Solo & Ensemble

District Contest Information

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

To see the full schedule, copy and paste the following website address below onto your website browserr use this link: http://gvlabs.com/festivalmanager/ossaa/src/schedule_display.php?contest=27&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 and information 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. Gartner, Mr. Stevenson, and Mr. Shields. 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 will have additional information include directions, maps, and helpful information. This information will be shared after it is made available.

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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District solo & ensemble contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd at Sapulpa High School. 

MUSIC:

Students must have original music with all measures numbered for the contest. Music selected by band directors have the originals. That music will be passed out to students right before contest. Students that do not have originals will need to order that music now and show it to Mr. Hillock, by Monday, February 5th.  

PRACTICING:

Everyone should be practicing on a regular basis. For solos, the month of January should be spent thoroughly learning your music. The month of February should be spent memorizing your solo and practicing with your accompanist. Depending on the demand of your solo - approximately three practice sessions is needed to be prepared. For ensembles, the month of January the main focus is on learning/perfecting your individual part. The month of February, the main focus is on polishing all musical aspects of the performance. Ensembles should be practicing together at least once a week to insure solid preparation for the contest. 

SOLOS:

Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own musical selections and accompanist. Accompanist name HAS to be turned in by Friday, January 12th 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 partial 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 12th - 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 list of fees for each individual student is listed HERE (updated 1/10). Everyone check this list ASAP for accuracy. Any changes MUST be communicated with Mr. Hillock ASAP. Fees may be paid by check (list name of student on memo line) or with cash. If a student pays by cash, money MUST be in an envelope with name of student, the amount, and that this is for solo & ensemble contest listed on the outside of envelope. It must be a real envelope – not a “I just thought of this at the last second make shift folded piece of paper”. Mr. Hillock will not be able to write a receipt or make change. If you give money to Mrs. Sims on Friday, understand that many students will be paying that morning. Come early enough to allow yourself (and others) enough time to pay and be to rehearsal on time.  

Review of Deadlines:
Piano Accompanist information - Friday, January 12th 
Entry Fees Paid - Friday, January 12th
Original Music in hand with measures #'d - Monday, February 5th

Information will be updated in mid-February after a performance schedule is made available.