Judging Guidelines

(Differences from WWC2022 in Blue)

Minus checkpoints (TECHNIQUE) (★1~5 points each)

  • Pitch (include at the beginning of phrase, miss-tone…)
  • Precise (miss-tone, rough, rhythm lag…) (include live accompaniment)
  • Tone quality (e.g. husky, unstable, throat/warbling noise…)
  • Breath control (e.g. incorrect breath position, breath noise…)
  • Microphone (too far, mis adjustment of mic direction or height, brow noise…)
  • Other technique issue

Minus checkpoints (PRESENTATION) (★1~5 points each)

  • Dynamics (too flat, inappropriate using of piano and forte…)
  • Vibrato, Portamento (incorrect use)
  • Rhythm, Phonetic value
  • Expression
  • Arrangement (e.g. lengthy, too easy piece, inappropriate range…)
  • Other expression issue

Plus checkpoints (☆1~5 points each)

  • Precise, Carefully (accurate & appropriate pitch, meticulousness)
  • High-level technic (e.g. very fast, difficult piece precisely and with high musically…)
  • Beautiful / attractive tone
  • Excellent expression / arrangement
  • Moved deeply
  • Originality (Originality performances, creative arrangements)
  • New possibility (new possibility, innovative, challenge)

Minus checkpoints (OVERALL) (★5~20 points)

  • Time over or shortage
  • Improper accompaniment 1 (include the same melody as whistling for more than around half of the piece…)
  • Improper accompaniment 2 (include whistling or vocal)
  • A cappella (for more than half of the piece, except Allied Arts)
  • Using finger (except Allied Arts)
  • Non-simultaneous play (The instrument and the whistling is not performed simultaneously and done alternatively) (apply for Hikifuki category)
  • Duplicate pieces (between 2nd and Final Round for Recorded Accompaniment category Adult division) or (between 1st and Final Round for Hikifuki category) or (The same piece that you performed in the same category in the past WWC) (points deducted) (Except Recorded audition)
  • Inappropriate genre (e.g. popular arrangement in classical genre…)
  • Disqualification (e.g. using tuner device for whistling on stage or using automatic instrument in Hikifuki category)
  • Other deviation (omission) from guidelines

(updated on Apr 20th, 2024)