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Campus Challenge: Categories and Rules

GENERAL COMPETITION RULES

Below are the general competition rules for Campus Challenge at Southern Wesleyan University. Scroll down for rules and rubrics on specific categories.

Participant Qualifications

  • AGE LIMIT – All participants must be within the approved age limit – 12 through 19 anytime during the year of the competition. Participants may compete the summer/fall following senior year in high school, but cannot compete past that fall.
  • REGISTRATION – Each participant must be registered and pay established entry fee.

Entry Qualifications

  • CHRISTIAN VALUES – Entries in all categories will be consistent with Christian values.
  • NUMBER OF ENTRIES – A participant may have no more than one entry per category, but there is no limit to the number of categories in which they may participate. Also, a participant may only participate in ONE GROUP per category.
  • REUSE OF ENTRIES – Participants may not reuse an entry for which they have been awarded a scholarship. A participant may not present the same entry in multiple categories.
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT – Any special equipment needed should be requested from the Campus Challenge Director two weeks in advance and is subject to availability. Other than a piano, Campus Challenge does not provide musical instruments for your performance.

Presentation

  • TIME LIMITS – Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes except in the Oration categories. The timekeeper will inform the participant when to begin the performance. If the performance goes over the allotted time limit, two points will be subtracted from the final score.
  • SET UP – For performances where set-up is required (drama, etc.), a time limit of one minute will be allowed for set-up.
  • MEMORIZATION All participants must have their presentations memorized, with the exception of Instrumental Division Groups.
  • COPIES – All participants will submit five copies of their music/manuscript to the judges prior to the performance. ONE of the five will be AN ORIGINAL MUSIC/MANUSCRIPT of the arrangement performed by the participant. Failure to submit copies will result in an automatic disqualification (unless specified “not required”). Copies of these materials MAY be used for judging purposes only. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed after the performance. Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.
  • ACCOMPANIMENT – All tapes/CDs submitted for performance must be original. If a track was downloaded from the internet, proof of purchase must accompany the track.
  • COPYRIGHT LAWS – Copyright laws prohibit the use of photocopies in performance, including by an accompanist. If a photocopy is used in the performance, the performer will be DISQUALIFIED. Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.
  • UNPUBLISHED MUSIC – Unpublished music is acceptable provided it includes a lead sheet and melody line. Make a note on the music copies that the piece is unpublished.
  • NON-ENGLISH ENTRIES – Presentations in a language other than English must include a translation into English. Translations must be typed or printed clearly and provided to the judges with the five copies of music/manuscript.
  • CHRISTIAN VALUES – Entries in all categories will be consistent with Christian values. Music must be sacred or classical, appropriate for church music or to be performed in worship either historically or in contemporary practice, or any vocal music whose lyrics are Christian in context. See Category Rules for specific application.
  • SCORING CRITERIA – The official scoring sheets contain criteria on which each participant shall be judged. The participant is responsible to choose material that fits the criteria for the category. Each criteria will be scored on a numerical scale. The highest scores indicate the best performance.
  • ATTIRE – Campus Challenge is a scholarship competition. As such, a certain standard of dress is expected. Therefore, participants should keep the following guidelines in mind when choosing clothing or costuming appropriate for the competition:
    • You will be judged on the appropriateness of your appearance. An example of appropriate attire for men might be dress slacks and a collared shirt; for women, a pantsuit, dress, skirt or dress slacks and a nice top. (Exceptions: Dressing as a character for a dramatic presentation is an example of acceptable attire. Dressing in jeans and t-shirts because you are a “casual worship band” is not acceptable.)
    • Be careful not to dress in such a way as to inadvertently draw attention away from your performance.
    • When unsure, it is better to dress more conservatively.

CATEGORIES

ART

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Defined as any completed work of art that is consistent with generally accepted Christian principles, and is an outgrowth of the artist’s Christian faith.
  • Participant must be present at the time of judging.
  • Participant should be prepared to answer questions relating to inspiration, process, personal meaning, etc.
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This statement must accompany the entry or there will be a two point deduction.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Is my name displayed on or near the artwork?
  • Have I completed a Fine Arts Idea Statement and attached it to the project?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Dance Solo/Group

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your performance and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • If you are using an accompaniment track, you must perform with the original track. If a track was downloaded from the internet, proof of purchase must accompany the track.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have my accompaniment track?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Dramatic Presentation Group (Drama & Mime)

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your presentation must be Christian in content.
  • Dance is not allowed in this category.
  • Your presentation and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your presentation must be memorized.
  • You must provide the judges with the original manuscript and 4 photocopies. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do we have the original manuscript?
  • Do we have 4 photocopies of the manuscript?
  • Are we dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition?  For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Dramatic Presentation Solo (Drama & Mime)

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your presentation must be Christian in content.
  • Dance is not allowed in this category.
  • Your presentation and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your presentation must be memorized.
  • You must provide the judges with the original manuscript and 4 photocopies. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have the original manuscript?
  • Do I have 4 photocopies of the manuscript?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition?  For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Instrumental & Vocal Group (Worship Teams)

Score Sheet

Rules

  • There must be at least 3 and no more than 15 members in the group.
  • NO adult musicians allowed.
  • Your song must be Christian in content.
  • Your song and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • The vocal portion of your performance must be memorized.
  • Music/score is not required for this category. You may choose to provide judges with a lyric sheet.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Are we dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Instrumental Small/Large Ensemble

Score Sheet

Rules

  • You must not exceed the number of participants allowed in each category: 
    • Small Ensemble – 2 to 8 participants
    • Large Ensemble – 9 or more participants
  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection does not have to be memorized.
  • Before your performance, you must submit to the judges the original music/manuscript of the arrangement. You may use the original during the performance after you present it to the judges.
  • You must submit to the judges 4 photocopies of the original music/manuscript. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition. (Copyright laws prohibit the use of photocopies in performance, including by the accompanist. If a photocopy is being used in the performance, the performer will be disqualified.) Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.
  • If you are using an accompaniment track, you must perform with the original track. If a track was downloaded from the internet, proof of purchase must accompany the track.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do we have our original music/manuscript?
  • Do we have 4 photocopies of the music/manuscript?
  • Do we have the accompaniment track?
  • Are we dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Instrumental Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection must be memorized.
  • Before your performance, you must submit to the judges the original music/manuscript of the arrangement along with 4 photocopies. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition. (Copyright laws prohibit the use of photocopies in performance, including by the accompanist. If a photocopy is being used in the performance, the performer will be disqualified.) Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.
  • DRUMS: Music is required. If no drum music is available you may write out your own arrangement. The arrangement must be clear and accurate. The performance will be judged according to the arrangement provided.
  • If you are using an accompaniment track, you must perform with the original track. If a track was downloaded from the internet, proof of purchase must accompany the track. 

Competition Day Checklist

    • Do I have my original music/manuscript?
    • Do I have 4 photocopies of the music/manuscript?
    • Do I have the accompaniment track?
    • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire
Keyboard Group

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection does not have to be memorized.
  • Before your performance, you must submit to the judges the original music/manuscript of the arrangement. You may use the original during the performance after you present it to the judges.
  • You must submit to the judges 4 photocopies of the original music/manuscript. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition. (Copyright laws prohibit the use of photocopies in performance. If a photocopy is being used in the performance, the performer will be disqualified.) Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do we have our original music/manuscript?
  • Do we have 4 photocopies of the music/manuscript?
  • Are we dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Keyboard Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection must be memorized.
  • Before your performance, you must submit to the judges the original music/manuscript of the arrangement along with 4 photocopies. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition. Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have our original music/manuscript?
  • Do I have 4 photocopies of the music/manuscript?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Literature

Score Sheet

Rules

  • This category includes poetry and prose.
  • Entry must be Christian in content.
  • Entry must be 1000 words or less.
  • Participant must provide 5 copies of the entry for judging purposes.
  • Participant must be present at the time of judging.
  • Participant should be prepared to answer questions relating to inspiration, process, personal meaning, etc.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have 5 copies of the entry?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Music Composition Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Includes instrumental and vocal compositions.
  • The composition must be performed, either live or by recording.
  • It does not need to be performed by the composer.
  • It does not have to be memorized.
  • Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • The composer should be prepared to answer questions relating to inspiration, process, personal meaning, etc.
  • Your entry must include a LEAD SHEET.
  • You will be scored on the Christian emphasis of your entry.
  • Participant must provide 5 copies of the entry for judging purposes.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have 5 copies of the entry?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Object Lesson Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your presentation must be Christian in content.
  • Your presentation and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your presentation must be memorized.
  • A script is not required.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Original Oration Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Includes speeches or sermons written by the participant.
  • Entry must be Christian in content.
  • Presentation must be memorized.
  • Presentation must be 4 to 7 minutes long. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • 5 copies of the outline or manuscript must be submitted to the judges.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have 5 copies of the entry?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Photography

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Defined as any completed photographic work of art that is consistent with generally accepted Christian principles, and is an outgrowth of the artist’s Christian faith.
  • The project can be black and white, color, or special effect (such as sepia, etc.).
  • Participant must be present at the time of judging.
  • Participant should be prepared to answer questions relating to inspiration, process, personal meaning, etc.
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This statement must accompany the entry or there will be a two point deduction.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Is my name displayed on or near the work?
  • Have I completed a Fine Arts Idea Statement and attached it to the project?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Standard Oration Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Includes speeches which are expositions, patriotic readings, or narratives.
  • Entry must be Christian in content.
  • Presentation must be memorized.
  • Presentation must be 4 to 7 minutes long. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • 5 copies of the outline or manuscript must be submitted to the judges.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have 5 copies of the entry?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Videography

Score Sheet

Rules

  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This will help the judges understand what your entry is all about and understand the concept that you want to portray with your entry. You must submit this “statement” or else you will be deducted 2 points by each judge on your evaluation score sheets.
  • The video may be done in black and white or color.
  • The video must not exceed a 3 minute time limit. There is not a set minimum time limit but the maximum time limit is 3 minutes.
  • Projects should be presented as an MP4 file to be presented on a thumb drive

Competition Day Checklist

  • Have I completed a Fine Arts Idea Statement and attached it to the project?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Vocal Ensemble & Choir

Score Sheet

Rules

  • You must not exceed the number of participants allowed in each category: 
    • Small Ensemble – 2 to 8 participants
    • Large Ensemble – 9 to 16 participants
    • Choir – 17 or more participants
  • The lyrics of your song must be Christian in content.
  • Your song and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your song must be memorized.
  • Before your performance, you must submit to the judges the original music/manuscript of the arrangement along with 4 photocopies. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition. (Copyright laws prohibit the use of photocopies in performance, including by the accompanist. If a photocopy is being used in the performance, the performer will be disqualified.) Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.
  • If you are using an accompaniment track, you must perform with the original track. If a track was downloaded from the internet, proof of purchase must accompany the track.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do we have our accompaniment track?
  • Do we have our original music/manuscript?
  • Do we have 4 photocopies of the music/manuscript?
  • Are we dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 
Vocal Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • The lyrics of your song must be Christian in content.
  • Your song and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your song must be memorized.
  • Before your performance, you must submit to the judges the original music/manuscript of the arrangement along with 4 photocopies. Failure to submit photocopies will result in an automatic disqualification. Your photocopies will not be returned and will be destroyed at the completion of the competition. (Copyright laws prohibit the use of photocopies in performance, including by the accompanist. If a photocopy is being used in the performance, the performer will be disqualified.) Downloaded music is acceptable provided a copy of the purchase receipt is attached.
  • If you are using an accompaniment track, you must perform with the original track. If a track was downloaded from the internet, proof of purchase must accompany the track.

Competition Day Checklist

  • Do I have my accompaniment track?
  • Do I have my original music/manuscript?
  • Do I have 4 photocopies of the music/manuscript?
  • Am I dressed in a way that is appropriate for a scholarship competition? For more info on this, see Presentation Rules – Attire 

 

Registration & Contact 

Click the link below to sign up for the upcoming Campus Challenge!

Registration coming soon

When

August 1, 2020

Where

Southern Wesleyan University
907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, SC 29630

How Much

$35 per individual entry (students may enter in multiple categories)

Who to Contact

Rev. Gail Kerstetter: