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Solo and Ensemble

2018 Greater Cleveland Solo & Ensemble Contest


Solo & Ensemble is an annual event that takes place among all the schools in the greater Cleveland area and is open to all 7th and 8th grade band members, as well as select 6th grade students. Solo & Ensemble provides you with the experience of working up a piece of music by yourself, with your private teacher and/or with a small group of ensemble members in order to enhance your musical skills. On February 24th at Fairview High School, all students will perform their pieces in front of a judge who will then assign you a score based on your performance. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to perform and receive constructive comments on how to improve on your instrument. All students who are willing to commit and work hard are encouraged to participate. Students may perform one solo, and participate in one ensemble, unless more events are OK’d by Mr. Komperda. Additionally, students may play piano, guitar or string solos.
I will help anyone interested in this event select music that best suits you; however, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure you have a piece selected by January 5th (see important dates below). To assist in this process, Rettig Music (Westlake) is hosting the 7th annual “Rocky River Band Day” on December 6th. On that day, all students are welcome to browse their collection of Solo & Ensemble literature and pick a piece that best suits you. I will be in attendance on that evening to help as well. 

Students must commit to rehearsing with Mr. Komperda/Mrs. Quimby for coaching in preparation for their performance. You may sign up for times before and after school.

The cost for this event is $10 for each soloist and $5 for each ensemble member. Please keep in mind that this fee is PER EVENT.
All solos that have published piano accompaniments MUST be accompanied. Students must either find an accompanist (a private teacher, family friend, etc.) or must pay $30 for an accompanist to be provided. Please note that this is an extremely affordable rate relative to regular accompanying costs. With this, each student will have two rehearsals and their performance with an accompanist.
Please see the other links on the web page that have information about scale and rudiment requirements:
Important Dates:
Wednesday, December 6 – 10:00am-8:00pm: “Rocky River Band Day” at Rettig Music (Mr. K will be there from around 4-8pm)
Friday, January 5th: All ensembles and soloists have music picked out and have shown Mr. Komperda for approval.
Friday, January 12th: All registration money, accompanist fees & forms are due (checks payable to RRMS).
Saturday, February 24th: Event day- performance times will be available approximately one week before the event. 
For more information about this event: Greater Cleveland Solo & Ensemble
Other Important Info

Transportation to and from the contest is the responsibility of the performers. Car-pooling is recommended. You will receive a list of the students participating in the contest.

Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks are available in the cafeteria.

Parents are invited to attend the performances of any students at the contest.

No Video or Audio recording is permitted in the performance rooms.

RRMS will be DISQUALIFIED if the judges see any recording devices used.

There is no required music list but no pop, jazz, Broadway, or light music is allowed. Mr. Komperda, Mrs. Quimby and students’ own private teachers will help them select appropriate music.

Performers dress up for the contest just like you would for a concert at school. Remember that you want to impress the judge in a way that shows you recognize the importance of looking professional for the contest! Appearance and behavior do make a difference.