Churchville Chili Central School District
Middle School (Grades 5 and 6)
Instrumental Music Department
October 19, 2011
Dear Students and Parents,
The Monroe County School Music Association Solo Festival will be held on January 27 and 28, 2012 at Pittsford
Sutherland High School. This is an opportunity for interested students to prepare and perform a solo and then be
evaluated by an expert of their instrument. Students must also memorize scales (3 for levels I and II/7 for levels III
and IV) and perform a short sight reading example. Family members may listen as the solo is performed, but no
other audience is involved. Parents are required to provide transportation to and from the festival. I will be
available for student assistance at the festival.
Please note that while there are also spring solo festivals, band students from fifth and sixth grade only participate in
the January festival. If your child would like to attend a solo festival, this is their only opportunity this year.
To receive a rating the solo must be selected from the current NYSSMA manual, a catalog of rated and approved
solos. Lesson teachers will assist in the selection of the student’s solo, including those suggested by private lesson
teachers. Students are evaluated on performance, tone, technique, musical skills and sight reading. Comments
from an expert adjudicator may be helpful to students as they work toward higher levels of performance.
This winter Festival also serves as an audition for the Elementary All County Band and Orchestra Festival to be held
on the following dates:
March 7 (after school) at Spry Middle School in Webster
March 16 (3:00-5:30) and March 17 (9:00-2:00) at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Students may commit to participate in the festival (if selected) on the application form and transportation will be
provided to selected students on March 7. On March 16 (half day) and March 17, students will need their own
transportation to Roberts Wesleyan College. Participants in this festival will be selected by festival adjudicators and
a MCSMA committee, and students will be notified approximately one week after the January festival.
This is an optional activity for students. Preparation for this festival will require students to focus their practice time
on the solo, along with regular lesson material. This is a wonderful enrichment activity for the serious music student
who is looking for an additional challenge.
Students planning on attending this January festival are required to pay the $12.00 non-refundable registration fee
and purchase a copy of their solo. All applications must be received by dismissal on November 4. This deadline
will be strictly observed as we must issue only one check for registration. Checks may be made payable to
“Churchville Chili Central School District.” No late applications will be accepted. To avoid this issue, please
respond to this form as soon as possible.
If you choose to register for this festival, please complete the attached application and return it to your lesson
teacher no later than Friday, November 4 in order to accommodate the Monroe County deadline. Your signature
confirms that you have read the information and agree to the requirements. Please feel free to contact us with any
Mrs. Mary O’Connor Mrs. Christie Ricker
Sixth Grade Band Director Fifth Grade Band Director
Churchville-Chili Central School District
Monroe County School Music Association
2012 Solo Festival Student Application Form
January 27 and 28, 2012
Please return to school by November 4.
Student’s Name_____________________________________________ Grade________
NYSSMA Solo Title _______________________________________________
All County Audition ___________Yes ____________No thanks
If selected for the 2012 All County Festival, I will be available for all 3 rehearsals as listed on page one of this letter.
Yes ____ No _____
Preferred Solo Festival Performance Time (Please check one)
Friday (1/27) 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. _______
Saturday (1/28) 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. _______
Saturday (1/28) 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. _______
Will you be using a piano accompanist? An accompanist is not required. ________Yes _________No
If yes, please include accompanist’s name_____________________________
Please enclose $12.00 registration fee, with checks payable to:
Churchville-Chili Central School District.