District Solo & Ensemble Contest - Preparation Information

GENERAL CONTEST INFORMATION
District Contest is Saturday, March 4th at Sapulpa High School. A performance schedule and itinerary will be posted about 2 weeks before the contest.

Make note: No buses or transportation will be provided for this contest.

For this contest, original music with measures number is required. This is what the judge looks during the performance. Copies of music cannot be used as it does not comply with copyright laws. If a band director selected your music, then they have the original and it will be passed out before the contest. If your private lesson teacher (that's not a Jenks band director) selected your music, you need to find out if they have the original and if you are allowed to use it. If not, then music must be ordered in time to be used for the contest. Do this early (late January) as it normally takes two to three weeks for music to be delivered. ePrint music (or music purchased online) can be used if the copyright is indicated on the score or a receipt proving the purchase is included with the score. Without this, the music appears to be just a copy, cannot be used at the contest, and the performance will not be allowed.

PRACTICING GUIDELINES
Solos - the month of January should be a time for students to learn their music (notes, rhythms, dynamics, etc.). The month of February should be a time to begin rehearsing with piano accompanists and developing the finer details (expression, phrasing, dynamics, intonation, tempos, etc.) for a solid, musical performance.

Ensembles - ensembles should be practicing together once a week for proper preparation. The month of January should be spent learning individual parts and how those parts fit together in the overall scheme of the music. The month of February should be spent developing the finer aspects (expression, phrasing, dynamics, intonation, tempos, etc.) in preparation for a solid, musical performance.

PAST DEADLINES
Accompanist Information - Tuesday, January 17th
Entry Fees - Tuesday, January 17th. Click HERE to see Fees List (as of 1/9/22)

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GENERAL INFORMATION
Students may now begin signing up for Solo & Ensemble Contest. The deadline for students to sign up is Tuesday, December 13th.

District Contest is Scheduled for Saturday, March 4th at Sapulpa High School. No buses or transportation will be provided by the school for this event. Jenks will have many students participating at this contest and entries will be scheduled all through the morning and some of the afternoon. Students should not try to do two major events on this day (winter guard competition, piano competition, etc.) in order to avoid scheduling conflicts or complications with ensemble members and/or piano accompanists. If there is a foreseen conflict, requests can be made to Mr. Hillock and he will submit to the contest manager, but there is no guarantee that any request can be honored. Requests of this nature must be made before the January deadline. A performance schedule and itinerary will be posted about 2 weeks before the contest.

For the contest, original music with measures numbered is required. (This is what the judge looks at while students are performing). Copies cannot be used as it does not comply with copyright laws. If a band director selects your music, they have the original and it will be passed out before the contest. If your private lesson teacher (that's not a band director) selects your music, you need to find out if they have the original and if you are allowed to use it for the contest. If not, then music must be ordered in time to be used for the contest. Do this early as it normally takes several weeks for music to be delivered.

As the availability of purchasing music online (ePrint) has become more prevalent in recent 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 should also be noted that a great deal of music that can be purchased on the internet is not of the quality or appropriate for contests. Students should use sound judgement and/or get help before making final decisions regarding literature. Your director must approve all solos & ensembles in order to ensure that quality literature and appropriate length is being performed. ePrint music can be used if the copyright is indicated on the score or a receipt proving the purchase is included with the score. Without this, the music appears to be just a copy, cannot be used at the contest, and the performance is not allowed.

SOLOS
Students doing solos are responsible for finding their own musical selections and accompanist. 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. Music is typically selected in the month of December and passed out to students in early January. Indicate on the sign up sheet if you need a director to select your solo.

Students will have to turn an accompanist name in early January. The deadline to turn in an accompanist name is Tuesday, January 17th. It is recommended that students start looking for their accompanist now in order to be ready for either scenario. It is standard to pay accompanists for both rehearsal and performance times. Fees vary according to accompanists, level of music, and time spent practicing. Click HERE to see a list of approved accompanists that has been used the last several years. Students do not have to use an accompanist from this list, but one should be selected that will enhance, not hinder the performance.

Solos do not have to be memorized, but must be at least 3 minutes in length. Solos that are not at least three minutes in length will be docked one rating at an OSSAA contest.

ENSEMBLES
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 Jenks High School band students so ensembles must be at least three members. Smaller ensembles are highly recommended. They are easier to coordinate and establish consistency. Larger ensembles are also encouraged, but may need the guidance of a director for proper organization, rehearsals, and performances. See below for a list of standard type ensembles*. 

Students wanting to participate in ensembles should choose wisely the members who will be in their ensemble. A good ensemble member is reliable, available to consistently practice, responsible for their part, academically eligible, and should be similar in ability level with other members and/or the demand of the music. 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. All students listed should consent to participating before entering the ensemble. Indicate on the sign-up sheet if you need a director to select your ensemble music. Sometimes the music selected requires a piano accompanist. If so, the deadline to turn in an accompanist name is Tuesday, January 17th.

*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
Entry fees for district contest are as such: solo - $10.00, small ensemble (2-6 members) - $18.00, medium ensemble (7-12 members) - $36.00, and larger ensemble (13-18) - $54.00.  The cost for each ensemble will be divided evenly between each member per ensemble. A break-down of cost per student is listed below. Costs are rounded to the nearest nickel.

Entry fees are due on Tuesday, January 17th (the same day as accompanist information is due). Students (solo or ensemble) who do not pay on time may not be entered for the contest. A list of fees due for each student is available HERE.

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

PRACTICING GUIDELINES
Solos - the month of January should be a time for students to learn their music (notes, rhythms, dynamics, etc.). The month of February should be a time to begin rehearsing with piano accompanists and developing the finer details (expression, phrasing, dynamics, intonation, tempos, etc.) for a solid, musical performance.

Ensembles - ensembles should be practicing together once a week for proper prepartion. The month of January should be spent learning individual parts and how those parts fit together in the overall scheme of the music. The month of February should be spent developing the finer aspects (expression, phrasing, dynamics, intonation, tempos, etc.) in preparation for a solid, musical performance.

DEADLINES
Sign Up - Tuesday, December 13th
Accompanist Information - Tuesday, January 17th
Entry Fees - Tuesday, January 17th

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