some answers but not a substitute for reading the appropriate policies
WHAT'S THE NEW ENGLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL ALL ABOUT?
• High School musicians, sponsored by their teachers or parents, perform for adjudication in one of the two Solo & Ensemble Festivals • Those performing music from the NEMFA Repertoire whose evaluations are highly rated are invited to be a part of one of the three NEMFA ensembles • Those ensembles rehearse for three days while being hosted by a school community and perform in one of two concerts on the final day
WHO CAN SPONSOR / REGISTER STUDENTS FOR THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL?
• School Music Educators, Private Music Teachers, Regional Ensemble Leadership, Parents - Any adult who will become a NEMFA member ($30) and be responsible for the student's participation. The Solo & Ensemble participation fee for each student was $15 in 2017.
WHAT TYPES OF PERFORMANCES ARE ADJUDICATED IN THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL?
• Students may perform any music as a solo or in any small ensemble for evaluation in the Solo & Ensemble Festivals.
• HOWEVER, if the student wishes to have their evaluation considered for the Concert Festival, they must perform an instrumental solo, vocal solo or in a vocal ensemble selection from the NEMFA repertoire
HOW DO I REGISTER STUDENTS FOR THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL?
• Use the link at the top of the column to the left to access the online registration site where sponsor information, creation of their NEMFA ID, student information and performance information is entered, the membership and participation fees are totaled, and an invoice is generated for mailing in with payment. Both that mailing and the online entry must be completed by the deadline (see the online Calendar for all of our dates)
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS IN SELECTING A SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL PIECE FORM THE NEMFA REPERTOIRE?
• Students must not perform the same piece for the NEMFA Solo & Ensemble Festival that they have performed previously, regardless of whether they were selected for the Concert Festival or not based on that performance.
• Students performing in vocal ensembles must not perform a piece they have performed in previous Solo & Ensemble Festivals
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY STUDENT'S PERFORMANCE IS SCHEDULED?
• Approximately 2 weeks prior to each Solo & Ensemble Festival, the schedule is posted online for sponsors to access using their NEMFA ID
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE?
• Please arrive at your site at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled time • An original of the music (for both the performer and the accompanist) must be used • A copy of the piece for adjudicator is required • Students should meet the Dress Code (see Solo & Ensemble Festival Info) • This is a complete performance of the music selected by the student
HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL RESULTS?
• Approximately 5 days after the second Solo & Ensemble Festival, the results are posted online for sponsors to access during their NEMFA ID. Those results will include access to each performance's adjudication form and, if invited, the steps to follow to accept that invitation to the Concert Festival.
IF THEY ARE INVITED TO THE CONCERT FESTIVAL, WHAT DO WE DO THEN?
• Using their NEMFA ID, sponsors can complete the online registration process, print their invoice (the Concert Festival participation fee was $99 in 2017), and mail in with payment. They can also printout the information for their student(s) to use to access the Online Student Contract that also needs to be completed for each participating student. Both that mailing and the online entry must be completed by the deadline (see the online Calendar for all of our dates)
CONCERT FESTIVAL MUSIC?
• The music for students invited to participate in the New England Chorus is mailed to their sponsors along with an information letter during the week following the second Solo & Ensemble Festival. The New England Band and Orchestra music is available online to invited students' sponsors in the week following the Concert Festival Acceptane Deadline in January.
ARE ALTERNATES EVER USED FOR THE CONCERT FESTIVAL?
• Once the Acceptance Deadline has been reached, the rosters of each ensemble are adjusted to reflect those students who are unable to accept the invitation to participation. At that time, the Managers and Solo & Ensemble Co-Coordinators confer to see if qualified students from the Solo & Ensemble Festival results will be invited to replace those students. Any such students will be notified through their sponsors and regarded as any other accepted participant. All alternates are notified by February 1st.
DO ALL CONCERT FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO STAY IN LOCAL HOMES?
• NEMFA is very proud of the connection our participating students make with their local community hosts who open up their homes so they can enjoy this outstanding musical experience, and we work very hard to make sure everyone is safe and has a great time. But participating students may opt to stay at home (if within 30 minutes of the concert host site) or in a hotel, supervised by an adult chaperone. Regardless of which housing arrangement is used, NEMFA students must follow the festival schedule and fully participate in all Concert Festival activities.
WHAT ARE THE SPONSOR'S CHAPERONE REQUIREMENT?
• For all the reasons you know, each NEMFA student must have an adult chaperone within the host community (within 30 minutes) for the duration of the Concert Festival. Chaperones can be responsible for students other than their own to help out where the sponsor cannot be there for the duration. These arrangements need to be done prior to the start of the festival and unchaperoned students will be sent home immediately.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT CANCELS AFTER ACCEPTING THE CONCERT FESTIVAL INVITATION?
• If a student accepts their invitation to the Concert Festival and then cancels, they will not be considered for the Concert Festival the following year. The only two exceptions are illness or family emergency, both of which need to be verified at the time of cancellations by the student's sponsor.