Vocal Duet Contest Rules

2019 Lake Itasca Family Music Festival Vocal Duet Contest Rules & Guidelines

All Ages Welcome! Contest will take place on location at the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival Showcase Stage Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 9:30am.


  • Participation: Two persons per duet (participation must be in pairs).
  • Participants may provide their own acoustic backup accompaniment or choose to sing acapella (no backup instrumentation). Accompaniment music on mobile phone or CD will not be acceptable. No amplified instruments may be used in the contest.
  • All participants must arrive and check in at the Showcase Stage at 9:00am on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Contest will start promptly at 9:30 am.
  • Total length of your song may not exceed 5 minutes. Exceeding the time may lead to deduction in marks.
  • The songs and lyrics DO NOT need to be memorized.
  • Contestants should come prepared to sing two songs. One for the preliminary round and one for the final round, if chosen to proceed as a finalist.


Judging will be conducted by three judges. Vocalists will be judged based on the criteria listed below. All decisions by the judges are final.

  1. Vocal Skills: Includes pitch, breath control, dynamics, phrasing, enunciation and tone.
  2. Harmonizing Skills: how well the second singer layers their voice with the lead singer.
  3. Presentation Skills: stage presence, eye contact, body expression, facial expression, attire, and microphone technique.
  4. Choice of song material and arrangement.
  5. Judge’s overall impression of your performance: at discretion of judges.


Register online at: FamilyBluegrass.com

Deadline for Registration: Registration deadline is one day before the festival, August 1, 2019.


Contestants will compete for cash awards in each category: First Prize: $100.00 CASH Second Prize: $50.00 CASH. All decisions of the judges are final.

Happy Harmonizing!

Scoring Guidelines for Judges

1. Duet Scoring Criteria:

a. 10% Material selection and arrangement (difficulty, originality…)
b. 10% Instrumental performance (rhythm, intonation, dynamics…)
c. 60% Vocal performance (lead and harmony)
d. 20% Stage presence and entertainment value

2. Duet Scoring Evaluation

a. Three judges will assess and score each performance
b. Each judge may award up to 100 points for each song, for a total possible score of 300 points per song.
c. After each duet performance, judges will provide completed scorecards to the scorekeepers, who will tally the scores.
d. Scoring must be completed before the next duet will be told to begin.
e. Judges will score the preliminary and final round performances separately.
f. In the event of a tie, preliminary and final round scores will be combined. If the tie is still not broken, the judges will determine the ranking.
g. Judges’ scores are final. Scores will not be released.