Solo & Ensemble

Initial Information

Please thoroughly read all information below. Students may begin signing up for Solo & Ensemble Contest. Sign-up sheets are in the main band room. Most music is selected by private lesson teachers. Some music is selected by directors. Students may also select their own literature, but it must be approved by a director. 

Both solo & ensemble contest and a WGI Regional Winter Guard Competition fall upon this day. Students involved in both activities should properly communicate with their accompanist and/or ensemble members. Entries involving winter guard students will be requested to perform early that morning and then travel back to Jenks/Union to meet up with their winter guard squads. 

District solo & ensemble contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at Sapulpa High School. Students interested in participating in solo & ensemble contests should sign up by Friday, December 7th. This allows your private lesson teacher or director to select appropriate music for you or your ensemble. Most music selected by Mr. Hillock will be passed out right after the break.  

SOLOS:

Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own musical selections and accompanist. Accompanist name (along with entry fees) HAS to be turned in by Friday, January 11th in order to be entered. The accompanist must be a live person, not a computerized program. A computer may be utilized for practice purposes. It is highly recommended that an accompanist be secured before the end of the fall semester.  Click HERE to see a list of accompanists that has been used the last several years.

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 insure that quality literature and appropriate length is being performed.

Solos are to be performed by memory and must be at least 3 minutes in length. Exceptions to this rule apply if a student is performing a solo that is on the Advanced Repertoire List (pages MU21-25 of Manual and posted at bandroom as well) or one that is a multi-movement work. For a solo to qualify as a multi-movement work, it must have three or four movements, be printed in visual form that is typical of a multi-movement work, and each movement is separate, titled, and performable alone. Theme and Variations does not qualify as a multi-movement work. Students that choose the multimovement route must prepare the entire piece for the judge. The judge, not the student, selects the movements to be performed at the contest. It is possible for a student to receive a superior rating at district contest without memorizing their solo, but students will not be allowed to qualify for state contest if they choose this option. Solos that are not at least three minutes in length will be docked one rating.

ENSEMBLES:

Only standard instrumentation ensembles may be utilized. There are several types of ensembles to choose from. Smaller ensembles are usually in trios, quartets, or quintets with same instruments (such as flute quartet, trumpet quintet, etc.) or with families of instruments (such as woodwind quartet, brass quintet, etc.). Instruments for these types of ensembles have specific instruments that cannot be altered. For example, a woodwind quartet will consist of 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, and 1 bassoon. Instruments may not be substituted unless indicated by the composer/publisher. Larger ensembles such as clarinet choir, woodwind choir, brass choir, etc. are also options and provide flexibility with the number of instruments, but not the combination or types of instruments. Duets are not allowed for HS students so ensembles must be at least three members. Students wanting to participate in ensembles should choose members who are of the same ability level, available to practice, dependable, and consistently eligible. When signing up, indicate the type of ensemble and the students who will participate in 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 insure that quality literature is being performed. Students may not duplicate ensembles (be in two of the same kind of ensemble, eg. - clarinet quartet, etc.)

ENTRY FEES:

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 - $2.75 per student
14 member ensemble - $2.60 per student
15 member ensemble - $2.40 per student
16 member ensemble - $2.25 per student
17 member ensemble - $2.10 per student
18 member ensemble - $2.00 per student

A posting of entry fees for students who have signed up will be made available after the sign up deadline. Entry fees (along with piano accompanist info) will be due by Friday, January 11th. 

Students/Ensembles who DO NOT pay their entry fees on time will not be entered for the contest. Do not sign up unless you actually plan to pay your entry fee and perform at the contest.

Even with all this information, there may still be questions.  If so, do not hesitate to ask.