District Solo & Ensemble

MSVMA membership schools are encouraged to participate in District Solo & Ensemble Festivals. Students should be enrolled in grades 6 to 12 and members in good standing in their school's vocal music program.

Junior High/Middle School Eligibility

  • Sixth graders may not enter as soloists.
  • Seventh and eighth grade students may participate as soloists, receiving either a final determination or comments only, with district allowance and director request.
  • Ninth grade students may participate as soloists, receiving a Final Determination or comments only.
  • Sixth graders may participate in ensembles that include seventh and eighth grade students.
  • Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students may participate in ensembles for ratings or comments only.
  • Soloists and ensembles must sing two selections of a contrasting nature.
  • Soloists may sing one opera aria.
  • Soloists must perform one selection in its entirety from the Soloists’ Approved Repertoire list. Click link to view the Approved Repertoire list.
  • Popular, show/musical tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop or novelty selections are not acceptable.  
  • Changes in literature must be made by one week before the Festival. 
  • If Public Domain or purchased online copies of music are used, proof of music origin is required.


      • Soloists must perform from memory to receive a final determination.
      • Ensembles may use music.
      • Instrumental accompaniment other than piano is allowed but must not detract from the performance.
      • Small ensembles consist of 2 – 5 singers.
      • Large ensembles consist of 6 – 20 singers.
      • The personnel of the ensemble shall not change between the performance and sight reading rooms.
      • The personnel of the ensemble shall not change from one selection to the other.
      • Performance time may not exceed 8 minutes.
      • Choreography is not allowed.
      • An original score of each piece with the measures numbered must be provided for the judge in order to earn a final determination.
      • Directors and accompanists may not conduct and/or play for more than 5 events on Friday, and no more than 5 events on Saturday morning or afternoon. 
      • Students may participate in up to 5 events, with no more than 3 occurring on Friday, Saturday morning or afternoon.
      • If a school wishes to transfer to another district for district festival, the following steps must be completed:

      • Contact your district managers and those of the district that you wish to transfer to and explain your request. Permission must be granted by all district managers involved.
      • Once permission from all district managers has been obtained, submit the District Event Transfer Form by November 15. Click to access the form.
      • Shortly after November 15, the president elect will review requests and inform the applicants of the decision.

      Each event receives adjudication from a performance adjudicator including written comments to support the scoring decisions.

      Directors are encouraged to complete an online Adjudicator Performance Evaluation following a Festival. Adjudicators will not see the actual evaluation and director identification. A summary of the adjudicator's evaluations will be shared with him/her at the end of the school year.

      Final Determination

      Division I  Excellent 30 - 24
      Division II  Good 23 - 18
      Division III  Fair 17 - 12
      Division IV  Developing 11 - 6

      State Solo & Ensemble Festival Qualification

      • Soloists with a raw score of 23 or higher 
      • Ensembles with a final determination of Excellent 


      • The director who represents the school members must complete applications for students.

      • Registration is completed online using the Festival Scheduler.  Online scheduling questions should be directed to Andrea Gay at AndreaGay@msvma.org.
      • Fees and deadlines are determined by each district. Consult your District Page for details.
      • Invoice and payment must be postmarked by the district deadline. Invoices must have all the required signatures to be accepted. Purchase orders will not be accepted.
      • Failure to meet established district deadlines will result in events not being scheduled.

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