This Festival opportunity seeks to welcome all Maryland music students grades 6-12 to submit recordings for adjudication by MMEA Festival Judges.
For the Fall 2021 Solo & Ensemble Festival, there is no approved repertoire list, no instrument/vocal styling restrictions, and students and educators are encouraged to select repertoire that is representative of the students' personal experiences and culture.
Submissions may include a solo performance by an individual, virtual ensembles, or face-to-face small ensembles (no larger than 10 musicians, conducted in a safe manner: masked, distanced, and outdoors if wind instrument/vocal).
The goals of this festival are:
Elevate music and performances of music that represent the unique experiences and cultural diversity of our students.
Encourage selection of repertoire not currently on the state list.
Develop skills and musical growth for independent small groups and soloists emphasizing collaboration and musical critical thinking.
Encourage the inclusion of instruments not currently represented in standard choral and instrumental ensembles.
Provide feedback from knowledgeable adjudicators on students’ performance and technical skills.
Festival submission recordings will only be accepted through the submission platform.
Solo applications will be submitted by caregivers (parent/guardian, etc.), in collaboration with the student and music educator.
For ensemble groups, the sponsoring music educator or a designated caregiver may submit the application, in collaboration with the students and music educator.
The eligibility rules for this festival are as follows:
All Maryland music students, grades 6-12, in public, private, independent schools or homeschooled, must be enrolled in the music educator's course or lessons for the 2021-2022 academic year. Music educator membership in MMEA/NAfME is not required.
Regardless of musical ability, students who are not enrolled in the music educator's course or lessons for the 2021-2022 academic year are not eligible to submit.
Upon successful submission, the music educator who teaches the student(s) music education course or lessons must confirm the student(s) eligibility before adjudication will take place. These reference forms will be sent automatically via the submission platform. Educators must complete a reference form for each student's festival submission, regardless of how many they submit.
The Fall 2021 Solo & Ensemble Festival submission window is November 22, 2021 to December 8, 2021 at 11:59pm.
Extension Requests must be received and approved by the Executive Director of MMEA by December 3, 2021 at 5pm. Extension requests received after this time will not be considered. Please plan to submit applications no less than three days prior to the deadline to allow time for troubleshooting, if needed.
All Festival results will be released to the student’s music educators on or about January 12, 2022.
A recommended* fee of $15 for each audition is required at the time of submission.
All transactions are final and non-refundable. In the event a music educator indicates a student is not eligible for any reason, the audition fee will not be refunded. Please communicate with your music educator to ensure they support your student submitting to Fall Solo & Ensemble prior to submission.
Invoicing Requests for Educators Only - Educators, if your school, school booster, or district is interested in invoicing for Fall Solo & Ensemble fees for your students, please contact MMEA at email@example.com for more information. All invoicing requests must be completed by November 8, 2021. Pay What You Can pricing is not applicable with invoicing and as such, all invoiced submission fees will be the recommended $15.
*Maryland MEA is dedicated to ensuring all those seeking resources have the access they need. As such, applicants may choose a “pay what you can” option or the recommended fee.
All students must abide by the following submission requirements:
Each educator is responsible for assuring each student or ensemble has prepared their music.
Students may submit Fall 2021 Solo & Ensemble Festival recordings of any piece of music and on any instrument/vocal style they would like, so long as the music educator approves. There is no approved list of repertoire for this event.
Students are encouraged to play instruments/sing a vocal style not typically found in a standard Band, Chorus, or Orchestra ensemble. However, all instruments are welcome.
Students and educators are encouraged to select repertoire that is representative of the students' personal experiences and culture.
Students may submit as many recordings on as many instruments/voice parts as they would like. Caregivers of students who are submitting multiple recordings must fill out an online application form and pay the application fee for each recording. Each recording may only contain one piece of music.
MMEA cannot accept recording submissions by any other form (ex: telephone, mail, fax, or email.)
Special requests for alternative submission formats for accessibility reasons are addressed on a case by case basis, and documentation of disability must be provided. Please complete the MMEA Accessibility Service Form to request accommodations.
Music educators/directors are to supervise and review the recording before submission.
Backgrounds and clothing must not display any identifying information including, but not limited to, students' names, the name of the school or district, school mascot, or location.
Solo submissions: At the beginning of the recording: the student must state their first name ONLY and the instrument/vocal part OR have a title slide at the beginning of the recording with the student's first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part. DO NOT state last name or name of school/organization.
Ensemble submissions: At the beginning of the recording, each person should introduce themselves by first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part OR have a title slide at the beginning of the recording listing each student's first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part. DO NOT include student's last names or the name of the school/organization.
Only one video file per submission will be accepted online in the following formats: AVI, WMV, MOV, or MP4. The maximum file size allowed is 2Gb. Please be aware that the larger the file, the longer it will take to load.
Adjudication and Scoring Rubric
Each festival submission is adjudicated by MMEA certified adjudicators. The only information the adjudicators see is the student’s first name(s), grade(s), instrument/vocal part(s), and submission recording.
If an adjudicator recognizes a student or group, the submission will be reassigned, to avoid a conflict of interest.
The scoring rubric is undergoing a committee review. It will be posted in the weeks prior to submissions opening.
Certificates and Medals
All caregivers (for solo submissions) or educators (for ensemble submissions) will be emailed certificate(s) of participation for their student’s submissions. Those students receiving Superior or Excellent ratings will be mailed a medal, courtesy of MMEA.
Questions and Communication
To help facilitate this virtual process, caregivers or students may need to communicate with MMEA staff for questions and support. We ask that the student’s music educator be copied on all messages to MMEA to assure transparency and accurate communication. MMEA staff will extend the same courtesy in the event staff needs to communicate with caregivers.
Please contact MMEA Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Solo & Ensemble Committee
Jeffrey Baer, Chair; Supervisor of Fine Arts, Wicomico County Public Schools
Andrew Blumhardt; Instructional Specialist for Fine and Performing Arts, Charles County Public Schools
Paul Hatton; Instrumental Music Resource Teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Jana Hobbs; Music Educator, Wicomico High School, Wicomico County Public Schools
Shane Jensen; Music Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools
John Wojciechowski; Director of Instrumental Music, North Harford High School, Harford County Public Schools