Youth Instrument Championships

OIBF invites YOU to compete at the 2017 festival! Here are last year’s winners and al the rules and info you’ll need to prepare for the competition, sign up, and compete. (scroll down past the photos for all the info.)

2016 Instrument Championship Winners – Congratulations! 

2016 Youth Competition Winners with Byron and Ron

2016 Youth Competition Winners onstage with Byron Berline and Ron Mashore

Supportive Audience

The contestants always enjoy having a supportive audience for the contests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Fiddle Winners with Chairman Ron Mashore

2016 Fiddle Winners with Chairman Ron Mashore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Time Fiddle: 1st Place: Rodrigo Carmena-Black; 2nd Place: Kamryn Lee; 3rd Place: Katie Champlin

1st Place Fiddle winner Rodrigo Carmena-Black

1st Place Fiddle Winner – Rodrigo Carmena-Black

 

 

 

Enthusiastic 3rd place fiddle winner Katie Champlin

Enthusiastic 3rd Place Fiddle Winner – Katie Champlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flatpicking Guitar: 1st Place: Sam Champlin; 2nd Place: Harrison Themer

1st Place Guitar winner Sam Champlin

1st Place Guitar Winner – Sam Champlin

Harrison Themer completes his performance.

Harrison Themer completes his performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluegrass Mandolin

Kaleb Glover plays for an appreciative crowd.

Kaleb Glover plays for an appreciative crowd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banjo

Adam Muly demonstrates his banjo skills

Adam Muly demonstrates his banjo skills


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 AWARDS

1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards for each instrument: Cash and Trophy
a. First place: $150 cash plus trophy       b. Second Place: $100 cash         c. Third Place: $50 cash

GENERAL CONTEST RULES
Contests are open to anyone 18 years or younger on the day of the contest except those who are performing as a billed or paid entertainer on any stage except the Cottonwood Creek Campground Stage at the Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival (OIBF).

Contests are conducted on the Youth Stage in the Youth Tent beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday of the festival.  Note that if the Youth band competition extends past 1:00 pm, the instrument championship contests will be delayed until the Youth Band Competition Winners have been announced and allowed to play an encore set not to exceed 15 minutes.

Contestants may register for the contests Saturday morning of the festival in the Youth Tent between 9:00 am. and 12:45 pm on Saturday. If there are not 2 entries in an instrument contest, the contest for that instrument will not be held.

Saturday, October 7th, 2017  
9:00 am – 12:45 pm  Youth Instrument Championships Registration
1:00 pm                       Youth Instrument Competition

Contestants MUST HAVE A VALID WRISTBAND for Saturday or Weekend. (Note: festival rules permit free admission for youth 12 and under with WRISTBANDED parent; WRISTBANDED adult must accompany contestants 12 and under at the championship contests.)

The Entry fee for each contestant for each instrument contest is $10 cash or check. Contestants must show entry fee receipt in order to compete. Contestants may enter each instrument contest that they pay the entry fee for. Contestants grant permission for OIBF to use photos of their performance in festival marketing and advertising.

Contestants must play instruments acoustically into microphone. An instrument’s electrical capability cannot be used. Contestants may have one rhythm accompanist. (Note: the bass contestants may also have a lead instrumental accompanist). It is OIBF policy that billed or paid entertainers on any OIBF stage except the Cottonwood Creek Camp Stage  NOT ACCOMPANY CONTESTANTS.  If a contestant requests that the festival provide them with a rhythm accompanist, we will try to accommodate that request with a volunteer musician. Contestants must allow time for practice after registration and before 12:45 pm.  No guarantees.  Please let Registrar know ASAP.

Contestants are permitted only one instrument on stage. Judges reserve the right to score only contestants whose style of playing and selection of material is in keeping with the Bluegrass flavor of the festival.  Accompanists are not to be considered by the Judges.

  • Contestant to play Three (3) tunes. A  MEDLEY OF TUNES IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • There must be a noticeable pause between each tune.
  • MAXIMUM Stage time of Six (6) minutes for each contestant in each contest.
  • All material performed must be in keeping with the Bluegrass flavor of the festival.
  • Contestants are not allowed to speak (no introductions) or sing on stage.
  • The performance will not be based on audience response.
  • Order of contestants in each contest will be decided by the Committee chairman.
  • Details of the judges’ evaluation will remain confidential.
  • Pause for the Train Clause:  A contestant may stop one time for a train to pass.  The pause will not count against their six (6) minutes.  During this pause, the contestant  may not speak to audience (or their accompanist) or tune their instrument.  When the train passes, they must restart with the same song.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.

In an effort to judge the contest objectively and equally, the following criteria will be considered by the judges and assign point values in each area.  The contestant with the highest point total from all judges shall be the winner of the contest.

40 points possible   1. EXECUTION & ARTICULATION – Dynamics will be considered.  Are the notes clear and distinct? Tone – Are the notes full or thin sounding? Timing – Is the tempo steady and constant? Dexterity – Are the notes played in difficult positions up and/or down the finger board or is the piece played for the most part in first and/or second position? Are there too many mistakes?  Tuning – Is the instrument in tune with itself ?

20 points possible     2 ARRANGEMENT – Contestant’s version of the tune selected. Is it appropriate to the tune and arrangement?

30 points possible     3. EXPRESSION, DYNAMICS & SHOW VALUE – The music should be played with life and feeling. It should not appear listless nor should it drag.

10 points possible      4. OVERALL IMPRESSION

INSTRUMENT SPECIFIC CONTEST RULES

OLD TIME FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP –  Each contestant will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of his/her choice in that order on a standard tuned 4 string fiddle..  No trick or fancy fiddling will be allowed. Contestants will be disqualified for playing Mockingbird, Black Mountain Rag, or Orange Blossom Special.

BLUEGRASS RESONATOR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP –  Contestants will play three instrumental numbers in either traditional or contemporary bluegrass style. Standard Tuning.  Capo allowed.

BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN CHAMPIONSHIP – Contestants will play three instrumental numbers in either traditional or contemporary bluegrass style. Standard Tuning.  Capo not allowed.

FLAT PICK GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP –  Contestants will play three instrumental numbers in traditional fiddle tune or bluegrass style. ALL contestants must play with a FLAT PICK.  NO FINGER PICKING WILL BE ALLOWED.  NO COMBINATION OF FLATPICKING AND FINGERPICKING WILL BE ALLOWED. The alteration or the tuning of the low E (6th) string will be permitted. The low E (6th) string can be changed to any note desired, not limiting the tuning of the 6th string to “Drop D” or a low D note but to any desired pitch. No other string tuning or variance from the standard E (1), B (2), G (3), D (4), A (5) will be permitted.  Standard or traditional style capos may be used, but no capos which allow the alteration of individual strings, such as the Third Hand Capo, will be allowed.

BLUEGRASS BANJO CHAMPIONSHIP –  Contestants will play three instrumental numbers in either traditional or contemporary bluegrass style on a 5 string banjo.  Standard Tuning.  Capo allowed.

BLUEGRASS BASS CHAMPIONSHIP – Each contestant will play a Waltz, a Walking Bass, and a number using a “Slapping Bass” style in that order on an Upright Acoustic Bass. Standard Tuning. Contestants will use a minimum of 1/2 of each of the 3 songs for a Melody lead break.  An instrumental accompanist will be allowed (in addition to the rhythm accompanist) to play lead on the three songs.

2015 Youth Competition Winners on the Main Stage

2015 Youth Competition Winners on the Main Stage

PREVIOUS YEAR’S WINNERS:

2015 Instrument Championship Winners – Congratulations! 

Grace Williamson won the 2015 trophy for Fiddle

Old Time Fiddle:(left)2015 Samantha Williamson receiving the 1st place Mandolin Trophy
1st Place – Grace Williamson (she won 2nd place fiddle in 2014),  2nd Place – Rodrigo Carmena

Bluegrass Mandolin(right)
1st Place – Samantha Williamson (she won 3rd place in 2014),  2nd Place – Grace Williamson

2015 Flat Pick Guitar Contestant Harrison ThemerFlatpicking Guitar:(left)
1st Place – Kaleb Glover,  2nd 2015 Banjo Contestant Grace Williamson 2Place – Samantha Williamson, 3rd Place – Harrison Themer

Banjocontestant Grace Williamson (right)

AWARDS

 

2014 Instrument Championship Winners

Bluegrass Mandolin: 1st Place Brandon Foust, 2nd Place Regina Scott, 3rd Place Samantha Williamson
Banjo: 1st Place Randyl McKinney, 2nd Place Preston Mayes
Flatpicking Guitar: 1st Place Michael Foust, 2nd Place Preston Mayes, 3rd Place Caleb Morton
Old Time Fiddle: 1st Place Samantha Williamson, 2nd Place Grace Williamson, 3rd Place Martin Dixon

2014 Fiddle Championship Winner Samantha Williamson

Fiddle Championship Winner Samantha Williamson

2014 Banjo Championship Winner Randyl McKinney

Banjo Championship Winner Randyl McKinney

2014 Mandolin Championship Winner Brandon Foust

Mandolin Championship Winner Brandon Foust

2014 Guitar Championship Winner Michael Foust

Guitar Championship Winner Michael Foust

photos by Jill Heck