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
final determination. Students who
receive a final determination of excellent
will advance to State Solo & Ensemble
later in the Spring. State Solo &
Ensemble uses the same format, but students
are also required to sight-read
independently. Prior to each festival,
participants perform for each other in an
in-house recital at Pioneer High School.
Please see the events calendar
for current festival, recital, and
application dates and deadlines.
District Solo & Ensemble Application
State Solo & Ensemble Application
Music Selection and
If the student is studying
privately, the two selections will be selected
by the voice teacher and approved by the
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) and only one aria is allowed.
Students must prepare the selections
on their own or with a private voice teacher,
with assistance from the director and
accompanist during the latter stages of
All events must be memorized.
There are no specific repertoire requirements
for ensembles, but popular, Broadway, vocal
jazz, barbershop are not to be used.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Updated on 11/10/15 by Steven Lorenz.