HS State Solo & Ensemble Festival

HS State Solo & Ensemble Festival participation offers students the opportunity to express themselves through creating beauty, building self confidence and to be affirmed as a singer. Performers learn from the mentoring of an adjudicator  and through preparation in a solo or ensemble event, students gain insights into the music as they continue their musical journey.

  • Qualifying performance of Division I - Excellent at HS District Festival
  • Soloists with a raw score of 23 or higher 

Registration & Payment

Register here: http://msvma.net

State S&E Festival Registration Instructions

$35 Solo  
$50 Small ensemble  2 - 5 singers
$80 Large ensemble   6 - 20 singers

Deadline for registration and payment is March 1, 2019. Fees are non-refundable.

Payment can be made by school check or director’s personal check payable to MSVMA and must be postmarked by the deadline. Purchase orders are acceptable at the postmark deadline, but the State Office must receive payment by March 26, 2019.

Invoices & checks for fees payable to MSVMA should be mailed to:


P.O. Box 1131

Big Rapids, MI  49307

For registration questions, contact State Events Scheduling Coordinator Julia Holt, or Director of State Events Bert Van Dyke.

    • Soloists and ensembles must sing two selections of a contrasting nature. Only one selection may have been performed at District Festival.
    • 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.
    • Large ensembles desiring MYAF consideration must perform one a cappella selection.
    • 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 measures numbered must be provided for the use of the judge in order for a final determination to be issued. 
    • 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.
    Sight Reading for Soloists
    • Following performance, each soloist will proceed to the sight reading room.
    • Only the soloist's director will be allowed in the sight reading room and may instruct the soloist.
    • Prior to singing the passage, the soloist will be given time to study the exercise
    • Each exercise will be 8 measures long.
    • The adjudicator will establish the key as the soloist requests - starting pitch and/or tonic.  
    • The levels of proficiency are Primary, Intermediate and Advanced.
    • Soloists may chose the level of sight reading to be performed.  MYAF candidates must sight read at the Intermediate or Advanced Levels.
    • The sight reading score will reflect the soloist’s knowledge of music fundamentals and sight reading ability.
    • 9th grade soloists must adhere to senior high sight reading guidelines.

    Sight Reading for Ensembles
    • Prior to singing the passage, the ensemble will be given time to study the exercise.
    • The key may be established by having the students sing scales or chord patterns.
    • The director may change the key to best support the vocal abilities of the choir.
    • Intervals contained in the exercise may be sung as long as they are not done in the sequence of the written material. For example, random intervals or patterns such as 1-3-5-3-1,1-6,1-4, etc. may be sung by the students in preparation. Directors may call attention to places where these occur in the exercise. They may not be rehearsed in the sequence in which they appear.
    • The group may speak aloud the solfege, letter or number names preparatory to singing.
    • Singers are allowed to discuss and/or vocalize with their neighbors during the prep time. The director may not assist by illustrating intervals or rhythms.
    • The practice of "neighboring" shall not be a unified effort by a section or group of more than three students.
    • Small and large ensembles desiring MYAF consideration must sight read at intermediate or higher.
    • The ensemble’s performance will reflect its ability to understand and sight read the following:
    Rhythm: note and rest values, feeling of pulse/tempo - appropriate and steady

    Pitch: pitches, tonality and intonation
    Other:  Technique (either fixed or movable do, using either sollfege, numbers, letter names, or neutral syllable(s)), concentration of group members, expression, phrasing, tone, quality

    Missed Event Policy

    • The purpose of the Missed Event Policy is to allow flexibility for students who missed their solo performance time due to circumstances beyond their control which occurred on the date/time of their scheduled performance (dangerous weather, late bus, accompanist no-show or weather-delayed.) Other scheduling conflicts do not qualify for Missed Event consideration.
    • No requests for Missed Event consideration may be made until after the student actually missed their event, and only for circumstances as described above. Please make every effort to have students perform as scheduled.
    • The Missed Event Policy may not be used to request scheduling changes. All scheduling conflicts must be addressed by the member/director of the school by communicating with the Scheduler in advance of the deadline.
    • The student's director is the only person that can ask for a change to the schedule.  No parents or students are allowed in the headquarters. If the student's director is not there, the student has no option to be rescheduled.
    • The individual in charge of the master schedule will work with the director to determine if an opening is available that will accommodate the student and the accompanist.

    • A fee of $10 shall be paid at the acceptance of the rescheduled opening or the event will not perform.  Payment will be made by cash or director's check payable to MSVMA.

      Student Conduct

      In signing the registration form, the principal and the director agree to supervise the students from their school to ensure proper conduct at the Festival. Sanctions may be imposed  by the MSVMA Executive Board upon schools whose students' behavior is inappropriate.


      Medals are available for purchase for $4 each.

      Transfer Request Guidelines

      Transfer Request GuidelinesDirectors may request a transfer from their school’s assigned site to a different site. Large numbers of event transfers can disrupt festival management. Directors are encouraged to perform at their school’s regionally assigned site unless:

      Travel from your school to the site exceeds 150 miles or 3 hours.
      Your school district is not in session on the performance date.
      (Examples: spring break, state-mandated testing.)

      The deadline for all State Event Transfer Requests is February 15. Requests will be considered according to capacity and criteria above. Requests that exceed capacity or do not meet criteria may not be approved.

      For questions, please contact bertvandyke@msvma.org

      Transfer request form.  

      Director of State Events
      Bert Van Dyke

      Supervisor of State S & E Festivals
      Cindy Hunter

      April 26 & 27, 2019
      Districts 1, 2, 7 & 9   District 5: Bay, Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella & Midland Counties

      Festival Coordinator
      Kathy Cunningham

      Jill Neverth
      McBain Rural Agricultural School
      107 East Maple Street
      McBain, MI  49657

      April 12 & 13, 2019
      Districts 3, 15 & 16  
      District 5: Shiawassee, Saginaw counties 
      District 8: Ingham, Eaton counties east of US127 

      Festival Coordinator 
      Tammy Palazzolo

      Kevin Cornwall
      Avondale HS
      2800 Waukegan Street
      Auburn Hills, MI  48326

      April 26 & 27, 2019
      Districts 4 &12
      District 8: Hillsdale, Jackson & Lenawee Counties

      Festival Coordinator
      Jason L Debandt

      Phil Johnson
      Brighton HS 
      7878 Brighton Road
      Brighton, MI 48116

      April 26, 2019

      Districts  13 & 14

      Festival Coordinator & Host
      Jan Brodersen
      Lake Superior Christian Church
      393 State Highway M533
      Marquette, MI  49855

      April 12 & 13, 2019
      District 8:  Ingham and Eaton Counties west of US127  
      District 6, 10 & 11

      Festival Coordinator 
      Elizabeth Townsend

      Emily Verdonk
      Allendale High School
      10760 68th Avenue
      Allendale, MI 49401

      Final Determinations

      Scores will be calculated by multiplying the performance judge's score by three and adding the sight reading judge's score.

       Division I  Excellent 120 - 96
       Division II  Good  95 - 72
       Division III  Fair  71 - 46
       Division IV  Developing  45 - 24

      Michigan Youth Arts Festival

      Soloists and ensembles interested in being considered for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival should click on the following links for important information.

                MYAF overview
        MYAF S&E information

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