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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the New England Festival Association all about?
    High School musicians, sponsored by their teachers or parents, perform for adjudication in one of the two Solo & Ensemble Festivals. Those performing music from the NEMFA Repertoire whose evaluations are highly rated are invited to be a part of one of the three NEMFA ensembles. Those ensembles rehearse for three days while being hosted by a school community and perform in one of two concerts on the final day.
  • Who can sponsor/register students for the solo and ensemble festival?
    School Music Educators, Private Music Teachers, Regional Ensemble Leadership, Parents - Any adult who will become a NEMFA member ($30) and be responsible for the student's participation. The Solo & Ensemble participation fee for each student is $12.
  • What types of performances are adjudicated in the solo and ensemble festival?
    Students may perform any music as a solo or in any small ensemble for evaluation in the Solo & Ensemble Festivals, HOWEVER, if the student wishes to have their evaluation considered for the Concert Festival, they must perform an instrumental solo, vocal solo or in a vocal ensemble selection from the NEMFA repertoire
  • How do I register students for the solo and ensemble festival?
    Go to the SOLO AND ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL page, creation of their NEMFA ID, student information and performance information is entered, the membership and participation fees are totaled, and an invoice is generated for mailing in with payment. Both that mailing and the online entry must be completed by the deadline (see the online Calendar for all of our dates)
  • How do I know when my student's performance is scheduled?
    Approximately 2 weeks prior to each Solo & Ensemble Festival, the schedule is posted online for sponsors to access using their NEMFA ID
  • How do we receive the solo and ensemble festival results?
    Approximately 5 days after the second Solo & Ensemble Festival, the results are posted online for sponsors to access during their NEMFA ID. Those results will include access to each performance's adjudication form and, if invited, the steps to follow to accept that invitation to the Concert Festival.
  • What are the next steps if my student is accepted into the concert festival?
    Using their NEMFA ID, sponsors can complete the online registration process, print their invoice (the Concert Festival participation fee is $95), and mail in with payment. They can also printout the information for their student(s) to use to access the Online Student Contract that also needs to be completed for each participating student. Both that mailing and the online entry must be completed by the deadline (see the online Calendar for all of our dates)
  • How and when do we receive concert festival music?
    The music for students invited to participate in the New England Chorus is mailed to their sponsors along with an information letter during the week following the second Solo & Ensemble Festival. The New England Band and Orchestra music is mailed to invited students' sponsors in the week following the Concert Festival Acceptane Deadline in January.
  • Are alternate students ever chosen for the concert festival?
    Once the Acceptance Deadline has been reached, the rosters of each ensemble are adjusted to reflect those students who are unable to accept the invitation to participation. At that time, the Managers and Solo & Ensemble Co-Coordinators confer to see if qualified students from the Solo & Ensemble Festival results will be invited to replace those students. Any such students will be notified through their sponsors and regarded as any other accepted participant.
  • What is the chaperone requirement for the festival?
    For all the reasons you know, each NEMFA student must have an adult chaperone within the host community (within 30 minutes) for the duration of the Concert Festival. Chaperones can be responsible for students other than their own to help out where the sponsor cannot be there for the duration. These arrangements need to be done prior to the start of the festival and unchaperoned students will be sent home immediately.
  • What is a NEMFA Sponsor (Member)?
    A NEMFA Sponsor is a Parent, Band Director, Private Lessons Teacher, Guardian, etc. who is willing to register and accompany students throughout both the Solo and Ensemble Festival and Concert Festival Process. A student will not be allowed to register or participate without a Sponsor.
  • How do I become a Sponsor?
    Click on Register Students Button on the Solo and Ensemble Festival Page and use the GUEST login Read the info on the 'First Time Here This Year' page and click on the Register as a New England Sponsor button to begin the entry process. Select the type of sponsor, fill in that info, create your NEMFA ID, and continue to be able to enter your student applications Print your invoice and mail in with payment by the deadline (mailing address is on the invoice).
  • How do I register a student for the Concert Festival?
    The online adjudication results site is now offline and has been replaced by the Alternate Acceptance site. Log in using the Account Name and Password you received in an email from Steffen Parker. Enter your NEMFA ID to access your student information Click on the button for Student Contracts to printout the list of Student Contract information for your students (they need to complete that process online by the deadline to complete the acceptance process) - You can see if they have completed their contracts on your Concert Festival Acceptance tab Click on the Concert Festival Acceptance tab to view the listing of your accepted students and their ensemble & seat (or voice part). Next to each student's name, enter their acceptance information (Yes or No to the acceptance, Yes or No to whether they will need host housing in Gilford, and their height for chorus students) - Click on the UPDATE THIS INFORMATION button in the lower left to submit that information. Once your acceptance information is complete, click on the Concert Festival Invoice tab to view your acceptance information and printout your Festival Invoice to send with payment by the same deadline. Your signature and that of your administrator (if appropriate) is required on the invoice prior to mailing
  • What is a sponsors responsibility for the Solo and Ensemble Festival?
    You and your student should arrive at their Solo & Ensemble Festival 45 minutes prior to their performance time and while you check in at registration, they should go to warmup Be at your adjudication room 10 minutes prior to their scheduled times Again, you are reminded to review the Solo & Ensemble Fesitival policies available through the Documents link at the top The results from the adjudication will be available through Check Your Solo & Ensemble Results link on the left on the Thursday after the second Solo & Ensemble Festival A reminder that you need to provide a copy of your music for the adjudicator. It can be a photocopy as long as the original is being used by the performers (both the soloist and the accompanist must perform from memory or an original).
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