MSBOA District Solo and Ensemble Festival Schedule:

Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early to warm-up, are dressed professionally, have an ORIGINAL score for the judge that has all the measures numbered. If you are playing in an ensemble, you must have an ALIGNED score. If you downloaded the music, you MUST have proof of purchase, or proof that it was free. Be sure you've double-checked timing and ALL the rules. See me if you have any questions. 


The MSBOA District Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at Livonia Franklin High School. This is an excellent opportunity to grow as a player. You can choose a solo (preferably with piano accompaniment) and/or an ensemble. You would play for a judge who has experience on the instrument you are playing, and will receive comments and a rating from Division I to V, I being the highest.

The rating is equivalent to a letter grade. This is not a ranking. If you receive a Division I or a Division II rating, you will receive a medal, included in your entry fee. If you receive a Division I, you are also eligible to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival held on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. More information on that will follow closer to the date.

Eligibility: You must be:

  1. A member of the school’s instrumental ensembles both semesters
  2. A string player – because we do not have an orchestra program
  3. A pianist. If you are NOT a band member, the rules say you can play a piano solo provided you also accompany a band or string student. That performance is not rated; however, any student (even if they are in a school ensemble) will receive an automatic first division medal if accompanying three students. You may also charge a fee for your services.

This is an excellent opportunity to grow as a player. Extra credit is also available to participants.

The deadline for entry is Monday, October 21, 2019 Please fill out this digital form: . This is how your event will be registered. Please submit the form linked below with cash your check made out to NHS Band to Mrs. Ray-Hepp ON OR BEFORE the deadline, regardless of whether your class meets that day. We will be in parent/teacher conferences until 6 pm on that Monday. You can submit to either of us. No entries will be accepted under any circumstances past 6:00 p.m. on the due date.

Please take note of all relevant dates. No refunds will be available.

See the document linked below for more information and the form to submit with your payment.