[Darkwood-SCA] Reminder - Bard of the Oaks competition at Darkwood
giguette at pacbell.net
Mon Aug 15 17:38:50 PDT 2005
Just a reminder: the competition for the new Bard of the Oaks is just a
over a month away. Time to start getting ready!
The Bard of the Oaks -- the bard of the Barony of Darkwood -- is chosen
each year at the Darkwood Arts & Sciences Tourney (Sept. 23-25). This is
a wonderful opportunity not only to display your bardic skills, but also
your love and support for the land and people of Darkwood, and especially
for our beloved Baron and Baroness. And that's just by competing -- it
even better if you win! The arts are blossoming as never before in
and the Bard of the Oaks is in a unique position support and encourage this
Bard of the Oaks is a year-long position, and carries the following
1) To attend all major Darkwood events, or find someone to convey his or
her words to the event.
2) To perform a composition at each of the following Darkwood events:
Baroness' Masked Ball, White Shield Tourney Feast, and Darkwood A&S.
3) To conduct the audition which determines his or her successor
This year's audition for Bard of the Oaks will be held at Darkwood A&S on
the evening of Saturday, September 24. Many factors will be considered in
choosing the new Bard, but at the core of this decision will be a
competition with the following format:
1) Unless otherwise specified, any piece presented may be from any of
the bardic arts, such as songs, poetry, stories, or instrumental music.
2) EACH PIECE will have a maximum performance time limit of 3 minutes.
3) Each contestant must present a separate piece in each of the following
a) A Period piece, or a piece in a Period style. Light documentation is
required for this category. A Period piece is an existing work from
1600 AD or earlier (English translations are acceptable in the case
of stories or poems). A piece in a Period style is a piece written
after 1600 which follows a documentable musical or literary style
from 1600 or earlier (greater consideration will be given if this is
an original work by the contestant).
b) A Master Work. This is a piece which you feel highlights your
particular skills as a performer, composer, or author. It does not
have to be a Period piece, or in a Period style, but it should not
be something which feels jarringly non-Period. This does not have
to be an original work by the contestant.
c) An original song, poem, or story to be composed on the day of the
contest, on a theme to be announced at the time.
I hope many of you will audition for this post. I am having a wonderful
time being Bard of the Oaks, and I think you would, too. It's a great
opportunity to perform and grow as a bard in a very friendly environment.
Bard of the Oaks
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