The Happy Music Festival 2022

The Happy Music Festival is an annual music competition open to all pianists and violinists in Singapore and other countries.

Born out of the pandemic in 2020, The Happy Music Festival has welcomed hundreds of promising and passionate musicians each year to showcase their artistry and share their music publicly.

Jointly organised by The Happy Pianist and The Happy Violinist, we are proud to present to you…

The Happy Music Festival 2022

How To Participate

Choose Category

Piano or Violin? Classical or Pop? Solo or Duo? You decide! Find out more about the criteria and eligibility of each category below.

Submit Recording

Send us your video performance for evaluation by our panel of judges. 

Compete Live

Top performers progress to the Grand Finals and compete LIVE!

Win Prizes

All contestants will receive a gift with a Certificate Of Recognition. Winners will be awarded with trophies and cash prizes too!

Choose Your Category

Piano Categories

Piano - Pop (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit. 

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is non-classical. Pop, Jazz, Anime, J-Pop, K-Pop, Oldies, Ragtime, Blues, Arrangements, Movies, Improvisation, Own Composition. Perform 1 piece only
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is non-classical. Pop, Jazz, Anime, J-Pop, K-Pop, Oldies, Ragtime, Blues, Arrangements, Movies, Improvisation, Own Composition. Perform 1 piece only. Finalist can perform the same piece played in the semi-finals.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

Piano - Four Hands (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit for either pianist. 1 Piano, 4 Hands

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is classical or non-classical. Free choice
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is classical or non-classical. Free choice
Finalists can perform the same piece played in the semi-finals.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

Piano - Little Stars (6 Years Old And Below)

Age

6 years old and below, as of 1st June 2022

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 2 minutes
Repertoire: Any music piece. Contestant can perform maximum 2 pieces of music, as long as overall duration is within 2 minutes.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 2 minutes
Repertoire: Any music piece. Contestant can perform maximum 2 pieces of music, as long as overall duration is within 2 minutes. Finalist can perform the same pieces played in the semi-finals.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday.

Piano - Classical Junior (12 Years Old And Below)

Age

12 years old and below, as of 1st June 2022

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 4 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical piano exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 4 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical piano exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories. Finalist can perform the same piece played in the semi-finals.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday.

Piano - Classical Intermediate (17 Years Old And Below)

Age

17 years old and below, as of 1st June 2022

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 8 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical piano exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 8 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical piano exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories. Finalist can perform the same piece played in the semi-finals.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

Piano - Classical Senior (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 12 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical piano exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 12 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical piano exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories. Finalist can perform the same piece played in the semi-finals.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday.

Violin Categories

Violin - Two Violins (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit for either violinist. 

Semi Final (Recorded): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is classical or non-classical. Free choice. Two violins, with or without piano accompanist. 
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is classical or non-classical. Free choice. Finalists can perform the same piece played in the semi-finals. Two violins, with or without piano accompanist. 
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

 

Violin - Classical Junior (9 Years Old And Below)

Age

9 years old and below, as of 1st June 2022

Duration: Maximum 5 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is non-classical, or any classical piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

For recorded submission, violinist can perform in 3 ways:

1. Violin solo only
2. Violin with live piano accompanist
3. Violin with backing track as accompaniment

Marks will be given only for the violinist’s performance, not the accompaniment.

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 5 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece that is non-classical, or any piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

For live performance, violinist can perform in 2 ways:

1. Violin solo only
2. Violin with live piano accompanist

Marks will be given only for the violinist’s performance, not the accompaniment.

Violin - Classical Intermediate (15 Years Old And Below)

Age

15 years old and below, as of 1st June 2022

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

For recorded submission, violinist can perform in 3 ways:

1. Violin solo only
2. Violin with live piano accompanist
3. Violin with backing track as accompaniment

Marks will be given only for the violinist’s performance, not the accompaniment.

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 6 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

For live performance, violinist can perform in 2 ways:

1. Violin solo only
2. Violin with live piano accompanist

Marks will be given only for the violinist’s performance, not the accompaniment.

Violin - Classical Senior (No Age Limit)

Age

No age limit

Duration: Maximum 7 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Submission Deadline: 29th July 2022, Friday

Violinist can perform in 3 ways:

1. Violin solo only
2. Violin with live piano accompanist
3. Violin with backing track as accompaniment

Marks will be given only for the violinist’s performance, not the accompaniment.

Final (Live Performance): 

Duration: Maximum 7 minutes
Repertoire: Any 1 piece from the 4 periods – Baroque , Classical, Romantic, 20th Century. For sonatinas, sonatas or suites, play ONLY 1 movement. All pieces from classical violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.
Live Performance Date: 9th September 2022, Friday

For live performance, violinist can perform in 2 ways:

1. Violin solo only
2. Violin with live piano accompanist

Marks will be given only for the violinist’s performance, not the accompaniment.

Win The Prizes

Piano Categories

Piano - Little Star

1st: Trophy + $200
2nd: Trophy + $100
3rd: Trophy

Piano - Classical Junior

1st: Trophy + $200
2nd: Trophy + $100
3rd: Trophy

Piano - Classical Intermediate

1st: Trophy + $250
2nd: Trophy + $150
3rd: Trophy

Piano - Classical Senior

1st: Trophy + $300
2nd: Trophy + $150
3rd: Trophy

Piano - Pop

1st: Trophy + $250
2nd: Trophy + $150
3rd: Trophy

Piano - Four Hands

1st: Trophy + $150 Each
2nd: Trophy + $75 Each
3rd: Trophy Each

Violin Categories

Violin - Classical Junior

1st: Trophy + $200
2nd: Trophy + $100
3rd: Trophy

Violin - Classical Intermediate

1st: Trophy + $250
2nd: Trophy + $150
3rd: Trophy

Violin - Classical Senior

1st: Trophy + $300
2nd: Trophy + $200
3rd: Trophy

Violin - Two Violins

1st: Trophy + $150 Each
2nd: Trophy + $75 Each
3rd: Trophy Each

Excellent Teaching Certificate

Teachers of contestants who come in top 3 will be awarded with a “Excellent Teaching Certificate”, with names featured on the result page too.

Schedule Of Festival

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Registration

Now to 29th July 2022. 

Semi Final Submission

Submit by 29th July 2022

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Announcement Of Finalists

On 12th August 2022

Grand Final LIVE

LIVE on 9th September 2022, Friday

Adjudicators

Ms Vivian Reiko Chan

About Ms Vivian

Ms Vivian Reiko Chan graduated from Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi, Japan with a Bachelor Degree in Music (Hons), majoring in Performance and Composition. She also obtained a Full Diploma (practical and theory) from the Trinity College of Music London, and full ABRSM Grade 8 (practical and theory). She also has a Yamaha performance Grade 5.

Her teachers include Endo Naoko, Maruyama Kazunori, Maeda Yuukei, Sato Mutsuo and Shiokawa sensei. She also had electone training with the famous Saezaki Kenichi sensei .She was chosen among hundreds of students during her uni days and obtained a scholarship for her 2nd year during her studies in Japan.

After graduating, she started to work in Yamaha teaching composition to gifted students in the Special Advanced Course and also taught the diploma course at the Yamaha Academy.

Ms Vivian started performing from the age of 5, and she was and is no stranger to recitals and concerts. She specialises in piano performance and composition and has won numerous piano and electone competitions, Yamaha piano competitions, and Yamaha Electone Festivals.

She also bagged 2nd prize for Best Animation Composition in the prestigious Shobi competition held in Shobi Conservatoire Tokyo. She was invited to hold a solo concert in YWCA Tokyo and Yamaha Hall Ginza. And was invited to perform in Nemoto Concert at the Yumeria Hall Tokyo in 2018.

She wrote 2 books: Piano “Blue without you” and Electone top hits which was used for exam purposes. She was also invited as a judge for Piara Piano Competition 2018, Kayserburg Piano Competition 2021 and Chief Judge for The Happy Pianist Festival 2020 and 2021.

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Ms Vivian has trained students from beginner to Diploma levels in all ages with some of her students became piano teachers too. Many piano teachers upgrade themselves with Ms Vivian’s mentoring.

She also trains students for competitions, with some of them emerged top winners in various piano competitions, such as the Singapore National Piano Competition, Singapore Asia Youth Piano Festival, Dynamicworkz and more.

Ms Vivian believes performing motivates one to practise and to seek deeper in music. That is why she organises annual recitals and concerts for her students. The more you connect with music, the more you understand, and the more you will fall in love with it.

Besides teaching, Ms Vivian enjoys uploading her performances onto Youtube, composing and collaborating with students and friends performing duet and duo. She also has a soft spot for animals, especially dogs and cats.

Ms Vivian is the Piano Chief Judge of The Happy Music Festival.

Ms Tricia Lim

About Ms Tricia

Ms Tricia Lim holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance from The Royal Northern College Of Music UK (RNCM), one of the leading conservatories in the world. It is one of the four associated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), which most teachers and students are familiar with.

She also holds a Performance Diploma with Distinction from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama UK. Both achieved while spending 6 years in the United Kingdom.

Ms Tricia started her teaching career with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), teaching their gifted program at their School Of Young Talents, preparing kids with solid music foundation, and training them for stage performances, festivals, and competitions. She taught at NAFA for 8 years, from 2001 to 2008.

She then went on to take on the role of an adjunct teacher at Forte Music Academy for 3 years, and since 2011, she has been giving private home piano lessons at her home studio.

Ms Tricia believes in building a strong foundation for piano students right from the start. She will work closely with parents, and also advises parents to sit in the lesson to support their kids’ learning too.

While graded piano exams are a good benchmark of a student’s playing level, Ms Tricia does not prefer students to focus too much on exams.

She prefer her students to sit for important grades only, so they can work on a wider range of repertoire, and participate in piano competitions, festivals and live events.

With her dedicated and all-rounded teaching, most of the students achieve high scores and distinctions in exams, and excel at music competitions and festivals. Some have gone on to pursue music professionally overseas.

Dr Melvin Goh

About Dr Melvin

Dr. Melvin Goh holds a Doctorate in Music Therapy and Masters in Music Performance from the University of Osaka, and currently an adjunct lecturer at LaSalle College of The Arts, teaching music production and performance particularly vocal and piano.

Multinational companies like Accor hotels (Novotel Asia Pacific), Coca Cola, Heineken, Carlsberg, Zoomoov, IHG hotels, Furama International and other major brands have also engaged Dr. Melvin for projects on music composition and production.

An educator to many young and aspiring musicians such as Matilde Girasole, Rachel Tan of the Lost Weekend, Leo, Emmeline Koh, Cherie Ko, Seth Lui of sethlui.com, Dexter Heto, Hanny Ignasia & etc, has over 20 years of teaching experience, including teaching music in Yamaha, international schools, and tertiary institutions, with students age from 4 to 87 years old. While he was employed at Yamaha, he was also the keyboard specialist / ambassador for the Clavinova Digital Pianos (CVP series)

As a vocal coach, Dr. Melvin has also trained and prepared students for label representation, recordings, and competitions such as Voice of China, Singapore’s Got Talent, KWC Singapore, Tour Music Fest, Video Festival Live and other major competitions.

As a performer, he has performed extensively across the globe, gracing the stages of Movement @ Detroit, Club Necto, Mannheim (Germany) , Ministry of Sound (Bangkok) , Hacienda, Club rouge, Alley Bar, Dbl O, The liquid room, EM By the River , Heineken Green Room Sessions @ Zouk, Coccolatte, The Butter Factory, The Esplanade and many others.

Ms Tan Ru Yi

About Ms Ru Yi

Ms Ru Yi’s love for music started at an early age and has since seen her pursue a career in teaching and performance for the past 16 years, since 2006.

A certified MOE Music Instructor, Ms Ru Yi holds a Master Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Licentiate of Trinity College London-LTCL, Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours in Music Education: Instrumental, and Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Performance. She’s currently in the final stage of her Fellowship certification.

Her passion and dedication to music teaching has helped her students to attain merits and distinctions in their music exams, and gold/silver awards in piano competitions, such as winning Gold in the 5th Asia Arts Festival, and Merit in the first WPTA Finland International Piano Competition. One of her students also won the Little Star Category for the inaugural Happy Pianist Festival in 2020.

Additionally, Ms Ru Yi is also a coach to music teachers in Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia for Diploma in Teaching and Advanced Music Theory, which many have attained Merits and Distinctions too. Recently, she was invited to be a pianist in a commercial shoot for SONY Camera.

Mr Nicholas Ho

About Mr Nicholas

Hailed as a “gifted young artist”, Singaporean pianist-composer Nicholas Ho is active as both a performer and a composer. Notable performances include a New York City debut at Steinway Hall, an American concerto debut with the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance in Chicago.

In 2006, Mr. Ho appeared in the Channel NewsAsia mini-documentary series, “Wonder Kids of Asia”, and went on to have his concerto debut with Mozart’s 14th Piano Concerto in 2007. He had subsequently made several concerto appearances with various orchestras in Singapore, with works including Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, and the world premiere performance of Robert Casteel’s Concerto pour piano et orchestra de chambre.

His performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto was described by The Straits Times as “electrifying”. Also an avid recitalist, Mr. Ho has given numerous recitals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for various charitable causes. In addition, he has also given Asian and American premieres of new solo piano works. Mr. Ho was a Piano Fellow at the 2018 Manchester Music Festival, where he performed major chamber works including Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no. 1, and Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde.

Mr. Ho holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance (Distinction) from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, as well as a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Mr. Ho is a currently a doctoral candidate with a full tuition scholarship at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers and mentors include Ong Lip Tat, Tedd Joselson, Edward Auer, and Ran Dank. Amongst various accolades, Mr. Ho was awarded the Jury Special Prize at the 5th Asian Youth Music Competition Open Category in 2012, Second Prize at the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Audition, and First Prizes at both the CCPA and CCM Concerto Competitions.

Also a composer, Mr. Ho studied composition with eminent Singaporean composer Tan Chan Boon. His output includes two sets of art songs, a Sonata for Violin and Piano, and a Piano Sonata. Recently completed compositional projects include a monumental set of 12 Études for solo piano, which will soon be recorded for commercial release.

Mr. Ho is an Arabesque Records artist, having recently released his debut commercial recording, Illumine, consisting of works by Carter, Ho, and Rachmaninoff on the New York based label. Huntley Dent on Fanfare proclaimed Mr. Ho as an pianist possessing a technique that is “powerful and fluent” and as an artist with a “poetic nature”.

Ms Cindy Photina

About Ms Cindy

Ms Cindy Photina started learning piano at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Ms Suty, Ms Sri Suliani Leo, and Ms Holly Hester. She obtained her Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with Royal College of Music.

During her study in Singapore, she was awarded with Merit Award and ASEAN Grant. She also received second award for Piano Solo – Category Mozart Sonata for her participation in the Singapore International Youth Piano Competition.

Cindy graduated with a Master Degree from Royal Northern College of Music, where she received Entrance Scholarship and Charles Greenhough Award. She was also one of the finalists for RNCM’s Duo Prize.

As a soloist and chamber musician for the past 10 years, Cindy has been invited to perform in Indonesia, Singapore, United Kingdom, and Spain.

In addition, she has worked with famous musicians locally and overseas like Dina Parakhina, Gordon-Fergus Thompson, Vanessa Latarche, Ashley Wass, Colin Stone, Toh Chee Hung, SallyAnn Macleod, and Lim Yan.

Ms Vivienne Eio

About Ms Vivienne

Vivienne Eio is a lawyer by profession and completed her training in both the UK and in Singapore. However, she continued to pursue her passion in the arts with the violin.

She is a student of Professor Weijian Zhao, the Dean and Chief Examiner of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing whom she has spent the past decade with him, understudying him in violin pedagogy and music education.

She enjoys writing on topics about teaching music effectively and is co-authoring a Violin Teaching Manual with Professor Zhao. She has been a teacher for 20 over years and her expertise are teaching very young children seeing them through competitions worldwide.

She is enthusiastic always in collaborating with other fellow musicians and playing for concerts both locally and abroad. 

As every true violin lover, she is fascinated with violin making and is the founder of the instrument workshop Belcanto Violins and Principal of Belcanto Violins Music Studio.

Ms Vivienne is the Violin Chief Judge of The Happy Music Festival.

Mr Ryan Yee

About Mr Ryan

Ryan Yee is an active participant in the Singapore music scene, playing in ensembles such as The Philharmonic Orchestra, Re:mix, Spot Pocket Opera and the Singapore Lyric Opera. He has also performed several recitals in Bangkok and appeared as a soloist with the Siam Ratchadapisek Chamber Orchestra from 2010 to 2011.

During his national service, he performed regularly with the Singapore Police Force Band and was featured in prominent solos during the World Police Band concert in Myanmar and the Halifax Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

In 2013, Ryan was a prize winner in the Intermediate category of the Thailand International Strings Competition and the Strings category of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ Music Essentials Concerto Competition.

Born in Singapore and raised in Thailand, Ryan was awarded scholarships for his studies by the Lee Foundation and the Oversea-China Banking Corporation. He was a student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the London Royal College of Music where he performed with the NAFA orchestra and the RCM Symphony orchestra under the baton of notable conductors such as Lim Yau, Ashley Solomon and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Ms Farah Wu

About Ms Farah

Ms Farah Wu is a Singaporean violinist and pianist who graduated from the Royal College of Music with Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Michał Ćwiżewicz, Itzhak Rashkovskh and Berent Korfker. She started learning the violin at age 7, beginning her studies with Eric Lee, and later on with Marietta Ku, obtaining LRSM in both Violin and Piano performance in 2017. She has also attended masterclasses with renowned violinists, including Pierre Amoyal, Krzysztof Wegrzyn and Fanny Clamagirand.

In addition to her experience as a soloist, Farah is an experienced chamber and orchestral musician, having played with established orchestras such as the RCM Symphony orchestra, Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of Music Makers. Besides classical music, she is also active in the local arts scene, street busking and raising funds for community projects. Most recently, she was a pianist in Jayden Chia’s band for Red Dot August 2017 at the Esplanade Concourse.

She is currently Junior Ensemble Conductor and a violin instructor at Nanyang Primary School String Ensemble, and has 6 years of instrumental teaching experience in both London and Singapore. As a musician and teacher, Farah believes it is important for young musicians to develop a good sense of musicality alongside a strong foundation.

Register Now

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Registration Period

Now to 29th July 2022. 

Registration Gift

All contestants will receive a Festival Gift with a Certificate Of Recognition. 

Contestants based in Singapore will receive their festival gifts and physical copy of certificate delivered at no cost. Overseas contestants will have to pay additional fee for shipping. 

How To Register

1. Registration to be completed by the applicant. Applicant can be the teacher of the contestant, parent of the contestant, or the contestant (above 18 years old)

2. Select the number of contestants for each category.

3. Make payment via credit/debit card

4. Receive a confirmation email of registration for the festival. Fees paid are non-refundable.

 

FAQ

On The Happy Music Festival 

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Who can register and compete in The Happy Music Festival 2022?

The Happy Music Festival 2022 is a music competition open to all pianists and violinists, locals or foreigners, in Singapore and overseas. Registration fee is the same for all nationalities.

Contestants based in Singapore will receive their festival gift, physical copies of certificates, and any trophy won delivered to them at no cost.

Contestants based outside of Singapore will have to pay additional fee for shipping of festival gift, physical copies of certificates and any trophy won.

How many rounds are there in this music competition?

There will be two rounds in this music competition – Semi-Final and Final.

All participants will compete in the first round, the Semi-Final via video submission.

Top performers of each category will enter the Final round, and will perform live-in-person in Singapore

How much time do I have to prepare my performance?

Once you’ve registered, you can start recording and submit your video performance for the Semi-Final round.

Video submission deadline for Semi-Final is on 29th July 2022, 2359 hours.

Final Round Live Performance will take place on 9th September 2022, Friday.

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Can I register first and decide my repertoire later?

Yes. You can register first.

Video submission deadline for Semi-Final is on 29th July 2022, 2359 hours. You can register first and decide your repertoire later.

I'm 12 years old before 1st June 2022. Can I still compete in the Classical Junior Category for Piano?

Yes. The age eligibility for Classical Junior Category (Piano) is for contestants aged 12 years old and below, as of 1st June 2022

If you are 13 years old as of 1st June 2022, you can compete in Classical Intermediate (17 years old and below), or Classical Senior (No Age Limit), and Pop Piano (No Age Limit), and Piano Four Hands (No Age Limit)

I'm 12 years old before 1st June 2022. I want to compete in higher age group categories. Can I do that?

Yes. You are welcomed to compete in categories of higher age group. There is no minimum age limit.

Can I register for both Classical and Pop categories?

Yes. You can register for both Classical and Pop categories. Registration fees of two categories will apply.

A contestant is only allowed to register for a classical category – either Classical Junior, Classical Intermediate, or Classical Senior.

If you compete in two categories, you’ll be presented with two sets of certificates, gifts, and also trophies if you win.

Can I register for both Solo and Four Hands/Two Violin categories?

Yes. You can.

For example, you can register for Piano Classical Junior, and Piano Four Hands. You can also register for Violin Classical Intermediate and Two Violins category.

I’m a teacher and I plan to send my students to compete. How many students can I send?

There is no limit on the numbers of students. You are encouraged to send as many students as you deem fit. Your students will benefit greatly from this competition as it will motivate them and build up their stage performance experience. 

I'm a teacher and if I register at least 3 students to compete in this festival, what will I receive?

If you register at least 3 students, you’ll receive a Teacher Certificate of Recognition. We appreciate you for your hard work and effort in preparing your students for this festival.

I learn in a music school. Can I represent my music school to participate in this competition?

Yes, you can. You can register and state your music school as your representative in this competition.

The name of your music school will be printed in your certificate.

If you come in top 3, the name of your music school will be featured on the result page too.

How can I make the payment for registration fees?

Registration fees payment will be made online, via credit card or debit card payment. You’ll receive an email confirmation once you complete the registration

Do I need to pay another registration fee if I enter the Final round?

No. All participants only need to register once, and you don’t need to register and pay another fee again if you enter the Final round.

On Semi-Finals: Recorded Submission

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Can I just use my phone to record my performance?

Yes. You can use a phone or camera to record, as long as the recording is raw, clear, and uninterrupted. The judging will be on the performance of the contestant, not the quality of the recording. Performance recording guidelines will be sent to every contestant upon registration.

Can I submit a video that I have recorded for other competitions and submit for The Happy Music Festival 2022?

No, you cannot. Video submission for Semi-Final of The Happy Music Festival 2022 has to adhere to recording guidelines. Videos which do not adhere to guidelines will be rejected.

Can I perform the piece with the music score, or do I have to play from memory?

You can perform with the music score and will not be penalised. The judging will be based on performance, not memory. You can also choose to play from memory if that helps you perform better.

Can I record my performance at home or in a music studio?

Yes. Both are okay. 

What is the dress code for the performance?

No official dress code. You’re encouraged to dress well just like you’re performing for a live stage performance. You’re also encouraged to dress according to the piece you’re performing. Bonus marks may be awarded based on dress code and creativity. 

When will Semi-Final results be announced?

Semi-finals results will be announced on 12th August 2022. More details will be announced nearer the date. Judges decision are final and no appeal is allowed.

On Final: Live Performance

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Where will the Final Round be held?

Date: 9th September 2022, Friday
Time: To be announced
Venue: Bechstein Music World @ Shenton Way

Piano finalists will be playing on a Full Concert Grand Piano C.Becshtein D282.

All finalists will be given more details to their final round live performance after semi-final results are announced. 

Is the Final Round open to the public?

Yes. The public can purchase tickets to attend the Final Round live performance. Ticket details to be announced on a later date.

When will Final results be announced?

Final round results will be announced on actual day. Prizes and trophies will also be presented on the same day.

The judges reserves the right not to award certain prizes if no contestants meet the competition standards.

Judges decision are final and no appeal is allowed.

On Piano and Violin Categories

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Can I perform my ABRSM/Trinity/LCM or any exam pieces?

All pieces from classical piano or violin exam syllabus (ABRSM/Trinity/LCM) will be considered under classical categories.

Do I need to submit the music sheet?

Nope, participants don’t need to submit the music sheet to us. 

Can I perform the same piece for the semi-final and the final round?

Yes. You can perform the same piece for the semi-final and the final round. You can also choose to perform a different piece for the final round, as long as your chosen piece fits the repertoire guideline.

Who can participate in Four Hands/Two Violins categories?

There are no restrictions or age limit for participants of the Piano Four Hands and Two Violin categories.

Both participants can be siblings, parent and child, teacher and student, teacher and teacher… as long as it is 2 persons!

On Certificates and Prizes

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What will I receive as a contestant?

All contestants will receive a Festival Gift and a Physical Hardcopy Certificate. Written feedback of performance will not be provided.

 

What will I receive as a winner?

If you come in top 3 of a category, you will be awarded with trophies and cash prizes.

I'm a teacher and if my student come in Top 3 in a category, what will I receive?

You’ll receive a Physical Hardcopy “Excellent Teaching Certificate” for nurturing an award-winning musician! Your name will also be announced and published together with your student on our result page to recognise you for your dedication and hard work! 

Will the name of the contestant's teacher, parent or music school be featured on the certificate or the result page?

Every contestant’s certificate will feature the name of his/her representative – which can be the teacher, parent, music school, or ownself.

If the contestant come in top 3 of a category, the representative name will also be featured on the result page.

On Copyright

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Copyright of videos and photographs

The organising committee of The Happy Music Festival reserves to right to publish any competition video and photographs of any contestant’s performance on websites and other media platforms without payment of compensation to the contestants.

The Happy Pianist Festival 2021 Winners’ Performances

Little Shining Star

Elfie Tong Woyun

Best Pop Pianist

Foo Shi Wei

Best Classical Pianist (Junior)

Cinnia Terent

Best Classical Pianist (Intermediate)

Tan Jing Yang

Best Classical Pianist (Senior)

Hubert Lo

Best Classical Violinist (Junior)

Momoe Kido

Best Classical Violinist (Junior)

Hayley Wu

Best Classical Violinist (Intermediate)

Yong Xi Neng

Best Classical Violinist (Senior)

Ryan Yee

Organizers

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