Categories instrumental

During the next instrumental festivals (2019, 2021, 2023, ...), you can participate in the following categories: 

All ensembles bring along all other instruments and the musicians' desks. More info about the use of  instruments*.

(Pennant) Category A: Symphonic bands, fanfares, brass bands

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category A, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category A, the programme must have a duration of minimum 22 and maximum 25 minutes.

Criteria for the programme

  • A piece composed after 1970 by a composer from your own country of origin. A resume of the composer must be submitted as proof.
  • A piece composed by a - for your ensemble - foreign composer.
  • An original piece composed for the strength of the ensemble.
  • The widest possible stylistic diversity.
  • Pieces for solo-instruments with an orchestral accompaniment are not allowed. 

Conditions for participation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • The ensemble obtained a level comparable to WMC division II;
  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude during a previous festival edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result during other international festivals and/or competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 to 2 years old). This recording must:
    - consist of at least one complete work, free of choice ( may be different from the jury concert)
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
  • Orchestras related to a conservatory and/or an acadamy of arts/music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category. 

(Pennant) Category B: Jazz ensembles and big bands

(o.a. Small groups, Big bands, Dixieland Jazz Bands, New Orleans Jazz Bands, ...)

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category B, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category B, the programme must last minimum 22 to maximum 25 minutes. 

Criteria for the programme

  • A varied programme, preferably acoustic.
  • A 'standard' dated between 1930 and 1960 (not for big bands).
  • A periodic diversity with minimum 1 piece dated after 1980.
  • A stylistic diversity (blues, ballad, medium, up-tempo). 
  • Own compositions are possible and are even given preference. 
  • Improvisation is an important parameter anw will certainly be appreciated.  

Conditions for particpation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met: 

  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude at a previous EMJ edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result on other international festivals and/of competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 to 2 years old). This recording must:
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
    - consist of at least 1 complete work, free of choice (may be different from the jury concert).
  • Ensembles related to a conservatory and/or an acadamy of arts/music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category.  

(Pennant) Category C: Percussion ensembles

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category C, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category C, the programme must have a duration of minimum 22 and maximum 25 minutes.

Criteria for the programme

  • A original piece, composed for the strength of the ensemble.
  • The widest possible stylistic diversity. 
  • Pieces for solo-instruments with an orchestral accompaniment are not allowed. 

Conditions for participation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude during a previous festival edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result during other international festivals and/or competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 to 2 years old). This recording must:
    - consist of at least one complete work, free of choice (may be different from the jury concert)
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
  • Ensembles related to a conservatory and/or an acadamy of arts /music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category.  

(Pennant) Category D: Ensembles for chamber music

The occupation of the ensemble must follow next requirements: 
a. Instrumental chamber music, from duo to dixtuor (based on equality, no relationship soloist - accompaniment)
b. Mixed vocal-instrumental ensemble with a maximum of 4 singers (based on equality, no relationship soloist - accompaniment)

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category D, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category D, the programme must have a duration of minimum 22 and maximum 25 minutes.

Criteria for the programme

  • A piece composed by a composer from your own country of origin. A resume of the composer must be submitted as proof.
  • A piece composed by a - for the ensemble - foreign composer and, if applicable, sung in the original language. 
  • A stylistic diversity.
  • A periodic diversity with at least one piece dated after 1970.
  • Pieces for solo-instruments with an orchestral accompaniment are not allowed.  

Conditions for participation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude during a previous festival edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result during other international festivals and/or competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 to 2 years old). This recording must: 
    - consist of at least one complete work free of choice (may be different from the jury concert)
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
  • Ensembles related to a conservatory and/or academy of arts/music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category. 

(Pennant) Category E: Chamber orchestras, string orchestras and symphony orchestras

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category E, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category E, the programme must have a duration of minimum 22 and maximum 25 minutes.

Criteria for the programme

  • A piece composed by a - for the ensemble - foreign composer.
  • A piece, composed for the strength of the ensemble.
  • A stylistic diversity.
  • A periodic diversity with at least one piece dated after 1970.
  • If possible, a piece composed by a composer from your own country of origin. A resume of the composer must be submitted as proof.
  • Pieces for solo-instruments with an orchestral accompaniment are not allowed.  
  • Only 1 piece can be an arranged piece.  

Conditions for participation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude during a previous festival edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result during other international festivals and/or competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 tot 2 years old). This recording must:
    - consist of at least one complete work, free of choice (may be different from the jury concert)
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
  • Ensembles related to a conservatory and/or an acadamy of arts/music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category.  

(Pennant) Category F: Ensembles for free instrumentation, folk music and other instruments

The ensembles participating in this category must consist of at least 10 members. In case the number of members is less than 10, the ensemble must participate in category D, ensembles for chamber music (with an exception for the ensembles for folk music). 

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category F, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category F, the programme must have a duration of minimum 22 and maximum 25 minutes.

Criteria for the programme

  • A stylistic diversity. 
  • A piece composed by a - for the ensemble - foreign composer.
  • A piece composed by a composer from your own country of origin is advisable. A resume of the composer must be submitted as proof. 
  • A periodic diversity.

    Above conditions are not compulsory for ensembles for folk music. 

  • Pieces for solo-instruments with an orchestral accompaniment are not allowed (= applicable to all ensembles).  

Conditions for participation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude during a previous festival edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result during other international festivals and/or competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 to 2 years old). This recording must:
    - consist of at least one complete work, free of choice (may be different from the jury concert)
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
  • Ensembles related to a conservatory and/or academy of arts/music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category. 

(Pennant) Category G: Ensembles for ancient music

((i.e. music composed before 1750)

Conditions

At least following programme conditions have to be considered:

  • In category G, the programme must have a duration of minimum 18 and maximum 20 minutes.
  • In pennant category G, the programme must have a duration of minimum 22 and maximum 25 minutes.

Criteria for the programme

  • A piece composed by a - for the ensemble - foreign composer. 
  • Pieces for solo-instruments with an orchestral accompaniment are not allowed.  
  • A programme as diverse as possible. 

Conditions for participation in the pennant category

At least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • The ensemble gained minimum a 1st prize cum laude during a previous festival edition;
  • The ensemble gained a remarkable artistic result during other international festivals and/or competitions;
  • The ensemble can show a thorough artistic experience;
  • Sending in a recent DVD recording is obligated (max. 1 to 2 years old). This recording must: 
    - consist of at least one complete work, free of choice (may be different from the jury concert)
    - have a duration of at least 5 minutes
  • Ensembles related to a conservatory and/or acadamy of arts/music are automatically obliged to participate in the pennant category.