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Submit your email address to received information on the 2015 Contest (August 2nd)

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Kelvin Peralto

Izi Holokahi

Congratulations to all of the 2014 contestants!
Division 13 years and younger: Nathan Garcia, Andrew Flynn, Jake Shimada, Hannah Nagakura,
                                                   Sydney Chan, Matthew Lee, Andrew Lee
Division 14 years to 17 years: Titus Bell, Aaron Basa, Peyton Young, Kotaro Alt

2014 Contest Results

Division: 13 years and younger
  • 1st Place: Jake Shimada, 9 years old from San Jose Ca
  • 2nd Place: Hannah Nagakura, 11 years old from San Jose Ca
  • 3rd Place: Andrew Flynn, 13 years old from San Anselmo Ca
Division: 14 years through 17 years
  • 1st Place: Kotaro Alt, 15 years old from Honolulu, HI
  • 2nd Place: Aaron Basa, 17 years old from Vallejo , CA
1st Place: Kotaro Alt   1st Place: Jake Shimada
 
     
2nd Place: Aaron Basa   2nd Place: Hannah Nagakura
 
     
Contest Judges - Kimo, Kelvin and Ben   3rd Place: Andrew Flynn
 
     




Sunday August 3nd 2014 at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Contest winners will perform on the main festival stage at 2:00 pm


2014 Registration is Closed

1st Annual Ukes for Kids SF Bay Area ‘Ukulele Contest will be held on Sunday August 3nd 2014 at the San Mateo County Fair ground during the 19th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival (http://www.pica-org.org/alohafest/) at the Educational Exhibit Area stage from 11:00 am - 1:00.

Contestants are required to attend the Preparation Session which is scheduled July 12th at DaSilva 'Ukulele in Berkeley. In the Preparation Session the contestants will present their contest song to the contest judges and will be given feedback on all aspects of the judging criteria. If there are more registrations in a division than available contest spots these sessions will be used as a means of selecting the contestants for the contest on August 3rd.

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Divisions
    1) Solo 13 years and younger
    2) Solo 14 years to 17 years
    3) Vocal 17 years and younger. 
Prizes
1st place for all divisions: New KoAloha 'Ukulele. 1st place plaque. Perform winning presentation on the main Aloha Festival stage (if you choose to do so). Perform winning presentation on the Pacific Vibes Radio (if you choose to do so).  Prize Package
2nd place for all divisions: 2nd place plaque. Prize Package
3rd place for all divisions: 3rd place plaque. Prize Package
All other contestants: Prize Package
Event Goals
• Provide a means for contestants to showcase their talents, develop relationships and learn from each other

• Focus on nurturing the musical talent of our young ‘ukulele enthusiasts.

• Ho’omau (perpetuate) the ’ukulele and build the ‘ukulele community with focus on our keiki (kids)

• Create dialog with the ‘ukulele community to help understand how the Ukes for Kids SF Bay Area can better serve, support and integrate with ‘ukulele and music community.
 
 
Registration
Registration is free and available online @ http://www.ukesforkids.com/contestreg.aspx. Registrations will be accepted on a first come basis until we reach capacity.  If there are more registrations in a division than available contest spots the Preparation Sessions will be used as a means of selecting the final contestants for the contest on August 3rd. If this happens contestants will be informed if they have been selected for the contest by Sunday July 20.

When / Where
Saturday August 3rd 2014 at the San Mateo County Event Center 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Contest will be held in the Educational Exhibit Area at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Required contest Preparation Session is being held at DaSilva 'Ukulele in Berkeley CA (2547-8th Street #28, Berkeley, CA) from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.  More information on this regarding times and such will be sent to registered contestants.

Performance Rules
All Divisions:
 
  • Contestants are allowed to perform one song with a maximum of three minutes
  • Contestants are to perform solo with no special effects. Contestant’s instrument will be amplified either using contestants instrument’s internal pickup or an instrument microphone
  • Song choice is to the discretion of the contestant. Song name and composer must be provided at the contest Preparation session and finalized, if changed, two weeks prior to the contest
Division #1) Solo 13 years and younger and Division #2) Solo 14 years to 17 years
 
  • Judging criteria: 0-10 points will be awarded for each of the following performance criteria: a) stage presence b) strumming, rhythm and picking c) difficulty of song d) creativity and originality e) overall
Division #3) Vocal 17 years and younger
 
  • Vocal performance must be accompanied by ‘ukulele.
  • Judging criteria: 0-10 points will be awarded for each of the following performance criteria: a) stage presence b) vocal ability c) strumming, rhythm and picking d) creativity and originality e) overall