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About the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod

The Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod is an annual major arts event spanning five and a half weeks in August and September each year. It covers the whole range of performing arts disciplines involving the singing voice, speech, piano, instrumental and dance. There is a whole weekend for brass instruments and bands. People travel from outside of the Gippsland region to participate, particularly in the brass bands competition. To allow performers to travel, the open sections in the vocal, piano and instrumental disciplines are also held at weekends.

Each year, the Eisteddfod gives some 4000 performers who have come from the local community and from throughout Gippsland and the wider community a chance to showcase their talents and experience performing before live audiences. From this performance the contestants receive an appraisal of their work given by highly qualified adjudicators. This critique is invaluable in the development of their talents. They also have a chance of being a recipient of part of more than $30,000 offered in awards and prizes, much of which goes towards continuing their studies in their chosen fields.

Prestigious events include:

$1000 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIRS
$1000 SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIRS
$1000 LYTHGO TRUST OPERATIC ARIA
$3700 BRASS BANDS (Divded across all grades)
$1000 DICK TEYCHENNE INSTRUMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP
   1st place - $750; 2nd place - $300; 3rd place - $100
Elsa Ryan Junior Piano Scholarship for 9-11 years: 1st place - $250, 2nd place - $100
Junior Dancing Scholarship for 9-11 years: 1st place - $250, 2nd place - $100
ALL OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS:
   1st place - $500; 2nd place - $150

Organising Committee

The following people, most of whom were appointed at the 2017 AGM, make up the Committee for the year:

President Mike Matthyssen
Vice President
Marie Moulton
Treasurer
Jenni Savige
Secretary
Anne Chambers
Sponsorship Coordinator
Rosemary Langmore
Publicity
Heather Stoddart
Convenors
Choral & Vocal - Gay Mischau
Speech & Drama - Annette O'Shea
Instrumental - Marie Moulton
Piano - Glenda McPherson
Brass Solos & Bands - Marie Moulton
Theatrical Dancing - Mariana Pearse
Office Support:
Sharon Dorling

Other members of the Association assist the Committee throughout the year, and many more members from the wider community volunteer to help run the actual event. Meetings are usually held monthly in the evening of the 4th Monday of each month (but sometimes on a Thursday) at the Kath Teychenne Centre, located at 11 Breed St in Traralgon. The Eisteddfod Organising Committee and Sponsorship Committee will always welcome new people to join to assist. For further information, ring the Eisteddfod office on 5174 2335, and look at our Volunteering Page.

If you are interested in joining the organising committee as a member of the Association, please download, print and submit the following application form to our office, and we will contact you: Membership Form. Members are also required to have a valid Working with Children Check card that has been linked to the Eisteddfod.

Members will need to agree to abide by the constitution: Constitution - as approved 2014

 

Mission Statement of the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod Inc.


The Eisteddfod encourages and supports the growth of the cultural life of the community. LVE is the profile and platform for the presentation of creativity in all its forms. It is an organisation, which is inclusive of all performing art forms, across a wide spectrum of ages. It operates for all races, cultures and standards of artistic excellence.

It exists to nurture and showcase talent from within the local community and encourages local product to compete with artists frombeyond the local community in a competition, which is conducted to professional standards in an atmosphere, which is intimate and non-threatening.

In many cases the LVE is the first public experience which performers will have, and, as such, is an important bridge between amateur activity and professional behaviour and standards.

The Eisteddfod is at the heart of the development and understanding of culture within a community.

Statement of Purposes

28th April, 1999

  1. To organize and conduct an annual Eisteddfod for the performing arts of instrumental and vocal music, speech and drama and theatrical dancing.
    • Sections shall be for junior, intermediate and senior age entrants.
    • To include sections open to entrants from all areas and sections for entrants from local districts only.
    The arts shall include:
    • Piano
    • Instrumental, including violin and other orchestral instruments, piano-accordion, recorders, brass, brass bands and other groups
    • Singing - vocal solos, duets and ensembles, choirs
    • Public speaking, group speaking, recitation, mime, prepared readings, drama and other plays
    • Theatrical dancing, classical ballet, modern dancing, character, national, tap, improvisation, mime, song and dance, spirituals, solos and duos, troupes.
    • Such other sections as shall be determined by the committee from time to time
  2. To encourage the development of performers by:
    • Providing a venue to enable them to display their talents under optimum conditions
    • Providing adjudicators of established repute for assessment of performances
    • Providing awards in recognition of outstanding merit, in the form of trophies, medals, certificates and cash
    • Offering encouragement awards and scholarships to assist in the continuation of training.
  3. To take part in community activities by:
    • Organising and presenting concerts in the performing arts
    • Making available musical instruments for the use of appropriate individuals and organisations, and
    • Administering the fund and organising the selection of students of music to receive on loan instruments available from the Traralgon Musical Instrument Fund.
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