Accordion Competition - Competition Categories

The Australian Accordion Teachers Championships and International Festival offers six performance categories: International Open Accordion Championship,International Competition for Ensemble Music,  International Pacific Piano Accordion Championship, Australian Championship, Standard, Qualified.

Please note that all entrants/performers in the Australian International Accordion Championships and Festival MUST be current financial members of the AATA. The membership fees are as follows:

Ordinary membership/Associate membership                $20

Full membership                                                          $40

Please note, competitors must bring proof of identification on the day of the competition e.g. passport, birth certificate, identity card.


International Competition Classes

All times listed are maximum playing times. Please ensure, you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

International Open Accordion Championship

These classes are open to contestants from any country playing button or piano accordion. All placegetters of International Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year's competition. Winners wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Australian and International Pacific entrants in these classes are automatically entered in the equivalent Australian and International Pacific Solo Championship Class, dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian and International Pacific entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning the Australian, International Pacific and International Open titles.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IO250 International Open Accordion Championships, 12 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least 2 pieces of different style and character and composer. Maximum 8 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00
IO251 International Open Accordion Championships, 15 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least 2 pieces of different style and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00
IO252 International Junior Virtuoso Accordion Championships, 20 years and under solo

This class provides a stepping stone to the International Open Accordion Solo Championship category.

Each contestant will perform an own choice programme with a minimum of 2 pieces in differing styles, character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stagecraft all being important. 10 minutes minimum and maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00
IO253 International Open Accordion Solo Championship

OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: consisting of 3 or more pieces including one from the Baroque era, one piece to be of a slower, lyrical style* and one piece of a technical virtuosic style**. It must contain at least one Original Work but transcriptions may also be used. Individual movements from cyclic works are acceptable.
* Examples of the slower, lyrical style: Kalina Krasnaia by Semionov, Romance by Angelis, Vocalise by Rachmaninov, Aria by Bach etc...
** Examples of the technical virtuosic style: Caprice by Paganini, a fast Sonata by Scarlatti, Finale of 1st Sonata by Kusjakov etc...

Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.

Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

AU$60.00
IO254 International Open Digital Accordion Solo Championship

OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: Own Choice Show / Entertainment Program

Playing time: maximum 15 minutes. Failure to observe the maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

There will be 1 round.

External sound modules, MIDI modules, backing tracks including SMF, audio files, CD or MP3 player etc. may be used. The organiser will provide a mixer sound system with a mixer plug-in for 1 or 2 channels and a single power plug (local plug) of 230 volts. The candidate must provide all other equipment.

Rehearsal time of up to 15 minutes per candidate will be scheduled prior to the competition.

Performance sound set up time - maximum 2 minutes. Performance sound break down - maximum 2 minutes.

All types and make of digital accordion may be used and bellows must be the primary volume control of the digital sounds. Digital accordions with acoustic sounds are permitted with the reeds amplified provided the candidate uses the accordion and bellows to make substantial use of digital sounds.

The adjudicators marks will be based on: show / entertainment; musicality; digital technology use. Audience and/or candidates from other categories may be adjudicators.

AU$50.00
IO255 International Competition for Ensemble Music

For two (2) to five (5) musicians, minimum one accordion (e.g., can be multiple accordions, or accordions with other instruments).

Ensemble Music competition is for acoustic instruments (no electronics). All accordions must be acoustic reed instruments. No MIDI accordions are allowed. One bass accordion may be amplified; however, the candidate must provide their own amplifier.

Own Choice Program of concert music consisting of at least two (2) pieces with contrasting style.

The competition organizers will not provide instruments .

Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

Marking will take into consideration program choice, level of playing and ensemble work.

AU$70.00
IO256 International Open Virtuoso Entertainment Class

OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: Own Choice Program consisting of at least two (2) pieces of different styles and moods.

Playing time: maximum 15 minutes.

AU$60.00

International Pacific Piano Accordion Championship

These classes are open to contestants from the following countries or territories: Philippines, New Caledonia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Guam, Vietnam, Kampuchea, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, New Zealand and all South Pacific nations and territories.

The winner of the International Pacific Piano Accordion Solo Championship class will receive a personalised internet page on Accordions Worldwide internet site for 1 year from the competition date.

All placegetters of International Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year's competition. Winners wishing to retain the trophy may purchase it.

Australian entrants in these classes are automatically entered in the equivalent Australian and International Championship Classes, dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning the Australian, International Pacific or International titles.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IP250 International Pacific Piano Accordion Championship, 12 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least 2 pieces of different style and character and composer. Maximum 8 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00
IP251 International Pacific Piano Accordion Championship, 15 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00
IP252 International Pacific Junior Virtuoso Piano Accordion Championship, 20 years and under solo

This class provides a stepping stone to the International Open Accordion Solo Championship category. 

Each contestant will perform an own choice programme with a minimum of 2 pieces in differing styles, character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stagecraft all being important. 10 minutes minimum and maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00
IP253 International Pacific Accordion Solo Championship
  • OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: consisting of 3 or more pieces including one from the Baroque era, one piece to be of a slower, lyrical style* and one piece of a technical virtuosic style**. It must contain at least one Original Work but transcriptions may also be used. Individual movements from cyclic works are acceptable.
     * Examples of the slower, lyrical style: Kalina Krasnaia by Semionov, Romance by Angelis, Vocalise by Rachmaninov, Aria by Bach etc...
    ** Examples of the technical virtuosic style: Caprice by Paganini, a fast Sonata by Scarlatti, Finale of 1st Sonata by Kusjakov etc...
  • Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.
  • Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.
  • Candidates up to 32 years of age are allowed to enter the competition. 
AU$60.00

Australian Championship

Entrants in these classes must be Australian residents. By entering a class in the Australian Championship Category entrants compete for the honour of winning an Australian Accordion Championship title.

The Australian Championship classes are based on age. Some Australian Championship classes with an age limit require a Test Piece which every competitor must perform. Some classes require an Own Choice piece to be performed in addition to the Test Piece. Some classes require one or more Own Choice pieces to be performed.

All placegetters of Championships classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy which must be returned to the AATA Office no later than 21 days prior to the next year's competition.

NOTE: A contestant may not in the same year enter a Championship solo class and a Standard solo class. Contestants in the Australian Championship solo classes are automatically entered in the equivalent International classes dependent upon their eligibility as set out in this Prospectus. Australian entrants play only once and pay one entry fee, even though that one performance may result in winning Australian, International Pacific and International Open titles.

Piano Accordion

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C249 9 years and under solo

One Own Choice Piece, maximum 3 minutes playing time.

AU$15.00
C250 12 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Maximum 8 minutes playing time.

AU$30.00
C251 15 years and under solo

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important. Maximum 10 minutes playing time.

AU$40.00
C252 Junior Virtuoso, 20 years and under

This class provides a stepping stone to the International Open Accordion Solo Championship category and the Australian Open Accordion Solo Championship.
Each contestant will perform an own choice programme with a minimum of two pieces in differing styles, character and composer. Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stagecraft all being important. 10 minutes minimum and maximum 15 minutes playing time.

AU$50.00
C253 Open Accordion Solo Championship
  • OWN CHOICE PROGRAM: consisting of 3 or more pieces including 1 from the Baroque era, 1 piece to be of a slower, lyrical style* and 1 piece of a technical virtuosic style**. It must contain at least one Original Work but transcriptions may also be used. Individual movements from cyclic works are acceptable.
     * Examples of the slower, lyrical style: Kalina Krasnaia by Semionov, Romance by Angelis, Vocalise by Rachmaninov, Aria by Bach etc...
    ** Examples of the technical virtuosic style: Caprice by Paganini, a fast Sonata by Scarlatti, Finale of 1st Sonata by Kusjakov etc...
  • Competitors must present themselves as artists to an audience; presentation, dress and stage-craft all being important.
  • Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.
AU$60.00

Standard

Entrants in these classes may be from any nation or territory. Classes in the Standard category are regulated by both age and playing experience. This offers people who might have been learning for a short period of time, or have begun learning later in life, the opportunity to compete on a more equal basis.

All music is Own Choice, one piece only. A contestant may not in the same year enter a Standard solo class and an International or Championship solo class. A contestant may not enter a Standard solo class if he/she has been placed first or second in a International or Championship solo class the previous year.

All place getters of Standard classes are presented with certificates. Winners receive a trophy.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
S107 6 years and under

2 minutes

AU$15.00
S108 7 years and under

2 minutes

AU$15.00
S109 9 years and under

3 minutes

AU$15.00
S110 12 years and under

3 minutes

AU$15.00
S111 15 years and under

4 minutes

AU$15.00
S112 16 years and over

6 minutes

AU$15.00

Qualified

Entrants in these classes may be from any nation or territory. Classes in the Qualified category are based on actual age, as at 8th June of the contest year, or on specific styles of music, or presentation.

All music is Own Choice, one piece only. The Qualified category includes classes for different types of music, such as jazz, pop, novelty, ethnic, accordion with other instruments, accordion and vocal, etc. This offers each competitor a suitable class in which to perform their favourite music, and we hope, demonstrate the versatility of the accordion.

All placegetters of these classes receive certificates. For Creative Classes the performer is not required to provide written music for the adjudicators. This is to encourage the performance of individual arrangements and improvisation.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
Q200 6 years and under

2 minutes

AU$15.00
Q203 8 years and under

2 minutes

AU$15.00
Q204 10 years and under

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q205 13 years and under

4 minutes

AU$15.00
Q206 14 years and over

5 minutes

AU$15.00
Q207 13 years and under, Light Classical

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q208 14 years and over, Light Classical

5 minutes

AU$15.00
Q209 13 years and under, Original

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q210 14 years and over, Original

5 minutes

AU$15.00
Q211 13 years and under, Entertainment Music

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q212 14 years and over, Entertainment Music

5 minutes

AU$15.00
Q213 13 years and under, European Ethnic Music

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q214 14 years and over, European Ethnic Music

5 minutes

AU$15.00
Q215 Open Accordion Solo with Vocal

5 minutes

AU$15.00
Q216 13 years and under, music genres not included in Q201 to Q215

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q217 14 years and over, music genres not included in Q201 to Q215

5 minutes

AU$15.00

Duet

A duet shall consist of two performers and if two accordions, then both must play bass. The age of the eldest duet partner shall decide which age class a duet is eligible to enter. All times listed are maximum playing times.

Please ensure you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

Qualified

Entrants in these classes may be from any nation or territory. Classes in the Qualified category are based on actual age, as at 8th June of the contest year, or on specific styles of music, or presentation.

All music is Own Choice, one piece only. The Qualified category includes classes for different types of music, such as jazz, pop, novelty, ethnic, accordion with other instruments, accordion and vocal, etc. This offers each competitor a suitable class in which to perform their favourite music, and we hope, demonstrate the versatility of the accordion.

All placegetters of these classes receive certificates. For Creative Classes the performer is not required to provide written music for the adjudicators. This is to encourage the performance of individual arrangements and improvisation.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
Q261 Open Accordion with Vocal

5 minutes

AU$20.00
Q264 Open Accordion with other instrument

5 minutes

AU$20.00

Championship

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C29 8 years and under duet

One own choice piece, 3 minutes

AU$20.00
C30 10 years and under duet

One own choice piece, 3 minutes

AU$20.00
C31 12 years and under duet

 One own choice piece, 5 minutes

AU$20.00
C32 15 years and under duet

One own choice piece, 7 minutes

AU$20.00
C35 Open Duet Class

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer, 10 minutes

AU$20.00
C36 Open Entertainment Accordion Duet

One own choice piece, 5 minutes

AU$20.00

International Championship

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
AI256 International, 10 years and under Duet

One own choice piece, time limit 3 minutes

AU$20.00
AI257 International, 12 years and under Duet

One own choice piece, time limit 5 minutes

AU$20.00
AI258 International, 15 years and under Duet

One own choice piece, time limit 5 minutes

AU$20.00
AI259 International Open Duet

Own choice programme consisting of at least two pieces of different style and character and composer. Time limit 10 minutes.

AU$20.00

Trio/Ensemble

Performances by 3 to 6 players. Trio/Ensemble Category contestants perform one Own Choice piece. All times listed are maximum playing times.

The age of the eldest member of a trio/ensemble shall decide which age class a group is eligible to enter.

Please ensure you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules, before sending in your entry.

Qualified

Entrants in these classes may be from any nation or territory. Classes in the Qualified category are based on actual age, as at 8th June of the contest year, or on specific styles of music, or presentation.

All music is Own Choice, one piece only. The Qualified category includes classes for different types of music, such as jazz, pop, novelty, ethnic, accordion with other instruments, accordion and vocal, etc. This offers each competitor a suitable class in which to perform their favourite music, and we hope, demonstrate the versatility of the accordion.

All placegetters of these classes receive certificates. For Creative Classes the performer is not required to provide written music for the adjudicators. This is to encourage the performance of individual arrangements and improvisation.

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
Q280 13 years and under accordion/s with vocal/s and/or other instruments

3 minutes

AU$15.00
Q281 14 years and over accordion/s with vocal/s and/or other instruments

5 minutes

AU$15.00

Championship

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C50 10 years and under Trio/Ensemble

5 minutes

AU$21.00
C51 12 years and under Trio/Ensemble

6 minutes

AU$21.00
C52 15 years and under Trio/Ensemble

7 minutes

AU$21.00
C53 17 years and under Trio/Ensemble

8 minutes

AU$21.00
C54 Open Trio/Ensemble

8 minutes

AU$21.00
C55 Open Entertainment Trio

8 minutes

AU$21.00

International

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
IO 255 International Competition for Ensemble Music
  • For two (2) to five (5) musicians, minimum one accordion (e.g., can be multiple accordions, or accordions with other instruments).
  • Ensemble Music competition is for acoustic instruments (no electronics). All accordions must be acoustic reed instruments. No MIDI accordions are allowed. One bass accordion may be amplified; however, the candidate must provide their own amplifier.
  • Own Choice Program of concert music consisting of at least two (2) pieces with contrasting style.
  • The competition organizers will not provide instruments .
  • Playing time: minimum 15 minutes to maximum 20 minutes playing time. Failure to observe minimum or maximum playing time will result in a mark penalty.

Marking will take into consideration program choice, level of playing and ensemble work.

AU$70.00

Orchestra

An orchestra is defined as a group of not less than 7 performers excluding the conductor. In all orchestra classes, at least 60% of performers (excluding the conductor) must use acoustic accordion.

All music is Own Choice program. All times listed below are maximum on/off stage times.

All performers, whether or not they play the accordion, must be members of the AATA.

Please ensure, you have read all parts of this Prospectus relevant to your class, especially the Competition Rules", before sending in your entry.

Championship

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C60 YOUTH ACCORDION ORCHESTRA CHAMPIONSHIP

12 years and under, 12 minutes program.

AU$30.00
C61 JUNIOR ACCORDION ORCHESTRA CHAMPIONSHIP

15 years and under, two or more contrasting pieces, 15 minutes

AU$30.00
C62 INTERMEDIATE ACCORDION ORCHESTRA CHAMPIONSHIP

17 years and under, two or more contrasting pieces, 15 minutes

AU$30.00
C63 AUSTRALIAN ACCORDION ORCHESTRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to all players, contrasting program, 30 minutes.

AU$30.00
C64 OPEN ENTERTAINMENT ACCORDION ORCHESTRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to all players, the programme will be judged on its general public entertainment appeal, 20 minutes.

AU$30.00

International

No Class/Age, Music Requirements Entry Fee
C65 INTERNATIONAL ACCORDION ORCHESTRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Open to all players, contrasting program, 30 minutes.

AU$30.00