Solo and Ensemble

VHMS Orchestra

Solo and Ensemble Requirements

The VHMS Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held in class from February 8-15, 2019. Advanced and Symphonic students will play after school on February 13th. Sign-ups will be available January 10-11. This event counts as your performance grade for Term 3 and will be graded according to the rubric and grading scale below. This performance also counts as your audition for next year’s orchestra.

 

I 100
I- 97
II+ 94
II 91
II- 88
III+ 82
III 79
III- 75
IV+ 70
IV 65
IV- 60
V 0

 

  1. Well prepared, have the music learned and played it well. No major errors.
  2. Pretty well prepared. Some minor errors, but it shows that the student has spent time working on it.
  3. The performance shows that the student has spent some time working on the solo or ensemble, but the performance is still very rough and needs more practice. An average performance.
  4. The performance is very rough. Student has obviously not spent much time on it. Student has basic concepts down, but very little preparation.
  5. Totally unprepared. Student has not done anything of value to prepare the piece.

Expectations:

Recordings and accompaniment tracks are available online at vhmsorchestra.com under your class page. Please use these recordings to help you prepare for your performance.

Please pay close attention to key signatures and accidentals!

Please wear Sunday Best for this performance. If you are not dressed appropriately your score will be lowered one full level (I- becomes a II-). Girls may wear dress pants if they’d like instead of a dress.

Pieces do NOT have to be memorized 🙂 You must provide a copy of your piece to hand your judge with your grade sheet. Please plan ahead and make the copies BEFORE the day of your performance!

Everyone is required to play a solo. You may prepare an ensemble performance or music video in addition to the solo, but your solo performance will be the one graded in Skyward and used as your audition.

SOLO:

  1. Solos should be chosen out of the Solo and Ensemble Packet. However, if you are taking private lessons and would like to choose a piece outside of the suggested selections, you must have it approved by Mrs. Braithwaite before Christmas Break. All solos must be classically-based.
  2. You do not need to take repeats, however, if your piece has a DC al Fine you need to play to the Fine.
  3. Pieces that have a written accompaniment part must be accompanied! You may use an electronic device if you would like to be accompanied by a recording rather than a piano. You are responsible for finding your own accompanist and scheduling a performance time that works for both of you.
    1. You may ask another member of your class to accompany you.

 

ENSEMBLE (optional):

  1. Choose your ensemble members wisely! You are given a WHOLE-GROUP grade for your performance!
    1. All ensemble members MUST be in the same orchestra class.
  2. You may create an ensemble with any instrumentation, but must have 10 or fewer members.
    1. Make sure all parts to your ensemble are in the same key!
  3. Ensemble music must be at least the difficulty of the pieces we play in class.
    1. You may choose Classical or Contemporary (popular/movie) music, but it must be written for the instrumentation of your ensemble.
    2. You must provide a copy of your piece to hand your judge with your grade sheet. Please plan ahead and make the copies BEFORE the day of your performance!
  4. You do not need to take repeats, unless there is a DC al Coda, DC al Fine, or DS al Coda.

 

MUSIC VIDEO (only an option for Beginning and Intermediate students): 

  1. Choose your ensemble members wisely! You are given a WHOLE-GROUP grade for your performance!
  2. Music must be at least the difficulty of the pieces we play in class.
  3. All music made in the video must be played by members of your ensemble. (No playing along with professional recordings)
    1. You may add extra instruments/people to the music video (played by friends outside of the orchestra class) as long as those people attend Vista Heights Middle School.
  4. Your main instrument (the one you play in class) must be featured in the video.
  5. Videos need to be emailed to Mrs. Braithwaite at least 24hrs before your scheduled performance time. abraithwaite@alpinedistrict.org