News and Updates

 

What's new for 2018

 

Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

 

Houstonfest Scholarships

 

Scholarships at State

 

Tips for Pair Discussion

 

Arrival at Hogg Middle School

 

Bubble Soccer

 

Lunch options

 

Plays will be performed at Houstonfest

 

Daily log of changes to state-qualifier list

 

Photo Gallery 2014

 

Important Dates

 

Wed., Jan. 17, 2018:  Regular deadline to submit registration spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have to be mailed until 1/24).

 

Wed., Jan. 24, 2018:  Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.

 

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 Proof sheet of entries sent to teachers for final verification and changes.

 

Tue, Jan. 30, 2018 Research Papers due to David Kniess by 11:59 p.m.

 

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. Deadline to submit changes (adds, drops, substitutions).  After this point, no more additions or substitutions will be allowed in individual events.  Substitutions in group events may continue in emergency situations.

 

Thur., Feb. 1, 2018: Videos due to Mark Johnson by 6:00 p.m.

 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 Houstonfest !

 

Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student.  Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student.  Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

 

Fri, Feb. 16, 2018 State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

 

Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos.

 

Sat., Mar. 3, 2018 Houstonfest Scholarship applications due.

 

Fri., Mar. 9, 2018 Gail Cope Scholarship applications due.

Rules:  Music Events

 

General rules for all music events:

  • It is not allowed for any contestant to perform any piece which he/she has performed in any previous year in Chorus, Classical Ensemble, Contemporary Music, or Vocal Solo. (This rule does not apply to Folk Dance or Polka Band.)  For example:  If your chorus performed "Der Tanz" by Schubert in 2017, you may not use "Der Tanz" for Chorus in 2018 or 2019 unless the members of the group are 100% different in the subsequent years. The spirit of this rule is that students should be challenged to work with different material from one year to the next.

  • Failure to provide at least 2 copies of the piece to the judges will result in a 10-point deduction from the cumulative score.

Chorus:

Entry Limit:  1 chorus per school:  4-12 singers.

Time Limits:  5-10 minutes, with a 30-second grace period (over or under).

The piece(s) must be by German-speaking composers and be recognized works of music. Song(s) must be classical and/or folk. A performance may consist of one song or a medley of songs and singers may use pantomime and choral reading to enhance their production. Song(s) must be sung in German and must be memorized. Groups are responsible for their own accompaniment, whether recorded or live, or may sing a cappella. No instruments or audio-players will be provided at the contest site. Two copies of the sheet music (notes and lyrics) must be provided for the judges. Download critique sheet.

 

Classical Ensemble:

Entry Limit:  1 ensemble per school:  3-6 musicians; 1 member may be a student who has never been enrolled in German.

Time Limits:  5-10 minutes, with a 30-second grace period (over or under).

The piece(s) must be by a German-speaking composer and be a recognized work of music, e.g., Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss, Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn. Music must be classical and groups may do medleys of songs. No electric instruments, other than one electric keyboard, are allowed. No music stands will be provided at the contest site. Attire is part of the judging criteria. If a non-German student is included in the ensemble, this information must be given to the judges. Two copies of the sheet music must be provided for the judges. Download critique sheet.

 

Contemporary Music:

Entry Limit:  1 entry per school: 1-4 musicians (vocalists and/or instrumentalists, but no advantaged speakers as vocalists).

Time Limits:  2-4 minutes, with a 30-second grace period (over or under); contestants must be able to set up and break down in a total of 5 minutes (in addition to the actual performance time).

One piece is to be sung from a contemporary (post-World War II) German-speaking musical artist or group, which may include rap (must be school appropriate). Lyrics must be predominantly sung in the German language and be memorized. Contestants may sing a cappella, with pre-recorded accompaniment, or with one or more group members playing instruments live (acoustic or electric). However, no playback devices, microphones, speakers, or instruments will be provided at the contest site; contestants are responsible for providing their own equipment and instruments. Two copies of the lyrics must be provided for the judges. Download critique sheet.

 

Folk Dance - Einzeltanz (Couple Folk Dance):

Schools may enter both the Einzeltanz and group competitions, the Einzeltanz competition only, or the group competition only. If a school enters both competitions, the dancers in the Einzeltanz competition may be, but do not have to be, in the group entered in the group competition.

Entry Limit:  1 couple per school.

Costumes (Tracht):

Boy:  black shoes; white, black, or gray knee socks; leather pants (Lederhose) with suspenders (or reasonable approximation such as dark shorts); button-down shirt (not T-shirt or polo shirt).

Girl:  black shoes, white stockings or tights, Dirndl (or reasonable approximation such as a dress or skirt of roughly knee-length), blouse, and apron.

Hats are optional.

For 2018, the required dance for Einzeltanz will continue to be the Heidauer Plattler, as it has been the past few years. However, we expect to install a four-year rotation of dances by introducing different (non-Plattler) dances in 2019, 2020, 2021. The specific rules may change each year depending on what the designated dance is.

The following rules fit the Heidauer Plattler and apply for 2018:  All couples dance the same dance, which will be posted on the website by early fall of each school year. Couples DO NOT need to provide dance notes or music, as judges will already have dance notes. The same recording from the website will be provided at contest. Only one couple will dance at a time, and the boy and girl will be judged/critiqued separately, i.e., one or more judges will judge the boy, and one or more different judges will judge the girl. The boy's points and the girl's points will then be added together to obtain the final score for the couple. See the critique sheet for the specific judging criteria. The dance will take place inside a four-meter circle marked on the floor, with an X marked in the middle. At least one Hochsprung with Bodenfigur (down position) is encouraged. After being introduced, the couple will walk to the middle of the circle. The boy will be asked “(Name), are you ready?”  When he replies yes, the music will begin. If necessary, the couple may start over once during the Eingangsplattler. The boy should indicate this by stepping outside the circle.

Download critique sheet.

Download dance instructions.

For the best results with the following sound and video files, right click on the link and choose "Save target as..." or "Save Link As...", etc., depending on which browser you are using, to save the files to your computer (rather than trying to play them directly from the website). The video files are in .mov format, which are best played with Quicktime, which you can download for free if you don't have it. Other programs may be able to play them as well. Please experiment with various methods if your first attempt doesn't work, and if you have tried several options and still can't access them, then contact the director.

Download Heidauer Plattler music (4.4 MB sound file).

Download video of whole dance (44.9 MB video file).

Download front-view video of part 1 of Plattler (8.1 MB video file).

Download front-view video of part 2 of Plattler (12.2 MB video file).

Download side-view video of part 2 of Plattler (12.6 MB video file).

Download back-view video of part 2 of Plattler (12.0 MB video file).

Note from director regarding video:  I am no expert on computer videos or on folk dance, but I did figure this much out:  when starting out trying to learn the dance from the video, it is very useful to view the video at HALF PLAYBACK SPEED to really see what they are doing. At least in my version of Quicktime, this can be done by clicking on the Window menu and then Show A/V Controls.

 

Folk Dance - Group:

Entry Limit:  1 entry per school.

Total Group Size:  minimum 6 dancers, no maximum.

Active Dancers on the Floor at Any Time:  minimum 4 dancers performing, maximum 16 dancers performing.

Dance Limits:  4 dances minimum, 5 dances maximum.

Time Limits:  10 minutes minimum, 15 minutes maximum, including entrance, exit, and transitions, with a 30-second grace period. There is a 10-point penalty for going under the minimum time limit or over the maximum time limit.

There is no required dance. Dancers must provide their own music, music-player, and extension cord, if needed. The group must provide at least 3 copies of the following: a list of the dancers’ names and documentation of each dance, including the categorization (Level I, II, III) of the dance and the region of origin of the dance. Points will be deducted from “Authenticity” if documentation is not provided. Dances not already categorized on the contest website (list coming soon) must be submitted to the regional director by November 1 so that they can be categorized by an expert panel. Download critique sheet.

 

Polka Band:

Entry Limit:  1 band per school:  5-12 musicians + 1 director (i.e., max. 13 members); 2 members may be students who have never been enrolled in German.

Time Limits:  5-10 minutes, with a 30-second grace period (over or under).

All pieces of music must be by German-speaking composers. No electric instruments are allowed. No music stands will be provided at the contest site. If a non-German student is included in the band, this information must be given to the judges. Two copies of the sheet music must be provided for the judges. Download critique sheet.


Vocal Solo:

Entry Limit:  2 soloists per school (no advantaged speakers).

Time Limits:  2-5 minutes, with a 30-second grace period (over or under).

The contestant must sing a recognized classical or folk song from a German-speaking composer. The song must be sung in German and must be memorized. The soloist is responsible for his/her own accompaniment, whether recorded or live, or may sing a cappella. No instruments or audio-players will be provided at the contest site. Two copies of the sheet music (notes and lyrics) must be provided for the judges. Download critique sheet.

 

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When is the next Houstonfest?

 

Saturday,

February 3, 2018,

8:00 a.m.

 

Where is Houstonfest?

 

Hogg Middle School

1100 Merrill Street

Houston, TX 77009

(2018 only)

 

Link to Texas State German Contest