Solo and Ensemble is an opportunity for students to perform in front of a professional judge and receive feedback. A student is given a first, second, or third based on the quality of their performance but they do not compete against other students. The competition is hosted at an area school or at ICC every year. The competition will run from the morning to the afternoon and involves thousands of area student musicians. For more information visit the IHSA homepage: IHSA
Solo and Ensemble competition for the 2010-11 school year is located at Manual High School at 811 S. Griswold Street Peoria, IL 61605 (Map).
To compete students must prepare the following
All wind and mallet instrument soloists (ensembles do not play scales) will be required to play two of the following scales: Concert C, F, B Flat, E Flat, A Flat, D Flat, G Major, and a chromatic. The judge will select the scales to be played. The scales listed, including the chromatic scale, will be called for in concert pitch meaning that each player who plays a transposing instrument will have to transpose the given scale. The scales should be played at a tempo no less than quarter note = 120. All scales for wind instruments shall be played two octaves where applicable but one octave where range restricts. Scales and the chromatic will be played from memory.
Commonly Missed Rules
We have gathered a large database of possible solo and ensemble pieces. Check out this page to see some options: Suggested Pieces.
The judges will use the following page to judge each solo or ensemble. Students should familiarize themselves with the areas that they will be judged on to prepare more fully. Judges Sheets
The IHSA establishes rules for solo and ensemble contest. Students should skim through the rules to ensure that they are not disqualified. Rule Sheets