NEMFA Solo & Ensemble Festival
Welcome to 2023-2024 NEMFA Adjudication Process Page!
NEMFA SOLO/ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL DATES 2023-2024
October 27, 2023 - S/E Deadline for Registration and Fees
November 15, 2023 - Solo/Ensemble Performance Schedule is online
December 2, 2023 - S & E Northern Site - Hartford High School, Hartford, VT
December 9, 2023 - S & E Southern Site - Griswold High School, Griswold, CT
December 16, 2023 - Snow Date (if necessary)
March 21-23 - Concert Festival - The Boxboro Regency in Boxborough, MA
After two highly successful years using technology to provide our Solo & Ensemble Festival, and a successful year returning to our normal format, we are excited about a return to in-person performance again 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.
Performances this year will be
LIVE AND IN PERSON ONLY.
Virtual, audio or video performances will not be accepted this year.
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.
ASSOCIATED COSTS AND FEES
$20 PER STUDENT - APPLICATION FEE
$40 PER SPONSOR - SPONSOR MEMBERSHIP FEE
*PLEASE NOTE: You must enter your information and create a NEMFA ID to Sumbit Applications
PLEASE SEND REGISTRATION CHECKS TO:
NEW ENGLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION, INC.
c/o WILLIAM SITTARD
PO BOX 755
OAK BLUFFS, MA 02557-0755
October 27, 2023
Once your student has submitted their application, they 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.
The only mitigation carried over from last year is that masking is optional for all aspects of the New England Solo & Ensemble Festival.
The application window is CLOSED
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.
SOLO/ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
QUESTIONS? Contact Steffen Parker
Questions? Email Steffen Parker