Solo & Ensemble

Initial Information

(Updated 1/15/20) Please thoroughly read all information below.

Students should have already paid fees and turned in information for piano accompanists. If you have not done that yet, it needs to be done ASAP. 

District solo & ensemble contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 7th at Sapulpa High School. A contest schedule is usually made available about two weeks before the contest. More details will be added to the website after the schedule is made available. 


No transportation is provided for this contest. 


Music was passed out on Wednesday, January 15th. 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 music. This process needs to be started now. Originals with measures numbered must be shown to Mr. Hillock by Wednesday, February 12th


Entry Fees were due Friday, January 10th. Several students have not paid yet. HERE is a list of students who have currently paid their fees for this contest. This needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. 


Solos must be at least 3 minutes in length. Solos that are not at least three minutes in length will be docked one rating. Remember, there is no longer an advanced reportoire list or memory requirements for solos. Students that have selected their own music should show it to their director or private lesson teacher to make sure it is suitable and appropriate for the contest. 

General practice guidelines include learning to play all aspects of the piece in the month of January – tone, technique, expression, intonation, style, etc. Rehearsals with the piano accompanist should take place in the month of February. At least two to three rehearsals with the accompanist are recommended. 

Like solos, 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. 
With over 150 students participating in 107 solos and 36 ensembles, Jenks events will span a good portion of the morning and the afternoon in several rooms at the contest. Students should not make plans for anything else during the morning or afternoon until the schedule is finalized. Special requests for a certain time to perform can be made, but they are rare and should not be considered a luxery item. There will be many people from several different schools there throughout the day and all of them have schedules to keep and things to do. 
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. 


(Posted in November)

Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own musical selections and accompanist. An accompanist name HAS to be turned in by Friday, January 10th 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.  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.

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.

As the availablity of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recents 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 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. Smaller ensembles are best as large ensemble require more cooperation from members (and sometime a leader to manage/rehearse). See below for a list of standard type ensembles*. 

Again, as the availablity of purchasing music online has become more prevalent in recents 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. 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 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

Once the sign-up deadline has passed, a spread sheet indicating how much each student owes will be posted. 

Sign Up - Friday, December 13th
Accompanist Information - Friday, January 10th
Entry Fees - Friday, January 10th

Students signed up will be entered after the marked deadline. Do not sign up unless you are committed to paying your entry fee, practicing, and performing at the contest.