Solo & Ensemble

Solo & Ensemble Contest - (updated 2/8/21)

OSSAA is offering Solo & Ensemble contests, but sites hosting the contest are limited, not providing a suitable opportunity for our students to participate. Instead, Jenks has chosen to host its own contest so that our students can still take part in this event. Contest for high school students will be Saturday, April 24th. Contest for the middle school students will be Saturday, May 1st. 

High School students have signed up for the event. Music has been passed out and students may begin practicing their music. As the availability of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recent years, it is important to note that music must be properly copyrighted in order to perform. Students should make sure that they are purchasing legal copies of music. 

The staff is currently working to put together all the details to run the contest. Below is the current information. More details will be shared as they become available. 

PIANO ACCOMPANISTS
Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own accompanist. Music is to be performed in the manner that it was originally conceived. There are several options that will be acceptable for this contest. The preferred option is to use a live accompanist. Finding one might be more challenging as some piano players may not be available this year. The second option is to have a person record the piano accompaniment and the student play with the recording. If a student chooses this option - the quality of the recording is critical. A superior performance cannot be achieved with a lousy recording. There are more details to be defined here, (for example, a sound system may or may not be available to the student at the performance), but at this point thought should be given to how the accompaniment music will be played in the room with the soloist if one is not. There is the possibility of a third option where the student uses a computer program called Smart Music to accompany the solo. Smart Music has been available for many years and provides many features than can be helpful in student performances and musical development. Jenks does not normally utilize this software, but has access to it. If a student is interested in pursuing this avenue, they should spend some time exploring this option to see if it is a viable choice for them. The Smart Music library of solo literature is extensive, but students should check to see if their music is available before investing too much time or money. A subscription and proper equipment compatible with the computer would need to be purchased. Time would also need to be spent learning to work the program to best fit the needs of the musician. Regardless of the option chosen, money will be involved. Piano accompanists normally charge a certain amount for rehearsals and performances, would charge a certain amount to record the music. 

Students will need to decide which option they want to utilize for this contest. There will be a deadline to turn in this information, but it has not been set yet. It is recommended that students get an early start on this so they can be prepared for the event in April. Students should be aware that some of our regular accompanists may not be available this year. It is standard to pay accompanists for both rehearsal and performance times. Fees vary according to accompanists and level of music. A list of potential piano accompanists for live or recorded performances is available HERE

ENTRY FEES
Solo Entries are $10.00. Ensemble entries are $5.00 per member for each ensemble. Entry fees are due by Friday, February 19th. Fees may be paid with check, cash (in properly marked envelope), trip fund (if money is in the account), or online (through the band parent account). 

An initial list based upon what events students have signed up for is available HERE

DEADLINES
Sign Up - Completed. Music passed out to all students
Entry Fees - Friday, February 19th.
Accompanist Information - TBD

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(Original Posting in early December).

Students may now sign up for Solo & Ensemble Events on Tuesday, December 8th through Friday, December 18th. At this time, we do not know if OSSAA will host contests this year or not. We plan to move forward and still Solos & Ensembles one way or the other. If OSSAA does have contests, we will participate as usual. If they do not, then we will plan to host a recital event(s) so that students still get a chance to perform their music. This year, we are having students do solos and smaller ensembles (trios, quartets, quintets), but not the larger choirs/ensembles. It might be possible that a few larger groups are granted permission to perform, but under the condition that a director agrees to rehearse the group and that students in the ensemble are consistent with practice habits and rehearsal attendance. Again, this would be the exception this year. 

Below is a modified version of the information that is normally made available at the beginning of Solo & Ensemble Season. Please read thoroughly to be aware of any changes or possible scenarios in anticipation of different circumstances. 

SOLOS
Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own musical selections and accompanist. If OSSAA conducts their events, students will have to turn an accompanist name in early January. A tentative deadline to turn in an accompanist name is listed at the bottom of this page. It is recommended that students start looking for their accompanist now in order to be ready for either scenario. Students should be aware that some of our regular accompanists may not be available this year. It is standard to pay accompanists for both rehearsal and performance times. Fees vary according to accompanists and level of music. Click HERE to see a list of accompanists that has been used the last several years. If OSSAA does not conduct their events, we may choose a couple of different avenues to accompany students on their solos during our recital events. 

There is no memory rule or Advanced Repertoire List this year. Solos must be at least 3 minutes in length. Solos that are not at least three minutes in length will be docked one rating at an OSSAA contest.

As the availability of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recent years, it is important to note that music must be properly copyrighted in order to perform at OSSAA events. Students should make sure that they are purchasing legal copies of music. 

It is standard for private lesson teachers to select student solos.  However, a director is able to select a solo for a student if needed. Indicate on the sign up sheet if you need a director to select your solo. Your director must approve all solos in order to ensure that quality literature and appropriate length is being performed.

ENSEMBLES
Ensembles must be standard number and instrumentation (flute quartet, brass quintet, etc.). There is no mixing and matching of instruments – the ensemble must be exactly what the composer/arranger has called for in the composition. Duets are not allowed for High School band students so ensembles must be at least three members. See below for a list of standard type ensembles*. 

Again, as the availability of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recent years, it is important to note that music must be properly copyrighted in order to perform at OSSAA events. Students should make sure that they are purchasing legal copies of music. 

Students wanting to participate in ensembles should choose wisely the members who will be in their ensemble. A good ensemble member is consistently available to practice, responsible for their part, academically eligible, and should be similar in ability level with other members. Students may not duplicate or be in two of the same kind of ensemble. (for example – a student can be in a clarinet trio and a clarinet quartet, but they cannot be in two clarinet quartets.

When signing up, indicate the type of ensemble and the students who will participate in the ensemble. All students listed should consent to participating before entering the ensemble. Indicate on the sign-up sheet if you need a director to select your ensemble music. Your director must approve all ensembles in order to ensure that quality literature is being performed. Sometimes the music selected requires a piano accompanist. 

*Standard Ensembles - (same instruments)
Flute - Quartet, Choir (could include Alto or Bass Flute), Trio (not very much literature available)
Clarinet - Quartet, Quintet ( include Bass Clarinet), Choir (could include Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet and/or Contra Clarinet), Trio (not very much literature available)
Saxophone - Quartet (2 Altos, Tenor, Bari), Choir, Quintet (not very much literature available)
Trumpet - Quartet, Trio (not very much literature available)
Horn - Quartet, Trio (not very much literature available)
Trombone - Quartet (could include Bass Trombone), Trio (not very much literature available)

*Standard Ensembles - (mixed instruments)
Woodwind Trio - (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet), 
Woodwind Quartet - (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon)
Woodwind Quintet - (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn)
Brass Quartet - (2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone)
Brass Quintet - (2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba)
Woodwind Choir - (usually includes a mixture of all woodwind instruments)
Brass Choir - (usually includes a mixture of all brass instruments)
Tuba Quartet - (2 Euphoniums, 2 Tubas)
Percussion Ensembles - vary and completely depend on each composition

ENTRY FEES
If OSSAA hosts contests this year, the following fees would apply and would be due in early January. A tentative deadline for entry fees is listed at the bottom of the page. 

Entry fees for district contest are: solo - $10.00, small ensemble (2-6 members) - $18.00, medium ensemble (7-12 members) - $36.00, and larger ensemble (13-18) - $54.00.  Entry fees are also due on Friday, January 11th - the same day as accompanist information is due.  The cost for each ensemble will be divided evenly between each member per ensemble. A break down of cost is listed below. Costs are rounded to the nearest nickel.

Solos - $10.00 per student, per entry
Trio - $6.00 per student
Quartet - $4.50 per student
Quintet (5) - $3.60 per student
Sextet (6) - $3.00 per student
Septet (7) - $5.15 per student
Octet (8) - $4.50 per student
Nonet (9) - $4.00 per student
10 member ensemble - $3.60 per student
11 member ensemble - $3.30 per student
12 member ensemble - $3.00 per student
13 member ensemble - $4.15 per student
14 member ensemble - $3.85 per student
15 member ensemble - $3.60 per student
16 member ensemble - $3.40 per student
17 member ensemble - $3.20 per student
18 member ensemble - $3.00 per student

DEADLINES
Sign Up - Friday, December 18th
Accompanist Information - Tuesday, January 18th
Entry Fees - Tuesday, January 18th