Solo & Ensemble

District Follow Up and Initial State Information

Congratulations to all the students were competed and performed at the District 13 Solo & Ensemble Contest. Jenks had 121 students participating at the Contest. 90 solos earned 70 Superior Ratings, 18 Excellent Ratings, and 3 Average Ratings. 66 of those solos qualified for State Contest. Additionally, 27 Ensembles performed earning 22 Superior Ratings, 3 Excellent Ratings, and 2 Average Ratings. All 22 ensembles that received a Superior Rating qualified for State. A total of 194 meadals were earned from the contest. 

All solos and ensembles that qualified have been entered for State Solo & Ensemble Contest. Contest is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, but could also be scheduled for that Tuesday or Thursday. As soon as the schedule is posted, information will be shared with students and parents. 

Practices with accompanists and/or ensembles should resume after spring break. Like district contest, it is recommended that soloist practice with accompanists two or three times before performing at state contest, and that ensembles meet together at least three times (once a week for three weeks suggested) before the contest. Soloists should communicate with accompanists about the tentative date, practice sessions, and the actual performance day and time to avoid conflicts or surprises.

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A 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 select 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 Thursday through Mr. Hillock, Mr. White, and Mr. Gartner. 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. 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 will have additional information include directions, maps, and helpful information. This information will can be found HERE.

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 18th through Thursday, April 20th. Complete information about state solo & ensemble contest will be shared at a later date.

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Students have been entered for District Solo & Ensemble Contest. Contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at Sapulpa High School. 

Several students have asked for specific performance times. Special requests for performance times should be made only if absolutely necessary. This is not a luxury item, but conflict resolution item. With 145 students, 100 solo entries, and 27 ensemble entries, not all our entries (in addition to entries from other schools) can be scheduled just in the morning or the afternoon. Jenks students will be scheduled to perform throughout the day. Students should not make any additional plans for the day until a contest schedule is posted.

Preparation and regular practicing should be happening on a regular basis now.

For Solos: The month of January should be used to thoroughly learn the material. All facets of preparation - notes, rhythms, dynamics, tempos, style, memorization, style, expression, musicality - should get the proper attention to thoroughly prepare for performance level. The month of February should be used to memorize the solo and practice with accompanist. Students should practice with accompanist at least three times to ensure a solid performance. 

For Ensembles: Students should begin practicing individual parts immediately. Although ensembles are not required to be performed by memory (like solos), each individual MUST be able to play his or her part correctly before the ensemble can play together. Ensembles should meet on a consistent basis (at least once a week) in order to be prepared for a solid performance. Like solos, all facets of preparation - notes, rhythms, dynamics, tempos, style, memorization, style, expression, musicality - should get the proper attention to thoroughly prepare for performance level.

Some ensembles include an accompanist. The time line for practicing should be the same as with a solo. The month of January should be used to thoroughly learn the material. The month of February should be used to practice with the accompanist. Students should practice with accompanist at least three times to insure a solid performance. 

For some helpful hints and good tips regarding Solo & Ensemble Contest Preparation, click HERE.

Finally, if your director did not select your music, the original must have the measures numbered and shown to Mr. Hillock by Friday, February 10. 

The performance schedule, contest information, and additional information will be added approximately two weeks before the contest. 

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Students have signed up for Solo & Ensemble Events. Most music is being selected by private lesson teachers. Some music is being chosen by directors. The goal is to get that music passed out to students before the Christmas break. Please thoroughly read information below. 

District solo & ensemble contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at Sapulpa High School. Students interested in participating in solo & ensemble contests should sign up by Friday, December 4th. 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 HAS to be turned in by Friday, January 13th 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 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:

Pick standard instrumentation type ensembles (flute quartet, brass quintet, etc.), there are several types of ensembles to choose from. 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 will be consistently available to practice, dependable, and 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 13th - 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 (as of 12/19) of entry fees for students who have signed up is available HERE.

At this point, this is for all students that are interested. Students are not required, but strongly encouraged, to do this. Once an entry fee has been paid, students are making a firm commitment to prepare and perform for contests. Students not honoring their commitment will receive a zero.

Even with all this information, there may still be questions.  If so, make sure and ask your director.