• Any New England High School musician, sponsored by an adult (teacher, parent, director). Eighth grade students may apply as well to be adjudicated, but they will not be considered for the Concert Festival.
• While a student can perform any piece of music as a solo or in a small ensemble, only performances of the pieces listed on the NEMFA Repertoire are considered for invitation to the NEMFA Concert Festival
• The NEMFA Repertoire includes instrumental solos (winds, strings & percussion), vocal solos (soprano, alto, tenor & bass), and vocal ensembles (SSA, SAB, SSAA, SATB, TTBB, SSATB)
WHEN & WHERE?
• First Saturday in December at Hartford High School, Hartford, VT(considered the Northern Site)
• Second Saturday in December at Griswold High School, Griswold, CT (considered the Southern Site)
• Third Saturday in December will be used as a snowdate should one be postponed due to bad weather
• Using the Register students for the Solo & Ensemble Festival link on the left, an adult sponsor (public or private school music educator, private music teacher, parent) would enter their information (they become an NEMFA member as part of that process and creating their own NEMFA ID)
• The sponsor can then enter one or more student applications that include name, instrument, type of performance, grade in school, NEMFA experience
• Applications can be entered or added by the sponsor until the October deadline
• When all are entered, an invoice can be printed to be mailed with payment by that same deadline ($30 for each sponsor - $15 for each student performance)
• Approximately 2 weeks prior to each Solo & Ensemble Festival, the schedule is posted online for sponsors to access using their NEMFA ID. Sponsors can access their schedules through the View your Solo & Ensemble Festival Schedule link on the left
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL?
• Arriving 45 minutes prior to their performance, sponsors should check in at registration while the students go to the warmup area
• Students should be at their adjudication room 10 minutes early
• The performance is just that, a complete performance of the selected piece, accompanied if possible (pianos are made available in most solo rooms and recorded accompaniment is acceptable), with the student properly dressed (see Dress Code on our Documents page)
• Remember that the adjudicator must have a copy (photocopy is okay) of the music and the performers must use originals.
•Approximately 5 days after the second Solo & Ensemble Festival, the results are posted online for sponsors to access through the Check your Solo & Ensemble Festival Results link on the left 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.
• NOTE: Due to the instrumentation requirements of the selected programs, some instruments that have a NEMFA Repertoire may not be selected for a Concert Festival ensemble.
IF THEY ARE INVITED TO THE CONCERT FESTIVAL, WHAT DO WE DO THEN?
• Using their NEMFA ID, sponsors can Register Accepted Students for the Concert Festival, print their invoice (the Concert Festival participation fee was $99 in 2016), and mail in with payment. They can also printout the information for their student(s) to use to Complete the online Student Contract that also needs to be done 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)