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DATES & LOGISTICS:  information for performers, parents and teachers

Important Dates 

April 1st and 2nd, 2017 are the dates for the 26th Annual Walter Engel Festival of Young Performers:  Concerts are at 1:30 and 4:30 on each day .

Please scroll down for information on the music, accompanists, rehearsals, concert attire, and more items that may be of interest to the performers and their parents and teachers. You may print a copy for yourself.  

1.      The music:  All solos must be memorized.  Instrumental ensembles of three or more players, may use printed music.  (Piano duos may also use music.) 
It is important that the duration of the piece be no longer than 5 minutes.  Repeats should not be taken, and musicians who are playing a sonata, sonatina or other piece with multiple movements should play only one movement.

 2.      Accompanists:  All vocal and instrumental solos must be accompanied, as must any ensemble piece that is written with an accompaniment.  Pieces that are written expressly for an unaccompanied instrument are the only exception to this rule. 

Performers must provide their own accompanists.  FYP can help you find one, but you must make your own arrangements to rehearse ahead of time, and you must make sure the accompanist is available for your rehearsal and performance dates and times. 

 3.      Special needs:  Musicians who have special needs for the performance (music stands, specially-sized chairs, etc.) should contact FYP ahead of time.

 4.      The rehearsals:  Eight hours are set aside for rehearsals, four on the Thursday night and four on the Friday night preceding the festival concerts.  Each performer is assigned to one of those hours, along with 12-15 other performers, and has the opportunity to run through their piece one time.  Performers are expected to attend the rehearsal to which they are assigned and must contact us if they have an unavoidable conflict and need to be re-assigned.

5.      Concert attire:  At the concerts, performers are expected to be dressed in semi-formal attire.  Each young woman should wear a dress or skirt, knee length or longer. (If she plays an instrument that makes performing in a skirt impractical (e.g., the cello), she may wear dressy pants.)  Tops may be dressy blouses or jackets, but no t-shirts or casual sweaters.  For the young men, suits or dress pants with shirt and tie are expected.  Please wear dress shoes (no sneakers, flip-flops, sandals, or other casual shoes).

6.      When to arrive and how long to stay:  Performers should arrive 30 minutes before the start of their assigned concert.  

         Concerts usually last an hour and a half to two hours, including one intermission and the presentation of certificates at the end.  Performers are expected to stay to the end of their particular concert.  

7.      Admission:  Admission to the concerts is FREE.  FYP is delighted, however, to accept donations, and a basket is passed at intermission time for that purpose.   FYP is run by volunteers, and our concert and scholarship expenses are met entirely by application fees and donations – mostly donations.

8.      DVD recording:  Each concert will be recorded and made available for purchase on DVD.   Orders for DVDs will be taken on the day of the concert.

9.      Receptions:  There is a reception following each concert.  Please bring a plate of cookies or other finger-food to share at the reception.  FYP furnishes beverages.

10.    Directions:  The Unitarian Society is at 113 Cottage Place in Ridgewood, NJ.   Please click on contacts and driving directions for more information.   

11.    Parking can be difficult in the area around the Unitarian Society.  Please be careful not to leave your car in a no-parking zone, and allow some extra time in case you have to park a block or two away.  Most metered parking spaces in Ridgewood have a two-hour maximum (though some are longer and a few are shorter), and the rate is 25 cents per half hour.