Michigan Youth Arts Festival Solo & Ensemble

Soloists

Eligibility
Directors wishing to have their grades 10-12 students considered for MYAF must indicate their interest by signing the Invoice/Signature Form on the State Solo & Ensemble registration form. 

To be considered for MYAF, a soloist must:

  • Receive a Division I - Excellent Final Determination at State Solo & Ensemble Festival
  • Agree to perform at the Solo Finals Recital and at the MYAF Solo and Ensemble Recital

    Selection

    • The number of entries registered at each site will determine its total solo finalists.  
    • Selected performance judges choose MYAF finalists and alternates from each Festival.

      Performance

        Twelve soloists will be chosen to perform the same compositions from State Solo & Ensemble at the mandatory Vocal Solo Finals Recital. These students will perform at a Vocal Solo and Ensemble Recital. The top soloist selected by the judges at the Vocal Solo Finals Recital will perform at the Gala Concert. The runner-up soloist will  perform at the Welcoming Celebration. 

        It is not required that MYAF solo audition selections have an orchestral accompaniment.  It is an option for the Gala Concert soloist. Directors are required to provide accompanists for their singers. Soloists without accompanists will not perform. 

        Festival Instructions

        Soloists and their directors will receive instructions regarding:

        • Solo Finals Recital 
        • Vocal Solo & Ensemble Recitals
        • Housing information, forms, costs including registration fees and schedules 

        A letter of congratulations will be mailed to each solo finalist, his/her director, principal and superintendent. A plaque will be presented to soloists. 

        Small Ensemble 

        Eligibility
        Directors of Small Ensembles interested in MYAF consideration must sign the Invoice/Signature on the State Solo & Ensemble registration form. The MYAF adjudicator at a State Solo & Ensemble Festival will determine if a small ensemble meets the standards required for performance at the Solo & Ensemble Recital.

          To be considered for MYAF, a Small Ensemble must:

          • Receive a Division I - Excellent Final Determination at State Solo & Ensemble Festival
          • Agree to perform at a MYAF Solo & Ensemble Recital
          Performance
          • May have someone direct the group
          • Sing the same two pieces from State Solo & Ensemble Festival and may add a third piece at their discretion    
          Festival Instructions

          Small Ensembles chosen for MYAF participation and their directors will receive instructions regarding:

          • Solo & Ensemble Recitals
          • Housing, forms, costs including registration fees and schedules 

          A letter of congratulations will be mailed to each Small Ensemble finalist director, his/her principal and superintendent. Plaques will be presented to participating ensembles and each student will receive a certificate. 

          Large Ensembles 

          Directors of Large Ensembles interested in MYAF consideration must check the MYAF box and sign the State Solo & Ensemble registration form. 

          The MYAF adjudicator at a State Solo & Ensemble Festival may chose up to five Large Ensembles that  meet the standards required for performance at the Solo & Ensemble Recital for consideration. The recordings of their performances will be forwarded to the adjudication supervisor for consideration by a listening panel who will chose up to fourteen ensembles for MYAF performance. 

          Performance

          • Agree to perform at the Friday Solo and Ensemble Recital
          • Based on the annual rotation, in 2017 the Large Ensemble selected from the East site must agree to perform at the Thursday Welcoming Celebration and at the Friday Vocal Solo and Ensemble Recital.

          Festival Instructions

          Large Ensembles and their directors will receive instructions regarding:

          • Vocal Solo and Ensemble Recital
          • Housing, forms, costs including registration fees and schedule
          A letter of congratulations will be mailed to each Large Ensemble finalist director, his/her principal and superintendent. Plaques will be presented to participating ensembles and each student will receive a certificate. 

          MYAF
          Andy Nowak
          MYAF Supervisor

          May 18, 19 & 20, 2017
          Western Michigan University

          Performance Information

          Soloists
          April 25
          7 p.m.   Vocal Solo Finals Recital
                        Presbyterian Church of Okemos.

          Soloist & Ensembles
          May 18
          7 p.m.   Welcoming Celebration
                        Miller Auditorium   
          May 19
          9 a.m. & 1 p.m.   Vocal Solo & Ensemble Recitals                              Dalton Recital Hall
          7 p.m.   Gala Concert
                        Miller Auditorium


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