BCPS Solo and Ensemble Festival (Feb)

This BCPS festival is held every year in late February.  Applications are due to your music teacher by late January.  See calendar for this year's application due dates.

 

This is for all music students.  Since this is a student-centered event, it is up to the student to decide whether to perform solo and/or with a ensemble, select an ensemble (if needed), select music, obtain an accompanist (if needed), practice, etc.

 

The percussion instruments are available in the Percussion Room (ie, Timpani, Snare Drum, Concert Bass Drum, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells). Items not listed will have to be the supplied by the individual schools/student performer(s).

 

Music for Judges

  • Judges must be provided with an original copy of the music to be performed with the measures numbered.
  • An illegal copy given to the judge will result in the overall rating being lowered one grade.
  • If the judge is not provided with any reference music, the performance will be for comments only.

Information for Solo Scales for the Graded Performance (does not apply to ensembles or vocal events)

  • All soloists are required to perform a major scale and a chromatic scale as part of the graded performance (ensemble members will not be required to play scales). Students performing grade level 1 through grade level 3 solos will be responsible for scales up through 2 flats and 2 sharps – one octave only. Judges will allow the student to choose the rhythm and to elect to perform the scales before or after the solo. A one octave chromatic scale will also be required.
  • Students performing grade level 4 through grade level 6 solos will be responsible for scales up through 4 flats and 4 sharps – one octave except flutes, clarinets and violins, who will do two octaves. The chromatic scale will also be required; again one octave except for flutes, clarinets and violins, who will do the scale two octaves. Judges will allow the student to choose the rhythm and to elect to perform the scales before or after the solo.

Tips:

  • Plan to arrive at least 30 to 45 minutes before your performance time so that you can find the warm-up and performance rooms.
  • DRESS FOR SUCCESS. There is no concert dress requirement, but appearance is a major part of your first impression to the judge. Make a good first impression.
  • Be sure to have an original copy of the music with measures numbered for the judge.
  • Do not play in the hallway outside your performance room.

State Solo and Ensemble Festival Information  (See calendar for this year's application due date and festival date.)

  • All solos and ensembles that receive a superior rating on a Grade II or higher selection will be invited to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival conducted in May.
  • If you qualify, pick up the application from the “State Forms”  before you leave the county festival.
  • Please observe the application deadline (early April) and return it to your director as soon as possible.
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