
All materials must be submitted not later than 5
January 2013 by registered mail to the
4. The EBBA Music Commission will select the candidates by examining their curriculum vitae
and the candidate’s prepared video of themselves.
5. Candidates not selected for the competition will be notified within 30 days after the closing
date for applications.
6. The candidates should have some knowledge of the English language.
7. For the registration all applicants are required to pay an entry fee of EUR 75 by direct credit,
free of all bank charges for EBBA to the EBBA, IBAN BE97 2850 5087 8549 (BIC: GEBABEBB)
with the bank of Fortis Bank NV Grote Markt 30 B-Diksmuide – Belgium quoting “ECC Oslo 2013”,
at the latest by the 5
January, 2013 (payments by cheques are not accepted). The name of
the applicant must be given in full even if he/she does not pay the registration fee in person.
Candidates not accepted will receive a refund of EUR 55 (EUR 20 to cover administration
costs). Once a candidate is selected, there will be no refund of the registration fee under any
8. A draw will be made by the EBBA Music Commission to determine the order of the
competing conductors for the first round. Candidates who are late through their own fault
may be excluded from participation in the competition.
9. Travel, board and lodging expenses for candidates are on the participant’s accounts and
responsibility. The organisers offer low cost accommodation in different categories.
10. The EBBA is authorised to record acoustically and visually all concerts or events within the
period of the competition and to use these recordings to publicise the competition. The
organiser particularly reserves the right to authorise radio and TV stations to broadcast,
record and transmit all events of the competition and to permit the production and sale and
records and other sound carriers from performances of the competition. No claims for
reimbursement to the candidates will be considered. In submitting his/her application, the
candidate is deemed to have agreed to this.
Sequence of the events
11. The competition consists of three rounds and the final.
Round: Sunday 28 April Ridehuset – Oslo Brass Band
A maximum of 16 candidates will be selected by the EBBA Music Commission to compete in
the first round. Each candidate must nominate their preferred 1st and 2nd choices of
compositions for the 1
rounds from the choice of three pieces from Lists A and B;
this must be included on the entry form at the time of application.
The successful candidates for the 1st round will be advised which of their nominated pieces
they must prepare within 30 days of the closing date of the competition. The EBBA Music
Commission will make every effort to accommodate each candidate’s choice of pieces but
this cannot be guaranteed. Each candidate will be required to prepare and rehearse, and
then perform, a section of their choosing from the allocated piece during a 20 minute
rehearsal with the brass band. The object of the 1
round is to test the candidate’s baton
and rehearsal techniques, and his/her abilities to communicate both visually and verbally.
round is open to the public. A maximum of 10 candidates will be selected by the jury 4
for the 2
round. At the announcement of the results at the end of this round, a draw will
decide on the order of performance for the next round, and the successful candidates for
the 2st round will be advised which of their nominated pieces they must prepare.
Round: Monday 29 April Ridehuset – The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed
Forces (wind band)
Each candidate will be required to prepare and rehearse, and then perform, a section of
their choosing from the allocated piece during a 20 minute rehearsal with the wind band.
The object of the 2
round is to test the candidate’s baton and rehearsal techniques, and
his/her abilities to communicate both visually and verbally. The 2
round is open to the
public. A maximum of 6 candidates will be selected by the jury for the Semi-Final. At the
announcement of the results at the end of this round, a draw will decide on the order of
performance for the Semi-Final.
Semi-Final: Tuesday 30 April Norwegian Radio House, Oslo – Norwegian Radio
Following acceptance into this round, each candidate must nominate their preferred choice
of composition for this round from the three pieces at List C. The EBBA Music Commission
will decide at the end of the 2
round which work each candidate will conduct. Candidates
will rehearse their selected work for 15 minutes and then conduct a complete performance.
The object of this round is to test the candidate’s ability to create an authoritative
performance with a minimum of rehearsal time. The Semi-Final is open to the public. The
best 3 candidates will be chosen by the jury for the Final. At the announcement of the
results at the end of this round, a draw will decide on the work each candidate will conduct
and on the order of performance for the Final.
Final: Thursday 1 May, Oslo Concert Hall – Oslo Brass Band
Three Brass Band compositions will be performed in the Finals (see list D). All candidates are
advised to have studied the works named in list D. Finalists will be given 50 minutes to
rehearse their allotted piece. This session is not open to the public.
The three candidates will conduct their allotted piece at the Gala Concert of the Final of the
European Conductors Competition. This will form the late evening Thursday concert, known
as the Concert of the European Conductors Competition. The object of the Final is to find the
most promising European brass band conductor.
13. The jury consists of distinguished musicians and conductors from Europe. The names of the
jury members will be announced prior to the beginning of the competition. The candidates
will receive a jury report after each round.
14. The Jury will make its decisions according to the rules. The jury’s decision is final and no
appeal will be considered against the decision of the jury.
15. The following prizes can be awarded:
prize 3000 EUR
prize 2000 EUR
prize 1000 EUR 5
The prize-winners must receive their prizes personally. These will be presented at the
conclusion of the Final.
16. The winner of the 6
European Conductors Competition is awarded the title
“European Conductors Champion 2013”
17. The second and third prize winners are entitled to call themselves
“Prize winner of the European Conductors Competition 2013”
18. Promotion awards and special prizes may be awarded to the participants of the final.
19. Prize-winners and other participants of the semi-final and the final will receive diplomas.
European Brass Band Association
sig. Ulf Rosenberg sig. Berit Handegard
President EBBA General Secretary EBBA
List of repertoire for the rounds 6
List A – Preliminary I (brass band)
Journey into Freedom Eric Ball Boosey & Hawkes
Spectrum Gilbert Vinter Studio Music
Ballet for Band Joseph Horovitz R. Smith & Co.
List B – Preliminary II (wind band)
Fanfare og koral (Fanfare and Choral) Egil Hovland Norsk Musikkforlag
Danse Funambulesque Jules Strens Hafabra
Sinfonie für Blasorchester Jean Ballisat Editions Marc Reift
List C – Semi Final (symphonic orchestra)
Freischütz Ouvertüre Carl Maria von Weber Breitkopf
La Forza del Destino Guiseppe Verdi Ricordi
Flying Dutchman Overture Richard Wagner Schott
List D – Final (Brass Band)
Energy Robert Simpson Boosey & Hawkes
Dances and Arias Edward Gregson Novello
Contest Music Wilfred Heaton Boosey & Hawkes
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