ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest Explained
This contest, which is produced by the Indiana State School Music Association (“ISSMA”) provides students with an opportunity to get professional feedback on a piece they prepare and perform for a judge. Students will be assigned a time and room number for their performance(s). The judge uses a score sheet to grade the performance against a standard of excellence and award a rating of Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation. The first three ratings earn the student a medal.
At North Daviess, only the ND Singers are required to go to contest as an ensemble (group). All Choir students have the option to participate, and students may perform in multiple events, if they wish (solo, small ensemble, large ensemble, etc.).
Students who choose to go to contest will be responsible for paying their own entry fees, which are currently $13 for soloists and $7 per person for ensemble members. Cash is accepted, and checks can be made out to “ND Choirs.” ALL payments MUST be received by the deadline (Monday, November 24), or students will simply not be registered for the contest. Registration fees are sent to ISSMA, who will use the money to provide medals, score sheets, judges, and custodial fees for the contest. Fees will NOT be refunded under any circumstances. Students who have a true financial need should have their parents contact Mrs. Dedina privately for assistance.
Prior to the contest, participating students will be expected to sign up for and attend multiple after-school rehearsal/lesson sessions with Mrs. Dedina. Students are also responsible for acquiring a piano accompanist; Mrs. Dedina can provide contact information for pianists, but it is up to the students to make the arrangements.
ISSMA has a number of rules regarding what types of music may be performed, what types of ensembles may participate, and which difficulty groups students may select. Mrs. Dedina will help the students with all of those details during the after-school rehearsals.
This year’s contest is on Saturday, February 7 at Bloomington North High School. Performance times and rooms are usually received from ISSMA about two weeks prior to the contest. The performances are open to the public at no cost; many parents choose to transport their own children so that they can hear them perform. We will, however, provide bus transportation between NDHS and BNSH if enough students need it. Permission slips and performance information will be sent home with the students approximately one week before the contest.
For further information, please see www.issma.net (click on the “Events” tab to begin), and “like” the Facebook pages for the North Daviess Choirs and the North Daviess Music Boosters.