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Brought to you by Farmer’s Insurance and $100,000 grant recipient Zachary Morita.

A New Music Opportunity For Students

Registration open only September 1-30, 2019. Hurry now!

Open to students Grades 6-12 and all orchestral instruments — Woodwinds, Brass, Piano, Percussion, and Strings.
Coaching provided by the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Hawaii musicians.


Zachary Morita

by Susan Essoyan, Dec. 11, 2018.

“Music teacher Zachary Morita was named today as the winner of a $100,000 grant to create a statewide Niu Valley Music Olympic Invitational, thanks to a surge of online votes in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge competition.”

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 Eligibility Rules & Recommendations

  1. The following instruments are able to participate: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, piano, piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute, oboe, English horn, bassoon, contrabassoon, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, piccolo trumpet, trumpet, flugelhorn, horn, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion.

  2. To be eligible for the Music Olympic, all students must be in grades 6-12 during the 2019-20 school year. Students may be from charter, home, private, or public schools.

  3. If there is a student younger than 6th grade interested in participating, exceptions may be made. Email for approval.

  4. Teams entering grade 9-12 for the 2019-20 school year are required to enter the Senior Division.

  5. Teams entering grade 6-8 for the 2019-20 school year may choose to enter in either the Senior or Junior Divisions.

  6. For teams entering grade 9-12 who have all students with 2 years or less experience, exceptions may be made for your team to participate in the Junior Division. Email for approval.

  7. In order to compete in the Music Olympic, there must be a minimum of 2 students on a team. At a minimum, both students must participate in the duet event.

  8. Each member on the team must participate in at least one of the following events: solo, duet, trio, quartet, or quintet.

  9. Duet, trio, quartet, and quintet events are small ensemble categories.

  10. In order to qualify for the Overall Team Award, the team must have at least one entry in the large ensemble (6-12 performers) category.Late registration applications will be accepted pending available space.

  11. Students are encouraged to create teams of mixed grade levels, instruments, and schools.


Limitation Rules & Recommendations

  1. Students are encouraged to participate in more than one event but no more than three events.

  2. If there is space available, exceptions will be made for students to participate in more than three events.

  3. The maximum number of students on a team is 12.

  4. Each student may only compete on one team.

  5. A student may NOT only enter in the solo category.Only one piano player is allowered per event.


Performance Rules

  1. There is a 10 minute MAXIMUM performance time for the following categories: solo, duet, trio, quartet, and quintet. There is a one point penalty for every 30 seconds over time.

  2. There is a 15 minute MAXIMUM performance time for the large ensemble (6-12 performers) category. There is a one point penalty for every 30 seconds over time.

  3. All pieces must be accompanied by piano, recorded accompaniment, electronic accompaniment, or other musically appropriate instruments(s) unless the accompaniment is listed as optional on the score or is listed as unaccompanied. Performances without an appropriate accompaniment are ineligible to be awarded a prize.

  4. An accompaniment part performed by a student is not eligible as a student member of the team.

  5. Any ensemble missing parts shall be heard and rated on the performance, however is ineligible to be awarded a prize.

  6. In emergency situations, an eligible student may be substituted for an ensemble member after the entry has been submitted, provided the substitute has not already entered the maximum number of events and is in compliance with all other rules. Email for approval.

  7. All ensembles may have one conductor. Email no later than 14 days prior to the Music Olympic for approval.


Music Rules

  1. Teams must provide three copies of the condensed or full score for the use of the adjudicators. Measures must be numbered.

  2. Photocopied music may be provided to adjudicators only in an “emergency.” An emergency shall be defined as a case in which music is out-of-print with no new score available or purchased music copies are backordered. Written evidence in the form of a receipt/purchase order and /or a written statement from the supplier shall be required to document the “emergency.” E-Print music may be used but must be labeled or a receipt shown to indicate it is not a photocopy. Public Domain music may be used but must have the Public Domain copyright date clearly displayed and a note indicating the source.

  3. Performances without a copyright compliant score or an approved written evidence are ineligible to participate.

  4. Any piece on a state approved Solo & Ensemble Music List is eligible to be performed.

  5. Unpublished original compositions and unpublished arrangements of public domain music may be allowed. Email for approval.

  6. Music selections may be changed. Email no later than 14 days prior to the Music Olympic with the necessary changes for approval. There will be a one point penalty if music selection is changed fewer than 14 days prior to the Music Olympic. Any music selection changes not approved may result in disqualification.