2020 SIFAA Competition Details

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SIFAA Talent Competition - Schedule

Category Time (EDT)
Senior Vocal 8:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Sub-Junior Inst 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Junior Inst 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Senior Inst 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM
Sub-Junior Percussion 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Junior Percussion 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Senior Percussion 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Advanced 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Sub-Junior Vocal 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Junior Vocal 4:45 PM to 6:30 PM
Sikkil Gurucharan Concert 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Results Announcement 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Please Note:- There may be changes in the schedule due various logistical issues. In the event of the changes, communication will be done via email, whatsapp and website updates

SIFAA Talent Competition 2020

SIFAA is organizing our 5th Annual Talent Competition for our up-and-coming youth carnatic musicians. Competitions play a great role in motivating young performers to showcase their talents and offer many more rewards rather than simply winning a prize. Participants will gain substantial experience, improve stage presence, improve confidence and uncover personal aptitude. 

This competition is also designed to provide a platform for youth musicians to gain valuable constructive feedback from notable professional Carnatic musicians.  Their feedback and guidance can help the performers understand their strengths and identify areas of improvement. The experience gained from attending competitions will go a long way in shaping their musical journey. SIFAA’s core motivation for this talent competition is to help our young performers grow. 

2020 Music Judges will be announced soon

Date of the Competition OCT 10th 2020

Venue – Virtual, through ZOOM or WebEx, Time: TBA soon

Age Groups in years (as of Sept 15, 2020)

Sub-Junior: 8 - 10

Junior: 11 - 13

Senior: 14 – 17

Advanced: 14 – 21




Registration is open now and will close on Sept 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Please start planning accordingly to ensure you submit a completed registration form. 
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If you have any questions, please e-mail them to sifaa.music@gmail.com 

Competition Guidelines and requirements for participation  

  1. The 2020 competition fee is $30 per participant per category. However, children of SIFAA members pay only $15 per participant per category. The payment is due at the time of the Registration.  We will send the confirmation of the payment within 24 to 48 hours.
  2. Due to COVID, this year's competition will be done virtually. SIFAA will utilize Zoom or WebEx to conduct remote sessions with the judges. All the rules that are outlined stays the same except the in-person coordination with the judges. 
  3. We will send out the virtual guidelines after Sept 25th to run the live competition smoothly.
  4. There will be one mock practice session to check the viability of the online connections from your homes and if there is any need to correct it, we will provide you ample time to do so before the competition. 
  5. Advanced Category participants can be from anywhere in the USA.  Ages 14 to 17 can be in the Senior or Advanced category but not both.
  6. Senior,Junior and Sub-junior participation is open only to North Carolina residents. 
  7. Depending on the number of participants registered, a sample audio recording may be requested to pre-screen the selection process for the competition.
  8. Participants should meet the age limits of the category they wish to compete.  The First place winners from 2019 can choose to participate either in their age group or the next level (For ex. A First place Junior winner from 2019 can compete in either Junior level or Senior level even if they are younger than the age limit set for Senior level, but cannot compete in both levels).  
  9. Each individual is allowed to participate in multiple categories within the age group they are registering in. For example, the same student can participate in Junior Vocal and Junior instruments. 
  10. Please note there are no separate categories for specific instruments, etc. SIFAA reserves the right to combine or split categories before the competition based on the number of participants registered.
  11. Advanced Vocal and Instrumental will be viewed as one category. Advanced Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam and other percussion instruments will be combined under Advanced Percussion.
  12. In the Advanced category, judges may ask questions and/or pose challenges.
  13. Participants should have the approval of their teachers before registering. 
  14. Only Individual participants; group participation is not allowed.
  15. The participants order in each competition will occur randomly. Anyone who misses his/her turn will be moved to the end of that competition. Time slot and the virtual link will be sent day before the competition.
  16. Each participant should make their own arrangements for Shruthi.
  17. In ALL categories for Vocal and Instrumental, the participant must specify two choices from which the judges will decide which should be presented. For Sub-Junior Percussion, the participant can specify one tala.  All other Percussion categories have to specify two choices. You will have the opportunity till Oct 5th to provide your choices. We will send another form to get this information after Sept 25th,2020.
  18. Krithi categories can register only Krithis.  Both choices need to be different krithis.
  19. Time limits will be strictly enforced.
  20. All instruments should be tuned prior to your turn in the competition. 
  21. The judges will have full discretion to give more than one first/second/third prize or not declare a prize in any of the categories in the competition.
  22. Decisions of the judges will be Final. Judges pool comprises out of town carnatic music enthusiasts/artists and professional artists from India.
  23. The Registration fee is non-refundable.  If a participant is not able to participate, the registration fee will be a tax-deductible donation and SIFAA will provide a receipt for tax credits.
  24. First place Winners of the Senior and Advanced categories will be invited to participate in future SIFAA programs  (Senior - 30 min concert and Advanced - 1 hour concert).
  25. SIFAA reserves the right to update the criteria for the competition.