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 questions. Sincerely, Mrs. Mary O’Connor Mrs. Christie Ricker Sixth Grade Band Director Fifth Grade Band Director Churchville-Chili Central School District Music Department 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________ Instrument________________________________ 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_____________________________ Student’s Signature____________________________________________________ Parent’s Signature_____________________________________________________ Date___________________ Phone___________________________ Please enclose $12.00 registration fee, with checks payable to: Churchville-Chili Central School District.
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