Contest Rules Update 13-02-2024

Type of post: News
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Posted By: Ian Mulholland
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 13 Feb 2024

A new revision (24) of Contest Rules has just been posted as Standing Order 6.
Amongst the rule changes are:

Rule 1.5 – clearer definition of gender identity and that it can’t be changed during a contest cycle

Rule 1.14 - Removal of the 75/25 ratio for mixed choruses – now just requires two different gender identities without any minimum ratio

Rule 1.17 – clarification that an Invitational quartet or chorus cannot compete, just perform for evaluation, and that scores won’t be published for them

Rules 3.2.5 and 3.3.5 – reinstatement of the one year stand down rule for Open Quartet and Chorus Champions – this previously applied until 2020 (removed during COVID period) - will re-apply from 2024 on (not retrospective to 2023)

Rule 3.2.6 – clarification that a previous Open Champion quartet can compete with more than two members, just not in their stand down year

Rule 3.3.3 – clarification that choruses with common members must satisfy the 75/25 rule as if in Open competition

Rule 4.2 – change to entry closure for National contest to 28 days before contest

Rules 7.1.13, 7.1.15, 7.1.20 – removal of gender divisions for youth quartets, and most improved divisions for quartet and chorus

Rule 7.2.7 – new rule stating that if there is a single entrant in a senior contest division, then to be awarded a gold medal, that entrant must have ranked 5th or higher overall in all senior divisions, otherwise a silver medal is awarded
Replacement throughout of “Contest Administrator” with “Administrative Judge”, and “Music Judge” with “Musicality Judge”
Sundry grammatical, punctuation and formatting edits
* Gender divisions in Senior quartet and chorus have been retained
Any questions should be directed to the VP Contest & Judging at