Eligibility & Repertoire
Students shall not have reached their 19th birthday by April 1.
Exceptions: Organists shall not have reached their 22nd birthday.
Vocalists shall not have reached their 25th birthday.
A teacher should not present any students as one's own until after an enrollment of 6 months unless by consent of the former teacher.
Students may play more than one instrument but may appear only once on each instrument at any Branch or Regional Festival.
At the branch level, students may play any original music of J. S. Bach, transcriptions of Bach's music, or music of other Baroque composers. However, to be eligible to be considered among the 35% chosen at the Branch level to play in the Regional Festival, the following exceptions must be kept in mind:
(1) No music from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, Anh. 113-132
(2) No transcriptions other than those made by J. S. Bach himself from his own works
(3) No works by other Baroque composers
The above exceptions may be used at the Branch level. They are unacceptable only for the Regional Festival.
There is a performance time limit of 5 minutes at the branch and regional level. Students who exceed the time limit will be asked to stop their performance, but this will not affect the adjudication in any way. There is no time limit at the Complete Works Audition.
Please refer to the Complete Works Audition Official List below for repertoire acceptable for the Complete Works Audition. Music need not be limited to this list in order to be eligible for Regional Festival. The only exceptions for Regional are outlined above. Music from the current Official List is required only at the Complete Works Audition. Multiple pieces must be from the same work or as categorized on the CWA list.
Complete Works Audition Official List - Includes category listings for all instruments. Note that the repertoire rotates based on a 3- year cycle. Please select repertoire from the appropriate year for CWA eligibility.
Thematic Index - lists themes and BWV/Anhang numbers for: Short Preludes and Fugues (eligible for the Complete Works Audition)
Miscellaneous works (eligible for Regional Festivals)
Anna Magdalena Notebook (eligible for Branch Festivals)
***Please carefully read the CURRENT RULES as outlined by the Southern California Junior Bach Festival. It is the duty of the teachers to make sure they and their students understand and abide by the rules. Please contact Sylvia Park, Chairperson, with any questions.