Solo & Ensemble

District Contest Information (2/15)

The schedule for District 13, Site 36, HS Solo & Ensemble Contest is now available on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association (OSSAA) website. 

To find a full schedule, copy and paste the following website address below onto your website browser:  http://gvlabs.com/festivalmanager/ossaa/src/schedule_display.php?contest=27&audience=public&uid=-1

To see Jenks High School performances only, select Scott Hillock at the top for View by Director and the schedule for Jenks will appear.

This schedule is also posted on the board in the band room.

The contest is being held at Sapulpa High School. Students are responsible for getting to and from the contest via a parent or responsible adult. There will be no buses for this contest. Students should notify their accompanists of your scheduled time and any additional information they might need. Accompanists can also log into the OSSAA website and view their entire schedule for the day if they are a registered accompanist.

Make sure to allow plenty of time to warm up and locate your performance room(s). It is a good idea to be at the room early. Ensemble members should communicate with everyone involved and come up with the best plan for the day. Being prepared will help increase the best possible warm-up and performance for the day.

Originals to all solos and ensembles that belong to the school will be passed out on Friday through Mr. Hillock, Mr. Gartner, Mr. Stevenson, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Jensen. Scores for ensembles will be given to the leader of each group. Do not lose this music - you cannot perform without the original score or solo part. The judge looks at the original while you are performing. After your performance, quietly and patiently wait in the back of the room for the judge to return the original to you. Do not talk to a judge at any time unless the judge first talks to you. Do not leave until the music is returned. Do not wrinkle or mangle this music. It needs to be kept in good condition for future use. Any lost or damaged music that belongs to the school will be replaced at the expense of the student. ALL STUDENTS MUST RETURN SCHOOL ORIGINALS ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY.

Remember - Solos must 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 (page 21 of the manual) 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 multi-movement 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 qualify for state contest if they choose this option. Solos that are not at least three minutes in length will be docked one rating. There are no memory requirements for ensembles.

Students should be dressed properly for a performance – business casual or concert attire.  Jeans, t-shirts, or tennis shoes are inappropriate for this venue. Dress up and look nice. Button-down shirts or blouses, slacks, skirts, or even black concert attire are considered appropriate for this event. 

All instrument cases should have a tag with your name, contact information, and school on it.

Percussion players will need to talk with Mr. Stevenson and Mr. Martin so you know what instruments to take and what instruments are being provided. If necessary - percussion students will also need to know when equipment will be loaded and unloaded on the truck. Students, not Mr. Stevenson or Mr. Martin, are responsible for the loading and unloading of all equipment before, during, and after the contest.

The contest director has supplied additional information include directions, maps, and helpful information. Contest Information. 

The Student Warm Up Area, Concessions, and Posted Ratings will be located in the Cafeteria.

Make sure that you are on your best behavior while at the contest. Remember that you are representing Jenks Public Schools and the city of Jenks. Be polite and courteous. Follow posted rules and signs. Stay out of areas that are posted as off limits. Do not be loud or obnoxious in hallways or warm-up rooms. Do not run down any halls.

Results will be posted and periodically updated throughout the day in the warm up area. As the day progresses, fewer updates are posted. All results will be posted at the end of the day on the OSSAA website. To find results, the same link as before should display the scores. Scroll down to District 13 instrumental and click on scores. 

Good luck. Hope things go well for you. Hope things go like you want them to go. Hope things go like you have been practicing them. We will see you there on Saturday.

Entries that receive a superior rating and qualify to be eligible for state contest will be entered for State Solo & Ensemble Contest, which could be scheduled between Tuesday, April 16th through Thursday, April 18th. Complete information about state solo & ensemble contest will be shared at a later date.

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District solo & ensemble contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at Sapulpa High School. A contest schedule is usually made available about two weeks before the contest.

No transportation is provided for this contest. 

Music was passed out on Friday, January 11th. All students should now have music and practicing on a regular basis. All students must have an original (not a copy) of their music in order to perform at contest. If a Jenks director selected your music, the original will be given to you before the contest. If a Jenks director did not select your music, it is your responsibility to get an original. Most likely you will have to purchase the original. This needs to be done now. Originals with measures numbered must be shown to Mr. Hillock by Tuesday, February 12th

SOLOS:

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 (posted on board) 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 multi-movement 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. General practice guidelines include learning to play all aspects of the piece in the month of January – tone, technique, expression, intonation, style, etc. Memorization and rehearsals with the piano accompanist should take place in the month of February. At least two to three rehearsals with the accompanist are recommended. Solo should be thoroughly memorized for at least the last rehearsal, if not before. 

ENSEMBLES:

Ensembles do not have to be performed from memory. Smaller ensemble (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.) should be able to perform without a conductor. Larger choir ensembles may use a conductor for their performance if necessary. Rehearsals as a group should take place at least once a week in January and February to insure enough preparation time. The month of January should be spent learning individual parts and learning to play parts together. The month of February should be spent giving attention to all finer details of the performance – blend, balance, expression, intonation, style, etc. 

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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 is available HERE. 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.