The Maryland Music Educator’s Association District VIII Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024. All events, including percussion, will take place at Winters Mill High School. Performances will take place between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. Your director will receive a schedule with your performance time approximately two weeks prior to the festival.
All South Carroll Instrumental Music Students are strongly encouraged to participate in this enrichment opportunity. Performing a solo or in an ensemble differs from playing in a large ensemble in that there’s no conductor. They must learn how to start together, they must choose their own tempos and figure out how to maintain those tempos. They are also responsible for dynamics, articulations, balance, phrasing, intonation, not to mention playing the right notes and rhythms. Not only is it one-on-a-part, but with so few parts, each person is a soloist. Their listening skills improve as does their expression. And all of this will ultimately carry over into larger ensembles!
Additionally, each player has the opportunity to develop leadership skills, responsibility, organizational skills, stage presence, creativity, identity, and entrepreneurship. Performing alone or in small groups is a great way for young musicians to gain confidence and take ownership of their musical experience.
All music needs to be chosen from the MMEA Graded Music List, found at: https://www.mdmea.org/repertoire-lists. Either Mr. Stevenson or your private teacher can help you choose appropriate music.
Experienced music educators will listen to your performance and provide feedback and encouragement. Students who receive a superior rating on literature from the MBDA/MODA list will be eligible to participate at the state level.
Students who play solos should rehearse with their accompanist at least two times before the festival. (All solos must be accompanied unless they are specifically written to be performed unaccompanied.) Ensembles will need to arrange to rehearse together several times during and/or after school. Mr. Stevenson is available to assist students with solos and ensemble rehearsals as needed.
Attached, please find additional information about the event, including a letter from the CCPS Solo & Ensemble Coordinator and registration link.