Instruments & Repertoire

Chamber music is classical music played by a small group of musicians. For this championship, your chamber group can vary in size from 3 to 8 players, with each musician singing or playing one instrument for each part of music that is written with no conductor, or adult accompanist. Learn more about chamber music on this page, and read this brief history of chamber music from Wikipedia.

If you have group lessons on your instrument, then you have a ready-made chamber ensemble right there!

Our definition of classical music is reasonably broad, but we do not allow classical versions of pop, rock, or jazz style pieces. If you’re in any doubt as to whether your chosen piece fits the guidelines, please contact us and we’ll let you know!

Yes! We welcome entries from groups playing all kinds of instruments and groups with singers. As long as there’s only one player per part, your group has 3-8 players, no conductor, and you’re playing classical music (i.e. not jazz, pop or rock), we’d love for you to enter!

That’s a great song by Adele, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit the repertoire guidelines.

Have a chat to your teacher/tutor, or browse through our repertoire resource section, and you should find lots of suitable music to perform. Remember, you don't have to play the most difficult piece of music you can find, choose a piece of music that you enjoy and that your group can play well together.

No cuts to music are allowed, except in exceptional circumstances.

Written approval must be obtained from Championship Management prior to entry. Send us an email if you have any concerns: championship@musicaviva.com.au 

Not at all, you may perform as many or as few repeats as you wish. Use your good judgement in deciding which repeats to perform, and ensure that your performance still fits within the required time limit of 4-12 minutes, or 1-5 minutes for the Novice Category.

Yes, you can write your own piece of music, or arrange an existing piece of music to suit your group. It will need to fit within the championship guidelines and your group will need to notate it and provide sheet music for the piece if you are a finalist.

For the main Strike A Chord competition, we do require a single piece longer than 4 minutes.

However, this year we also have a Novice Category! This category is for groups with players of skill levels up to AMEB grade 4, and only requires entries between 1 and 5 minutes long. Find out more about the Novice Category here.

Group Personnel

All performers must be enrolled in a full-time Australian primary or secondary school program (or home-school equivalent) as of 15 August 2021.

Primary school students are permitted to enter, provided at least 50% of the group are secondary school students.

Yes, you can, however, you cannot compete in more than two groups.

Yes, absolutely! There are no restrictions on where each member of your group goes to school or in what year level (as long as at least 50% are in secondary school).

Definitely, we’d love to have your entry.

No. Pianos are permitted as part of a chamber group (e.g. a piano trio of violin/cello/piano, or 2 pianos/4 hands), however must be performed by an eligible student.

Works for solo instrument/voice and piano accompaniment are also not permitted as they don’t meet the minimum requirement of three players.

How to Enter

The cost to enter Strike A Chord in 2021 is $10 per participant. So for a quartet, that would be a total of $40.

No, anyone over the age of 18 years old can register your group. This can be a parent or guardian, school teacher or music teacher.

The person entering your group will be the main contact person throughout the competition, and they will need to make sure that each member of the group who is under 18 has permission from a parent or guardian to enter the championship, and has consent to be filmed.

THINGS TO KNOW

  • You’ll need a teacher, parent or guardian over 18 years old to submit the application on the group’s behalf

  • Provide names, instruments, schools and year levels of each person in your group

  • Provide information about the piece you’re playing including the title, composer and duration. Please include movement/s where appropriate.

  • Include a URL link to your performance footage and pdf files (more info below)

HOW TO SEND US YOUR FILES

We ask that applicants upload all of their videos and accompanying files to a file sharing platform of your choice and provide us with the URL link in the entry form. 

You will need to upload the following files and copy the URL to put in your application:

  • Your performance video (max 15 minutes) in a .mp4 or .mov video format (videos files from your iPhone are in .mov)

  • Your introduction video (max 3 minutes)  in a .mp4 or .mov video format

  • A scanned copy of your sheet music - If you are having any difficulties with this, please contact us via email


It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the files are uploaded onto a file sharing platform and that the files are viewable for the judges and are not restricted or on private permissions for your entry to be eligible. 

We recommend the following easy to use file sharing websites:

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Please ensure you have read the rules and regulations and meet the entry requirements. If you have any questions or are not sure about something please send us an email championship@musicaviva.com.au

Recording

We understand that not everyone will have access to high-quality video/audio recording equipment. Videos may be recorded with any device, including a smartphone, video camera, etc. The quality of the video recording won’t unduly influence the decision of the judging panel but groups are encouraged to test recorded sound quality in advance of the performance and make reasonable adjustments where necessary (eg. microphone placement) so that the judging panel can hear the group at its best.

If you have a question that’s not covered here, please email us at championship@musicaviva.com.au and we’ll be happy to help.

Yes, your performance video must be in a single take, no editing.

It is up to you whether you would like to have an audience - sometimes it helps to feel like a proper concert! - and they don’t need to be in the video. If you do have an audience, make sure your camera is set up to get the best video and audio recording you can.