Virtual Solo & Ensemble Festival

Please read the following details closely, as the process is different with the virtual festival format!


  • All students 6-12th grade may participate as soloists or in ensembles, receiving a Final Determination or comments only.


    • The director must complete the online registration through this event link
    • The submission fee for each event is $25.
    • Payments can be made by credit card or check. Please mail all checks to:
    P.O. Box 1131
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    • Invoice and payment must be postmarked by November 30. Purchase orders are accepted.
    • No late registrations will be accepted.
    • Refunds can be requested by completing the form below.

    Video Requirements
    • On December 1, a Dropbox request for video submissions will be sent to paid registrants.
    • Only one video is to be submitted per event, with a pause between repertoire selections.
    • Video submissions must be in a "live" format without edits.
    • Before singing, hold up the original copy of the score to the camera.
    • The video should be treated as a performance, with appropriate conduct and attire.
    • While video quality is not part of the final determination, singers are encouraged to follow these guidelines for proper adjudication: place the camera at a reasonable height, distance, and angle to capture the entire singer and the most natural sound quality possible. Use adequate lighting. Avoid people, pets, or personal items visible in the background.
    • Video submissions are due by December 15.
    • Video MUST be titled "Last Name, First Name, School".
    • Students must upload PDF's of their sheet music via the Dropbox request. Music must be titled "Last Name, First Name, Song Title"
    • Directors will receive their student's adjudicated scores and comments by January 22.


      • Soloists must sing two age appropriate songs of contrasting nature. These songs should be from the art song, oratorio, or operatic repertory, but only one post-baroque aria may be performed.* 
      • When choosing literature, soloists can use this Suggested Repertoire list as a guide. There is no longer a required list for soloists.
      • If multiple strophic verses are included in the original work, it is acceptable to select two (or more if needed) in the interest of time
      • If an original work repeats without any changes to text or musical content, it is acceptable to eliminate the repeat sign in the interest of time (da capo arias)
      • Accompanists are encouraged to reduce lengthy introductions and interludes in the interest of time.
      • Popular, show/musical tunes, vocal jazz, barbershop or novelty selections are not acceptable.
      *An art song is usually written for one voice with piano accompaniment in the classical art music tradition. In German it is called lieder; in French, chanson.  An art song is a complete composition in itself and is not part of a larger work such as an opera or oratorio. 


            • 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. This includes the use of a backing track.
            • Small ensembles consist of 2 – 5 singers.
            • Large ensembles consist of 6 – 20 singers. IMPORTANT NOTE - Because many ensembles have not been able to rehearse due to COVID, large ensembles may opt to participate in the spring Choral Festival rather than S&E.
            • 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. However, artful staging and appropriate choral movement that reflect performance practice of the genre is allowed.
            • Students may participate in multiple events.

            Final Determination

            l Excellent  30-24
            ll Good  23-18
            lll Fair  17-12
            lV  11-6


            Michigan School Vocal Music Association

            P.O. Box 1131

            Big Rapids, MI 49307-1131

            (231) 592 - 9344


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