Solo and Ensemble Contest
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2020
What is the Solo and Ensemble Contest?
It is an event organized by Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs that is open to all Oklahoma students ages 8 to 18. The goal of the Oklahoma Homeschool Solo and Ensemble Contest is to provide an opportunity for students of any educational background to receive personal feedback via a highly-qualified solo and ensemble adjudicator. This is NOT an OSSAA sanctioned event. However, this Solo & Ensemble DOES provide an exceptional preparation experience for your OSSAA Solo & Ensemble event. We accept students from any educational background– public school, private school, homeschool, or students from a private studio. All are welcome to participate!
What can I expect on the day of the event?
While the schedule is subject to change, participants of the Solo and Ensemble Contest can expect to be to be assigned an adjudication time somewhere between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Where will the Solo and Ensemble Contest take place?
First Baptist Church
1300 E 33rd St.
Edmond, OK 73013
Who adjudicates the event?
Every year we select the best of the best when it comes to adjudicators, including college professors and/or current performers in the state.
What is the cost of the Solo and Ensemble Contest?
Fees for the Solo and Ensemble Contest are as follows:
- Solos: $15 each
- Small Ensemble (2-4 members) ($20)
- Medium Ensemble (5-9 members) ($30)
- Large Ensemble (10-12 members) ($40)
- Extra Large Ensemble (13+ members) ($50)
What are the guidelines of the Solo and Ensemble Contest?
Solo and Ensemble Contest participants should observe the following guidelines:
- All performances are to be accompanied by a pianist unless the music indicates otherwise. Registrants will be responsible for providing their own accompanist.
- Vocal literature should reflect standard solo and ensemble repertoire. All song selections should come from Classical musical genres (ie. Arias, Art Songs, Lieder, Madrigals, 20th Century; etc) or Musical Theater genres. Jazz, Pop, and Country selections are not appropriate and are unacceptable for this festival. A good resource is the OSSAA Recommended Music List. (Disregard the section regarding OSSAA rules. We are not an OSSAA sanctioned event.) Jazz, Pop, and Country selections are not appropriate and are unacceptable for this festival.
- ONLY ORIGINAL MUSIC is permitted. If music is on order and didn’t arrive in a timely manner, have the music supplier send you a copy of your invoice. If music is permanently out-of-print, please have the publisher send you a letter of permission to use copied music specifically for this event. Adjudicators have the right and responsibility to not rate a performance when copied music is given to them.
- Students should write his/her name inside the front cover the music so that it may be easily returned.
- All selections should be performed by memory. Failure to do so will automatically lower the participant’s score by one rating.
- Participants may sing one musical selection per entry. While participants may prepare a piece of any length, a judge reserves the right to ask the participant(s) to discontinue should the performance last longer than 5 minutes due to time restraints. For such, no rating deduction will occur.
- All performing ensemble members and accompanist MUST be listed on the registration form for eligibility and scheduling.
- Participants should be prompt to their performance location as the Solo and Ensemble Contest is on a tight schedule; they may not have an opportunity to perform if tardy.
What is the registration deadline?
All registrations for either solo or ensemble must be received and/or postmarked three weeks prior to the event (February 15th).
How do I register?
You can register your solo or ensemble by completing the following form and mailing in your check or money order to:
Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs
2011 West Danforth Road
Edmond, OK 73003
Payment in form of check or money order is accepted until Friday, February 21, 2020. Cash or credit card will not be accepted. All payment should be made out to: Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs with “Solo & Ensemble” in the memo line. All fees are non-refundable.
When will I know my adjudication time?
Be looking for an email with your adjudication time by the Tuesday before the event. If you do not receive more information by this time, please contact Minda Ciardi (firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-513-4018) for more information.
That’s it! We look forward to seeing you and hope you will spread the news so we can make this a fantastic event for all!