Festival submissions are now closed.
Due to a delay in the judging, scores and feedback will be released
to the music educators only the week of May 23, 2022.
This festival opportunity seeks to welcome all Maryland music students of all ages participating in public, private, independent schools, homeschooled, and private studio students to submit recordings for adjudication by MMEA Festival Judges.
Participation in local festivals and receiving qualifying scores will not be required for the 2022 Spring Solo & Ensemble Festival.
There is an approved repertoire list for the Spring 2022 Solo & Ensemble Festival for each instrument, vocal part, or ensemble. All submissions selections must be from the approved repertoire lists.
Submissions may include a solo performance by an individual or small face-to-face ensembles. The same music educator should teach all students in each ensemble.
The Goals of the Festival are to:
Provide an opportunity for string, vocal, percussion, and wind students to perform musical literature for evaluation alone and in groups.
Provide an opportunity for students to select and prepare solo and ensemble literature for performance.
Encourage students to perform solo literature.
Provide a formative tool so that students can self-evaluate and receive quality feedback about their technique and performance.
The eligibility rules for this festival are as follows:
All Maryland music students of all ages participating in public, private, independent schools, homeschooled, or private studios must be actively enrolled in the music educator's course or lessons for the 2021-2022 academic year. Music educator membership in MMEA/NAfME is not required but encouraged.
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 participate.
Upon successful submission, the music educator who teaches the student or group’s music education course or lessons must confirm the student(s’) eligibility before adjudication. Educators must complete a reference form for each student's festival submission, regardless of how many they submit. These reference forms will be sent automatically via the submission platform.
The Spring 2022 Solo & Ensemble Festival submission window is April 4, 2022, through April 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET.
Extension Requests must be received and approved by the Executive Director of MMEA by April 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM ET.
Extension requests received after the deadline will not be considered. Please plan to submit applications no less than three days before the deadline to allow time for troubleshooting, if needed.
All Festival results will be released to the student’s music educators on or about May 13, 2022.
A recommended* fee of $15 for each audition is required at the time of submission.
All transactions are final and non-refundable. If 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's submission to Spring Solo & Ensemble before submitting.
Invoicing Requests for Educators Only
Educators, if your school, school booster, or district is interested in invoicing for Spring Solo & Ensemble fees for your students, please contact MMEA at email@example.com for more information. All invoicing requests must be completed by March 18, 2022. 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 multiple recordings, with the approval of the music educator.
Caregivers of students 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.
All festival submissions must be on the Approved Repertoire List.
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.
Accessibility Requests must be received and approved by April 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM ET.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Failure to follow these requirements will result in the submission being disqualified.
Music educators 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. DO NOT state the last name or name of the school/organization.
Ensemble submissions: At the beginning of the recording, each person should introduce themselves by first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part. DO NOT include student's last names or the name of the school/organization.
Vocal submissions - The student's face must be visible at all times.
Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, String Submissions - The entire instrument and student's hands must be visible at all times.
All submissions should be recorded as presented on the repertoire lists.
A date and time stamp must be visible at all times on the recording. If no stamp is available, a smartphone, tablet, or other electronic devices with the seconds ticking off (e.g. stopwatch feature) or an analog clock displaying the time with a sweeping second hand must be visible in the recording at all times. Please note that electronic timepieces or timestamps may not include an address or location.
NO audio or video editing OF ANY KIND is allowed. Submissions should be recorded in one take, without stopping.
Students MAY NOT wear headphones during the recording.
Only internal camera microphones may be used and may be stereo or mono audio.
Students may not use metronomes or supplemental/additional microphones to perform the required selections.
Only one student video file per application 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.
In-person or recorded accompaniment, or unaccompanied submissions are all allowed.
Adjudication and Rubric
The adjudicators only see the student’s first name, grade, instrument/vocal part, and submission recording. If an adjudicator recognizes a student, the audition will be reassigned, to avoid a conflict of interest.
Scores and feedback will be emailed to the music educator only on our about May 17, 2022.
For the entire scoring rubric, please click here.
Certificates and Pins
All educators will receive certificate(s) of participation for their student’s submissions. Students receiving Superior or Excellent ratings will be mailed a medal, courtesy of MMEA.
Submissions are now closed.
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