SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL

Events



Description

Solo & Ensemble Festival, hosted by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, provides an opportunity for interested singers to individually prepare a classical vocal music performance.  Students prepare two songs (one in a foreign language and one in English) to perform for an adjudicator.  The adjudicator provides written and oral feedback, a brief voice lesson, and an overall performance rating.  Students who receive an excellent rating will proceed to State Solo & Ensemble later in the Spring.


Music Selection and Preparation
If the student is studying privately, the two selections will be selected by the voice teacher and approved by the director.
If the student is not studying privately, the two selections will be selected by the director, based on developmental level, performance experience, and student interest.
Regardless, at least one selection must be in a foreign language (Italian or Latin, preferred).

Students must prepare the selections on their own or with a private voice teacher, with assistance from the director during the latter stages of preparation.
All events must be memorized.  There are no specific repertoire requirements for ensembles, but popular, Broadway, vocal jazz, barbershop are not to be used.
At State Solo & Ensemble, each student again performs two selections.  Generally,
one of the selections performed at Districts is carried over to States, accompanied by a new selection.

Song Books

Each participating student must have two original copies of their music.  Students are expected to purchase one copy of the song book(s) from which their selections came.  Students not studying privately may borrow the second copy of the song book(s) from the Pioneer Choirs.  Students studying privately may need to borrow the second copy of the song book(s) from their private teacher.

Accompanist

An accompanist must be hired to play for your event and the recital.  Mr. Lorenz, in consultation with your voice teacher, will assign you an accompanist.  Students receiving free-or-reduced price lunch at Pioneer may request financial assistance for fees and costs from the director.  Accompanists are expected to play both the recital and the festival and should disclose any other students/schools whom they will be accompanying, for scheduling purposes.


Sight-Reading (State Solo & Ensemble Festival only)

At State Solo & Ensemble Festival, in addition to performing two selections, each participant must sight-read at the appropriate level.  All first-year participants sight-read at the Primary level unless they are able to comfortably read at Intermediate, as determined by Mr. Lorenz.  Second, third, and fourth-year participants sight-read at either the Intermediate or Advanced level, appropriate to their level of development and experience.

Small Ensembles

Students wishing to perform in small ensembles (duets, trios, etc. that are non-existing small ensembles) are encouraged to also participate as soloists.  Please see Mr. Lorenz for music selection.


District Solo & Ensemble Festival Information

Festival Dates (2014-15)

Wednesday, November 19     3:30PM      Applications & Payment Due                 Pioneer HS Choir Room, B108

Wednesday, January 28        6:00PM      Pre-District Solo & Ensemble Recital    Pioneer HS Little Theater

Saturday, January 31*          TBA           District Solo & Ensemble Festival         Monroe High School

*Note: In 2014, we will be competing at the District 12 middle school solo & ensemble site.  The high school site & date overlap with mid-winter break.

Registration Fees (2014-15)

    Solo....................................................................................$15

    Small Ensembles (2-5 members).....................................$25 total

    Large Ensembles (6-16 members)...................................$45 total

    >>NOTE: Please make checks payable to Friends of the Pioneer Choirs.

    >>NOTE: Each event also has an accompanist fee of approximately $50 per event.


Application & Event Information (2014-15)

    2014 District Solo & Ensemble Application
   
2014 District Solo & Ensemble Event Information (not available yet)
    2014 District Solo & Ensemble Schedule of Events (not available yet)

State Solo & Ensemble Festival Information

Festival Dates (2014-15)

Wednesday, February 12    3:30PM       Applications Due                                   Pioneer HS Choir Room, B108

Tuesday, April 14                6:00PM       Pre-State Solo & Ensemble Recital      Pioneer HS Little Theater

Fri. or Sat., April 17-18       TBA            State Solo & Ensemble Festival           Walled Lake Central High School


Registration Fees (not yet updated for current year)

    Solo....................................................................................$27

    Small Ensembles (2-5 members).....................................$40

    Large Ensembles (6-16 members)...................................$70

    >>NOTE: Please make checks payable to Friends of the Pioneer Choirs.

Application & Event Information
    2014 State Solo & Ensemble Application

    2013 State Solo & Ensemble Event Information
    2013 State Solo & Ensemble Schedule
   
State Solo & Ensemble Behavioral Expectations
    Map to Walled Lake Central High School

Solo & Ensemble Ratings History

Updated on 11/04/14 by Steven Lorenz.