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APPC-LA 2013 Jury Rules

April 24, 2013


  1. The Jury acts on the basis of the Competition Rules and the provisions of the present Rules of the Competition Jury.
  2. The Jury’s task is to assess the interpretational skills of each of the participants in the Competition, based exclusively on their performances during the Competition and to award prizes to the best competitors.
  3. While the Competition is in progress, the Jurors are obliged to refrain from expressing their opinions in public about the competitors and the results of particular stage.
  4. No communication of any kind is allowed between the jurors and the contestants for as long as they are actively participating in the Competition.
  5. The deliberations of the Jury are confidential. They are attended by the Trustee of the Jury appointed by the President of the Paderewski Music Society.
  6. Every member of the Jury is obliged to listen to and assess all participants at each stage of the Competition and to take part in the Jury’s deliberations.
  7. A judge may chose not to vote for a particular participant if he or she feels that an objective assessment  of that contestant would not be possible because of previous circumstances. In such a case, the number of YES votes required for that participant will be accordingly reduced. The Trustee of the Jury must be notified of any such case.
  8. The President of the Paderewski Society may sanction a Juror’s absence in exceptional circumstances. In  such a situation, the absence will be noted on the mark sheets, and the number of ‘YES’ votes required, as  specified in the voting rules, will be proportionally reduced, according to the number of listened-to performances.
  9. In principle, the Jury will admit 6 pianists to the final round.
  10. A “YES/NO” and points voting system on a scale of a 100 will be used throughout the Competition.
  11. In the “YES/NO” system, the Juror expresses his/her opinion regarding a competitor’s admission to the next stage.
  12. Each judge will be provided with a voting ballot for each of the contestants. At the end of the semi-final round each juror will write YES or NO on the ballot, representing his or her choice of the 6 finalists. In addition, a judge will give points to every contestant. The names of the contestants with the highest number of YES votes will be announced to the Jury by the Trustee. If the 6 finalists are not established by the          YES/NO votes, the points will be decisive. The contestants for whom the judge votes YES must receive from that judge a minimum of 80 points.
  13. In the final round, at the conclusion of the round, each judge will give points to the finalists. The top three must be given a minimum of 90 points and the points between them must be differentiated reflecting the judge’s choice for the first, second and third prize. The other three finalists should receive no more than 89 points and no less than 75. The points do not need to be differentiated.
  14. In case of a vote differing from the overall arithmetic mean for that candidate by more than 10 points, an additional arithmetic mean will be calculated without that vote.  Next, that “extreme” vote will be adjusted to the nearest whole number within 10 points up or down from that new mean. The final determinant average will be arrived at that way. (Example: the votes are 99, 98, 92, 94, and 81.  The mean is 92.8.  The vote of 81 is outside the allowed range.  A new mean, calculated without that vote is 99 +98 + 92 + 94 = 383:4 = 95.7.  Therefore the lowest allowed number is 85.6.  The original vote of 81 will be raised to 86 ( nearest number) and a final average will be calculated using the numbers 99, 98, 92, 94, and 86.  The final score is 93.8.
  15. Each ballot, and any corrections on it, must be initialed by a judge submitting his or her vote.
  16. The special prizes will be awarded by discussion only, based on the ballots provided by the jurors. For each   of the special prizes, each of the Jurors may put forward in writing the name of one candidate.  The prize will be awarded to the candidate who receives the most votes, on condition that he/she was designated by    more than half of the Jurors present. If the first ballot fails to produce such an outcome, the disclosure of the  result will be followed by further written ballots, in which the candidates with the least number of votes will be eliminated until the above-mentioned outcome is obtained. If only two candidates remain and neither receives the majority of votes of the members of the Jury, the prize will not be awarded.
  17. Those procedures are conducted and supervised by the Trustee of the Jury.
  18. The Jury has the right-by a simple majority to make changes to the scheme of prizes, with the proviso that the overall sum of money allocated to the prizes and distinctions cannot be increased, and the sums for particular prizes and distinctions cannot be lower than provided for in the Competition Rules.
  19. The decisions of the Jury are final and not subject to appeal.
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