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MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festival

DEADLINE to REGISTER EXTENDED: Friday, November 3, 2023
Date of Festival: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Location: Franklin High School, Livonia

Entry fees are as follows:
$15 per solo (including piano solos)
$10 per each ensemble member (ex. Total fee for trio is $30)

Solo & Ensemble Festival is a very important part of the music curriculum at Arthurs. The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District XII event allows participants to perform before an adjudicator either as part of an ensemble or as a soloist. Events receive ratings from I - V, with I being the best. Each event receives written comments from the adjudicator, and often receives a mini-clinic. Medals are awarded to events which receive I or II ratings.

Students will be notified when and where their event(s) are scheduled about 14 days before the Festival. It is the student's responsibility to get to the site well in advance of their earliest performance time. Arrival at least one hour before the earliest scheduled warm-up time is encouraged. 

Each soloist or ensemble must provide the judge with an ORIGINAL score (NOT A PHOTOCOPY) with each measure numbered, or no rating will be given. See MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival Information and Rules for details about the original score requirements.

Students needing accompanists should contact an accompanist ASAP. Anyone may act as an accompanist. Fees for accompanists vary widely — make sure you know how much your accompanist charges. Some have one fee for rehearsals and performances, others are paid each time you meet. See MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival Information and Rules for specifics about accompanists.

Each student is limited to three events. Make sure you know your performance and warm-up room numbers. All events will be called from the warm-up room approximately 30 minutes before their scheduled playing time.

Use this guide to help prepare your events for performance: SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL PREPARATION - IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!

District Solo Application: SEDistrict12SoloApplication2324.pdf
District Ensemble Application: SEDistrict12EnsembleApplication2324.pdf