Piano Frequently Asked Questions
Handy Hints for Your First Time in an Eisteddfod
If you are a student learning piano then entering an Eisteddfod is an excellent thing to do, because it is run by friendly volunteers who want to help you to enjoy your music and gain confidence playing in front of people. It is a good idea to enter two sections, if your teacher agrees, so that you have two chances to play. The second time you will feel more relaxed. You can play from memory or use the music. You don't have to buy any special clothes to perform, just dress neatly.
The Adjudicator will be encouraging and helpful with advice. They will write you a “crit” with some suggestions to help you improve your performance, so be sure to collect it at the registration table after your section is finished. If you cannot wait, you can leave a stamped self-addressed envelope or leave your name and address and $1-00 at the registration table and your crit. will be posted to you.
The piano section gives you a large choice of age groups so that you are performing with other students the same age as yourself. You are also welcome to perform in an older age group if you feel you are experienced enough to compete against older performers.
How to Enter
You can enter via our online entry and credit payment system at http://www.stardom.com.au or you can download an entry form if you prefer. Entry form not required if you are entering via GENI. You can post the completed entry form to the address shown on the Sections & Schedule page with your cheque made out to ‘Eisteddfod by the Bay Inc.’ OR you can pay direct to our Bendigo Bank Account: Eisteddfod by the Bay Inc. BSB 633 000 A/C 145 212 387 Reference Piano/Name. Full payment details are on the Sections & Schedule page. All Bendigo Bank branches will also accept cash payments to our account at no charge. Full payment details are in the schedule. If you have any questions, our Pianoforte Convenor will be happy to help you. You can ring Sue on 9589 4113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading Up to the Eisteddfod
A few weeks after the closing date of the piano section, the Convenor will decide on the program and send you a timetable. The timetable will tell you everything you need to know about when and where you will play and give you some other information such as parking details. If you have ordered a pre-posted programme, that will be posted to you a couple of weeks after the timetable.
What time will my particular section(s) start?
Your timetable will give you an approximate time as a guide, but it is not possible to give an exact starting time for each section. This is due to unknown factors, such as the number of absences on the day, delays, etc. It is always better to arrive well before your section, so you have plenty of time to register and prepare. The convenor will try to keep to the timetable, but you should be aware that sections can be running over time, this is beyond our control.
On the Day – remember the adjudicator must have a copy of your music
When you enter the venue where the Eisteddfod is being held, you will see a registration table with some helpers sitting at it. They will ask you your name and take the photocopy (you have brought with you) of the music you are going to play. This is for the Adjudicator. You will need also to show the original of the music you are performing, in compliance with Copyright Law (see the Entry page for important information about your copyright obligations). You do have the option of giving the original of the music to the adjudicator if you are not using it yourself, but is always wise to have a photocopy with you as well. If you have a family member or friend with you, they may buy a ticket to go into the theatre to hear you play. The ticket lasts all morning or all afternoon or they can purchase a special all day ticket if you are performing in a number of sections on the day. You can stay and listen to other students as long as you like.
Enjoy your performance on the day, we are very happy to help you with any queries either on the day or beforehand