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Overview

 

This exciting non-traditional festival opportunity invites Maryland music students to submit recordings for scores and comments by MMEA judges.

For the Fall 2023 All-Access Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival, there is no approved repertoire list and no instrument/vocal styling restrictions. Any genre, instrument/vocal part, or selection is welcome, so long as it has been approved by the student’s music educator. 

Students and educators are encouraged to submit selections for the student’s personal musical growth and/or selections that are representative of their culture or experiences. Get creative! Think outside the traditional musical box! 

​Submissions may include a solo performance by an individual (with or without live/recorded accompaniment), virtual ensembles, or in-person small ensembles. Students may also submit non-MMEA audition pieces for outside feedback (eg. auditions for fine arts academies, college, musical theatre).

NOTE: All State audition materials WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

Festival Goals

  • Encourage students to submit amazing performances they ordinarily would not send to or perform in a traditional festival.

  • Accept any educator approved repertoire and for students to think outside of the traditional repertoire norms.

  • Allow students to form non-traditional small groups and ensembles.

  • Encourage representation of compositions and instruments from a wide variety of cultures and communities.

  • Provide positive and constructive feedback from knowledgeable adjudicators on students’ performances and technical skills.

Eligibility

The eligibility rules for this festival are:

  1. Students must reside in the state of Maryland.

  2. Students must be enrolled in their music educator’s class or lessons for 2023-2024  academic year. 

The music educator must confirm the student(s) eligibility before adjudication will take place. At the conclusion of the submission window, educators will receive a list via email with their students name, grade, instrument/vocal part, and piece performed. Educators will need to reply to the email confirming eligibility.

Music educator membership in MMEA/NAfME is not required but strongly encouraged.

​Submission Deadlines

​The Fall 2023 All-Access Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival submission window is October 4-25, 2023 at 12:00pm (noon).

Extension Requests must be received and approved by the Executive Director of MMEA by October 20, 2023 at 5pm. Extension requests received after this date will not be considered. Please plan to submit at least three days prior to the deadline to allow time for troubleshooting, if needed.

​All Festival results will be released to the student’s music educators December 4-8, 2023.

Submission Fee

​A recommended fee* of $15 for each audition is required at the time of submission. 

​All transactions are final and non-refundable.

​* For this virtual festival, flexible pricing options are available.

​Invoicing Requests for Educators Only

If a school, school booster, or district wishes to receive an invoice for Fall Solo & Ensemble fees, please contact MMEA at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com for the invoice request form.  All invoicing requests must be completed by Monday, October 2, 2023.  All invoiced submission fees will be charged at the recommended $15.

Late Fee Policy - Invoices not paid within 60 days will be assessed a late fee. Invoice totals of $100 or less will be assessed a late fee of $20.00. Invoices over $100, will be assessed a 20% late fee, not to exceed $500.00

Submission Requirements

​All students must abide by the following submission requirements:

  • The student’s music choice must be approved by the music educator certifying eligibility..

  • Students may submit as many recordings on as many instruments/voice parts as they would like. There must be a separate form and fee for each submission. Each recording may only contain one piece of music.

  • A copy of the score/sheet music must be uploaded with each submission.

  • ​Festival submission recordings will only be accepted through the submission platform. MMEA cannot accept recording submissions by any other form (ex: telephone, mail, fax, or email.)

Special requests for alternative submission formats for accessibility reasons are addressed on a case by case basis, and documentation of disability must be provided. Please complete the MMEA Accessibility Service Form to request accommodations.

​Music Copyright Rules

MMEA operates in compliance with the US Copyright Act. Anyone using a photocopy of the music that is not in Public Domain must be accompanied by written verification of permission from the publisher. Music purchased online as digital copies should have clear indication of ownership/performance permission.

All submissions will require an uploaded copy/scan of the score or solo part via a secure portion of the submission form. At the beginning of each recording, students must briefly hold up an original copy of the music, visible to the camera. 

​Recording Requirements

  • Music educators/directors are to review the recording before submission.

  • Backgrounds and clothing must not display any identifying information including, but not limited to, students' names, the name of the school or district, school mascot, or location.

  • Solo submissions: At the beginning of the recording: the student must state their first name ONLY and the instrument/vocal part OR have a title slide at the beginning of the recording with the student's first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part. DO NOT state last name or name of school/organization.

  • Ensemble submissions: At the beginning of the recording, each person should introduce themselves by first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part OR have a title slide at the beginning of the recording listing each student's first name ONLY and instrument/vocal part. DO NOT include the student's last name or the name of the school/organization.

  • Only one video file per submission will be accepted online in the following formats: AVI, WMV, MOV, or MP4.  The maximum file size allowed is 2Gb.  Please be aware that the larger the file, the longer it will take to load.

Helpful Tips for Recorded Submissions

  • Read the recording requirements before beginning recording.

  • If possible, reduce any background noise (fans, TV, etc) during the recording.

  • View the recording in its entirety before submission to ensure it is complete.

  • Save a copy and label it to ensure the correct recording is sent.

  • Do not wait until the last minute to submit! Prepare to submit at least three (3) days prior to the submission deadline to allow for technical issues and troubleshooting.

​Festival Forms

Festival forms will be available on October 4th, 2023 ! 

Adjudication, Scoring Document, Rubric

​Each festival submission is adjudicated by one (1) MMEA judge. The only information the adjudicators see is the student’s first name, instrument/vocal part, title/composer, and submission recording.

If an adjudicator recognizes a student or group, the submission will be reassigned, to avoid a conflict of interest.  

Individual documents with full scores and feedback will be sent to music educators on record. We do not release scores to caregivers or students.

​For the full scoring rubric, please click here.

Certificates

All caregivers (solo submissions) or educators/directors (ensemble submissions) will receive certificate(s) of participation for their student’s submissions. 

We will not be offering pins or medals for this festival.

Questions and Communication

To help facilitate this virtual process, caregivers or students may need to communicate with MMEA staff for questions and support. We ask that the student’s music educator be copied on all messages to MMEA to assure transparency and accurate communication. MMEA staff will extend the same courtesy in the event staff needs to communicate with caregivers.

Please contact MMEA Staff at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com with questions.

​Solo & Ensemble Committee


Jeffrey Baer, Chair; Supervisor of Fine Arts, Wicomico County Public Schools
Andrew Blumhardt; Instructional Specialist for Fine and Performing Arts, Charles County Public Schools
Paul Hatton; Instrumental Music Resource Teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Jana Hobbs; Music Educator, Wicomico High School, Wicomico County Public Schools
Shane Jensen; Music Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools
John Wojciechowski; Director of Instrumental Music, North Harford High School, Harford County Public Schools

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