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Accordion Competition - Competition Categories

The Australian Accordion Teachers Championships and International Festival offer six performance categories: International Open Accordion Championship, International Competition for Ensemble Music,  International Pacific Piano Accordion Championship, Australian Championship, Standard, Qualified.

Please note that all entrants/performers in the Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival MUST be current financial members of the AATA. The membership fees are as follows:

Associate Membership                                                  $10

Ordinary Membership                                                   $20

Full Membership                                                          $40

Family Membership                                                      $60

Please note, competitors must bring proof of identification on the day of the competition e.g. passport, birth certificate, identity card.

International Competition Classes

All times listed are maximum playing times. Please ensure, you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

Kindly note that the Australian Accordion Teachers Association regards competitors as representing the country that they are residing in regardless of residency status in foreign countries.  

Australian International Solo Championships
(From any nation or territory)

These classes are open to contestants from any country playing accordion. All place getters of International Championship classes are presented with certificates (to be sent via email if competing online or given in person when competing face to face).

Winners competing in person only will receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year’s competition.

Winners competing in person wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

AI 12 

Australian International, 12 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer but with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.  Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

AI 14

Australian International Youth Concert Artist, 14 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer. 1 must be a baroque work and 1 MUST be originally written for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 12 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

AI 15

Australian International, 15 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 8 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

AI JVE

Australian International Junior Virtuoso Entertainment,18 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. 1 must be an arrangement of a work NOT originally composed for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 12 minutes playing time.

AU$60.00

AI JCA

Australian International Junior Concert Artist, 18 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 3 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer but with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. 1 must be a baroque work and 1 MUST be originally written for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$65.00

AI SVE

Australian International Senior Virtuoso Entertainment, 32 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 4 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer. 1 must be an arrangement of a work NOT originally composed for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 18 minutes playing time.

AU$70.00

AI C

Australian International Champion, 32 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 3 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer. 1 must be a baroque work and 1 MUST be originally written for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.

Minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

AU$70.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Australian International Duet and Ensemble Championships
(From any nation or territory)

These classes are open to contestants from any country playing accordion. All place getters of International Championship classes are presented with certificates (to be sent via email if competing online or given in person when competing face to face).

Winners competing in person only will receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year’s competition.

Winners competing in person wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Kindly note, Duets, Trios and Ensembles MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE ACCORDION – (ie: Duets and Ensembles can include 2 (or more) accordions OR 1 accordion and other instrument(s)).

Duet

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

IDuet 8 

International Duet, 8 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

IDuet 10 

International Duet, 10 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

IDuet 12 

International Duet, 12 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

IDuet 15 

International Duet, 15 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 5 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

IDuet Open

International Duet, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 7 minutes playing time.

AU$60.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Trio/Ensemble

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

IT/E 12 

International Trio/Ensemble, 12 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00

IT/E 15 

International Trio/Ensemble, 15 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00

IT/E Open

International Trio/Ensemble, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$70.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Specialist Genre Categories Championships
(From any nation or territory including Australia)

These classes are open to contestants from any country playing accordion. All place getters of International Championship classes are presented with certificates (to be sent via email if competing online or given in person when competing face to face).

Winners competing in person only will receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year’s competition.

Winners competing in person wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Light Classical
(Transcription of a work written before 1900)

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

LC 8

Light Classical, 8 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

LC 10 

Light Classical, 10 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

LC 12 

Light Classical, 12 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

LC 14 

Light Classical, 14 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

LC 16 

Light Classical, 16 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

LC Open

Light Classical, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 5 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Entertainment
(Music with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL)

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

EN 8 

Entertainment, 8 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

EN 10 

Entertainment, 10 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

EN 12 

Entertainment, 12 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

EN 14 

Entertainment, 14 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

EN 16 

Entertainment, 16 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

EN Open

Entertainment, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 5 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Jazz

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

J 8 

Jazz, 8 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

J 10 

Jazz, 10 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

J 12 

Jazz, 12 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

J 14 

Jazz, 14 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

J 16 

Jazz, 16 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

J Open

Jazz, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 5 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Ethnic

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

ET 8

Ethnic, 8 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

ET 10 

Ethnic, 10 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

ET 12 

Ethnic, 12 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

ET 14 

Ethnic, 14 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

ET 16 

Ethnic, 16 years and under

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

ET Open

Ethnic, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 5 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Australian Competition Classes

All times listed are maximum playing times. Please ensure, you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

Australian National Solo Championships

(Competitors must be a resident in Australia)

These classes are open to contestants from Australian residents playing accordion. All place getters of Australian Championship classes are presented with certificates (to be sent via email if competing online or given in person when competing face to face).

Winners competing in person only will receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year’s competition.

Winners competing in person wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

AN 6 

Australian National, 6 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.  Maximum 2 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

AN 8 

Australian National, 8 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.  Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$25.00

AN 10 

Australian National, 10 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.  Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

AN 12 

Australian National, 12 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer but with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.  Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

AN 14

Australian National Youth Concert Artist, 14 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer. 1 must be a baroque work and 1 MUST be originally written for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 12 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

AN 15

Australian National, 15 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 8 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

AN JVE

Australian National Junior Virtuoso Entertainment,18 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. 1 must be an arrangement of a work NOT originally composed for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 12 minutes playing time.

AU$60.00

AN JCA

Australian National Junior Concert Artist, 18 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 3 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer but with GENERAL AUDIENCE APPEAL. 1 must be a baroque work and 1 MUST be originally written for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$65.00

AN SVE

Australian National Senior Virtuoso Entertainment, 32 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 4 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer. 1 must be an arrangement of a work NOT originally composed for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 18 minutes playing time.

AU$70.00

AN C

Australian National Champion, 32 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 3 pieces of contrasting style and character and composer. 1 must be a baroque work and 1 MUST be originally written for accordion. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.

Minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

AU$70.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Australian National Duet and Ensemble Championships

(Competitors must be a resident in Australia)

These classes are open to contestants from Australian residents playing accordion. All place getters of Australian Championship classes are presented with certificates (to be sent via email if competing online or given in person when competing face to face).

Winners competing in person only will receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year’s competition.

Winners competing in person wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Kindly note, Duets, Trios and Ensembles MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE ACCORDION – (ie: Duets and Ensembles can include 2 (or more) accordions OR 1 accordion and other instrument(s)).

Duet

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

ADuet 8 

Australian National Duet, 8 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

ADuet 10 

Australian National Duet, 10 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00

ADuet 12 

Australian National Duet, 12 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

ADuet 15 

Australian National Duet, 15 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 5 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00

ADuet Open

Australian National Duet, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 7 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.

Trio/Ensemble

No
Class/Age, Music Requirements
Entry Fee

AT/E 12 

Australian National Trio/Ensemble, 12 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 4 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00

AT/E 15 

Australian National Trio/Ensemble, 15 years and under

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 6 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00

AT/E Open

Australian National Trio/Ensemble, Open

Open to competitors of all ages.

Own choice programme consisting of 2 pieces of contrasting styles and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$70.00

NOTE – Australian residents who enter an Australian National category with an equivalent International category will automatically be entered into both.


International Competition Classes

All times listed are maximum playing times. Please ensure, you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

Australian International Solo Championships

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
AI 12 Australian International, 12 years and under AU$30.00
AI 14 Australian International Youth Concert Artist, 14 years and under AU$40.00
AI 15 Australian International, 15 years and under AU$40.00
AI C Australian International Champion, 32 years and under AU$70.00
AI JCA Australian International Junior Concert Artist, 18 years and under AU$65.00
AI JVE Australian International Junior Virtuoso Entertainment,18 years and under AU$60.00
AI SVE Australian International Senior Virtuoso Entertainment, 32 years and under AU$70.00

Australian International Duet Championships

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IDuet 10 International Duet, 10 years and under AU$30.00
IDuet 12 International Duet, 12 years and under AU$40.00
IDuet 15 International Duet, 15 years and under AU$40.00
IDuet 8 International Duet, 8 years and under AU$30.00
IDuet Open International Duet, Open AU$60.00

Australian International Trio/Ensemble Championships

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IT/E 12 International Trio/Ensemble, 12 years and under AU$50.00
IT/E 15 International Trio/Ensemble, 15 years and under AU$50.00
IT/E Open International Trio/Ensemble, Open AU$70.00

Specialist Genre Championships - Light Classical

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
LC 10 Light Classical, 10 years and under AU$25.00
LC 12 Light Classical, 12 years and under AU$30.00
LC 14 Light Classical, 14 years and under AU$30.00
LC 16 Light Classical, 16 years and under AU$40.00
LC 8 Light Classical, 8 years and under AU$25.00
LC Open Light Classical, Open AU$40.00

Specialist Genre Championships - Entertainment

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
EN 10 Entertainment, 10 years and under AU$25.00
EN 12 Entertainment, 12 years and under AU$30.00
EN 14 Entertainment, 14 years and under AU$30.00
EN 16 Entertainment, 14 years and under AU$40.00
EN 8 Entertainment, 8 years and under AU$25.00
EN Open Entertainment, Open AU$40.00

Specialist Genre Championships - Jazz

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
J 10 Jazz, 10 years and under AU$25.00
J 12 Jazz, 12 years and under AU$30.00
J 14 Jazz, 14 years and under AU$30.00
J 16 Jazz, 14 years and under AU$40.00
J 8 Jazz, 8 years and under AU$25.00
J Open Jazz, Open AU$40.00

Specialist Genre Championships - Ethnic

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
ET 10 Ethnic, 10 years and under AU$25.00
ET 12 Ethnic, 12 years and under AU$30.00
ET 14 Ethnic, 14 years and under AU$30.00
ET 16 Ethnic, 14 years and under AU$40.00
ET 8 Ethnic, 8 years and under AU$25.00
ET Open Ethnic, Open AU$40.00

Australian Competition Classes

Australian National Solo Championships

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
AN 10 Australian National, 10 years and under AU$30.00
AN 12 Australian National, 12 years and under AU$30.00
AN 14 Australian National Youth Concert Artist, 14 years and under AU$40.00
AN 15 Australian National, 15 years and under AU$40.00
AN 6 Australian National, 6 years and under AU$25.00
AN 8 Australian National, 8 years and under AU$25.00
AN C Australian National Champion, 32 years and under AU$70.00
AN JCA Australian National Junior Concert Artist, 18 years and under AU$65.00
AN JVE Australian National Junior Virtuoso Entertainment, 18 years and under AU$60.00
AN SVE Australian National Senior Virtuoso Entertainment, 32 years and under AU$70.00

Australian National Duet Championships

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
ADuet 10 Australian Duet, 10 years and under AU$30.00
ADuet 12 Australian Duet, 12 years and under AU$40.00
ADuet 15 Australian Duet, 15 years and under AU$40.00
ADuet 8 Australian Duet, 8 years and under AU$30.00
ADuet Open Australian Duet, Open AU$60.00

Australian National Trio/Ensemble Championships

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
AT/E 12 Australian Trio/Ensemble, 12 years and under AU$50.00
AT/E 15 Australian Trio/Ensemble, 15 years and under AU$50.00
AT/E Open Australian Trio/Ensemble, Open AU$70.00

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