On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the annual Howard County Elementary Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at Long Reach High School from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This festival is an opportunity for elementary band and orchestra students currently enrolled in our school’s instrumental music program to perform solos and small group ensembles (Duets, Trios, Quartets, etc.) All students will have ten minutes to perform their music before an adjudicator. The adjudicator will give both verbal and written feedback of the performance - very much like a short private lesson. Students will also receive a certificate for their participation in this festival. As you can see, students will gain many benefits from participating in this festival.
If your child is taking private lessons, please consult your private teacher for help in choosing an appropriate solo piece of music. If your child elects to participate and does not take private lessons, I am happy to help select a piece of music for your child. If you would like me to choose a piece of music for your child, please simply leave the online registration forms’ “Title of Selection” area blank and I will choose a piece of music for your child. I will be choosing music from The Suzuki Book #1, which is an appropriate book for elementary school students. If your child would like to play a solo, you will need to purchase a copy of this book, which can be found at most music stores or online. No photocopies are permitted, as an original copy of the music must be used at the festival. You may choose to use or not use an accompanist/pianist.
I will also be available to listen to and coach students that participate in the festival. Once everyone's registration form is received, I will in turn send out a rehearsal schedule with individual times that I will be available to help each child. Please look for this schedule around the beginning of March. In order to participate, you must complete and submit the registration form below by Friday, February 15, 2019. The fee for students performing a SOLO this year is $10 and students performing in an ensemble (two or more musicians performing together) will be paid for by Dayton Oaks E.S (this is normally $5 per student; however, Mr. LaRoche has agreed to cover this fee). If your child would like to perform a solo, please remember to send me a $10 check (made out to DOES) to cover the cost of your child’s solo performance. *If your child is performing in an ensemble, (i.e. duo, trio, quartet, etc.) please complete and submit the online form by February 15th. (NO CHECK IS NEEDED) Students ARE permitted to perform in both a solo event as well as an ensemble event.
Once the festival coordinators receive all HCPSS’s registration forms, they will send all music teachers a copy of the assigned time schedule for each child’s performance, which I will forward to you as soon as I receive it. (I usually receive this about one or two weeks before the festival.) If you have any questions, please contact me at school at 410-313-1571. Thank you for your support of the instrumental music program.
Tammy SuttonDOES Orchestra Teacher410-313-1571