IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest Info for AHS Orchestra


Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
Alton 1st Presbyterian Church
Corner of 4th & Alby downtown Alton
Required attendance of all Symphonic

Saturday, March 4, Alton H.S.
(help with set-up Friday, March 3 and with contest all day March 4)

Your contest entry form (via google form) and all entry fees are to due Friday, January 20.

$8.00 per solo
$15.00 per ensemble
$20 String Choirs (paid from AHS Orchestra Activity Accnt)

Please make checks payable to Alton H.S.

This entry fee is non-refundable after January 20.

Time Limit:  6 minutes for all solos and ensemble performances.

Students are limited to 9 total contest entries, 3 total entries per ensemble; eg., 3 orchestra entries, 3 choir entries, 3 band entries.  Students are limited to 2 ensembles.   These limitations do not include a “choir” (ensemble with 9 or more performers).  So, the max you can do for orchestra is 1 solo, 2 string ensembles and 1 string choir.

The judge must have an original score with every measure numbered.  Failure to do so will automatically lower your rating.

Instrumental solos must be prepared to perform the following:
Prepared solo (does not have to be memorized)
Memorized 3-8va scales (2-8va for bass):  F, C, G, D, A, & E Major.
The judge will ask for two scales.

Who is your accompanist?  Instrumental soloists need to get accompanists now and practice at least 3-4 times before contest with her.  You must have your accompanist lined up by February 12.  Pay your accompanists.  The charge is usually $25.  I will get you a list of names of reliable accompanists.

Piano solos must be prepared to perform the following:
Prepared solo (does not have to be memorized)
     Memorized 2 octave scales, 2 hands:  F, G, D, A, E, & B Major.
The judge will ask for three scales.

Ensembles may consist of 2 – 8 players.
Ensembles do not have to perform scales.
Ensembles do not need accompanists unless there is a piano accompaniment.

Ensembles are responsible for scheduling their own rehearsals on their own time.  I will be available after school to help anyone needing assistance.  Know your individual part well and practice together.  It is impossible to expect a first place rating if you put off practicing together until the week before.

For complete IHSA Solo and Ensemble contest rules go to www.ihsa.org.
Select Music under “Sports and Activities”,
Select Rules Book and Forms under Resources.

All Symphonic Honors are required to complete a Contest Project and are required to perform at the Symphonic Spring Recital.

Scoring:  IHSA has much higher standards than the IGSMA contest from middle school.  Ratings are:     1st  Superior
2nd Excellent
3rd Very Good
4th Fair
5th Poor

 Do NOT be disappointed with a 2nd or 3rd.  Read over your score sheets and comments carefully.  Your final scores are usually justified.

IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest Info for AHS Orchestra