The Delaware Music Educators Association (DMEA) extends an invitation to students in grades 6 – 12 to participate in our annual Solo & Ensemble Festival. The festival showcases students performing solo and chamber music repertoire, including jazz.  Renowned professional adjudicators will hear and critique each student performance, providing informative feedback for students and teachers.  Participants may choose their method of evaluation – comments only, or comments with numerical scoring.  There are no prescribed lists of music from which students may choose to perform.  Popular music and Broadway show music will not be considered acceptable for performance.  Jazz music must demonstrate improvisation skills.  Students should prepare works that exemplify their highest degree of personal musicianship.


Solo eligibility:  All soloists must be in grades 6 - 12.  Performers on piano, woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, and solo singers are eligible.  It is strongly recommended that wind, strings, vocal and percussion soloists have a piano accompanist, secured by the applicant.  Total performance time is limited to six minutes; the number of pieces performed is not limited. All pieces will be performed in their entirety.  Soloists will provide one copy of their solo pieces and accompaniment scores for the adjudicator.

Ensemble eligibility:  All ensemble members must be in grades 6 - 12.  Small ensembles are limited to twelve performers; piano ensembles are limited to four hands (one piano).  Adult conductors are acceptable for grade 6 - 8 ensembles; high school ensembles must not have a conductor.  Rock bands will not be considered.  Total performance time is limited to six minutes; the number of pieces performed is not limited. A copy of the piece(s) with all parts notated should be provided for the adjudicator.

Annual Solo and Ensemble Festival rules, details and applications will be updated and posted in November of each year.