Each choir must not exceed 60 members who must be aged 11 years and under on 1 January 2017. Teachers may not form part of the school choir.
Each school is asked to make a contribution of QAR500 per choir to cover costs of trophies and administration.
In the heats, choirs will perform 2 contrasting pieces of music, either accompanied or unaccompanied, not exceeding more than 8 minutes in total. In the final, choirs will perform a set piece plus one piece of their choice (which must not exceed 4 minutes). The own choice piece can be one of the pieces which they performed in the heats. No sacred music is permitted. The competition organisers reserve the right to ask choirs to make adjustments or change their competition entry - for example if another school submits the same song as one which has already been submitted by another school. In this case, the first school to have submitted the song will be allowed to perform it.
Children in the choirs must remain under the supervision of their school staff during the competition heats and final. Children must be supervised by at least one adult for every ten children. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the competition.
Parental consent must be given for each child to take part in the competition and the permission for each child to appear in photographs and recordings must be sought by your school. The named contact will be responsible for obtaining all permissions necessary from the choir members participating before entering the competition. Proof of relevant consents may be requested.
Each school involved is required to cover their own expenses and organize their own travel arrangements.
Choirs should provide their own accompanist. A piano will be provided and up to three additional accompanying non-electronic instruments will be accepted. No backing tracks are allowed.
Doha College reserves the right to disqualify any choir which does not adhere to the rules of the competition.
For the heats, each school is required to provide one member of their musical staff to judge the other choirs in their school’s heat. In the final, there will be a carefully selected independent panel of judges. All judges will listen carefully to the quality and style of the singing and will select schools throughout the competition using the following scoring criteria:
Technical ability e.g. tuning, diction, voice quality, balance, dynamics, overall sound.
Musical Expression e.g. musicality, communication, phrasing, passion, energy, commitment and interpretation of the text.