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Performance Guidelines

Performance Guidelines

The Performance Option is open to all graduate students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the performing arts. These students include those in the School of Visual Arts for whom performance art is the focus of their graduate work.  

Because this year’s Exhibition will be in a virtual format, performances will be pre-recorded in collaboration with the School of Music staff, and performers should contact Max Zorin at mxz16@psu.edu for more information and detailed instructions.  Performers will create a video that includes an introduction to their performance with a short explanation of their choice of performance piece followed by the performance itself. The presentation, introduction and performance, should not exceed ten minutes. Performers will submit a publicly accessible link to their presentation to the Exhibition site (instructions on how to do this will be sent to those registered at a later date).  Each performer will be able to engage with viewer and judges through a comment box associated with their performance videos.

Performances will be judged online from March 24 through March 26, 2021. 

Judging Criteria for the Performance Option

Judges will be asked to score each presentation on a scale of 1-10 in five different categories. Descriptions of the criteria to use for scoring can be found below.

Introduction

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Exceptionally well-articulated description of choice of performance piece
  • Easily understood by an educated non-expert
  • Well-articulated description of choice of performance piece
  • Understandable by an expert but not by an educated non-expert
  • Somewhat unclear description of choice of performance piece
  • Not completely understandable to experts and non-experts
  • Description of choice of performance piece not well articulated
  • Confusing to all

Artistry

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Exceptional artistry
  • Outstanding emotional engagement
  • Very good artistry
  • Performs with emotion
  • Somewhat uneven artistry
  • Performance occasionally lacking in emotion
  • Lacking in artistry
  • No emotional engagement displayed

Technique

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Exceptional technique
  • Excellent rhythmic fluidity and articulation of phrasing
  • Very good technique
  • Rhythmic fluidity and articulation of phrasing are at a reasonably high level
  • Technique somewhat uneven
  • Rhythmic fluidity and articulation of phrasing are variable
  • Technique needs improvement
  • Rhythmic fluidity and articulation of phrasing are lacking

Stage Presence

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Polished presentation
  • Excellent poise and stage presence
  • Very good presentation
  • Performed with poise and stage presence
  • Acceptable presentation
  • Poise and stage presence could be improved
  • Substandard presentation
  • Poor poise and stage presence

Overall Presentation

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Outstanding overall performance
  • Very Good overall performance
  • Acceptable overall performance
  • Rough overall performance

Recognition

Those individuals whose performances are judged best will receive monetary awards of $100 to $500.

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