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NEMFA Solo & Ensemble Festival

Welcome to 2021-22 NEMFA Adjudication Process Page!

After a highly successful year using technology to provide our Solo & Ensemble Festival, we are excited about a return to in-person performance for this year’s event.  Scheduled for the first two Saturdays in December, we invite your students to prepare and perform a piece from one of our wonderful repertoire listings (or a piece of their choice), and have it heard and evaluated by our adjudicators.  The northern site, on December 4th, will be at Hartford High School in Hartford, Vermont and the southern site, on December 11th, will be at Griswold High School in Griswold, CT.


At both sites, the following mitigations will be in place:

  • Everyone will wear a mask indoors

  • Performers will wear masks during their performance, including wind players using the appropriate modified mask (or face shields for flutists)

  • Adjudicators will maintain a six foot distance from performers

  • Ensemble performers will maintain a three foot distance from each other during performance

  • Should it be required, separate warmup spaces will be provided for schools whose students are not allowed to mingle with students from other schools


Your student will receive verbal feedback at the conclusion of their performance and written feedback using our evaluation rubric.  Should their piece be listed on the appropriate repertoire, they will also receive a rating of their performance, a rating that we will then use to select the New England Festival Band, Chorus and Orchestra.  Those selections will be made available soon after the second Solo & Ensemble Festival.  The Concert Festival will be held March 17th, 18th & 19, 2022 at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, CT.

In the case of an unresolvable conflict with both Saturdays, those few students will be allowed to submit a video recording for their performance.  Those will be due the Friday before their scheduled Solo & Ensemble Saturday and sponsors must indicate that option and the reason for it in the appropriate student application.


The application window is NOW OPEN from October 10 to October 29th.  The fee per student will be $15.  Once you have submitted their application, you will receive a schedule for their performance Saturday.  Following the performances, the student adjudication feedback and selections will be available online as well as the acceptance process for those attending the Concert Festival.




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Using those evaluations, the New England Music Festival will honor the most talented of those that performed in the Solo & Ensemble Festival in two other ways:

  • A group of students, selected by their adjudicators for the power and persuasion of their performance, will be asked to perform their adjudication piece at the beginning of the Concert Festival Chorus performance in March.

  • For our senior participants, the highest rated vocal student and the highest rated instrumental student, each who has been selected for the New England Concert Festival all four years will be awarded this year’s Burton O. Cowgill New England Scholarship, an honor that comes not only with due recognition, but a monetary one as well.


While these accolades will bear witness to the gifts, talents and musicianship of our participants, it is the evaluation process that carries the most value to these students.  The opportunity to practice, prepare and perform a great piece of music, and to receive the compliments, critiques and corrections needed to improve from our caring adjudicators, is what the New England Music Festival Association is most proud of, most invested in providing each year, every year, despite any obstacles presented.  We hope you and your students will consider participating this year and every year as we work collectively to ensure that music remains a vital part of every student’s high school education and experience.




QUESTIONS? Contact Steffen Parker at



Important Deadlines and Dates - 2021-22:

Solo & Ensemble Registration Now Open: October 10 to October 29, 2021

Registration and Fees: November 2021 (TBA FOR EXACT DATE)

Questions? Email Steffen Parker

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