Newsletter (February 2017)

Solo & Ensemble Contest

Solo & Ensemble Contest is just around the corner! All around Northern Illinois students are working hard toward perfecting their music. What an awesome thing to contemplate. Music making is happening everywhere!

Contest is on February 25 at Lake Zurich Middle School North. Thank you to LZMS-North directors for their hard work in hosting contest this year.

For specific rubrics, see Solo & Ensemble Contest Rubrics.

Below are a handful of reminders about the big day.

Edited (1/31/17) – The Rough Draft Schedule has been sent via email.

Remember to Practice Your Scales / Rudiments!

As a membership, we value the idea that instrumental soloists need to learn the scale that makes up their piece. The rubric for soloists includes a score of 1-3 points for the student’s performance of a scale. As a friendly reminder, be sure you are preparing students to perform a scale that makes sense for their piece. Here are the details for each instrument type:

Winds & Strings will play a scale in the key of the solo being played. The scale should be up and down and at least one octave. Tempo and note length are at the soloist’s discretion. Beginning students may play the scale in split octaves, that is, a beginning clarinet player may play CDEFGA (drop the octave) BCB (back up the octave AGFEDC. Similar accommodations may be made for other instruments.

Percussionists (mallet players) will play a scale from the Scales for Mallet Players sheet.

Percussionists (snare drum) will play snare drum rudiments. Students should prepare all designated rudiments based on their years of experience.

Percussionists (drum set) will play drum set patterns. Students should prepare all designated patterns based on their years of experience.

Instrumental Ensembles & Vocal Performers do not need to play / sing scales.

S&E includes Short Clinics

Performance time slots allow for a short clinic where the judge can work with the student. Please, prepare your students so they expect a short clinic where the judge may ask them to play various sections again as well as try different things.

Organization & Jazz Contests

March contests will be here before we know it. Thank you to the directors at Hawthorn MS  North in Vernon Hills for hosting Organization Contest (Mar 10-11) and West Oak MS in Mundelein for hosting Jazz Contest (Mar 14).

Stay tuned for more information.

For specific rubrics, see Organization Contest Rubrics.

Organization Contest includes a Short Clinic

Performance time slots allow for a short clinic where the judge can work with the ensemble. All ensembles should make every effort to enter and perform promptly to maximize their time for the clinic.

Please, prepare your students so they expect a short clinic where the judge may ask them to play various sections again as well as try different things.

Contest Rules & Procedures

As always, you can view the Contest Rules & Procedures at any time.

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