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Solo & Ensemble Contest (Lake Forest)

February 20, 2016


Registration for the 2016 contest is now closed.

Register for Solo & Ensemble (now closed)

Contest Booklet

NIMC S&E Contest Booklet (revised 2/16) – Provided by Lake Forest Country Day School

Performance Schedule

Directors should have received the final student performance schedule via email on Friday, January 22, 2016. If you have not, please email Jennifer Lydigsen at An additional abbreviated schedule was sent by Jennifer on 2/16.

Site Information

Directions & Parking

Students may enter the building off of Green Bay Road or from Onwentsia Road. Parking is extremely limited. Please arrive early to allow time to find open parking spaces. Carpooling is also strongly encouraged.


Shuttle Bus Route (click to enlarge)

There will be a shuttle service provided for those who cannot find parking on site. If there are no spaces available, please proceed to the off-site parking location at the NORTH LOT ONLY of Christ Church of Lake Forest (corner of Rte 60 & Waukegan Rd.).

There will be two information tables to assist and help visitors find their way around the school. These tables will be located at the Green Bay and Onwentsia entrances. Lost and found items will also be placed at these tables.

Lounges & Contest Office

Directors are welcome to drop by the Faculty & Staff Lounge during the course of the day. Free coffee will be available in the lounge. Comment sheets and medals will be available in the Library at the conclusion of each director’s events.

The Judge’s Lounge will be located in the Art Room off of the Atrium. Lunch will also be served in this room. Please see the map for locations.

The Contest Office and Check-Out will be located in the Library.

Warm-Up Areas

Big Gym) Instrumental Participants
Little Gym) String Participants
ECC) Vocal Participants

Performance Rooms

1. Flute
2. Flute / Vocal
3. Clarinet
4. Clarinet / Sax / Oboe
5. Sax
6. Sax Ensembles
7. Wind Ensembles
8. Wind Ensembles
9. Wind Ensembles
10. Trumpet
11. Trumpet / Horn
12. Low Brass
13. Brass Ensembles
14. Brass Ensembles
15. Percussion
16. Percussion
17. Vocal
18. Vocal
19. Vocal
20. Vocal
21. Violin / Guitar
22. Violin
23. Violin / Viola / Ensemble
24. Cello / Bass
25. String Ensembles
26. String Ensembles

Equipment Provided

The following percussion instruments will be provided for percussion participants (Room 16): Bass Drum, 3 Timpani, Bells, Xylophone, Drum-Set. Snare players must bring their own equipment.

Each room will have 4 stands. If you need more stands for a performance, students need to bring their own folding stands.

Instrument Repair

Quinlan & Fabish will have a representative available for minor instrument repairs. This table will be located at the Green Bay entrance.

Rules, Conduct, & Policies

Contest Rules

  • Rules Governing Solo & Ensemble Contest
  • Each student should have an original copy of the music for the judge. These originals should have measures numbered in pencil. There will not be a photocopy machine available on the day of contest

Conduct & Policies

Please remind students of proper conduct and behavior when visiting host sites. Students should show respect for the building, contest signs, and all content within Lake Forest Country Day School. It is also important that students remain quiet in the hallways outside of performance areas. Instruments should only be played in warm-up and performance rooms. A parent or adult should be with students at all times. All rules and regulations will follow in accordance with the Northern Illinois Music Conference Constitution and By-Laws.

Lake Forest Country Day School is a peanut-free environment. Please do not bring outside food or beverages into the building.  Food and beverages are available for purchase in the cafeteria from The Mean Weiner and Once Upon A Bagel (located in Highland Park).

No smoking is permitted in the school building, on school grounds, or in parking lots. Thank you for your cooperation.

Participating Schools

Beach Park Middle School
Big Hollow Middle School
Deer Path Middle School
Elm Place Middle School
Frederick Intermediate School
Gavin South Middle School
Hawthorn Elementary North
Hawthorn Middle School North
Hawthorn Middle School South
Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Zurich Middle School North
Lake Zurich Middle School South
North Prairie Junior High
Northwood Junior High
Palombi Middle School
River Trails Middle School
South Middle School
Springman Middle School
Sunset Ridge School
West Oak
Woodland Middle School




February 20, 2016
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