Solo and Ensemble Festival

Solo and Ensemble Festival

Solo and Ensemble Festival


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Solo and Ensemble Festival

Middle school band members are strongly encouraged to participate in the annual Solo and

Ensemble Festival. The experience of performing a solo (student performs alone with a piano

accompanist) or in an ensemble (a small group, usually 2-4 students often of the same instrument or

instrument family) is both fun and rewarding. Participating students perform in front of a judge and

are given a rating and feedback on their performance. Students will receive help from Mrs. Lyons

and Mr. Kehl leading up to the event.

Festival Information

When: Saturday, February 9, 2013; times TBA

Where: Liberty JHS; 5900 81 st Street, Burbank, IL

Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation and should attend the performance.

Attire: Students are representing our school and should wear dress clothes.

Solo and Ensemble Festival is run by IGSMA (IL Grade School Music Assoc.). This organization

is responsible for assigning times, hiring judges, and setting the contest fees.

Mr. Kehl and Mrs. Lyons will be at the site that day for support.


Students who perform a solo rehearse and perform with a piano accompanist. The OLHMS Band

will provide students with an accompanist, and parents are responsible for contest entry fees and

accompanist fees. Rehearsals with the accompanist will be held at OLHMS, and times will be

scheduled for the participants. If you are taking private lessons, your teacher may pick out a solo,

but Mrs. Lyons and Mr. Kehl must approve it. If you have someone to accompany your solo and do

not need an assigned accompanist, please indicate this on the entry form.


Students who participate in an ensemble must list the names of the other students that they would

like to perform with. Please talk to the others first to be sure they want to participate. Each

participating member of an ensemble needs to turn in an entry form. Music will be provided for the

ensembles. Parents should be aware that there is an entry fee for participating ensemble members.

See the next page for a list of ensembles students may choose from.

Rehearsals and Help Sessions

Students will be provided with music and are expected to start learning it immediately. Mrs. Lyons

and Mr. Kehl will help in learning the music; however, the students are expected to prepare their

music ahead of time. Those in an ensemble are expected to practice together outside of school.

Parents should help coordinate these practice sessions. Members of an ensemble are dependant on

each other to have a successful performance. Please emphasize the importance of responsibility and

follow-through with your child.

For students playing a solo:

As the festival draws near, 2 rehearsals with the accompanist will be scheduled for your child. The

accompanist fee includes two 15-minute sessions. Students are expected to be at the accompanist

sessions on time and prepared to play. If a child misses a session or is late, that time will not be

made up. Fees are non-refundable, and we ask that you please emphasize the importance of

responsibility and follow-through with your child.

Student Recital - MANDATORY

We will have mandatory student recital on Wednesday, February 6 th in the evening at OLHMS.

Parents and guests should plan to attend!

Return this form with payment by Monday, November 5

My child has permission to participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festival.


Parent or Guardian Signature


Student Name (print)

What would you like to do? (Circle one) Solo Ensemble Both

then fill this out…

Solo: Contest Fee - $8 AND Accompanist Fee - $30

Check one: ___I need music assigned to me ___My private teacher will choose a solo


(leave blank if you need one assigned)

Ensemble: Contest Fee - $5 Per Member

List all participants ______________________________________________________

(first and last names)

Check your ensemble type:

_____Flute Duet

_____Flute Trio

_____Clarinet Duet

_____Clarinet Trio

_____Clarinet Choir

_____Trumpet Duet

_____Trumpet Trio

_____Horn Duet

_____Trombone/Euphonium Duet

_____Trombone/Euphonium Trio

_____Alto Sax Duet

_____Alto Sax Trio

_____Alto Sax Quartet

_____Alto/Tenor Sax Duet

_____Sax Choir

_____Snare Drum Duet

_____Percussion Ensemble

Contest Fees

Accompanist Fee

(solos only)

Solo $8


$5 per member


Make checks payable to OLHMS.

Total Fees Due

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