High School Music Festivals and Honor Groups
Solo and Ensemble Festival
This Festival provides students the opportunity to perform alone or in a small group for an adjudicator. Independent musicianship is fostered as students are allowed to make their own musical choices and to be evaluated and recognized apart from their school music classes. Students may choose repertoire entirely different from that which is studied in a large ensemble setting and from a more varied range of styles. Please choose music that is on the ASD Solo and Ensemble Approved Repertoire List. To request approval of a piece not on the list, contact the Fine Arts Department.
Adjudicators are professional musicians from the community or qualified guests from outside the community. Adjudicators provide valuable feedback, contributing to the student’s continued musical development. Students receive a rating of I to V, with I being the highest. Adjudicators also offer written comments and generally also give verbal feedback if time permits. Students who receive a I rating are eligible to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Adjudication is offered in the following areas: Vocal, Show Choir or Music Theater, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano, and Guitar.
Students may enter a maximum of four different events. For example, a student could enter one violin solo, a duet and a trio. Students should not enter more than one event of the same instrumentation or personnel (two vocal solos by the same student or two string trios of the same students would not be allowed). Ensembles should not exceed 12 students. Music selections can not be longer than six minutes. Students must provide their adjudicator with an original, published copy of the music that they will be performing, with all measures numbered. Non-copyrighted music should be clearly marked “Public Domain.”
Students must be enrolled, and an active member of, the corresponding music performance ensemble at their school and in good standing with the ensemble director. Student’s enrolled in a non-performance course, such as guitar, may participate in Solo/Ensemble at the director’s discretion. Music teachers will provide students with detailed information regarding the Solo and Ensemble Festival, including a Student Information Letter. Students must complete an online Activity Registration and meet eligibility standards - except for the health exam (physical) - as described on page 15 of the High School Activities Handbook. There is no activity fee.
For festival date and location information, please see the Fine Arts Calendar.
State Solo and Ensemble Festival
Alaska high school music students who receive a I rating in their local high school solo and ensemble festivals are eligible to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival. This event is sponsored by the Alaska State Activities Association (ASAA).
ASD high school music teachers will provide eligible students with application forms. Forms are also available at the ASAA website.
High School Large Group Band, Choir and Orchestra festival/contests
Each year, high school bands, choirs and orchestras have the opportunity to perform in an adjudicated setting. A judge will listen, make comments and work with the group to help elevate there musical knowledge and performance level. Additionally, these festivals provide the opportunity for high school students to perform for and listen to their peers from other schools.
These festivals include the most advanced ensemble from each ASD high school. The Band Festival, for example, features the symphonic band from each school.
For large group festival dates, please see the Fine Arts Calendar.
All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra