Macao Youth Music Competition will be held from May 1 to 9. People interested in
participating in this competition may register between March 1 and 7.
As the organiser has implemented new arrangements
for the competition since last year's programme, now there will be music for
string, wind and percussion instruments, Chinese music and vocal groups.
The Macao Youth Music Competition is organised
annually by the Cultural Institute. The purpose of the competition is to promote
the development of local music, enhance artists' refinement and the performing
standard of young people.
During the past 21 years this competition has given
young people a precious arena to provide a learning opportunity and to gain
experience. It has had a positive effect in improving the music standard of the
youth of Macao.
The organiser has made some changes to the format
of the Macao Youth Competition in 2003, separating piano music from Western
musical instruments and vocal groups, and establishing a biennial competition
for other categories.
Piano music was featured in the 21st Macao Youth
Music Competition in 2003. This year the competition will feature Chinese music,
Western musical instruments and vocal groups.
Renowned professors from music academies from the
Mainland and Hong Kong will be invited to serve on the judging panel in an
attempt to raise the performing standards of the participants. Two or three
judges will be assigned to each category and group.
In order to enable participants to focus solely on
the competition, this year's event has been organised to be held in early May so
as to avoid a conflict with school examinations, which are usually held at the
end of May and early June.
The organiser will continue to present the
"Cultural Institute Award" and "Potential Award". These awards provide young
people with an opportunity for short-term or long-term study overseas.
It will hold a series of workshops for the public,
on musical instruments and vocal performances, from the middle of March to late
Macau and overseas performers and vocalists will
host the workshops. Speakers will explain the characteristics of the competition
programme, performing style and techniques, and will analyse pieces of music.
It is hoped that through these workshops
participants will make significant gains in honing their performing abilities.
Dates and registration for these workshops will be announced at a later date.