Awards Program Eligibility Policies

In addition to eligibility requirements specific to each program, below are some policies and definitions used in our awards programs to determine eligibility for awards based on aspects or characteristics of the performing group/artist.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact Jessica Chen, Director of Awards, at [email protected].

Group Type Definitions

Middle school

Groups that submit to the middle school category should consist of students who are full-time middle school students at any middle school or homeschool. This may include groups that are affiliated with a middle school, as well as groups that are not affiliated with a school where all participants are otherwise full-time students at any middle school or homeschool.

 

High school

Groups that submit to the high school category should consist of students who are full-time high school students at any high school or homeschool. This may include groups that are affiliated with a high school, as well as groups that are not affiliated with a school where all participants are otherwise full-time students at any high school or homeschool.

 

Collegiate category

Groups that submit to the collegiate category should consist of students who are enrolled at your school or university. However, if your school or university allows outside members to participate, you can include them in your submission materials.

 

Semi-Professional / Post-Collegiate category

Any group that submits to the semi-professional / post-collegiate group category should consist of members who are in your group on a part-time basis (i.e., actively engaged and receiving regular payment, but at a lower rate or frequency than a full-time professional).

 

Professional group category

Any group that submits to the professional group category should consist of members who are in your group on a full-time basis (i.e., actively engaged and receiving regular payment, as a primary source of income).

Voicing

Upper Voices

Any group that sings in an upper vocal range, such as SSAA (previously “Best Female Collegiate Category”)

 

Mixed Voices

Any group that sings in a mix of upper and lower vocal ranges, such as SATB (previously “Best Mixed Collegiate Category”)

 

Lower Voices

Any group that sings in a lower vocal range, such as TTBB (previously “Best Male Collegiate Category”)

Performance Status

Group Performs Regularly

Any group that performs together regularly in a live setting. This classification will apply to most groups.

 

Collaborative or Studio Project

Usually used to describe a short-term project that is a collaborative work between multiple artists or individuals, where the specific configuration does not perform together regularly in a live setting.

 

Solo Performer

This is used to indicate that the all audio in the work submitted for consideration is provided by a single individual.