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Solo/Ensemble Contest

This page will be updated with information for the 2018 contest as it becomes available.

The best way for musicians to improve their skills as performers is simply to practice performing and this event provides an opportunity to do just that. Students learn about the preparation involved and experience playing in a more independent setting while gaining valuable feedback on their successes and tips for future improvement from a judge. Enclosed is all the information you need to enjoy a successful day of music!


Warm-Up Area/Band Room
Signs will direct you to the band room when you arrive where you can set up instruments, warm- up, and tune prior to performing. Parents and other attendees will be able to wait here as well.

Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned performance time, allowing yourself time to put together your instrument, warm-up and tune. Each performance is allotted 10 minutes to both perform and to receive in-person feedback from their judge.

Please remember, this is not a competition. You are assigned ratings based only on your performance and not compared to anyone else. The purpose of being rated is to gain feedback on what you did well and what you could improve on! Students will be able to receive in-person feedback from their judge immediately following the performance.
Performers will also receive a rating of I+ (perfect score), I, II or III. Rating sheets with specific scores and any written comments from judges will be available from your band director the following week as well as medals for those scoring Ist or IInd ratings.

Wear nice clothes such as dress slacks or skirts/dresses. No t-shirts, tennis shoes, or jeans. Your appearance is an important part of your presentation!

Soloists with accompanists
Because accompanists are playing for multiple students, there could be a slight schedule overlap if the schedule is running ahead or behind. Simply wait for your accompanist in the warm-up area should there be a delay.

Ensemble Members
If you have a last-minute illness, etc... and are unable to attend for any reason, please let your group members know. Ensembles should still come plan to perform their portion of their piece.

Event Courtesy
REMEMBER to be quiet in the halls so as not to disturb performances taking place! Only play instruments in the warm-up room.